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Sharing, learning and comparing at the NEL Primary Care Network Expo

Posted on: 30 January 2020

How we work with local people and community partners and our extensive CEPN training work,  were just a couple of themes GP Care Group colleagues demonstrated at the recent North East London Primary Care Network Expo, which was organised by the East London Health Care Partnership (ELHCP).

It was a packed auditorium at the event, which took place on the afternoon of 22 January 2020 in Stratford Old Town Hall, with colleagues from across all seven boroughs in the ELHCP (Havering, City & Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, and Newham) coming together to share, learn and be inspired!

Our joint Chief Executive, Tracy Cannell led the Care Group contingent of colleagues, which included Primary Care Network staff too. This year marks the 10th anniversary of our eight Primary Care Networks in Tower Hamlets and so we were pleased to share some learning with interested primary care colleagues from other boroughs.

It was great to hear Emdad Bokhth, the Care Group's Clinical Pharmacist, present his perspective of working as a pharmacist in General Practice.

Chris Ley, Network Director of the Poplar & Limehouse Health Network and the Healthy Island Partnership, had this to say about the event:

"This Expo was a chance to share our expertise, our experience and at some points our exasperations as we look to build solid foundations for the new PCNs across East London."

It was a wonderful event with much sharing of knowledge among attendees as Chris describes:

"There was lots of learning and some great ideas were shared. From legal advice on Governance, training advice on new workforce, New Models of Integrated Care, Personalisation through the eyes of colleagues running Social Prescribing Schemes and Digital innovation ideas from those who are developing the Digital First Accelerator initiative."

"For us in Tower Hamlets it was very much about 'comparing and contrasting' as we look back on 10 years of Networks but also a chance to look forward to the opportunities that the new Primary Care Networks can provide."