Primary Care Network Accelerator

The At Scale Primary Care Network Accelerator (PCNA) is a proven, practical, online project management tool adapted specifically to accelerate the development the mobilisation and the operation of Primary Care Networks. It enables the establishment and sustainability of PCNs containing all the actions required to create and operate a PCN. The PCNA is pre-populated with all the prompts, actions and milestones across four organisational areas.

The diagram below provides a high-level view of the PCNA showing the simplified interface of the tool. This simple way of reporting provides a smart way to evidence the project’s status, identify any bottlenecks or over running tasks, and allows delivery of tasks to be monitored across your PCN. Establishing a methodology that provides, assurance to you that all necessary progress is being made.

The PCNA is a proven, practical, online project management tool adapted specifically to support primary care. It contains all the actions required to accelerate the development the mobilisation and the operation of your PCN. The PCNA is pre-populated with all the prompts, actions and milestones across four organisational areas. The tool has been tried and tested to support practice mergers and collaborations including helping the biggest single patient list practice in the UK successfully accelerate it’s go live date, Octagon Medical Practice. 

Based on years of experience of delivering successful mergers and transformation, we developed the PCNA to provide a clear structure to help the development of PCNs. We started by identifying what has to be done and the sequence of those tasks. We used a working assumption that GP practices have more than enough to do in the delivery of the “day job” and will need practical support to guide them through to delivery.

The result is the PCNA. Tried and tested, the PCNA provides a sophisticated guide to delivering your PCN in rapid time. Combined with At Scale’s hands on support, this will allow you to meet PCN deadlines:

  • Without having to employ extensive project management resources
  • Without having to worry if you have missed something
  • Maximising use of your own resources and know how in a targeted way
  • By involving and informing partners and staff of what they have to complete and by when
  • Tailoring to your local challenges, opportunities and desired health outcomes.

“Under the Bonnet”

The PCNA uses a simple form of progress reporting that masks a sophisticated “engine under the bonnet”. It is more than just a project management toolkit.

Yes, it provides a framework of pre-populated objectives, results and actions.

Yes, it allows you to produce project plans, risk and issues logs and a variety of reporting formats.

Yes, it has a document repository and suite of standard documents that allow you to save all your material in one place and share the experiences of others.

The PCNA allows you to allocate tasks to individuals or groups of people, set the date parameters and priority for completion with all the inter-related links that task has. For example, not completing a task in one part of the project may mean delay in another. The PCNA does the thinking for you yet still allows you to set the timescale to meet your own local needs and demands.

A key benefit is the pre-population with all the tasks you need to develop, mobilise and operate your PCN. Quickly and efficiently. All available simply using an online tool, available via your browser. The At Scale team is on hand to provide support and facilitation to work with your own team.

Reporting and monitoring progress is also simple. GANTT charts, progress reports and a RAG-rated view of all the tasks is available at the click of a button. Here is what a typical project RAG-rating wheel could look like. Allowing you to drill down to task level at any time.

Both At Scale Accelerator tools support the rapid delivery of primary care projects and each contain all the relevant tasks, timetabled in the right order to help you deliver your project more easily. Our team will work closely with you to set up your project and get it started, allocating all the tasks and localising the timetable to suit your needs.

Our support combines hands on expertise and experience alongside project specific tools that have been developed to meet the needs of at scale working in primary care.

At Scale tools help accelerate you, whatever stage you’re at in your journey, to working at scale.