Primary Care Academies

Working together to improve quality in primary care locally

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The future of the NHS is dependent on effective and efficient primary care, working in collaboration with local citizens to secure community-based solutions. General practice is central to reducing avoidable demand on secondary care and is itself experiencing significant demand, with little headroom
to find adaptive solutions. Changing demographics, the impact of austerity and increasing scrutiny are generating complex multiple demands.

We hold regular London Primary Care Academy Network Learning events open to all those interested in collaborative practice to solve primary care issues.

The Primary Care Quality Academy experience and impact

The Jenner Practice


Haringey GP Federation


The GP Fellow Journey

The Health Systems Innovation Lab’s Primary Care Academy is working practices to:

  • Advocate for improvement and innovation in Primary Care across London.
  • Provide local solutions and programmes where there is a gap until there is local or accessible capacity/ training/ skills, in leading quality, data for improvement and innovation, QI methods, co-production and innovation.
  • Coach and supervise local newly developed teams in these skills and approaches.
  • Facilitate strategic development in these areas.
  • Host pan-London communities of practice, and in the future a database of evidence-based tools and methods.
  • Catalyse the development of data scientists, data literacy for improvement and innovation in professionals and citizens.

We provide development support to a core group of ‘Lab’ practices, with a Core Concepts of Quality programme, dedicated data support, and bespoke support to practices, to prototype approaches in managing and reducing demand, developing capacity, and improving quality. These groups of practices meet in local communities of practice and we are beginning to see some real return on the invested time. We also provide collaborative learning events, clinical leadership programmes, systems leadership support across the Federation/CCG.

We take a 2 staged approach:

PCA Stage 1

PCA Stage 2

See a full explanation of the work and impact of the Primary Care Quality Academy

The Primacy of Primary Care

Discussion between Nikki Kanani, Director of Primary Care NHS England, and Prof Becky Malby on the purpose of PCNs


Leading Primary Networks and Collaborations Programme

This Leadership Programme is for those in current and emerging leadership roles in Primary Care including Primary Care Networks, Federations, Integrated Care Systems, and Primary Care Quality Agencies.

Watch the following video to see how our programme has helped a Clinical Directors learning and improve her PCN.

Also have a look at our Leading Primary Networks and Collaboration page to learn more about the course and when the next cohort is due to start.

Primary Care Academy Network event

We hold regular London Primary Care Academy Network events open to all those interested in collaborative practice to solve primary care issues.

See the presentation slides from our April 2019 event (PDF File 2,286 KB) and previous events below:

To find out more about the Primary Care Academy and our next event please contact healthlab@lsbu.ac.uk or call us on 020 7815 8359.