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Can Do!  Signs of Engagement

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11 ways to tell that clinical engagement in a PCT is being secured

1 Clinicians are enabled to become an integral part of the PCT's management, planning and decision making.
2 They are kept fully informed about the PCT's priorities and have ample opportunity to influence its agenda, making their voices heard not only through the PEC but via a flourishing network of sub-committees, professional forums, working groups and other meetings.
3 The whole spectrum of clinicians - not only GPs, but nurses, primary care practitioners and allied health professionals - should be engaged.
4 If necessary, the PCT will instigate measures, such as protected learning time or paid locum cover, to enable busy clinicians to reconcile their participation with demanding workloads.
5 The benefits of clinical engagement - for the clinician, their professional group, patients and the wider community's health - are communicated clearly.
6 Clinicians are involved in the entire commissioning process, from assessing need to monitoring performance.
7 Those with relevant experience are encouraged to become commissioning leads.
8 Relationships with clinicians foster openness to new ways of working and a readiness to be flexible; building on this, they become involved in radical change, redesigning services and care pathways that in some cases can help solve age-old problems previously thought intractable.
9 Involvement in even small-seeming schemes can bring important gains.
10 Engaged clinicians are ready to work across professional boundaries, improve teamwork and help each other.
11 PCTs with strong clinical governance arrangements stand a better chance of enabling staff to understand the PCT's priorities and their own role in achieving them.
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