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Pulse PCN Birmingham

20 October 2021

Event Overview

Pulse PCN Birmingham which will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 20 October 2021. It is a one day, free-to-attend conference designed specifically for clinical directors and other senior staff.

The event format combines expert session with networking opportunities with your peers. You will also be able to engage with a handpick selection of leading suppliers at the exhibition hall, and enjoy a complementary buffet lunch.

The goal of our Pulse PCN Event is to support you and your team when it comes to overcoming the major challenges standing in the way of effective care.

Please note that there is limited spaces available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis – secure your free ticket here.



Address: Hilton Birmingham Metropole, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, UK


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How to get there

Birmingham International is the nearest station, only 10 minutes away.

We do not advise travelling by bus.

Onsite Parking Available
Car parking is subject to availability, overflow car parking will be on NEC car parks. A charge will apply in both circumstances.

Day Rate (8 hours) is £16.00 per car. Overnight residents are charged at £12.00 per night. Charges on the NEC Car Park are out of the hotels control.


Stream 1

8:45 am

Registration and networking

9:30 am

Chair’s opening remarks

Gemma Collins, group editor, Cogora

Peter Higgins, chief executive, Lancashire & Cumbria Consortium of LMCs

9:40 am

Session 1

Evolution of CCGs and ICSs

  • Evolution of ICS: Understanding what will be different from 2022
  • Role of Primary care in Place and in the system
  • Strengthening local partnerships in Place based systems

Dr Anand Rischie, Walsall GP and clinical chair for NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

10:15 am

Session 2

PCNs – the new GP contract explained

  • PCN DES contract 21/22
  • Plans for 22/23
  • How PCNs can support member practices

Dr Richard Vautrey, Chair, BMA GPC England

10:45 am

Refreshment break

11:00 am

Session 3

Meeting the challenge: Addressing premature mortality in COPD


Dr Dinesh Shrikrishna, consultant respiratory physician, Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Jude O'Kelly, Elite Health Solutions Ltd

Sponsored by:

11:35 am

Session 4

Is incorporation the future for PCNs?

  • Legal and practical problems faced by most PCNs
  • The 3 options available to address the challenges
  • How to incorporate your PCN

Nils Christiansen, managing partner, DR Solicitors

Sponsored by:

12:10 pm

Session 5

Organisational development for leaders, managers and clinicians

  • Organisational or Personal Development – What does it mean?
  • Assessing the need – results of a survey of Clinicians and Managers
  • Delivering effective Personal & Organisational Development

Peter Higgins, chief executive, Lancashire & Cumbria Consortium of LMCs

12:40 pm

Session 6

Driving workforce and clinical transformation through pathway adoption

Hear how South West Yorkshire Partnership trust implemented a self-care delivery model, reducing one of the biggest community and primary care service burdens,  transforming leg ulcer care and outcomes. Achieving:

  • A 90%  Nursing hours reduction
  • 84% total cost savings
  • Along with potential for reduced waste and CO2 emissions and improved workforce wellbeing

Lloyd Harding, commercial manager, L&R Medical

Sponsored by:

1:15 pm

Buffet Lunch

2:00 pm

Session 7

Why addressing SABA over-reliance is important for improving patient outcomes and the environment

  • Asthma Burden in UK
  • Current Asthma management and carbon footprint
  • Improving asthma outcomes

Davinder Garcha, respiratory scientific liaison manager, Astrazeneca

Sponsored by:

2:35 pm

Session 8

Role of the PCN Manager

  • One size fits all?
  • Understanding what you need now
  • Understanding what you may need in the future

Craig Brown, strategy & transformation manager, West Kent PCN

3:10 pm

Session 9

Recruiting link workers

  • Recruitment pitfalls to avoid
  • Top secrets to retaining link workers

Christiana Melam, CEO, National Association of Link Workers

3:45 pm

Session 10

How to embed social prescribing and personalised care

  • engagement of personalised roles within networks
  • evidence of how the personalisation impacts on healthcare
  • opportunities for population health and long term conditions

Dr Mohan Sekeram, GP principal at Wideway Medical Practice in Merton, SWL clinical lead personalisation, South West London CCG , clinical lead social prescribing Merton and Wandsworth

4:10 pm

Conference ends

*Please note, this is a draft programme, and subject to change. Cogora reserve the right to amend content without prior warning.

**We would like to thank our exhibitors, sponsors and partners for supporting this meeting. This includes pharmaceutical companies Merck Sharp & Dohme and Astrazeneca. These companies have only had input into their individual sessions on the programmes where clearly labelled.

Jude O’Kelly

Jude O’Kelly

Elite Health Solutions Ltd

Dr Dinesh Shrikrishna

Dr Dinesh Shrikrishna

consultant respiratory physician, Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Having graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, Dr Dinesh Shrikrishna trained in Respiratory and General medicine in the South West of England Deanery. During his clinical training he completed a PhD at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London investigating ACE-inhibition, Physical activity and Skeletal Muscle function in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He is currently Consultant Respiratory physician and Clinical Lead in Respiratory medicine at Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Shrikrishna’s clinical research in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has received two awards from the National Heart and Lung Institute and his work has been published in the European Respiratory Journal, CHEST and Thorax. He has spoken at National and International Respiratory Conferences and has co-chaired a session on the ‘Latest insights into Chronic Care’ at the European Respiratory Society Congress. Dr Shrikrishna has previously been a member of the Standards of Care Committee and Air Travel Working Party for the British Thoracic Society. He is also the Academy Senior Medicine Unit Lead for final year undergraduates at Bristol Medical School.

Nils Christiansen

Nils Christiansen

managing partner, DR Solicitors

Nils Christiansen is the Managing Partner and co-founder of award winning law firm, DR Solicitors.  An acknowledged expert on the NHS regulations and the challenges faced by primary care professionals, Nils is in frequent demand as a speaker.

Nils is a named contributor to the GP Partnership Review 2019 and has been instrumental in designing PCN operating models, having advised over 250 PCNs to date. An exceptional problem solver, Nils is well regarded in the healthcare sector for advising on business strategy and operational improvement.

Nils previously worked as a consulting partner in PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting and is a graduate of Oxford University Said Business School.

Davinder Garcha

Davinder Garcha

respiratory scientific liaison manager, Astrazeneca

Davinder Garcha is a Respiratory Medical Scientific Liaison (MSL) for AstraZeneca covering the Midlands region – he has been with the company for almost 3 years. Davinder’s background is in research, having previously completed a PhD focused on acute exacerbations of COPD, conducted at the Royal Free hospital in London. Prior to his current role, Davinder worked in Medical Information for another pharmaceutical company, providing assistance to Health Care Practitioners following enquiries around the cardiovascular product portfolio, and has also been an MSL in gastroenterology.

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

group editor, Cogora

Craig Brown

Craig Brown

strategy & transformation manager, West Kent PCN

Being a respected generalist, Craig has supported the development of nine Primary Care Networks in West Kent, working very closely with two who are:

  • Sixteen Practices
  • Operating from 19 sites
  • Covering 125k patients

Craig has also supported a number of other projects,  if you would like to know more, head over to:


Dr Mohan Sekeram

Dr Mohan Sekeram

GP principal at Wideway Medical Practice in Merton, SWL clinical lead personalisation, South West London CCG , clinical lead social prescribing Merton and Wandsworth

Dr. Mohan Sekeram has been working as a GP for over 13 years in East Merton, London, and is the Clinical lead for Personalised Care SouthWest London.

Mohan led on the development and implantation of the Merton Model of Social Prescribing which aims to address the social determinants of health. This model has resulted in significant reductions in GP and has demonstrated a positive impact on patient measures of wellbeing.

He is passionate about harnessing the opportunities in the local community and wants to ensure the local voluntary sector receives adequate support to help empower them and build resilience. @SekeramMohan

Lloyd Harding

Lloyd Harding

commercial manager, L&R Medical

Christiana Melam

Christiana Melam

CEO, National Association of Link Workers

Christiana is the Chief Executive of National Association of Link Workers, the professional membership body for Social Prescribing Link Workers. She is the architect of the UK Annual Social Prescribing Link Worker Day/Awards/Conference, and an international Social Prescribing Link Worker champion. 

The main driver of the link worker model is a recognition that we need to move from admiring the problem to doing something about it. Evidence shows that the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities are largely dictated by a range of environmental and socio-economic factors. These factors are largely driven by social injustice and inequalities. These unfair disadvantages have impact on the overall healthcare system and quality of life. Let’s support people to live not only survive.   

Social Prescribing Link Workers are the creative disruptors reducing inequality and powering up integrated care to improve quality of life. Let’s channel our energy and talent into achieving better health outcomes for others and championing social prescribing link workers. @christy_melam

Peter Higgins

Peter Higgins

chief executive, Lancashire & Cumbria Consortium of LMCs

Peter has been involved in health care throughout his working career. The first half was spent managing hospital services in Yorkshire, London and Lancashire, across the full range of provision from A&E and acute beds to acute psychiatry and elderly care.  The second part of his career was in developing and leading commissioning and then in leading a Cancer Network, before taking up his current role 13 years ago.

Much of his time has involved inheriting or creating new teams. He has a great wealth of experience in forming these teams, getting the most out of the individuals within these teams and creating motivated, high performing teams. In the last three years he has worked with many PCNs in Lancashire and Cumbria to help equip them for the challenges they face.

Dr Richard Vautrey

Dr Richard Vautrey

Chair, BMA GPC England

Richard is both the chair of the BMA GP committee in England and chair of GPC UK. He was elected to these roles in 2017 after having been a member of the GPC executive and negotiating team since 2004 and a member of GPC since 2001.

He is also a nationally elected member of BMA Council.

He is a GP partner in a practice in Leeds and the assistant secretary of Leeds LMC. @rvautrey

Dr Anand Rischie

Dr Anand Rischie

Walsall GP and clinical chair for NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

General practitioner for more than 15 years, Anand has been involved in commissioning since PCT days. He saw through transition of PCT as PEC member to GB member of Walsall CCG ( transition board) and helped establishing Walsall CCG. He has worked closely with patient engagement programmes, and was leading Urgent care commissioning. He was involved in setting long term strategy for Urgent care services and redesign services with support of his primary care colleagues.

In 2001 he was elected as Chair of Walsall CCG. He worked with other Chairs of Black Country and West Birmingham to for a Joint commissioning forum to initiate commissioning at scale. He, along with colleagues were able to work towards establishing Black Country and West Birmingham CCG. This will see through a smooth transition towards ICS, for which some of the key foundation stones have already been put in by colleagues across Black Country and WB.