Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with general practices being a part of a network, typically covering 30,000-50,000 patients. The networks will provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve.
The PCN Objective
To improve the health outcomes of our patients through shared working and effective commissioning, of high quality services.
- meeting our statutory requirements
- improving the patient experience across all services
- involving patients, communities and hard to reach groups.
From 1 July 2019, all patients in England should be covered by a primary care network (PCN). PCNs are made up from groups of neighbouring general practices. New funding is being channelled through the networks to employ staff to deliver services to patients across the member practices.
In general, people are living longer, and some are living with a number of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and mental health issues. Primary Care Networks are groups of GP Practices working together in order to offer care on a scale which is small enough for patients to get the continuous and personalised care they value, but large enough to be resilient, through the sharing of workforce, administration and other functions of general practice.
- The benefits of these services working together are:
- Longer opening hours
- Sharing staff
- Better access to specialist health professionals
- Services closer to home
- Ability to share information and technology
PCNs will be expected to draw on the expertise of staff already employed by their constituent practices and will receive funding to employ additional staff under an Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS).
The work of the networks will be coordinated by a clinical director, a role that will be funded on a sliding scale depending on network size.
The ARRS is the most significant financial investment within the Network Contract DES and is designed to provide reimbursement for networks to build the workforce required to deliver the national service specifications.
- clinical pharmacists (from 2019)
- social prescribing link workers (from 2019)
- physician associates (from 2020)
- first contact physiotherapists (from 2020)
- first contact community paramedics (from 2021).
Meet the Team:
Dr N Ali – Clinical Director
Saddam Hussain – PCN Admin lead
Audrey Hopewood – PCN placed based team lead
Sarika Aslam, Mohammed Kara, Navpreet Gill and Mehdi Ghaffari – Clinical Pharmacist
Susan Smith & Shannon warner ( Social Prescriber)
Theresa Wallis & Heather Hine (Care Coordinator)