Patient Information

 

What is a Primary Care Network?

 

Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often.

To meet these needs, practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas. This collaborative working group of GP Practices is called Primary Care Network or PCN.

Primary care networks build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care.

We will be working alongside paramedics, clinical pharmacists, social prescribers and physician’s assistants to deliver a holistic approach to healthcare with a strong focus on prevention, integrated and personalized care.

The PCN concept is broadly based on the National Association of Primary Care’s Primary Care Home (PCH) model which has been successful for the pilot sites.

 

 

What are the characteristics of a PCN?

 

  • Practices working together and with other local health and care providers, around natural local communities that make sense geographically, to provide coordinated care through integrated teams

  • Typically a defined patient population of at least 30,000 and tend not to exceed 50,000.

  • Providing care in different ways to match different people’s needs, including flexible access to advice and support for ‘healthier’ sections of the population, and joined up multidisciplinary care for those with more complex conditions

  • Focus on prevention, patient choice, and self care, supporting patients to make choices about their care and look after their own health, by connecting them with the full range of statutory and voluntary services

  • Use of data and technology to assess population health needs and health inequalities, to inform, design and deliver practice and population scale care models; support clinical decision making, and monitor performance and variation to inform continuous service improvement

  • Making best use of collective resources across practices and other local health and care providers to allow greater resilience, more sustainable workload and access to a larger range of professional groups

 

 

Our Aim

 

Our aim is to build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalized, coordinated and more integrated health and social care .

We will use the data and technology to assess population health needs and health inequalities; to inform, design and deliver practice and populations scale care models; support clinical decision making, and monitor performance and variation to inform continuous service improvement.

We will make sure that we are making the best use of collective re- sources across practices and other local health and care providers to allow greater resilience, more sustainable workload and access to a larger range of professional groups.

Primary care networks have the potential to benefit patients by offering improved access and extending the range of services available to them, and by helping to integrate primary care with wider health and community services.