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.

A PCN consists of groups of practices who are working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in primary care networks, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to the local population.

Primary care services act as the “front door” of the NHS and provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system.

We will work with a range of clinicians to deliver a holistic based approach to healthcare, with a strong focus on prevention and personalised care.s.

PCN core characteristics…

  • Practices working together and with other local health and care providers, around natural local communities that geographically make sense, to provide coordinated care through integrated teams.
  • 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 care for those with complex conditions.
  • Focus on prevention and personalised care, supporting patients to make informed decisions 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 populations 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.