Primary Care Networks (PCN)
NHS England refreshed the NHS Plans for 2018-19 which set out the ambition for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to actively encourage every practice to be part of a local primary care network so that these cover the whole country as far as possible by the end of 2019/20. Primary care networks are based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000 patients.
The development of the PCNs will mean that patients and the public will be able to access:
- Resilient high-quality care from local clinicians and health care practitioners with more services provided out of hospital and closer to home.
- A more comprehensive and integrated set of services, that anticipate rising demand and support higher levels of self-care.
- Appropriate referrals and more ‘one stop shop’ services where all of their needs can be met at the same time.
- Different care models for different population groups (such as frail older persons, adults with complex needs, children) that are person-centred rather than disease centred.
GP Healthcare Alliance has successfully implemented a Well-being Coordinator as part of the Social Prescribing Service to all 3 PCNs in partnership with Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS):