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.
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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):
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