Primary Care Networks
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 based around a GP registered list of approximately 30,000 – 50,000 patients, bringing practices 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 (currently being re-directed to provide the covid vaccination programme)
Better access to specialist health professionals
Services closer to home
Ability to share information and technology
Primary Care Networks are an important building block of developing our current community services to support better delivery of hands-on, personalised, coordinated and more joined-up health and social care.
The creation of PCNs follows the release of new guidance from NHS England on 31 January 2019 to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. This guidance included significant changes to the GP contract, including the development of PCNs.
Our PCN Is North East Derbyshire Primary Care Network, which comprises of the following Practices
1. Barlborough Medical Practice
2. Killamarsh Medical Practice
3. The Springs Medical Partnership
4. The Valleys Medical Partnership