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As from 1st July 2019 all GP Practices are required to be part of a Primary Care Network (PCN). Churchside Medical Practice work in collaboration with Roundwood & Millview Surgery, Acorn & Forest Medical Practice. So what is a PCN and what will this mean for your health care?


What is a PCN?


PCNs are groups of GP practices working closely together along with other primary and community care staff and health and care organisations providing integrated services to their local populations. From April 2019, individual GP practices will be able to establish or join PCNs covering populations of between 30,000 to 50,000 (with some flexibility).


What is the aim of a PCN?


The main aim of PCNs is to focus services around local communities and help rebuild and reconnect the primary healthcare team across the area they cover through the network, providing workload support for practices at the same time. Local Medical Councils (LMC) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) will work together to ensure practices will lead and direct these networks. It will help GPs and primary care practitioners to deliver a new and more relevant model of care for their patients and communities.


The wider NHS landscape


Integrated Care Systems (ICS) are a new way of planning and organising the delivery of health and care services in England at a larger scale than PCNs. Every ICS will have a critical role in ensuring that PCNs work in an integrated way with other community staff. PCNs are central to the provision of integrated, at-scale primary care, encompassing services beyond core general practice and working closely with acute, community and mental health trusts, as well as pharmacy, voluntary and local authority services.

(Taken from BMA Website)





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