Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices working together with other local organisations, such as community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services. They will support the needs of a population that has grown, is living longer, and may need to access local health services more often.
Our GP practices have been working together for a number of years, through federations, networks, clusters and partnerships. The NHS Long Term Plan and the new five-year framework for the GP contract, published in January 2019, make this more formal without creating new statutory bodies.
In practice PCNs will build on the work already undertaken and the current services offered by your GP practice. It will mean greater provision of proactive, personalised and coordinated care, as well as more integration between health and social care. This will provide clear benefits for patients and GPs.
PCNs are based on GP registered lists and typically serve communities of 30,000 to 50,000. There are some smaller and some larger than this, as is the case in South West Lincolnshire. They are designed to still provide the personalised care valued by patients, but be big enough to have impact and economies of scale through closer working.
All GP practices across the country have been encouraged to be part of a local PCN, with the aim that PCNs cover the whole country. In South West Lincolnshire we have 100 percent coverage via three PCNs – K2 Healthcare Grantham and Rural PCN, K2 Healthcare Sleaford PCN, and Syston, Vale and Melton PCN – see the table below for more detail.
|K2 Healthcare Grantham and Rural Primary Care Network|
Clinical Director: Dr Adriaan Van Biljon
c/o K2 Healthcare
|Long Bennington Surgery|
|Market Cross Surgery|
|St Johns Medical Centre|
|St Peters Hill Surgery|
|The Glenside Country Practice|
|The Harrowby Lane Practice|
|The Welby Practice|
|Vine Street Surgery|
|K2 Healthcare Sleaford Primary Care Network|
Clinical Director: Dr Gaspar Da Silva
c/o K2 Healthcare
|Billinghay Medical Practice|
|Caythorpe & Ancaster Surgery|
|Millview Medical Practice|
|Sleaford Medical Group|
|The New Springwells Practice|
Stackyard and Woolsthorpe Surgery are part of the Syston, Vale and Melton PCN in East Leicestershire and Rutland PCN. Further details of this PCN will be provided when available.
The animation below explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working allows health and other services to work together to provide better access for you: