Primary Care Networks

Primary care networks are the new way for local health services to work together to treat populations.

A primary care network consists of groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers, including across primary care, community services, social care and the voluntary sector, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to their local populations.

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with all GP practices expected to come together in geographical networks covering populations of approximately 30–50,000 patients by 1st June 2019 to benefit from additional funding attached to the GP contract. 

Details of the PCNs in Basildon and Brentwood:

West Basildon

Clinical Director: Dr Anita Pereira (Laindon Medical Centre)
Noakbridge Medical Centre
Kingswood Medical Centre
Laindon Medical Centre
Ballards Walk Surgery
The Knares Surgery
Practice normalised weighted list size total: 49,298

East Basildon

Clinical Director Dr Raman Chandal (Aryan Practice/Matching Green)
Dr Sims & Partners - Dipple Medical Centre
The Aryan Practice
Felmores Medical Centre
Muree Medical Centre
Matching Green Surgery
Practice normalised weighted list size total: 35,071

Brentwood

Clinical Director Dr Arv Guniyangodage (The New Surgery)
Beechwood Surgery, Brentwood
The New Surgery
Rockleigh Court Surgery
New Folly Surgery
Mount Avenue Surgery
Tile House Surgery
Deal Tree Health Centre
Highwood Surgery
Practice normalised weighted list size total: 73,990

Billericay

Clinical Director Dr Nuzhat Sarfraz (South Green Practice)
Western Road Surgery
Chapel Street Surgery
Billericay Medical Centre
The New Surgery, Billericay
Queens Park Surgery
South Green Surgery
Practice normalised weight list size total: 37,597

Wickford

Clinical Director Dr Raj Rai (Swanwood)
Robert Frew Medical Parnters
London Road Surgery
Swanwood Partnership
Practice normalised weight list size total: 37,368

Central Basildon

Clinical Director Dr Sanjana Banka
Langdon Hills Medical Centre
Knights Surgery
Clayhill Medical Centre
Dr Nasah - Dipple Medical Centre
Dr Arayomi - Dipple Medical Centre
Rose Villa Surgery
Fryerns Medical Centre
Aegis Medical Centre
Practice normalised weight list size total: 40,043

 Primary Care Networks: the benefits explained

Primary care networks have the potential to benefit patients by offering improved access and extending the range of services available to them, and by helping to integrate primary care with wider health and community services.

  • Primary and community health services will be joined-up; providing a more efficient service to patients with the aim of improving their health and well-being. Having joined-up services will lead to better sharing of information, so people only have to tell their story once to those involved in their care.
  • Services can be offered across a network of practices that could not reasonably be offered via an individual practice. Examples of such services include embedding new care models for frailty, long term conditions such as diabetes and access to new healthcare professionals such as clinical pharmacists and social prescribers
  • Patients will be able to access a wider variety of health and social care services through PCNs and have options to access these services through more than one GP or health service
  • Smaller GP practices will be more sustainable as they can share resources through the wider PCN

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are required to commit recurrent funding to develop and maintain them.

Primary Care Networks will be able to access funding for additional staff, including more clinical pharmacists to work in GP practices.
 
Practices and Primary Care Networks will work with Patient Participation Groups and their wider local community to address the needs of their local population.

Primary care networks will eventually be required to deliver a set of seven national service specifications. Five will start by April 2020:
  • structured medication reviews
  • enhanced health in care homes
  • anticipatory care (with community services),
  • personalised care 
  • supporting early cancer diagnosis
The remaining two will start by 2021:
  • cardiovascular disease case-finding 
  • locally agreed action to tackle inequalities

Further information can be found in our PCN Update July 2019

 

 

 

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