Primary Care Networks

THE FUTURE OF GP PRACTICES: HOW WORKING TOGETHER WILL WORK FOR YOU

From 2019, nearby GP practices, including Harptree and Cameley surgeries, will start to work together in ‘Primary Care Networks’ (PCNs), so they can share their expertise and resources over a wider geographical area. The NHS’s Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, aims to integrate a lot of services which have traditionally worked separately—like mental health services, physiotherapy and social care. By working together in a PCN, our practice will be able to offer you a wider range of services than we could deliver on our own, and give you much faster and more efficient access to the right care and support.

Each PCN will develop teams of healthcare professionals, including GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, community paramedics, physiotherapists and other health workers, to provide tailored care for patients in their community. A ‘Social Prescriber’ will be appointed in each PCN to help direct people to a whole range of non-medical
services, like social clubs, community support groups and exercise activities, that will help them take greater control of their own health and stay well.

To find out more about the future of health services in your community and how
you can get involved, visit your local Clinical Commissioning Group’s website.

􀀹 Easier and more efficient access to the specialists you need
􀀹 More involvement in decision making and control over your own treatment
􀀹 A greater focus on prevention – like more help to improve your overall health
and wellbeing through community-based activities
􀀹 Better access to other specialists will help free up GP’s time and enable them
to offer more routine appointments and greater continuity of care
􀀹 Early intervention will reduce the pressure on hospitals and A&E
􀀹 20,000 additional staff and clinicians will be in PCNs by 2023/24
􀀹 Services will be more cost-effective, with £900 million in funding to support
the operation of PCNs and additional staffing, plus £1.8 billion in additional
funding for the increased services
􀀹 25% of general appointments will be available through online booking and
more remote consultations, like via online video, will be offered

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT YOU? THE PRIMARY CARE NETWORK TIMELINE

April 2019 – GP practices start the formal process of becoming PCNs

July 2019 – The new GP practice contract goes live across England

July 2019 – Agreements with other community organisations are concluded

July 2019 – Key appointments are made and additional funding starts.

By April 2020 – Clinical pharmacists and social prescribers are appointed in PCNs

By April 2021 – First Contact Physiotherapists are available in PCNs and Primary Care training hubs are set up

By April 2022 – Increased focus on heart and lung disease prevention, and Community Paramedics join PCNs