Primary care networks (PCNs) are critical to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Bringing together GP practices into networks with other primary care and community organisations, PCNs will enable more integrated provision of services to local populations.
To support them, the NHS Confederation has established the PCN Network.
Through the PCN Network, we aim to:
- be a strong national voice for PCNs across the system
- influence national policy and debate and ensure that expectations are informed by insights from PCNs
- promote the role of PCNs within the NHS Long Term Plan and their essential role, both now and in the medium term
- ensure PCNs have access to the information, advice and support they need to grow and fulfil their potential
- ensure that PCNs have influence within local health and care systems, through links with other NHS Confederation networks
- work with other partners and stakeholders to develop a vision of the possible for the future.
The NHS Confederation, which includes NHS Clinical Commissioners, is also working in partnership with the National Association of Primary Care, British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners to provide coordinated access to information, advice and support.
Are PCNs equipped for success?
The PCN Network's inaugural report explores the three top areas for action if primary care networks are to succeed. Based on engagement with PCNs and their clinical directors, and an online survey, the PCN Network has identified time, support and funding as pressing priorities for NHS England and NHS Improvement to address.
Equipped for success? What clinical directors need for effective primary care networks makes three main asks on their behalf:
- more time to build relationships and effectively prepare for new service specifications
- additional (protected) funding to enable them to employ management support, accompanied by support on issues such as workforce by CCGs and/or integrated care systems (ICSs)
- clarity on the totality of, and access to, funding for PCNs, as well as fair allocation of funding in line with local need.
Download the report to find out more. You can also access the NHS Confederation's response to the PCN direct enhanced service draft service specifications and those submitted by NHS Clinical Commissioners and the Community Network.
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. Keep informed of policy developments, have your views represented at the highest levels, influence national stakeholders and policymakers, and access support to meet your objectives by joining the PCN Network.