To recognise the one-year anniversary of primary care networks (PCNs) being established across England, the PCN Network has assessed their progress so far.
While the picture nationally is one of variation, during their first year, progress has been made in several areas. Many PCNs have significantly expanded their use of digital platforms, allowing more patients to be seen during COVID-19, and built strong new relationships with other partners across primary care. Equally, those recruited through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) have in many networks played a key role, helping to ease workload pressures and forge strong links with other stakeholders such as in social care
There have, however, been some significant challenges. In some instances, local stakeholder relationships have been strained. Workload has also been an issue – for many PCNs it has been higher and more stressful than anticipated, with much of this work falling to the clinical director
Looking ahead to the next 12 months, this report identifies several areas in which there will be opportunities for PCNs to develop. However, to take advantage of these opportunities PCNs will require support from NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) and the government and the report focusses on a set of key asks.
Through ongoing engagement with networks, specifically including clinical directors and network managers, the PCN Network stands ready to support both NHSEI and the government in delivering the above asks. We intend to work collaboratively with both to ensure that the PCN voice is heard and that their role in systems is clear and widely understood over the coming years.
Download the report. You can also download a two-page summary.
Visit our resources page to see reflections from PCN clinical directors on the first year of PCNs.
Watch the webinar PCNs: One year on below