Briefing

The Network Contract Direct Enhanced Service: : Benefits and challenges

This short briefing considers the benefits and challenges of PCNs to assist practices in making an informed decision ahead of 31 May.
PCN Network

15 May 2020

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Primary care networks (PCNs) were introduced at the beginning of January 2019 as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, accompanied by significant additional investment.

The Network Contract Direct Enhanced Service (DES) underpins the role of PCNs in empowering general practice within the wider NHS and improving the range and effectiveness of primary care services.

As we approach the 31 May deadline for practices to make a decision about their involvement in the PCN DES, the PCN Network has produced this short briefing on the benefits and challenges of PCNs, to assist practices in making an informed decision.

Download the briefing and catch up on the related webinar held on 27 May: The PCN DES: A discussion for the undecided.

Have more questions? Take a look at the PCN Network's Q&As on the DES.

You can also download a visual summary of the benefits and challenges.