13 / 07 / 2020
The recent Community Network long read, One Year On and One Pandemic Later: What’s Happened to Primary Care Networks and Other Forms of Primary and Community Care Collaboration? highlighted how primary and community care services are collaborating in different ways around the country. This includes through primary care networks (PCNs), in which groups of practices covering 30,000-50,000 patients join forces with NHS community services to deliver integrated care. Delivering care at this neighbourhood level means PCNs have the potential to develop meaningful relationships with local partners and bring a more powerful primary care voice to the table in their local health and care system.
In many areas, the common purpose of responding to COVID-19 created an impetus for primary and community services to work ever more closely together. This is reaping benefits for both patients and staff.
The case studies we share here demonstrate how some PCNs and community services are embracing this new opportunity for integration and system working.