Our Primary Care Network

The new GP contract was published in early 2019 as part of the Long Term Plan. A key element of the new contract is the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) which will bring GP practices together with other local services – such as community, mental health, social care and the voluntary sector  to look after local populations.  PCNs will help to join up services at a local level, focusing on the specific needs of these local populations, with patients still accessing routine GP appointments as they do now.

What are PCNs?

PCNs build on current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively providing care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging PCNs are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians. PCNs usually have a 30-50k population and are geographically contiguous (next to or touching another). All GP practices in north Southwark are expected to sign up to be a member of a PCN. Read the NHS England PCN FAQs.

What are we doing in north Southwark?

QHS has met several times with our member practices, Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG ) and the Local Medical Committee (LMC) to discuss PCN development in north Southwark. All practices have signed up to being a large PCN that covers all practices and the registered population of north Southwark with QHS supporting its set up and implementation.

Our Clinical Directors

Our PCN Clinical Directors are Dr Olufemi Osonuga, Dr Sam Soo, Dr Sharjeel Hasan, and Andrei Dunn.

If you have any questions or Freedom of Information (FoI) requests regarding PCNs please email [email protected].

General Practice Teams

The PCN provides a range of different health professionals to work within your general practice’s teams, and in the wider community, to help you get the right care, more easily, when you need it.

These Health Professionals include:

RoleService provided
Clinical Pharmacists• reviewing your medicines
• agreeing and making changes to your prescriptions
• advising about medicines and possible side effects
Physiotherapists• diagnosing and treating muscular and joint conditions
• advising on how to manage your condition
• referring you on to specialist services
Mental Health Practitioners• carrying out assessments
• providing advice and support to manage your condition
• supporting you to access mental health services and community resources
Social Prescribing Link Workers• supporting you to manage your health and wellbeing
• giving you time to focus on what matters to you
• helping you to access support services and activities
Care Coordinators• preparing you for upcoming conversations about your health and care
• monitoring your needs and responding to any changes
• supporting you to understand and manage your care
Nurse Associates• providing child immunisations
• administering cervical smear tests
• tending to dressings and stitch removal
Apprentice Nurse Associates• monitoring your blood pressure and taking blood samples
• providing Flu and Covid vaccinations
• providing healthy living advice, such as stopping smoking and weight loss

Further information

Read King’s Fund articles and blog posts on Primary Care Networks.

Watch a short animation that explains the concept of primary care networks (PCNs) and how this new way of working enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.

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