The was published in early 2019 as part of the 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 south Southwark are expected to sign up to be a member of a PCN. and view the BMA
What are we doing in south Southwark?
IHL has been in ongoing discussions with our member practices, Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG ) and the Local Medical Committee (LMC) to develop PCNs in south Southwark. All practices have signed up to being a large PCN that covers all practices and the registered population of south Southwark. IHL is supporting the set up and implementation of PCNs, working closely with the four Clinical Directors and member practices. Key priorities for this year including recruitment of pharmacist and social prescriber roles to support the local population.
Our clinical directors
Our PCN is underpinned by four neighbourhoods, each led by a PCN clinical director:
- Camberwell – Dr Roger Durston
- Peckham – Dr Kishor Vasant
- Dulwich and Nunhead – Brenda Donnelly (practice nurse)
- Dulwich – Dr Gavin McColl
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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.