GP Practices agree to form Primary Care Networks
The networks will have ‘expanded neighbourhood teams’, which the Plan says ‘will comprise a range of staff such as GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, community geriatricians, dementia workers as well as physiotherapists and podiatrists, joined by social care and the voluntary sector’.
Subject to NHS England approval, each PCN will serve a population of between 30,000 to 50,000 patients. They will also provide assistance and expertise to member practices such as sharing staff to ease the pressure on local GPs.
Dr Hasan Chowhan, lead for Primary Care across the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS, said: “GPs across Suffolk and North East Essex are aware of the benefits that working in larger networks can have on patient care.
“It is a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities we serve.”
Dr Chowhan added: “There are also benefits for the workforce as it will lead to increased peer support.
“The introduction of these networks will assist our system to have greater levels of resilience and will also help services to be more accessible to people.”