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Primary Care Networks

Primary Care Networks have now been rolled out across England. Wilmington Healthcare brings you the most up-to-date information on PCNs, helping you to understand who’s who, what they do and what their priorities are in 2020/21.

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Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of practices that collaborate locally, in partnership with community services, social care and other providers of health and care services. Funding comes from Directed Enhanced Service (DES) payments, which are an extension of the new core GP Contract. PCNs which cover 30,000-50,000 people are the building blocks for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), which themselves cover a population of 1-3m. They will have wide-ranging contractual responsibilities and foster close cooperation on a variety of clinical and pathway issues.

April 2020 onwards 
PCNs are contracted to deliver seven new national service specifications which cover 41 requirements that implement many of the primary and community care commitments in the long term plan.

The seven specifications are from April 2020:
1. Anticipatory care for high need patients with complex long-term conditions
2. Enhanced health support in care homes
3. Structured medications review and optimisation
4. Personalised care
5. Supporting early cancer diagnosis

And from April 2021:
6. CVD prevention and diagnosis
7. Tackling neighbourhood inequalities

PCN resources

Best available NHS activity data

Wilmington Healthcare have the best available information on the practices that form the PCNs including referral activity, cost of varying healthcare provision, QOF, and prescribing data, all at PCN level.

Contact us to find out how we can help you understand and engage with Primary Care Networks. Complete the form at the bottom of this page or speak to your Wilmington Healthcare account director.


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Our PCN contact data includes:

1, 232 Accountable Clinical Directors: The Accountable Clinical Director for each Primary Care Network has overall responsibility for delivery. They lead the strategic planning, working both with the member practices and their Integrated Care System. Their wide-ranging role will cover aspects such as workforce development, service changes and patient pathways, relationships with other networks, providers and commissioners, as well as facilitating involvement with primary care research bodies.

220 Chairpersons: The head of the board of non-executive directors. Responsible for strategy and monitoring progress.

All contacts are regularly verified and updated by our team of specialist researchers; giving you the quality, targeted data you need and the reassurance that you will be GDPR compliant.

Changes are still being made within the NHS and coverage of these roles will be progressed over time.

For a full list of our healthcare contact data click here.

Contact us to discuss how you can identify your new-look NHS customer and support them in the delivery of their plans to improve care locally. Complete the form below or speak to your Wilmington Healthcare account director who will be happy to help you.