Primary Care Networks
Since 1 July 2019, GP practices in England have come together in around 1,300 geographical networks each covering populations of approximately 30–50,000 patients.
Seven Primary Care Networks (PCNs) operate in Barnet and are geographically based. We have lists of which practices are in which network on these pages.
Primary care networks build on the core of 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 proactive care for the people and communities they serve. In area where primary care networks have existed for a while there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians.
The networks will deliver additional services in primary care such as physiotherapy and provide appointments for patients outside the current opening hours.
Networks will receive specific funding for clinical pharmacists and social prescribing link workers in 2019/20, with funding for physiotherapists, physician associates and paramedics in subsequent years.
Primary care networks will be focused on delivering services, rather than on the planning and funding of services, responsibility for which will remain with Barnet CCG.. The ambition is that primary care networks will be the mechanism by which primary care representation is made stronger in , with the accountable clinical directors from each network being the link between general practice and the wider system.
Each PCN will regularly run multiprofessional educational sessions for staff in their networks. The subject will be relevant to services that they are planning to deliver. As well as this, staff from the PCNs will be invited to attend bi-monthly Pan Barnet meetings which are held with Barnet CCG and Barnet Federated GPs, as well as including an educational session facilitated by Barnet Primary Care Training Hub.
For more information about Primary Care Networks please see https://www.england.nhs.uk/primary-care/primary-care-networks/