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Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

Primary care and community care are at the heart of the NHS Long term plan. The plan sets out an ambition for all GP practices to come together with neighbouring and associated practices in “Primary Care Networks” (PCN) to meet the needs of local populations. 

In line with national guidance, PCNs are much more than clusters of general practice. It is about groups of practices coming together locally in partnership with community services, social care and other providers of health and care services around the needs of local patients.

They have been formed around natural communities based on GP registered lists, serving populations of around 30,000 to 50,000 - small enough to still provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact through deeper collaboration between practices and others in the local health (community and primary care) and social care system. 

PCNs will bring clear benefits, not only for wider health and care partners, but for general practices and patients too:

  • For practices, PCNs will bring greater collaborative working, where systems and processes are always improving, where the burden of administration is reducing, and where resources are used in the best way – freeing up more time to spend on patient care. 
  • For patients, care will be accessed through a range of easy-to-use methods, designed and delivered to suit their needs, include a wider range of services, and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team – thereby improving population health outcomes. 
  • Wider health and care partners should experience increased cooperation across organisational boundaries to allow greater join up of services, a more population-focused approach to decision making and resource allocation, and a wider range of services in the community so patients don’t have to default to the acute sector.

PCNs in south east London

Our Healthier South East London are very pleased to announce that we have now agreed the development of 35 PCNs across South East London and the contracts formalising these arrangements between local GP practices, went live on 1st July 2019. 

As part of a PCN, GPs will be able to recruit multi-disciplinary teams, including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing support workers, freeing up family doctors to focus on the sickest patients.

In the first year of the PCN contract, the focus will be on optimising current services across the network, such as the provision of extended opening hours for local practices and the development clinical pharmacists and social prescribing link workers. It is expected that the capability and capacity of PCNs will build over the next five years of the contract to deliver fully integrated community-based care that meets the needs of our local populations.

The table below, provides a high-level overview of the number of PCNs agreed in each borough across South East London. The OHSEL website will be updated with further details, including the names of the practices making up each PCN. 

Table

 

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Bexley

In Bexley, we are fully committed to ensuring enhanced, sustainable and modern care for our residents, and general practice is at the heart of this approach.

Bexley’s 23 GP Practices have already been working together in clusters/localities for some time. 

The CCG is supporting four applications from networks as follows:

 

North Bexley Primary Care Network

This network comprises of the following practices from the North Bexley locality:

  • Lakeside Medical Centre
  • Belvedere Medical Centre
  • Bulbanks Medical Centre
  • Northumberland Heath MC
  • Riverside Surgery
  • Slade Green Medical Centre
  • Crayford Town Surgery
  • Bexley Medical Group

Clinical Directors – Dr Surjit Kailey and Dr Sush Bhadra

 

Clocktower Primary Care Network

This network comprises the following practices from the Clocktower locality:

  • Bellegrove Surgery
  • The Westwood Surgery
  • Bexley Group Practice
  • The Welling Medical Practice
  • Crook Log Surgery
  • Dr Thavapalan & Partners
  • Bursted Wood Surgery

Clinical Directors -   Dr Nisha Nair and Dr Lakhbir Kailey

 

Frognal Primary Care Network

This network comprises the following practices from the Frognal locality:

  • Woodlands Primary Care
  • Station Road Surgery
  • The Barnard Medical Group
  • Sidcup Medical Centre

Clinical Directors -   Dr Sonia Khanna-Deshmukh and Dr Pandu Balaji

 

APL Network

This network effectively is made up of three practices that span vertically across each of the localities.

  • Lyndhurst Medical Centre
  • The Albion Surgery
  • Plas Meddyg Surgery

Clinical Directors -   Dr Miran Patel and Dr Mehal Patel 

 

Ingleton Avenue Surgery              

Ingleton Avenue Surgery in Bexley (based in Clocktower PCN) has chosen not to accept the Network Contract DES and is therefore not a member of any of the networks being established in Bexley. Clocktower PCN which is the most geographically aligned network to this practice has agreed to provide network services for the registered patients of Ingleton Avenue Surgery.

 

Ingleton Avenue Surgery will remain responsible for delivering core contract services to its registered list.

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