What is a PCN

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Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key aspect of the NHS Long Term Plan, with general practices being a part of the network, typically covering 30,000-50,000 patients. PCNs, and the structures and funding they provide, allow services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients in their area.

PCNs are formed through local GP practices agreeing to work together and with the wider health and social organisations, including government private and charity groups across the community.   

They comprise of a range of staff such as GPs, practice nurses, paramedics, CPNs, care navigators/receptionist, but also allow for new roles to be funded. For example,  first contact physios, social prescribers/health coaches and physician assistants. The PCN team works with the district nurses, community geriatricians, dementia workers and Allied Health Professionals, such as physiotherapists and podiatrists/chiropodists in the community, joined by social care and the voluntary sector.


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