Primary Care Networks

“Education and training must support the delivery of more integrated ‘joined up’ care”.
Health Education England, 2016 (Improving Safety through Education & Training)

All of England will be covered by integrated care systems (ICSs) by April 2021 and key responsibilities placed on primary care networks (PCNs) – Providing support for ICSs and primary care networks and building local leadership capacity and capability should therefore be key priorities.

Alongside primary care networks, the plan commits to developing ‘fully integrated community-based health care’. This will involve developing multidisciplinary teams, including GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, and allied health professionals working across primary care and hospital sites. Over the next five years, all parts of the country will be required to increase capacity in these teams so that crisis response services can meet response times set out in guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Kings Fund Comment – International evidence shows that collaboration in primary care takes time; strong relationships, a shared vision and effective leadership are all crucial.

We can provide comprehensive training and support to help you develop High Performing Teams within your PCN and effectively manage the changing landscape.

“A GP working six sessions a week with 25 interactions per session could be involved in seven to eight severe harm incidents a year. However, despite primary care accounting for around 90% of patient interactions <1% of incidents reported to the NRLS in 2015/16 came from primary care”
– NHS Improvement, 2018

“Very informative & has left me thirsty for more! Very relevant to my role – will definitely recommend to others. Will be able to use my increased understanding at work”.
Helen Stevens, Team Leader, North Somerset Community Partnership

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