Supporting our Primary Care Networks
What are PCNs?
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term plan, with General Practices being a part of a network, typically covering 30,000-50,000 patients. The networks will provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve.
PCNs are based on general practice registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000 patients. PCNs are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and healthcare professionals, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between general practices and others in the local health and social care system. In Guildford and Waverley there are 4 PCNs, Guildford East, North Guildford, East and West Waverley. They are led by Clinical Directors, separate to the Procare Board.
How is Procare supporting them?
Delivering at scale
In Guildford and Waverley there are four Primary Care Networks and Procare provides the employment and administrative support to help them function efficiently. Procare delivers the Improved Access service on behalf of the PCNs and employ many of the new Allied Health Professionals who are a key part of delivery of the additional services in Primary and Community Healthcare. Procare supports the recruitment and financial management of the networks.
Procare also works with Guildford and Waverley Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) alongside other Health and Social Care providers to deliver integrated care in our community in a collaborative approach.