Project Description

Primary care networks (PCN) enable the provision of proactive, accessible, coordinated and more integrated primary and community care improving outcomes for patients. They are likely to be formed around natural communities based on GP registered lists, often serving populations of around 30,000 to 50,000. Networks will be 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.

From April 2019, individual GP practices will be able to establish or join PCNs. A DES (directed enhanced service) will support the development of PCNs and will cover a number of areas, including funding for the provision of additional workforce and services that the PCN will be required to provide. They will provide a platform for providers of care being sustainable into the longer term.

The PCNs will allow for the retention of what constitutes the very best of how general practice and wider primary care currently operates, retaining and building on the national GMS contract and the partnership models in place, while finding improved ways to deliver care that offer tangible benefits and improvements to patients, clinicians and the wider primary care team. Individual practices joining the network will retain their GMS or PMS contract, with the PCN building on it and understanding that many practices have already been working collaboratively, sometimes as part of informal networks, on their own initiative.

The over-riding drivers – to bring care closer to community and connect the local primary care teams.

  • Duration: Full day

  • Location: On-site/locally

Who should attend?

  • Practice Managers
  • GPs
  • Business Managers


Bringing new benefits to patients the development of PCNs will mean that patients and the public will be able to access:

  • Resilient high-quality care from local clinicians and health and care practitioners, with more services provided out of hospital and closer to home.
  • A more comprehensive and integrated set of services, that anticipate rising demand and support higher levels of self-care.
  • Appropriate referrals and more ‘one-stop shop’ services where all of their needs can be met at the same time.
  • Different care models for different population groups (such as frail older persons, adults with complex needs, children) that are person-centred rather than disease centre.

The workshop will be interactive – delegates will be encouraged to share challenges, issues and concerns they may have. Our facilitator will also share their experiences.

A workbook and guidance notes and will be provided to support this workshop. Delegates will receive a useful summary of the day with further notes of the key messages of the day.

Certificates of attendance are awarded after the workshop.

Workshop Agenda

Below is an outline of the proposed agenda, if you have any questions please get in touch.

09.00 Registration 
09.15 Introduction and Welcome – Programme, Objectives and Open Forum 
9.30 Background to PCNs

  • Bringing new benefits to patients
09.45 Establishing sustainable networks – PCN Development journey

  • Foundations
  • First Steps – identifying partners
  • Step 2 – Shared Health Models
  • Step 3 – Full integration
10.15 Potential PCN Structures and operating models

  • Flat practice network
  • Lead provider
  • GP Federation provider
  • Super practice
  • Non-GP provider model
10.45 PCN Funding

  • Funding Streams
  • To individual practices
  • Extended hours
  • Extended access funding
  • Investment
  • Workforce
11.15 BREAK – tea & coffee
11.40 Employee issues

  • Shared resources
  • Employee liabilities
  • Pensions
  • VAT
12.10 PCN Staff Roles

  • Clinical Director
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • JDs
  • Benefits to patients
  • Benefits to practices
12.45 LUNCH
13.45 Building Resilience – Creating a Healthy and Productive Environment

  • Resilience in your own team
  • Practice some concepts that help:
    • Start with the end in mind
    • Circle of influence/concern
    • Limiting beliefs
  • What else do I/we need to do to create a supportive environment?
  • What’s within my control? If not, what else can I do?
14.45 Local Perspective
15.15 BREAK
15.30 Action Planning
16.00 Open Forum – what next?
16.30 Close
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