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Primary Care Networks consist of GP practices and other NHS providers, hospitals, mental health specialists, voluntary services, community organisations, social care and pharmacies working together within a defined geographic area.

They are independent organisations with a shared vision and way of working that is aligned to NHS standards and delivery requirements. This means they meet national service requirements while providing care that is specific to their local communities.

Working together brings many benefits to patients, including:

Economies Of Scale

Sharing resources and staff means there are more staff available, there’s wider access to specialist care and support, and there’s access to new digital technologies.

Integrated Care

Bringing together specialists and GPs to provide a coordinated approach to care and sharing of information so patients have a simpler, more effective care journey.

Local Focus

Retaining the focus on community care through partnerships at local level means care provision reflects the needs of local people.

Specialist Support Staff

PCNs recruit and train additional staff to support GPs and nurses, including clinical pharmacists, first contact physiotherapists, health and wellbeing coaches, physician associates and social prescribers. Read more about these additional roles on our people you might meet page.

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