Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often.
To meet these needs, practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in primary care networks.
Primary care networks build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging primary care networks are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians.
For information on primary care networks from NHS England, please click here.
Please click here to go to the Kings Fund website which will give you an easy to read “Primary Care Networks (PCNs) explained”.
For more detailed Buckinghamshire information, please click here.
You can see the NHS England press release here giving the position as of 1 July 2019.