Primary Care Networks

The RCGP supports the development of collaborative primary care networks to improve patient outcomes, reduce the current pressures faced by individual practices and improve the working environment for primary care teams.

From April 2019, GP practices in England can expect changes to their contract mandating them to join a Primary Care Network (PCN) by the end of 2019 – working together with neighbouring practices, community and social care services to find efficiencies and deliver a wide range of services to patients, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The networks will have 'expanded neighbourhood teams', which the Plan says 'will comprise a range of staff such as GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, community geriatricians, dementia workers and AHPs such as physiotherapists and podiatrists/chiropodists, joined by social care and the voluntary sector'.

Under the plans, all GP practices will be aligned to a PCN, covering 30,000 - 50,000 patients, with local enhanced services funded by CCGs through the new network contracts. The networks will provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve.

Our team of advisers and consultants are perfectly placed to support and facilitate practices to achieve these aims.

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The RCGP Primary Care Development team

We have a large network of expert clinical and practice advisers and trainers with extensive experience of working with individual practices and at scale organisations across England to develop leadership and support organisational change.

We can work with you and provide expert independent advice for your collaboration / network at any stage, whether you are at the first stages of coming together or you are an established network looking to refine your governance structure and better support your patients.

Through our GP Excellence Programme, we are already working in partnership with CCGs, helping them to transform primary care teams and delivery structures across whole commissioning areas.

The GP Excellence Programme supports delivery structures to develop practice performance and sustainability through the key QI tools developed by RCGP. It is an evidence-based approach that helps primary care free up time to deliver initiatives and embed new approaches more effectively and efficiently into practice. QI helps the primary care team to make the most of their systems, organisations, talents and expertise to deliver better outcomes for patients.

"GPs are open to working differently in the best interests of patient care, and we know that working in larger groupings can be beneficial in terms of increased peer support, building resilience in the system and working more collaboratively – and primary care networks (PCN) build on models that have been shown to be successful.”
Helen Stokes Lampard, RCGP Chair


Our expert team has recently completed work with Waltham Forest CCG

We provided support for a group of practices in the locality and also provided overall support to the WFCCG QI programme, sharing learning, and contributing to the future resilience and sustainability of WFCCG primary care.

"The feedback from practices to the CCG has been consistently positive... all the practices have expressed interest in future Waltham Forest QI programmes as a result of prompting from the RCGP and the programme has helped develop a culture of review amongst some of the practices." 


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