Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with all general practices required to be in a network by June 2019, and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) being required to commit recurrent funding to develop and maintain them.
The networks will have expanded neighbourhood teams which will comprise a range of staff such as GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, community geriatricians, dementia workers and Allied Health Professionals such as physiotherapists and podiatrists/chiropodists, joined by social care and the voluntary sector’.
The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework settlement 2019/20 – 2023-34 has a mention of integration with PCNs included within transitional payments and a standalone criteria within the Pharmacy Quality Scheme.
Under the plans, all general practices will be aligned to a PCN, covering 30,000-50,000 patients, with local Enhanced services funded by CCGs and provided through the new network contracts (see below). The networks will provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve. It is important that community pharmacy teams are fully involved in the work of their PCN. Further information on PSNC website.
A Primary Care Network Update and mapping of community pharmacies is available in the news.