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.

East and North Hertfordshire CCG primary Care Network (PCN) Update

East and North Herts CCG has now published their confirmed list of the twelve PCNs across their area. Therefore the LPC has undertaken a mapping of where existing community pharmacies would align with each PCN which we are now publishing as a draft to all community pharmacies for your confirmation.

Please note this is not a definitive list and we would now encourage you to review where your community pharmacy has been placed within this list. If you believe you have been placed in the correct PCN there is no need to confirm this but if you feel that you would be better placed within another PCN please email info@hertslpc.org.uk by Thursday 5 September 2019 and we will update the list. However there are 29 pharmacies that we have situated within more than one PCN. These 29 pharmacies are encouraged to choose one PCN to engage with; this could be based on the number of prescriptions they get from a particular PCN or any other way they perceive as the  most logical. Please let the LPC know by email to info@hertslpc.org.uk to which PCN you would wish to align by Thursday 5 September 2019.

At some point a further mapping may be undertaken more centrally about where community pharmacies should be situated alongside PCNs but the above will give you a good basis to start engaging with your local GP practices within the PCN. We will aim to publish the final list on Friday 6 September 2019 with guidance on communication to other community pharmacies within your PCN and we will share the information on where community pharmacies are aligned to the East and North Herts PCNs and the CCG.

Please note we have not yet completed the mapping for Herts Valleys CCG as they have not yet published their confirmed list of PCNs. As soon as this is formally published, which we hope to be soon, we will also publish a mapping for Herts Valleys CCG.