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​Primary Care Networks launched in south east London


Primary care and community care are at the heart of the NHS Long term plan. The plan sets out an ambition for all GP practices to come together with neighbouring and associated practices in “Primary Care Networks” (PCN) to meet the needs of local populations.
 
PCNs are much more than groups of general practice. They are about groups of GP practices working together locally in partnership with community services, social care and other providers of health and care services around the needs of local patients.
 
Our Healthier South East London is very pleased to announce that we have now agreed the development of 35 PCNs across south east London and the contracts formalising these arrangements between local GP practices, will go live today (1 July 2019).
 
As part of a PCN, GPs will be able to work with multi-disciplinary teams, including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing support workers. This will help free-up family doctors and enable patients to access the care and support they need from a wider range of professionals in the community.
 
In the first year of the PCN contract, the focus will be on optimising current services across the network, such as the provision of extended opening hours for local practices and the development clinical pharmacists and social prescribing link workers.
 
It is expected that the capability and capacity of PCNs will build over the next five years of the contract to deliver fully integrated community-based care that meets the needs of our local populations.
 
Please see the below table which provides the number of PCNs agreed in each borough across south east London. The OHSEL website will be updated with further details, including the names of the practices making up each PCN, during the week commencing 8th July 2019.

​Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
​Number of GP practices
​Number of PCNs
​Bexley
​23
4​
​Bromley
​45
8​
​Greenwich
​35
6​
​Lewisham
​36
6​
​Lambeth
​41
9​
​Southwark
​34
2​
​Total
​215
​35