Primary Care Network

We have now received lists of PCN practices from each of the 7 CCGs in Essex, and have completed a rudimentary mapping exercise.

Between 30 October and 10 November we are running a series of locality meetings with the pharmacists in each area to check that the mapping fits with where they feel they belong (this is easier to determine in some cases than others) and to identify a community pharmacy lead for each PCN. Once this has been agreed we will “publish” the maps on our website.

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Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with all general practices being 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.

PCNs are based on general practice registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000 patients. They should be small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and healthcare professionals, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between general practices and others in the local health and social care system, including community pharmacies.

The following page contains guidance and resources

Network Contract DES Guidance 2019-20

PCN Briefing for Pharmacy Teams