Primary care networks

Our primary care networks page brings together updates, newsviews and resources on PCNs to keep you up to date on this evolving area.

The concept of primary care networks (PCNs) of local GP practices and multidisciplinary community teams was first introduced in January 2019 with the publication of the NHS long term plan. It outlined how, through new investment, neighbouring general practices—typically covering 30,000 to 50,000 people—would join forces and work at scale as multidisciplinary teams and provide a proactive approach to population health management under a network contract and combined resources. The aim of PCNs is to provide a wider range of services for patients and better integration with the wider healthcare system, alongside improved staff recruitment and retention and better financial management.  

The question is, how are PCNs performing? What are the ongoing challenges? Have there been many successes? Are PCNs improving the provision of personalised, coordinated health and social care for people closer to home?