Primary Care Networks launched
01 Jul 2019
Understanding primary care networks briefing
Primary Care Networks have just been launched and helpfully The Health Foundation has written a briefing.
It examines the thinking behind the networks, explores relevant evidence and the intended benefits and possible risks for the future of PCNs.
Key points from the briefing:
- From 1 July 2019, patients in England will be covered by a primary care network (PCN) – the most significant reform to general practice in England in a generation.
- PCNs should help to integrate primary care with secondary and community services, and thus bridge a gap between general practice and emerging Integrated Care Systems.
- Since January 2019, practices have been organising themselves into local networks to provide care at greater scale by sharing staffing and some funding.
- While PCNs offer the potential to integrate care and improve services, there is a risk that the speed of implementation will undermine the best intentions of the policy.
Read the briefing online