Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a central part of the long term NHS plans to improve patient care. At VWV, we have advised over 1,700 GP practices and other primary care providers in the last 25 years.
From Network DES to collaborative working, our PCN survey report highlights practices' key thoughts and challenges in relation to establishing and developing a Network, along with our recommendations to assist and support GP practices.
According to our survey, it was clear many GP practices were keen in signing up to the Network DES with 96% expressing an interest before 1 July 2019 deadline - and 93% already had their agreed PCN participants in place.
It was useful to know that 94% were confident in their overall understanding of PCNs, including their structure and purpose, and by mid-May, 71% of GP practices had already chosen a structure, 47% identified a nominated payee, 29% completed the registration form, and 21% identified the employer.
There was also an average between 2 - 8 groups of GP practices within a PCN with an aggregated patient list size of between 22 - 82k who have chosen to work more closely together, with other primary and community care staff and health and care organisations, providing integrated services to their local populations.