What is a PCN?
Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often.
To meet these needs, GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs).
PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.
Each of the 1,250 PCNs across England are based on GP registered patient lists, typically serving natural communities of between 30,000 to 50,000 people (with some flexibility). They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both people and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between GP practices and others in the local health and social care system.
Gordano Valley PCN is led by our Clinical Director Dr Natasha Ward and deputy Clinical Director Dr Richard Thomson.
Watch a short animation here that explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.
What practices make up our PCN?
Portishead Medical Group, Victoria Square, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AQ Tel: 01275 841630
Clevedon Medical Centre, Old Street, Clevedon, BS21 6DG. Tel: 01275 335666
Harbourside Family Practice, Marina Healthcare Centre, 2 Haven View, Portishead, BS20 7QA. Tel: 01275 868 500
Heywood Family Practice, 1 Lodway Gardens, Pill, BS20 0DL. Tel: 01275 372105