Primary Care Networks

From 1 July 2019, GP practices have begun to work together in ‘Primary Care Networks’ (PCNs), to share their expertise and resources over wider geographical area.

The NHS’s Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, aims to integrate a lot of services which have traditionally worked separately - like mental health services, physiotherapy and social care. By working together in a PCN, city practices will be able to offer you a wider range of services than they could deliver on their own, and give you much faster and more efficient access to the right care and support.

Each PCN will develop teams of healthcare professionals, including GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, community paramedics, physiotherapists and other health workers, to provide tailored care for patients in their community. A ‘Social Prescriber’ will be appointed in each PCN to help direct people to a whole range of nonmedical services, like social clubs, community support groups and exercise activities, that will help them take greater control of their own health and stay well.

In Portsmouth we hope that the developing PCNs will help to deliver the personal care we know is valued by both patients and GPs, and to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between practices.

To see more details about the individual PCNs in the city, click on the links to the right of this page.

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