What are Primary Care Networks?

Since the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, our population has increased each year.  People are also living longer with more and more complex long term conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and mental health issues that need the help and support of a wide range of clinicians, health professionals and experts. The NHS Long Term Plan set out new and exciting ways of meeting the challenge of our growing population and helping them to live healthy, happy lives.

Our local GP practices have always worked closely with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas, and the new primary care networks bring local practices together into groups to support our population in receiving fully integrated care closer to home.

Over the next two years, your local primary care network will focus on delivering these key elements:

  • Structured medicines review and optimisation
  • Enhanced health in care homes
  • Anticipatory care
  • Personalised care
  • Supporting early cancer diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention and diagnosis
  • Tackling neighbourhood inequalities

You can find out more about primary care networks from our colleagues at NHS England.

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PCNs in Birmingham and Solihull

A list of the primary care networks within the NHS Birmingham and Solihull is available to view here.