Since the NHS was created more than 70 years ago the population has grown and people are living longer, which is great. However, this also means that lots of people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or suffer with mental health issues and will probably need 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). Clinicians working in PCNs are able to be more proactive and provide better personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care close to home for their patients. PCNs are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients 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.
Each of the 1,250 PCNs across England are based on GP registered patient lists, typically serving communities of between 30,000 and 50,000 patients, and there are 6 in the Basingstoke area. CGH Partnership has a patient list of about 45,000 patients so we are a PCN in our own right and we have teamed up with the other 5 PCNs in the area to provide the Winter Assessment Hub service from the Old Basing practice and run the Covid Vaccination Programme at the Hampshire Court Hotel. By working together we have been able to ensure that these services have enough staff and resources to run efficiently and safely.
If you would like to know more about how PCNs work and how they benefit patient care, watch this short video: