What is a Primary Care Network?
A primary care network consists of groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers, including across primary care, community services, social care and the voluntary sector, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to their local populations. Networks should be small enough to maintain the traditional strengths of general practice but at the same time large enough to provide resilience and support the development of integrated teams.
What are PCNs designed to do?
Primary care networks are designed to provide proactive, coordinated care to their local populations, in different ways to match different people’s needs, with a strong focus on prevention and personalised care. This means supporting patients to make informed decisions about their own health and care and connecting them to a wide range of statutory and voluntary services to ensure they can access the care they need first time. Networks should also have a greater focus on population health and addressing health inequalities in their local area, using data and technology to inform the delivery of population scale care models.
Which practices make up the South Sefton Primary Care Network?
There are 28 practices in South Sefton PCN, which are listed on our home page, with a map and links.
Our aims are to
- Improve resilience in General Practice
- Build a stronger and more sustainable general practice service across the Primary Care Network footprint
- Facilitate collaborative working between all Primary Care Network practices
- Engage with local health and care providers to develop place-based care to assist in the transformation of local services to improve the health and wellbeing of the Primary Care Network population
- Work with Patient Participation Groups to improved patient access, experience and quality
- Reach out to strengthen and develop working relationships with non-NHS community groups
- Develop signposting with Primary Care Network practices to streamline the patient journey to enhance more achievable and sustainable outcomes
- Further develop digital technology as a primary resource for practices and patients
- Work in collaboration with the local GP Federation to build and strengthen relationships