The new primary care network (PCN) contract has received ‘overwhelming take-up’, with almost all GP practices in England signing-up.
NHS England has announced that the new PCNs will now receive a share of £500 million per year for staffing and service provision. The contract is intended to deliver aspects of the NHS Long Term Plan:
- Additional support for care home residents, with accountability and strengthened links between clinicians and residents
- More clinical pharmacists, tackling polypharmacy and running medication reviews
- Improved early cancer diagnosis, with improved referral and screening measures
Ruth Rankine, director of the NHS Confederation’s PCN Network, said:
“This is great news for primary care and for patients. PCNs are absolutely key to delivering the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan, ensuring that patients, irrespective of where they live, get access to the same services whilst giving PCNs the flexibility to respond to the needs of their local population.”
Find the NHS England announcement here.