Primary care networks enable the provision of proactive, accessible, coordinated and more integrated primary and community care improving outcomes for patients. They are formed around natural communities based on GP registered lists, often serving populations of around 30,000 to 50,000. Networks are small enough to still provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact through deeper collaboration between practices and others in the local health (community and primary care) and local social care systems and the voluntary sector.

Since April 2019, individual GP practices have been able to establish or join PCNs. A DES (directed enhanced service) supports the development of PCNs and covers a number of areas, including funding for the provision of additional workforce roles (ARRS roles that are increasing year on year) and services that the PCN will be required to provide.

They provide a platform for providers of care being sustainable into the longer term. The PCNs allow for the retention of what constitutes the very best of how general practice and wider primary care currently operates, retaining and building on the national GMS contract and the partnership models in place, while finding improved ways to deliver care that offer tangible benefits and improvements to patients, clinicians and the wider primary care team with the local population being the main driver for changes within services. Individual practices joining the network will retain their GMS or PMS contract, with the PCN DES being a contract to be delivered across the PCN in a collaborative fashion understanding that many practices have already been working collaboratively, sometimes as part of informal networks, on their own initiative.

At the PMA we pride ourselves on the understanding that one size doesn’t fit all and – therefore, we have various formats of our workshops and can adapt any programme / agenda to suit your local needs and necessaries – so, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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Who should attend?

  • Practice Managers
  • GPs
  • Business Managers


Bringing new benefits to patients the development of PCNs will mean that patients and the public will be able to access:

  • Resilient high-quality care from local clinicians and health and care practitioners, with more services provided out of hospital and closer to home.
  • A more comprehensive and integrated set of services, that anticipate rising demand and support higher levels of self-care.
  • Appropriate referrals and more ‘one-stop shop’ services where all of their needs can be met at the same time.
  • Different care models for different population groups (such as frail older persons, adults with complex needs, children) that are person-centred rather than disease centre.

The web workshop will be interactive – delegates will be encouraged to share challenges, issues and concerns they may have. Our facilitator will also share their experiences.

A workbook and guidance notes and will be provided to support this web workshop. Delegates will receive a useful summary of the day with further notes of the key messages of the day.

Certificates of attendance are awarded after the workshop.

Workshop Agenda

Below is an outline of the proposed agenda, if you have any questions please get in touch.

Introduction and Welcome – Programme, Objectives and Open Forum 
Local and national PCN update

  • Benefits to patients
  • Additional PCN roles available through the ARRS scheme
  • Local achievements to date and highlighting future achievements
Maintaining sustainable networks – PCN Development journey

  • Maintaining relationships
  • Shared Health Models
  • Integration and collaboration
Principles of an Effective Network

  • Creating the shared vision and horizon scanning for the future
  • Rules of engagement
  • Continuing stakeholder engagement
  • Peer working
  • Sharing knowledge and experience
PCN Structures and adapting operating models  

  • Limited company
  • Status
  • Federation support / management
  • Cross pollination of PCNs / Mergers
ICS / ICB Collaboration

    • What is an ICS and how do they collaborate with a PCN?
    • Transition to new care models
    • NHS England
    • How are integrated care systems and partnerships developing?
Action Planning
 Final summary & Q&A
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