Frequently Asked Questions about Primary Care Networks

Here are some straightforward answers to some of the most common questions about Primary Care Networks. 

A PCN is a Primary Care Network.
There are two main reasons to tell patients about our network:  Firstly, if you are contacted by or referred to a member of our network team, then it’s easier for patients to verify staff’s identities.  Secondly, as PCNs are still relatively young, it’s a chance to introduce patients to these new services and the staff who deliver them.
Each network chooses the services and staff that will most benefit patients in their area.  Follow the link to meet our team. Working with our Clinical Directors, Dr Guy Clements, and Dr Ben Davies, are:  Clinical Pharmacists carry out reviews with patients who take multiple types of medication regularly.  Clinical Pharmacists:  Thomas Byrne   Carol Dolderson  Kristine Hanna  Social Prescribing Link Workers support people with a range of needs, connecting them to non-clinical services.  Social Prescribing Link Workers:  Clare Matthews  Sarah McGuinness   Kathryn McHarg  Lauren Woods   A team of Paramedic Practitioners who provide same-day assessments for people with acute medical issues.  Advanced Paramedic Practitioners:  Anna Broxson  Mathew Curtis-Holloway  Lyndsay Murray  Caroline Wood  A Network Physiotherapist who works with our Social Prescribers to run exercise classes for people who may be frail or isolated.  Physiotherapist:   Rachel Cowey 
Jesmond Lower Gosforth PCN has four member practices – Avenue Medical Practice, The Grove, Jesmond Health Partnership and Roseworth Surgery. 
Since 2019, when they were introduced alongside the NHS Long Term Plan and the revised GP contract.
To provide new, easily accessible services that meet the changing needs of people in the local area. There is a particular focus on helping the increasing number of people with long-term conditions manage their health and promoting positive, preventative healthcare. 
Each network has a Clinical director – ours are Dr Guy Clements and Dr Ben Davies, and a board made up of representatives from each practice.

NHS England gives each network funding based on the number of patients their member practices look after. The board and Clinical Director decide which services patients would most benefit from and recruit specialist staff to provide those services.

No. They exist solely within the NHS. All network funding comes centrally from NHS England, and all PCN services are available to patients through their GP practice. 
There is a broader range of specialist services that are now easily accessible through GP practices and tailored to the specific needs of the patients. It also means patients will get to the best person to help them sooner. 
There are clear and consistent pathways for practices to refer patients to the specialist services that patients need. 
The best route is through your GP practice. Depending on the service, a member of the admin or reception team may be able to refer you. For some services, it will require a Doctor to make a referral.  
There is a list of our current staff in a previous answer in the FAQs. Team members will also be able to confirm information with you that your GP practice holds. 

We will shortly be launching a new set of connected GP practice and PCN websites, which will see all network staff’s profiles being featured on the staff pages of each GP practice.

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Jesmond Health Partnership was formed in 2019. Read more about us and meet the Team here.