Primary Care Networks
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) were introduced into the National Health Service in England as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, and form the building blocks of Integrated Care Systems. A PCN consists of a group of general practices working together with a range of local providers (pharmacy, mental health, social care, community and voluntary sector), serving a population of at least 30,000 and not tending to exceed 50,000. They build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care.
The information about PCNs will be published by ODS online, including name, address, codes and GP practice partner information. From the point of publication, all PCN data (including the practice partner relationships) will be maintained by the relevant commissioning organisation informing ODS of changes to PCNs in their area. It is believed this information could change frequently, with ODS releasing the data monthly.
This publication will apply the most recent version of the practice partner relationship to provide an estimate for the number of patients registered within a PCN.