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NHS Digital have published ODS codes for all Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
In addition to the PCN codes, ODS data will include information on the:
- core partner relationships from practices to PCNs
- relationship between the PCN and a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
- where a PCN crosses more than 1 CCG boundary, ODS data will only identify the lead/main CCG, as data restrictions will only allow 1 CCG to parent a PCN
- the relationship type between PCN and CCG will be a commissioning relationship in ODS data - this is being included to support future proofing to facilitate prescribing in the event this is agreed, and which is currently being considered - however, the contractual commissioning relationship for PCNs remains between the relevant CCG or NHS England local team and the individual GP Practices within the PCN
The information published by NHS Digital can be accessed in accordance with the routes outlined in section 1, which will provide live data. NHS Digital will publish on a monthly basis, an excel spreadsheet containing information for all PCNs and a specification providing information on what the file contains and how the data is maintained. The excel spreadsheet will provide mapping information for practices to PCNs, PCNs to CCGs and which PCNs cross CCG boundaries.
From 25 November 2019 onwards, the clustering functionality in the Calculating Quality and Reporting Service (CQRS) must no longer be used by CCGs to manage PCN – practice relationships changes. This functionality will be disabled. Instead CCGs are to inform ODS as per the information outlined in section 3.