Moorlands Rural Primary Care Network (PCN) 

What are Primary Care Networks? 

Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often. 

To meet these needs, GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). 

PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve. 

Each of the 1,250 PCNs across England are based on GP registered patient lists, typically serving natural communities of between 30,000 to 50,000 people (with some flexibility). They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both people and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between GP practices and others in the local health and social care system. 

PCNs are led by clinical directors who may be a GP, general practice nurse, clinical pharmacist or other clinical profession working in general practice. 

What is Moorlands Rural Primary Care Network (PCN)? 

• Moorlands Rural PCN are a group of practices working together to focus on local patient care 

• Our PCN consists of 7 practices, with a total population of approximately 39,500 

• We have a strong leadership led by our 2 Clinical Directors and supported by our PCN Business Manager 

• We work collaboratively with our local GP Federation who support core General Practice and help sustain its future. The federation are facilitating and supporting the recruitment of these new roles within our Primary Care Network. Find out more and how to contact us here.

What difference does the primary care network make to patients? 

  • We provide care in different ways to match different people’s needs. This includes access to advice and support for ‘healthier’ sections of the population, and joined up care for those with complex conditions. 
  • Extra services are offered locally at each GP Practice and there is no need for the patients to travel outside of their normal GP Practice area. 
  • We recruit extra specialist clinical staff to work alongside existing practice staff. Including Social Prescribers, Pharmacists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. 
  • We offer improved access to services and extend the range of current services available to patients. 

Our Core Values 

  • We will demonstrate respect and have the high standards of integrity. 
  • We strive for continuous improvement. 
  • We welcome patient engagement. 

Our Vision 

  • To bring better health care to residents in the Moorlands Rural. 
  • To improve the quality of life for patients. 

Our Aims 

  • To develop the GP practice teams and make them fit to take the NHS into the future. 
  • To use data, technology and local knowledge to find the best health care solutions. 
  • To work together to ensure that we provide good care for both patients and staff whilst continuing to maintain the independence and individuality of each member practice.

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