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Primary Care Network

Suffolk Primary Care

Primary Care Network

A key part of the NHS long-term plan, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) brings general practice together to work at scale. This added scale supports practices to improve their ability to recruit and retain staff; to manage financial and estates pressures; to provide a wider range of services to patients and to more easily integrate with the wider health and care system.

Networks are largely geographically based and, between them, aim to cover all practices within an integrated care system (ICS) boundary. ICSs bring together NHS, local authority and third sector bodies to take on responsibility for the resources and health of an area or ‘system’. Their aim is to deliver better, more integrated care for patients

NHS England sees PCNs as a key vehicle for delivering many of the commitments in its long-term plan and providing a wider range of services to patients. These contracts include structured medication reviews, enhanced health in care homes and supporting early cancer diagnosis.

In order to successfully deliver these new contracts PCNs are expected to provide a wider range of services to patients; this includes a more diverse set of staff roles than has previously been supported by many practices and will include, for example, first contact physiotherapists, physician associates, and paramedics.

There will also be improved links with community-based health teams and mental health trusts to provide services for patients with more complex needs, whilst delivering more proactive and anticipatory care.

PCNs are funded by significant new NHS monies, announced by the Prime Minister in June 2018. This includes nearly £3.5Billion of new funding for new staff between 2020 and 2024.

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Suffolk Primary Care is a member of two Primary Care Networks:

  • East Suffolk PCN is one of the largest PCNs in England, made up of 10 practices and 115,000 patients, covering a large area of East Suffolk from Felixstowe to Eye in the Northwest.

  • Forest Heath PCN is 8 practices and 73,000 patients in the northwest corner of Suffolk straddling the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk borders between Newmarket, Mildenhall, Lakenheath and Brandon.

  • Haven Health

  • Howard House Surgery

  • Combs Ford Surgery

  • Stowhealth

  • Debenham Group Practice

  • Mendlesham Medical Group

  • Fressingfield Medical Centre

  • Eye Health Centre

  • The Grove Medical Centre

  • The Derby Road Practice

  • Orchard House Surgery

  • Rookery Medical Centre

  • Oakfield Surgery

  • Brandon Medical Practice

  • Reynard Surgery

  • Market Cross Surgery

  • Lakenheath Surgery

  • Forest Surgery