Primary care network are groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers, including community services, social care and the voluntary sector.
Networks are based around local communities of between 30,000 and 50,000 people. This means they are small enough to maintain the traditional strengths of general practice but large enough to provide resilience and to support collaborative working. Primary care networks will take on a range of responsibilities from July 2019.
Watch this short animation to find how this new way of working can help health and other services work together to provide better access for patients.
What will primary care networks do?
Primary care networks will deliver seven new services designed to:
- improve health and save lives
- improve the quality of care for people with multiple health conditions
- help to make the NHS more sustainable
The seven services are listed below. The first five services will be implemented by 2020 with the remaining two coming into operation at a later stage.
- medication reviews
- enhanced health in care homes
- proactive care for those most in need (anticipatory care
- personalised care
- supporting early cancer diagnosis
- cardiovascular disease case-finding
- locally agreed action to tackle inequalities.
GP practices within each network will also be expected to work together to provide a wider range of services than might be possible in individual practices, for example, first contact physiotherapy, extended access and social prescribing.
What does this mean for patients?
- Providing care in different ways to match different people’s needs – including flexible access to advice and support for ‘healthier’ sections of the population, and joined up care for those with complex conditions
- Focusing on prevention and personalised care – supporting patients to make informed decisions about their care and look after their own health, by connecting them with the full range of statutory and voluntary services
- Using data and technology to assess population health needs and health inequalities; to inform, design and deliver practice and populations scale care models; support clinical decision making, and monitor performance and variation to inform continuous service improvement
- Making best use of collective resources across practicesand other local health and care providers to allow greater resilience, more sustainable workload and access to a larger range of professional groups.
Primary care networks in Greater Huddersfield
|The Valleys Health and Social Care Network||Dr Dil Ashraf||Oaklands Health Centre
Elmwood Family Doctors
Slaithwaite Health Centre
Meltham Group Practice
Colne Valley Group Practice
|The Mast Primary Care Network||Dr Louise James||Dearne Valley Health Centre Skelmanthorpe Family Doctors
Lepton and Kirkheaton
Kirkburton Health Centre
Shepley Health Centre
|The Viaduct Care Network||Dr Sajid Nazir||New Street and Netherton
Meltham Road Surgery
Thornton Lodge Surgery
Crosland Moor Group Practice Newsome Surgery
Paddock & Longwood Family Practice Lockwood Surgery
|Greenwood Network||Dr Jane Ford||The Grange Group Practice
Woodhouse Hill Surgery
Fartown Green Road Surgery Bradford Road Surgery
Lindley Village Surgery
Lindley Group Practice
Birkby Health Centre
Surgery & Clifton Group
|Tolson Care Partnership||Dr Sarah Milligan||The Whitehouse Centre
Greenhead Family Doctors
Dr Glencross practice
University Health Centre
Waterloo Health Centre
The Junction Surgery