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, practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in primary care networks.
Primary care networks build on the core of current primary care services (your GP, midwives, health visitor, district nurses, etc.) and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care.
What difference will primary care networks make for patients?
Primary care networks have the potential to benefit patients by offering improved access and extending the range of services available to them, (e.g., physiotherapy, podiatry) and by helping to integrate primary care with wider health and community services