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).

Primary care networks (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.

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Our Primary Care Network: Healthwest

Our Primary Care Network is called Healthwest. The four practices that comprise our network are Pembroke Road Surgery, The Family Practice, Students' Health Service and Whiteladies Health Centre. Our network covers nearly 72,000 patients located in Stoke Bishop, Bishopston, Henleaze, Redland, Clifton, Hotwells and Cotham.

Our Primary Care Network roles include Social Prescribers, Clinical Pharmacists, Care Co-ordinators and First Contact Physios.