Newcastle North PCN

Why are Primary Care Network’s (PCN’s) being set-up?

In January 2019 NHS England published a 10 year plan for the NHS. It is designed to tackle 3 key issues:

  • Limited funding – by working together we can achieve enough scale to pool our resources together in a way that cannot be achieved in isolation.
  • Shortages of Clinical Staff, especially GPs – PCNs are a natural way for health services to become more integrated and supports the creation of new roles to adapt to the needs of Patients
  • Growing pressures from an increasing and ageing population – PCN Clinical Directors will provide the strategic and clinical leadership to better shape health services to the needs of the local area.

What is planned for the next few years?

  • In 2019/2020 PCNs started to develop and recruit a Clinical Pharmacist and a Social Prescriber.
  • In 2020 PCNs were allowed to recruit other roles such as a Physiotherapist, Physician Associate and a Dietitian
  • 2021 onwards could see PCNs recruit a community Paramedic, Mental Health Practitioner and further develop the local services.

What is a Primary Care Network?

A Primary Care Network (PCN) is a group of GP Practices working together, with local providers, community services, social care and the voluntary sector, to offer a more personalised and co-ordinated health service to the local population.

Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS.

We will be working alongside paramedics, physiotherapists, clinical pharmacists, social prescribers and physician’s assistants to deliver a holistic approach to healthcare, with a strong focus on prevention and personalised care.

What are the benefits of a PCN?

  • A Clinical Pharmacist who will review complex medicine regimes, review long term conditions and improve prescribing safety.
  • A Social Prescriber who will connect people with community based support, building on what matters to that individual.
  • A Physiotherapist etc.
  • A Dietitian etc.

Newcastle North PCN has also set up a Care Home Team which includes a Physician Associate, Care Home Practitioner and Clinical Pharmacists. This team look after all of the care homes within the PCN etc

PCNs will typically have a patient population of between 30-50,000 patients. The Newcastle North PCN will cover a population of 35,000 patients.

  • As a PCN we are able to offer a prescription ordering direct (POD) service and can take requests for repeat prescriptions over the telephone, for more information click the link: Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) Service
  • The PCN also issues a bimonthly Newsletter with our latest developments which can be found here: NN PCN Newsletters

Which practices form the Newcastle North Primary Care Network?

Audley Health Centre
Church Street, Audley. ST7 8EW. 
📞01782 276999

Talke Surgery
High Street, Talke Pits. ST7 1QQ.
📞01782 783565

Heathcote Street Surgery
2 Heathcote Street, Chesterton. ST5 7EB
📞01782 561057

Dr Harbidge and Partners,
Kidsgrove Medical Centre, Kidsgrove. ST7 4AY
📞01782 831101

Dr Robinson and Partners
Kidsgrove Medical Centre, Kidsgrove. ST7 4AY
📞01782 777991

Patients will continue to be registered at their existing practice which will remain their main point of contact for their care.