About Aylesbury Central Primary Care Network
Who are we?
Aylesbury Central PCN was set up on the 1st July 2019 (formerly known as BMW PCN) we are made up of two practices Berrycroft Community Health Centre and Whitehill Surgery, we have a combined patient population of approximately 41,000 patients. One of the reasons you might not know what a PCN is, is because you still access your GP practice and the services they offer as normal, however the PCN provides different members of staff who work across both practices.
Our PCN has employed Health and Wellbeing Coaches, Social Prescribers, Care Coordinators, Physiotherapists and Pharmacists. We are always looking to expand our team so please check the vacancy page for live roles or submit your CV.
What is a Primary Care Network?
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). 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. Each of the 1,250 PCNs across England are based on GP registered patient lists, typically serving natural communities of between 30,000 to 50,000 people (with some flexibility). They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both people and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between GP practices and others in the local health and social care system. PCNs are led by clinical directors who may be a GP, general practice nurse, clinical pharmacist or other clinical profession working in general practice. Over 99% of general practices are part of a PCN, who sign up to the Network Contact DES which details their core requirements and entitlements.