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What is a Primary Care Network?

Primary Care Networks link staff from general practice with other local services such as community-based, hospitals, mental health services, social care and voluntary organisations to deliver joined-up care for populations of approximately 30,000 – 50,000.

In Bassetlaw, there are three Primary Care Networks:

The role of the ICP is to support the Primary Care Networks by enabling developments that can most appropriately be managed at Bassetlaw place level, for the whole of Bassetlaw’s 116,000 population.

The ICP also links Bassetlaw and its Primary Care Networks to the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS), and Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. These partnerships operate across a larger population to support health and care developments best managed at populations greater than those at place level – populations of greater than 500,000.

GP Primary Care Network Contracts

The new GP Primary Care Network contract provides the facility and funding to form networks, as well as for additional workforce.

Primary Care Networks build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care.

Each network nominates a Clinical Director (CD), chosen from the GPs within the network; how this is done is up to the members of the network. The Clinical Directors in Bassetlaw are:

Primary Care Networks may also commission other services to meet the needs of their populations. They are expected to provide a range of services, including extended hours, and from 2020 deliver structured medication reviews, enhanced work with care homes, personalised care and supporting early cancer diagnosis. From 2021, tackling cardiovascular disease and health inequalities will also be included.

Social Prescribing Link Workers

Hundreds of Bassetlaw people already benefit from social prescribing, which is managed by BCVS and provides access to services and activities provided by voluntary organisations and community groups across the District. More information is available here.

Social prescribing ‘link workers’ are part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Each of Bassetlaw’s Primary Care Networks will have link workers to give people time to talk about what matters to them and support them to find suitable activities that are a better alternative to medication as part of the provision of ‘personalised care’. By 2023/24, the NHS expects that social prescribers nationally will be handling around 900,000 patient appointments a year.