Primary Care Networks

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices working together with other local organisations, such as community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services. They will support the needs of a population that has grown, is living longer, and may need to access local health services more often.

Our GP practices have been working together for a number of years, through federations, networks, clusters and partnerships. The NHS Long Term Plan and the new five-year framework for the GP contract, published in January 2019, make this more formal without creating new statutory bodies.

In practice PCNs will build on the work already undertaken and the current services offered by your GP practice. It will mean greater provision of proactive, personalised and coordinated care, as well as more integration between health and social care. This will provide clear benefits for patients and GPs.

PCNs are based on GP registered lists and typically serve communities of 30,000 to 50,000. There are some slightly smaller and some slightly larger than this, as is the case in South Lincolnshire.  They are designed to still provide the personalised care valued by patients, but be big enough to have impact and economies of scale through closer working.

All GP practices across the country have been encouraged to be part of a local PCN, with the aim that PCNs cover the whole country. In South Lincolnshire we have 100 percent coverage via three PCNs – Four Counties PCN, Market Deeping and Spalding PCN, and South Lincolnshire Rural PCN – see the table below for more detail.

Four Counties Primary Care Network 

Clinical Director: Dr Dan Petrie

Lakeside Healthcare Stamford
Ryhall Road

GP Practices:
 - Lakeside Healthcare Stamford
 - Hereward Medical Centre

Market Deeping and Spalding Primary Care Network 

Clinical Director: Dr Adeel Asim

Spalding and Market Deeping PCN
C/o Munro Medical Centre
West Elloe Avenue
PE11 2BY

GP Practices:
 - Beechfield Medical Centre
 - Deepings Practice
 - Munro Medical Centre
 - The Spalding GP Surgery

South Lincolnshire Rural Primary Care Network 

Clinical Director: Dr Saleem Ajumal

Allied Health South Lincolnshire
C/o Bourne Galletly Practice
40 North Road
PE10 9BT

GP Practices:
 - Abbeyview Surgery
 - Gosberton Medical Centre
 - Littlebury Medical Centre
 - Long Sutton Medical Centre
 - Moulton Medical Centre
 - Sutterton Surgery
 - Holbeach Park Road Medical Centre (LECCG)
 - Bourne Galletly Practice

The animation below explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working allows health and other services to work together to provide better access for you: