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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).

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.


First Contact Physio

Allied Health are providing a remote triage physio service on behalf of the Primary Care Network (PCN).

We are working together with Little St Johns Street, Framfield and Peninsula Practice as a PCN. The PCN provides various services across the surgeries. They currently employ;


Kyle Tanner

Digital & Transformation Lead for PCN

Lauren Donkin


Pharmacists at Wickham Market Medical Centre

David Persaud  
Bhargavi Guvvala - Lead Pharmacist, MSc, IPP
Mohammed Yasin - MPharm
Louise Grinham
Kayleigh Symons
Victoria Phipps

Care Coordinators

Sarah Lawrance
Sophie Thorpe
Katie Green
Tara Knul