Working Together – PPG Update
Since the NHS was created in 1948, there have been changes. The population has grown and people are living longer, many 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, practices across the country have begun working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas, known as primary care networks.
The aim of primary care networks is to build on the core of current primary care services to support patients to make informed decisions about their own health and care and connecting them to a wide range of statutory and voluntary services to ensure they can access the care they need first time.
Our practices have a strong foundation to work from via our Fountains Care Community. As a Care Community covering a population of 38,845. We have been building relationships for the last 3 years and in the last year we have matured our approach.
We see the benefit of coming together and have named ourselves Chester Central Primary Care Network as the next stage in our evolution, to enable greater sustainability and improve patient care.
By working together, alongside our patients, we will have the opportunity to redesign the way we provide services, working with our Integrated Community Care Team which will deliver efficiencies and improved care and mean that practice teams achieve a better work/life balance.
We hope this will foster greater retention of key staff groups as well as make us an attractive place to work and therefore make recruitment easier/more successful in future.
You can find out more about primary care networks here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/primary-care/primary-care-networks/
We will ensure that the PPG’s from across our network are kept informed of the developments as we progress.
Dr Rebecca Banks Dr Aidan Magrath
PCN Clinical Directors PCN Clinical Directors