One Health Lewisham is a GP federation of 35 General Practices in Lewisham which cares for more than 300,000 people.
We provide a range of primary care and community services to our local residents, various ‘at scale services’ for practices as well as professional staff training. As GP providers, we work with Lewisham patients every day. We meet nationwide challenges with local knowledge and expertise, tailoring our services to reflect the needs of the communities in which we work. We know that Lewisham practices are ideally placed to respond to the challenges posed by the diverse needs and high population turnover within our communities.
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with general practices being a part of a network, typically covering 30,000-50,000 patients. The networks will provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve
As with GP Federations, GP practices and their registered lists of patients are the foundations of PCNs, but, Primary Care Networks are a different approach to the collaboration between health and social care professionals in providing the holistic care for a natural community of people, with each PCN having the notion of place and the idea that communities know what they need.
- From 1 July 2019, patients in England will be covered by a primary care network (PCN) – the most significant reform to general practice in England in a generation.
- PCNs should help to integrate primary care with secondary and community services, and thus bridge a gap between general practice and emerging Integrated Care Systems.
- Since January 2019, practices have been organising themselves into local networks to provide care at greater scale by sharing staffing and some funding.
- While PCNs offer the potential to integrate care and improve services, there is a risk that the speed of implementation will undermine the best intentions of the policy.
OHL are currently working closely with PCN clinical directors to evolve a unique development support offer for each PCN and their clinical directors