Yeovil Primary Care Network

To meet the needs of patients, GP practices are working together with in their local areas and these are known as PCNs. There are 1250 PCNs across England and typically serve 30 – 50,000 people which fits perfectly with Yeovil. The aim is to share the resources of the practices and collaborate, together with the others who provide health resources in Yeovil, to allow for creation of enhanced services and opportunities for you to receive more personalised care. You will have experienced this in the initial stages of Covid when the 5 practices worked together, then during the delivery of Flu and the covid vaccinations at The Gateway.  This does not mean that any support or care you require will not be led by your own GP practice, but that you may receive enhanced care in a different way, meeting and being supported by the wider PCN team – which is made up of GPs, Nurses, Advanced Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Care Coordinators, Health and Wellbeing Coaches from your own practice, other practices or part of the PCN central team.
  

The 5 GP Practices that have joined together to form the Yeovil PCN are:

Yeovil Primary Care Network Leadership Team

PCN Board: Dr Pro Sarker, Dr Ian Boyland, Dr David Cripps, Dr Mala Ariaratnam, Karen Lashly, Kathy Eke, Lisa Tabner, Charlotte Blocke

Clinical Director: Dr Pro Sarker

Digital Transformation Manager: Jenna Malcolm

Lead Nurse: Lou Levy

What are Primary Care Networks?

PCNs build on current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively providing care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging PCNs are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians. PCNs usually have a 30-50k population and are geographically contiguous (next to or touching another). All GP practices in our area are expected to sign up to be a member of a PCN.  You can read the NHS England PCN FAQs here.

 

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