Working together for the population of Mendip.
Mendip Primary Care Network (PCN) is a collaboration between five GP practices across Mendip with a combined population of over 36,000. The network incorporates Beckington Family Practice, Park Medical Practice, Mendip Country Practice, Grove House Surgery and Oakhill Surgery. The PCN board meets every month and each practice is represented on the board by a nominated GP and practice manager. Our clinical director is Dr Robert Weaver and PCN manager Ruth Woodland.
Connected primary care and community teams will be the building blocks of Integrated Care Systems covering the whole country by 2021. Bringing general practices together to work at scale provides opportunities to for GP surgeries to offer a wider range of services to patients and to more easily integrate with the wider health and care system. Thirteen PCNs went live across Somerset on 1 July 2019. While patients won’t see any sudden changes, they will, over time, see a wider range of clinical services available in their local GP surgery.
Mendip PCN c/o Mendip Country Practice, Church Street, Coleford, Radstock, Somerset BA3 5NQ
☎ PCN Manager
Stronger collective voice
As a group of 5 practices across Mendip, we will have a stronger collective voice to the wider health and social care system. Our clinical director will represent the PCN at strategic planning meetings and will be involved in important discussions with other providers in the area.
The PCN members will participate in shared learning events and co-ordinated quality improvement activities. Each year will focus on different clinical areas and in 2019/20 the focus will be on Cancer Care and Prescribing Safety.
Funding is available to the PCN to employ additional staff to support its member practices. In 2019/20 this includes a clinical pharmacist and social prescriber. In the years ahead the PCN will be able to employ other roles such as physiotherapists and paramedics.
The scale of our PCN enables us to plan and deliver population based health interventions, aimed at improving the health of our patients on a larger scale than individual practice level. A network dashboard will be developed to enable our team to monitor progress in important areas such as urgent and anticipatory care, prescribing and use of hospitals.