Birmingham SmartCare Federation has one Primary Care Network (PCN) which is led by one of our Clinical Directors – Dr Andreas Melchior.
What is a PCN?
PCNs are groups of GP practices working closely together – along with other healthcare staff and organisations – providing integrated services to the local population.
PCNs are a key part of the NHS long term plan with all general practices being required to be in a network by June 2019. PCNs are based on general practice registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000 patients. They should be small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and healthcare professionals, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between general practices and others in the local health and social care system.