Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a new way of working that enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.
Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people 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, GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs).
PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.
The Meridian PCN is a collaboration of six GP surgeries across Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire; supporting a patient population of +48,000.
- Bourn Surgery
- Comberton & Eversdon Surgery
- Harston Surgery
- Orchard Surgery Melbourn
- Royston Health Centre
- Roysia Surgery
We aim to provide high quality services adhering to principles of best practice, promoting equal opportunities and working positively with diversity.
- Support the local interpretation and implementation of NHS transformation plans
- Design and deliver primary care services at scale; such as the COVID vaccination centre
- Provide the operational people and infrastructure to allow practices to collaborate
- Be a voice for Primary Care, one that enables what we all want; sustainable and clinically-excellent general practice.
PCNs have seven national service deliverables; the initial three are structured medication reviews, enhanced health in care homes, and supporting early cancer diagnosis. To enable this Meridian have introduced these PCN roles into the practices:
Clinical pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who train for many years to become specialists in medicines and how they work. They work directly with you, as part of the general practice team, to make sure your medicines help you stay well.
Click here for more information on the Clinical Pharmacist role.
Social Prescribing Link Worker
Social prescribers are there to listen to you, and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better.
Click here for more information on th Social Prescriber role.
Health & Wellbeing Coaches
Health Coaches work with people to empower them to take control over their health and wellbeing by providing eduation, confidence building and encouraging positive behaviour changes.
Click here for more information on the Health & Wellbeing role.
Meridian PCN have several projects that they are working on with funding and support from the South Alliance:
Technology-enabled self-management course for patients with chronic lung condition excluding asthma
This project aims to utilise technology to pilot remote online interactive self-management, education course for identified patients with Chronic Lung Disease, building on the nationally renowned approach to delivery of self-management courses (in particular, pulmonary rehab). This approach will serve a dual purpose:
- Empowering patients to acquire necessary skills, tools, knowledge and build confidence in managing their conditions and supporting their peers
- Providing necessary professional clinical input delivered by specially trained respiratory nurses who see patients early in their journey and address their needs in a virtual format.
A specially trained nurse provides remote education and training sessions, including pulmonary rehabilitation and promote the use of myCOPD app that improves self-management (also Facebook and YouTube). Meridian PCN developed this interactive course with CPFT respiratory team. Meridian PCN will launch the course as its own branded product to boost engagement amongst patients and teams.
If you would like more inofrmation on the Meridian PCN or if you have a question you would like to ask us; please contact us on the email address below: