Wellbeing Facilitator

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) form a key building block of the NHS long term plan. Bringing general practices together to work at scale has been a policy priority for some years for a range of reasons, including improving the ability of practices to recruit and retain staff; to manage financial and estates pressures; to provide a wider range of services to patients and to more easily integrate with the wider health and care system.

While GP practices have been finding different ways of working together over many years – for example in super-partnerships, federations, clusters and networks – the NHS long-term plan and the new five year framework for the GP contract, published in January 2019, put a more formal structure around this way of working, but without creating new statutory bodies.