The development of Primary Care Networks (PCN) in 2019, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, allowed General Practice to bring in a significant number of additional patient-facing roles, helping to ensure patients see the right professional at the right time and without going through an external referral process.
Our five Northumberland GP practices came together into a single PCN in April 2022. Since then, we have expanded the range of specialist roles and skills within these practices, along with general clinical knowledge and skills that add capacity to practice GP and nursing teams. This increases choice for patients, who can be seen quicker and for longer, and allows GPs to focus on people with complex needs. Our Primary Care Network is strengthened by the existing NPC infrastructure and cross practice links, as well as our close working relationship with other local partners in the health and social care system.
But that is not all; the advent of additional roles into general practice creates real opportunities for us to personalise the care we offer so that we can focus on what really matters to the individual patient. We can also focus on greater provision of proactive and coordinated care, integration with local services and reducing health inequalities, particularly for those disproportionately affected by Covid-19.
Each practice in our PCN has access to:
- Living Well Coordinators
- Care Coordinators
- Mental Health Coaches and Practitioners
- Home visiting service
More Time For You
Whether you improve your work/life balance or allocate more time to reports, not having to think about recruitment means more time for you and your team to use however you like.
Finding the right person for the job can be a stressful process. With all of your other day-to-day to tasks to complete, recruitment is an additional and unnecessary task.
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We know what it takes to be a successful member of our team and have access to a large network of job seekers so we can find you the right candidate.
“Since joining Northumbria Primary Care, I’ve been able to achieve a much healthier work/life balance.”
“It’s a relief knowing that things like recruitment, building management etc are taken care of. Me and my team can now focus all of our time on our patients.”
“The support that NPC provides our practice allows us to spend more time providing primary care.”
“My work/life balance is better than it’s ever been.”
“Allowing to focus more on the clinical aspects of my role has meant our patient satisfaction has gone up.”
“There’s been a marked improvement in the positive feedback we receive from patients since we began working with NPC”
“I’ve had quite a number of GPs and partners come to me and say ‘we would never have survived if we hadn’t been members of Northumbria Primary Care”
Jane Lothian, Northumberland LMC’s Lead Officer
“Our model is built on a long history of having a trust that tries to understand primary care”