Primary Care Networks


What are Primary Care Networks (PCNs)?

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.

Depicting a network

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.

Watch a short animation that explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.

Please note that this video is just a concept and PCNs across the country work in different ways. The fastest way to contact Bromley Connect PCN regarding your appointment is through your practice's eConsult link. These are triaged daily.

Please visit our Contact page and select your surgery to complete an eConsult or contact your surgery.