Primary Care Networks (PCNs)





What is a PCN?

PCN stands for Primary Care Network. 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 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, including community pharmacies.

Here is a short animation which explains what a PCN is:


At Newtons we have formed a PCN with Dolphins Practice covering a population of approx 25,000 patients.

We have several additional roles staff working in our practices, most of whom rotate around the three practices. We hope you will welcome them and we look forward to them improving patient care for our population. These are the staff you may be offered an appointment with at Newtons:

Lisa Thomas - Paramedic

Christina Baker – Clinical Pharmacist

Caroline Birch - Pharmacy Technician

Chantelle Martin - Occupational Therapist

Grant McEwen – First Contact Practitioner for musculo-skeletal problems

Kate Masey - Dietician


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