Primary Care Networks
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.
General practices are finding it difficult to cope with the ever increasing workload and it is sometimes difficult to recruit staff.
To meet these needs, practices have begun working together with:
- mental health
- social care
and voluntary services in their local areas in primary care networks.
The Bournemouth East Collaborative (BEC) Primary Care Network has been established which encompasses four GP Practices in the area:
- Littledown Surgery
- Beaufort Surgery
- Southbourne Surgery
- Shelley Manor & Holdenhurst Medical Centre
Network Director – Mrs Emma Prince
What are the core characteristics of a Primary care Network
- Practices working together and with other local health and care providers around natural local communities that geographically make sense, to provide coordinated care through integrated teams.
- Typically, a defined patient population of at least 30,000 to 50,000. Bournemouth East Collaborative covers a population of just over 50,000 people.
- Providing care in different ways to match different people’s needs, including joined up care for those with complex conditions.
- Focus on prevention of illness and personalised care, supporting patients to make informed decisions about their care and look after their own health, by connecting them with the full range of statutory and voluntary services.
- Using data and technology to assess population health needs and health inequalities; deliver care; support clinical decision making; and monitor performance and variation
- Making best us of collective resources across practices and other local health and care providers to allow greater resilience, more sustainable workload and access to a larger range of professional groups.