Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
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.
PCNs are led by clinical directors who may be a GP, and encompass MDT staff such as Clinical Pharmacists, Paramedics, Care Coordinators and Social Prescribers.
Braccan Health PCN
Two Bracknell Forest General Practices came together in April 2021 to form the Braccan Health PCN. It is one of the 3 PCNs in the Bracknell Forest area; with a population size of 31,123 registered patients.
- The Forest Health Group, 20,934 patients
- The Gainsborough Practice, 10,189 patients
The Braccan Health PCN is led by Clinical Director (and GP Partner at The Forest Health Group) Dr Jeremy Mellins and managed operationally by PCN Business Manager Rachel Reid. Jeremy, his fellow GP partners at The Forest Health Group and the GP partners at The Gainsborough Practice are working in collaboration to enable greater access for patients to the care they need both urgent and long term, via the additional roles we’ve been able to recruit to work across our 2 member practices. These roles consist of Paramedics, First Contact Physiotherapists and Clinical Pharmacists. Our patient’s navigation through the primary care setting and beyond will be supported by one of our Care Coordinators and for those patients whose needs are best served through social and/or community care; we now have access to our own Social Prescribing Link Worker, best placed to source care required through community partners.
Braccan Health PCN Clinical Director – Dr Jeremy Mellins
Chinmay Patel, Lead Clinical Pharmacist
Tara Saiid, Clinical Pharmacist (p/t)
Nick Chapman, Paramedic Practitioner
Bertram Balogh, Care Coordinator
Rehana Maqsood, Social Prescribing Link Worker
PCN Business Manager – Rachel Reid