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How to Create and Run a Primary Care Network

This is a link to the BMA's extensive guidance on PCNs. The pages are regularly updated and cover topics including:

  • PCN handbook and top tips
  • What you need to become a PCN
  • Decision making
  • Data sharing
  • Tax guidance
  • Funding
  • Workforce

Update to the GP Contract Agreement 2020/21-2023/24 (February 2020)

Published by the BMA and NHS England, this document details the revised PCN DES specifications published in February 2020. 


NHS England Summary Engagement - Network Contract DES Specifications (February 2020)

This is NHSE's summary of responses to the consultation on the PCN DES Draft Specifications. The consultation ran between December 2019 and January 2020. 


BMA Survey of PCN Clinical Directors - Exploring the Early Challenges Facing Primary Care Networks (January 2020)

This is the BMA's report on the results of their survey of PCN clinical directors which asked for their views on how the process of embedding PCNs is going. 


BMA Summary of the Network Contract DES Draft Service Specifications (January 2020)

This is a summary prepared by the BMA of the five draft national service specifications. 


Draft Primary Care Networks DES Specification Summary (January 2020)

This is a summary prepared by the LMC of the five national service specifications of the GP contract which will be delivered by PCNs from April 2020.   ​​​​​


Primary Care Networks - Update for Clinical Directors (January 2020)

This is the first in a series of updates published by Humberside LMCs designed to provide an update on the latest position with PCNs and to give a steer as to the main steps and deadlines to meet in the coming months. 


Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service: Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme Guidance (August 2019)

This guidance document provides information on the additional roles reimbursement scheme, including the process by which Primary Care Networks (PCNs) can claim reimbursement for additional staff.


Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service Data Templates (August 2019)

These documents are templates for the purposes of facilitating discussions within a Primary Care Network in relation to data sharing and data processing to support delivery of the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service. The templates have been jointly agreed between NHS England and GPC England.


Network Contract DES Additional Roles Reimbursement Guidance (August 2019)

This document has been jointly published by the BMA and NHS England and offers guidance on the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme. This is the mechanism for PCNs to access funding to support recruitment across five reimbursable roles: clinical pharmacists, social prescribing link workers, physician associates, physiotherapists and paramedics.


Guidance for Practices Employing Staff for the Primary Care Network (July 2019)

This guidance explains the options open to practices when employing staff for a PCN. Published by GPDF, commissioned from Penningtons Manches Cooper. 


Supporting Social Prescribing Link Workers in Primary Care Networks

This is a set of resources created by NHS England to support social prescribing, including a summary guide, reference guide for PCNs, and a welcome and induction pack. 


Sessional GPs and Primary Care Networks: Opportunities and Engagement (2019)

This guidance from the BMA aims to provide advice to GPs, practices, PCNs, LMCs and federations on engaging with sessional GPs and ensuring they are represented in the PCN sphere and in PCN discussions.

Updated on 26 February 2020, 633 views