Primary Care Network

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.

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.

Each of the 1,250 PCNs across England are based on GP registered patient lists, typically serving natural communities of between 30,000 to 50,000 people (with some flexibility). They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both people and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between GP practices and others in the local health and social care system.

PCNs are led by clinical directors who may be a GP, general practice nurse, clinical pharmacist or other clinical profession working in general practice.

Over 99% of general practices are part of a PCN, who sign up to the Network Contact DES which details their core requirements and entitlements.

Find out more through a collection of case studies from across the country where PCNs are working to make a difference to staff and patients.

Medway South Primary Care Network

Here at Medway South PCN, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in providing better care for everyone within our network. Our decision-making process is informed by evidence based research and high quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships with our patients and the systems that support them.  In doing so we hope to make a positive impact in everything we do.

Click here to view Medway South Primary Care Network Website

Feeling Good App

The Feeling Good App contains the evidence-based audio programme Feeling Good for Life, which is the new name for Positive Mental Training, a series of 12 audio tracks to help you build essential skills, not only to deal with mental stresses and strains, but to bounce forwards and become mentally stronger and more resilient.  There are other modules on the app, all contain the same beginning tracks from Feeling Good for Life.

This programme can help relax & calm your mind and body, lift your mood, help you feel more positive, let go of worries, sleep better and deal with stresses more easily. It can also help with physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches, irritable bowel, fatigue, and chronic pain. It can improve your ability to focus on a task, to feel positive about yourself when talking to others, to perform at your best when you need to.

Medway South Feeling Good app instructions 2023

geeling good app

Medway Dementia Drop In

The PCN are excited to offer Dementia drop in sessions, they are being run for you to meet up with the Dementia Coordinator and our Community Practitioners for support and information on all aspect of dementa, including finances, social care and link in with the memory clinic. They will take place every 4th Wednesday of the month at Woodlands Arts Centre Gillingham Kent ME7 2DU.

Forthcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 24th January 2024
  • Wednesday 28th February 2024
  • Wednesday 27th March 2024
  • Wednesday 24th April 2024
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024
  • Wednesday 26th June 2024
  • Wednesday 24th July 2024
  • Wednesday 28th August 2024

If you would like more information, or to book a place. Please contact the ADSS Dementia Coordinators on 0800 035 2221 and ask for a member of North Kent 1 Team.

ADSS Drop in poster