Newport and Central PCN

Our Primary Care Network (PCN) only formed in June of 2020.

It consists of 4 surgeries, roughly equal in size, namely:

Donnington Medical Practice
Linden Hall Surgery, Newport
Shawbirch Medical Centre
Wellington Road Practice, Newport

The total number of patients for the PCN is about 57,000.

The surgeries have signed up to what is called an “Enhanced Service”, this provides the contract for work taken out on top of the normal GP contract.

This year has been focused very much on additional workforce available to PCNs.
Our plan was to try to improve access to various services by getting health care professionals like Clinical Pharmacists, Physio Therapists and Social Prescribers into each of our surgeries. Patients can be referred by their GP or signposted from reception directly to these services in the future.

We have been able to recruit 4 Social Prescribers, 3 Clinical Pharmacists and are awaiting the recruitment of First Contact Physios through Shropcom soon.

Social Prescribers have been in place now for a few months, helping to support patients with social or mild mental health problems like depression or anxiety and have proven to be effective and popular with patients.

Clinical Pharmacists work with all medication related issues, they offer phone calls for patients with medication problems and also carry out medication reviews and look after patients with long term conditions like asthma or COPD.

We also recruited a very efficient PCN Manager who supports the work of the Clinical Director.

PCNs are going to grow in importance over the next years, NHS England is increasing the support to build strong groups of practices to work for their local area, delivering tailored solutions for their population of patients.