On 29 March 2019 a new GP contract was launched by NHS England. One of the main focuses of the new contract is the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs), designed and agreed by GP practices.
PCNs will be responsible for the health and wellbeing of local populations of between 30,000 and 50,000 patients and they will form the platform for supporting joined-up local health and care services in these areas.
Each PCN in Northamptonshire will have a nominated clinical director who together will play a critical role in shaping and supporting the work of NHCP.
Over the next three years, five additional primary care roles will be available to support the care provided by the PCNs: clinical pharmacists, social prescribing link workers, physician associates, first-contact physiotherapists and first-contact paramedics. This will equate to an additional 20,000 professionals nationwide. During 2019 and 2020, seven national service specifications will be developed, all setting out standard processes, metrics and intended quantified benefits for patients. New digital technologies will also be introduced to support the new arrangements. The new contract arrangements commence on 1 July 2019.