What is a Primary Care Network?

A Primary Care Network - often shortened as a PCN, is a group of GP practices based in a local community.

By working in a collaboration, practices offer more patient-centered approach and coordinated care for improved health outcomes.


What are the benefits of the PCN?

Primary Care Network offers several advantages for both healthcare providers and patients, the key aims are to:

  • Ensure that your healthcare providers communicate effectively with each other, ensuring you receive the highest quality care.
  • Actively involve you in decisions about your health, considering your preferences and concerns.
  • Provide guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including advice on nutrition and exercise.
  • Support you in managing any long-term health conditions, helping you to feel your best.
  • Ensure that you have timely access to healthcare professionals, including the option of using technology for added convenience. 

About Havering North Primary Care Network 

Our PCN comprises of 14 GP practices, serving a population of over 86,000 patients.

We are covering wards of Harold Wood, Heaton and Gooshays' and are 1 of the 4 PCNs that cover the borough of Havering.

Our aim is to foster a culture of comprehensive, patient-centered care. We strive to enhance accessibility and quality of healthcare services, empowering individuals and communities to achieve optimal health outcomes.

Through collaboration and innovation, we aim to prioritise the well-being and satisfaction of our patients, ensuring they thrive in their journey toward better health and wellness.

Our vision is to:

  • Deliver exceptional care across all stages of patient life, from birth through to the golden years.
  • To prioritise the well-being and professional growth of our valued staff members, recognizing their pivotal role in our Primary Care Network.
  • To seek patient feedback, ensuring that their voices shape the quality and delivery of our healthcare services.
Why NHS have introduced Primary Care Networks?

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. 

Please watch the video below which ilustrates the PCN purpuse in more detail (video will open in the new window)



For more information visit: NHS England ยป Primary care networks