What it means
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices working together to improve care for populations of 30,000 to 50,000 patients.
Because more people need to use more services, there has been a steady increase in GP practices working closely with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary organisations.
This is largely due to a growing and ageing population and more people living with long-term conditions or taking more types of medication.
PCNs formalise areas of this co-working, and allow for clearer treatment paths for patients, as well as cost efficiencies and sharing of resources.