PCN resources and guidance

PCN resources and guidance

This page contains guidance and resources to support LPCs and community pharmacy teams to get involved in local PCNs.

Further resources are being developed and feedback on the current guidance and resources is welcomed. If you have feedback or resources you would like to share with others via this page, please email the PSNC Services Team.

For introductory information on PCNs, visit the Primary Care Networks page.

Resources to support LPCs to get their contractors involved in PCNs

PSNC Briefing 015/19: Supporting community pharmacies to engage with Primary Care Networks – potential actions for LPCs
This PSNC Briefing provides suggested actions which LPCs could take to engage with PCNs and to support contractor engagement in the networks. The suggested actions are drawn from PSNC’s discussions with LPCs on how to work effectively with PCNs.

PSNC Briefing 013/19: An introduction to Primary Care Networks
This PSNC Briefing provides an explanation for community pharmacy teams of what Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are and their role in the NHS. It can be used by LPCs as an introductory briefing on PCNs for contractors, as part of local work to engage contractors and their team in the work of networks.

Presentation providing an introduction to PCNs for use at contractor meeting (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Template letter to contractors about PCNs and seeking volunteers to act as local PCN leads* (Microsoft Word)

Template guidance for community pharmacy local PCN leads* (Microsoft Word)

Template meeting feedback form (for community pharmacy PCN leads to submit to the LPC following locality meetings)* (Microsoft Word)

*Developed from original template documents created by West Yorkshire LPC.

PSNC resources

PSNC Briefing 018/19: A summary of the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) 2019/20 (April 2019)
This PSNC Briefing summarises the Network Contract DES, highlighting aspects of relevance to Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) and community pharmacy contractors.

NHS England information and guidance

In April 2019, NHS England started to publish a series of podcasts on PCNs.

NAPC guidance

In May 2018, the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) published a guide to inspire further integration of community pharmacy within Primary Care Home (PCH) sites, with the aim of improving patients’ health and supporting them to manage their conditions. A forum of leaders within community pharmacy developed the guidance, examining ways in which further collaboration between PCH sites and community pharmacy could be encouraged to ensure pharmacies are integral to supporting the health and care needs of patients within PCHs.

The guide Primary care home: community pharmacy integration and innovation looks at ways Local Pharmaceutical Committees, community pharmacies and PCHs can make greater use of pharmacists’ skills as part of a PCHs’ whole population health management approach. It proposes a list of actions to galvanise PCHs and community pharmacy to come together to create innovative solutions to the current challenges and improve services for their local population; the recommendations can also be applied in seeking to improve collaborative working between community pharmacy and other professionals within PCNs.

The guide proposes five actions for LPCs and leaders of PCH sites/PCNs:

  1. start conversations between leaders of PCH/PCN and LPCs to work in partnership;
  2. adopt “Walk in my shoes” to gain an insight into each other’s working environment;
  3. develop a joint engagement strategy and co-design new services with patients and communities;
  4. align population health needs with the potential for community pharmacy; and
  5. explore the community pharmacy workforce needs to create workforce redesign and a culture of greater integration


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