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.

Click on a heading below for more information.

Resources to support LPCs to get their contractors involved in PCNs

PSNC Briefing 047/19: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Guidance for community pharmacy contractors on the Primary Care Networks domain (October 2019)
This PSNC Briefing contains guidance for community pharmacy contractors on how they can achieve the PCN domain of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme.

PSNC Briefing 048/19: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Guidance for LPCs on the Primary Care Networks domain (October 2019)
This PSNC Briefing contains guidance for Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) on how they can help their pharmacy contractors to achieve the PCN domain of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme.

PSNC Briefing 022/19: PCN engagement – implementation guidance and resources update (June 2019)
PSNC has identified four phases of community pharmacy engagement with PCNs over the next 12 to 24 months. Focusing on the first phase (Mobilisation), this guide outlines the key actions that need to be taken and the resources that can be used to support local engagement.

Guidance for LPCs – How to help contractors get involved with Primary Care Networks (NHS England) (June 2019)

Primary Care Networks: A briefing for pharmacy teams (NHS England) (June 2019)

PSNC Briefing 015/19: Supporting community pharmacies to engage with Primary Care Networks – potential actions for LPCs (March 2019)
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 (March 2019)
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.

A recorded webinar (based on Briefing 013/19) is available which explains what contractors need to know about PCNs:

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

Template documents

Template letter to contractors about PCNs and seeking volunteers to act as 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.

Template Memorandum of Understanding between an LPC and the Pharmacy PCN Lead (Microsoft Word) (Updated January 2020)

Lookup spreadsheet to identify a pharmacy’s top 10 general practices (Microsoft Excel)
Note: this is a large file (37MB), so it is available to download via Dropbox.
This spreadsheet allows contractors or LPCs to identify the top 10 general practices for whose patients they dispense prescriptions.

Further PCN related resources shared by LPCs

Other PSNC resources

Resources for engaging with GPs and PCN leaders

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.

Template presentation – The community pharmacy offer to Primary Care Networks
This slide deck is for use by LPCs and others who are talking to local PCN and healthcare leaders about the way in which community pharmacy can contribute to PCNs. You can pick and choose the elements of the presentation that suit the needs of your event/discussion.

A guide to the community pharmacy offer
LPCs may wish to use the flyer as an aid for conversations they may be planning to have with local commissioners, GP practices, PCNs and other key stakeholders. We hope it will help to support community pharmacy to build good working relationships and enable collaborative working with PCNs. The document is adaptable for local use and can be used for promotion and engagement work.

PCNs: Community pharmacy integration
A one-page summary that LPCs and community pharmacy network leads can adapt to explain how LPCs will be supporting PCNs in their local area when they have reached this stage.

PSNC – Working with GPs page
The above link includes the ‘Walk in my Shoes’ toolkit and The community pharmacy – A guide for general practitioners and practice staff.

Think Pharmacy prospectuses
The prospectuses provide introductions to specific pharmacy services and they have been designed to help LPCs and others to make initial service pitches to local commissioners and stakeholders. Think Pharmacy is a brand that has been successfully used by many LPCs to engage their local commissioners to think differently about the provision of services – to ‘Think Pharmacy’ as a solution.

The Think Pharmacy prospectuses are a great way to introduce pharmacy services to commissioners; each one highlights a healthcare challenge and explains how community pharmacy can provide a solution. These may be of particular use to LPCs as they gear up their work around PCNs as well as other commissioners.


PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes: PCNs will spur new thinking

Collaboration: new skill all community pharmacists need (a PSNC feature which appeared in Pharmacy Business)

PSNC CEO Blog June 2019

NHS England information and resources

Information and resources from other organisations

Royal Pharmaceutical Society – PCNs and Community Pharmacists

British Medical Association main webpage on PCNs

King’s Fund webpage on PCNs

Health Foundation webpage on PCNs


Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) is publishing a series of short podcasts (no longer than 10 minutes) to help primary care providers and commissioners keep up to speed with the rapidly evolving story of PCNs. The first podcast is on the role of the Clinical Director and is available on the PCC website.

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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