Primary Care Networks
GP practices in Islington have been collaborating in local “networks” for some years now. Each of these networks has consisted of around 4 or 5 practices and there are 8 of them across Islington. More recently, in response to the NHS 10 year plan, these networks have been geographically aligned to form four “Primary Care Networks” or PCNs.
The Islington GP Federation has been integral to the mobilisation and leadership of these networks which have so far focused on:-
Supporting patients with rising levels of frailty, working closely with colleagues from Age UK and the ICAT team together with specialists including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and pharmacists
Supporting patients with long term conditions, including Diabetes, Atrial Fibrillation, Hypertension, COPD and Paediatric Asthma
Improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness
Recruiting, training and mentoring pharmacists and other support staff to work in general practice
The PCNs are supported by our Quality Improvement Support Team (QIST) and the wider federation infrastructure which provides HR, Finance and Operations expertise as necessary.