Primary Care Networks

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices working closely together with other primary and community care staff and health and care organisations to provide integrated services to their local populations. These networks have been established to help deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.

County Durham PCNs were launched on 1 July 2019.

There are 13 PCNs across County Durham. Each network has appointed a clinical director, and, during 2019/20, will have access to funding for a clinical pharmacist and a social prescribing link worker, followed by funding for other roles from 2021 onwards.

As a patient you will remain registered at your local practice, be able to see a GP as before, use the same telephone number and access the same health and care services.

Detailed below are the population sizes and Clinical Directors for each network. You can also download a map of County Durham’s Primary Care Networks and find out more information in a presentation.

Please watch this short video for a full explanation of what Primary Care Networks are about.