New primary care sector network announced

Source: Practice Index

A new “stronger voice for primary care” is to be launched, which will help to shape the future of primary care
within integrated care systems. The NHS Confederation said the national network, which will unite the PCN
Network and Primary Care Federation Network, will begin in April and will focus on ensuring primary care
is valued, supported, well-resourced and empowered to improve the health of local communities. Lord Victor
Adebowale, chair of the NHS Confederation, said: “I am full of admiration for the vital role primary care plays
in the health and care system and the extraordinary lengths it has gone to during the pandemic to protect
our communities.

As the NHS focuses on a sustainable recovery and there’s renewed impetus to integrate health and care
services, this new stronger network will provide the support, voice and recognition for teams across the
sector to continue to deliver high quality care, increase capacity and be at the forefront of transformation
with system partners.”

Ruth Rankine, director of primary care at the NHS Confederation, added: “We saw the strength of
collaboration during the pandemic. With the drive to greater integration of services, we now need to
support primary care providers to work together to have a more powerful primary care voice with
greater influence across the health and care system. Our new network offers primary care leaders
and their teams the chance to collectively learn from their experiences of the last two years to be
better informed, connected and equipped for the future. It also offers the opportunity to shape the
future and lead transformation, collaborating on innovative integrated solutions.”

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