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The new GP contract was published in early 2019 as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. A key element of the new contract is the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) which bring GP practices together with other local services – such as community, mental health, social care and the voluntary sector  to look after local populations.  PCNs help to join up services at a local level, focusing on the specific needs of these local populations, with patients still accessing routine GP appointments as they do now.
   
Eight of the GP practices within Kent have joined together to form the Sevenoaks PCN. They are:
   

Amherst Medical Practice

Borough Green Medical Practice

Edenbridge Medical Practice

Otford Medical Practice

South Park Medical Practice

St John’s Medical Practice

Town Medical Centre

The Westerham Practice

Our surgery teams are working closely with each other, enjoying the ability to share expertise and resources, to develop new services. Our vision is to continue to improve the quality of care that we provide in alignment with the need of our patient population.

West Kent Primary Care - GP Federation

Sevenoaks PCN is a member of West Kent Primary Care GP Federation along with the other GP practices and PCNs of Maidstone, Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Weald. Our aim is to work together in order to strengthen Primary Care in our area. This further collective strength will allow us to share responsibility for developing and delivering high quality, patient focused services for our local communities while ensuring our member practices remain sustainable and able to build and develop for the future. Visit the West Kent Primary Care website by clicking here

Because we are part of a PCN we can take advantage of additional staff roles that are now available to support all our patients. These additional roles help us to provide the right care at the right time, from the right professional. The following video produced by NHS East of England helps to explain these additional roles:

WHAT ARE PRIMARY CARE NETWORKS?

PCNs build on current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively providing care for the people and communities they serve. PCNs usually have a 30-50k population and are geographically contiguous (next to or touching another). You can read the NHS England PCN FAQs here.

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