Responding to the new GP contract for 2020/21 – 2023/24 including the revised DES specifications for primary care networks, Dr Nav Chana MBE, Clinical Director, NAPC said:
“We welcome these revised specifications and are pleased that the changes reflect the feedback of our membership.
“As shown by primary care homes across the country, traction is possible if networks are given the space and flexibility to develop services based on local needs.
“Though there is still a lot to do, these new specifications are less prescriptive and give primary care networks more of an opportunity to develop at their own pace. PCNs will have more time to get established, to cultivate relationships with partners and to create the right environment to design services.
“We very much welcome the news that PCNs will receive 100% reimbursement for all additional clinical staff and can choose from an expanded list of roles. These changes will help PCNs to develop a team-based approach to care in line with the primary care home model which is tailored to the needs of their local populations, with the aim of relieving pressure on general practice and ultimately working towards the NHS Long term Plan.”