Primary Care Networks are part of a nationwide NHS scheme bringing local GP surgeries into small groups to work together on local health initiatives to improve healthcare for their local community. Networks will work together with local community health and social care services, local hospitals and voluntary services to improve health services and pathways .
Our network covers parts of Gosforth and Jesmond and includes the following practices
- Jesmond Health Partnership
- Grove Medical Group
We meet regularly and look at ways we can work together to use current resources better and also to use some new resources that are being given to us to use across the network such as
- Network Pharmacist
- Patients are on increasing numbers of medications and it is an ever increasing important aspect of healthcare to monitor patients medications
- The pharmacist will work across the network supporting this work and liaising with community pharmacists and supporting frail patients in care homes
- Social Prescribers
- Staff to support social aspects of patients healthcare .
- These staff will work across the network where most needed
These roles are seen as extra to our current staffing but have to be employed within a network working pattern. Other future job roles may include physio, paramedics and physician associates.
We are working with the local Primary Care Federation to provide us with experienced management and accountancy support .
We work to normal NHS data sharing and confidentiality principles. The network has recently signed the BMA data sharing agreement document. We may use anonymous data within meetings to look at different clinical topics to assist with learning and improving future healthcare for our specific local population. As mentioned some new network staff may be required to work across the network and so access patient data in the practices within our network only. Personal data will only be shared across NHS services as before on a need to know basis ie if a patient has consented to a specific referral to hospital or community clinic. The network will not share any data to any outside third party without patient consent.
The current lead GP for the Network is Dr Guy Clements based at The Grove. Each practice has a link GP and if you need further information please contact your surgery practice manager.
Please follow the link to view the 'Link Savvy' booklet for some useful information!
Link Savvy Booklet