Meridian Primary Care Network

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.

Meridian PCN Logo

6 of the GP practices within our area have joined together to form the Meridian PCN. They are:

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.

Working as a PCN allows us to introduce new staff to help support primary care, and to pilot new ways of providing care.

Our PCN team

Will Bailey is the CEO of the PCN.

Dr Vanessa Lockyer is supporting Will as the Clinical Lead.

Julie Ann Napenas is our PCN Business Manager. She oversees the management of the PCN.

Meridian PCN has been able to introduce new staff into the Additional Roles allowed by NHS England:

  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Social Prescribing Link Workers
  • Health and Wellbeing Coaches
  • Care Coordinators
  • First contact Musculoskeletal Practitioners 

Click here to visit our PCN Staff page and see details of the staff currently working in these 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. Where emerging PCNs are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians. PCNs usually have a 30-50k population and are geographically contiguous (next to or touching another). All GP practices in our area are expected to sign up to be a member of a PCN.  You can read the NHS England PCN FAQs here.


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