Journal article

Variability in size and characteristics of primary care networks in England: observational study

Marcello Morciano, Katherine Checkland, Jonathan Hammond, Yiu-Shing Lau, Matt Sutton

British Journal of General Practice | Royal College of General Practitioners | Published : 2020


Abstract Background General practices in England have been encouraged by national policy to work together on a larger scale by creating primary care networks (PCNs). Policy guidance recommended that they should serve populations of 30 000–50 000 people to perform effectively. Aim To describe variation in the size and characteristics of PCNs and their populations. Design and setting Cross-sectional analysis in England. Method Using published information from January 2020, PCNs were identified that contained 50 000 people. Percentiles were calculated to describe variation in size and population characteristics. PCN composition within each commissioning region was also examined. Results In ..

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Awarded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was carried out by the Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning (PRUComm). PRUComm is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme (reference number: PR-PRU-1217-20801). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.