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Updated on 12 January 2020, 942 views

The PCN service specifications and accompanying survey have now been published for 2020/21

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GPC Summary of PCN Draft Specifications 

you may know, the GP Contract Framework, agreed by NHS England and NHS Improvement and GPC England in January 2019, secured significant investment for primary care services and established Primary Care Networks (PCNs) across the country. We are now seeking feedback on a key feature of that contract, the five national service specifications, which will be delivered by Primary Care Networks (PCNs) - in collaboration with community services and other providers - from April 2020.

This survey is an opportunity for interested parties to provide feedback on draft outlines of the five specifications. Some of these services will be delivered solely by General Practice working through the Primary Care Network contract, and some (Enhanced Health in Care Homes and Anticipatory Care) in close partnership with providers of community services.

The survey consists of a downloadable outline specification ​​​​​​​ covering all five services, and a set of online survey questions relating to this document.

Engagement through the survey will be supplemented with a series of webinars in December 2019 and January 2020, where the outline service specifications will be discussed. Please click use the links below to access the webinars at the specified times:

Please note that the service specifications are in draft, and subject to change through the ongoing GP contract negotiations process. For community health providers, we plan to commission service requirements via the NHS Standard Contract. These requirements form part of the consultation on the Standard Contract, which will run from 19 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 and can be found here. ​​​​​​​The documents are provided in draft form to offer an early opportunity for review and comment.

Feedback received through the survey will inform processes to finalise national contracts, with final arrangements published in the new year. Online Survey " ​​​​​​​


NHSE Website New Contract Documents 


BMA PCN Page (continually updated)

PCN Development Support – Guidance and Prospectus NHS England and NHS Improvement

NHS England has launched a new monthly podcast focusing on Primary Care Networks.


Episode 1: Supporting the development of primary care networks. In this episode, Dr Canniff talks about her passion for Primary Care Networks and how she is supporting the development of networks in her own area, as part of the work across Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System.

Episode 2: Primary care networks and the role of practice managers. In this episode, Hannah Smalley, Practice Manager and Managing Partner at Merchiston Surgery, talks about her role in the strategic development of Wyvern Health Partnership and the vital role of practice managers in developing primary care networks locally.

Episode 3: Primary care networks and the role of the Clinical Director. In this episode we talk to Dr Hannah Morgan, the Clinical Director of Hayling Island Emsworth primary care network, about how she is developing her PCN, her role as clinical director and some initial aims and objectives as the PCN partners begin to work together

DES Specifications

QOF Guidance 

PCN Partnership Review 


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