Integrated Care Board
We are part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System (ICS) (improvinglivesnw.org.uk)
To meet the health and social care needs of our local population, GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.
PCNs are led by clinical directors who may be a GP, general practice nurse, clinical pharmacist or other clinical profession working in general practice. The aim is to improve care and health for the population at this ‘neighbourhood’ level, to help people stay safe and well at home and make primary care more resilient. Using data on the health of their local population, they will work together to design and provide services to meet the health and care needs of people living there.
Patients will continue to remain registered with their own GP practice, but working as part of a network will enable GP practices in Norfolk and Waveney to share expertise and resources.
You can read the full primary care briefing here.