The Waterside Primary Care Network (PCN) is a collaboration of the 5 surgeries based in the Waterside area of the New Forest. What does this mean?
The Waterside Primary Care Network aims to promote collaboration between the GP Practices on the Waterside to enable more effective use of resources and improve the service to patients.
The 5 surgeries involved in the Waterside PCN are:
the Waterfront & Solent Surgery
the Red & Green Practice (the Waterside & Blackfield Health Centres)
the Forestside Medical Practice (the Dibden Purlieu & Marchwood Surgeries)
The map shows the area covered by the Waterside PCN.
The intention behind the changes is to focus health care services around local communities and for GP services to be more proactive, encouraging people to stay well and make healthy lifestyle choices. The Waterside PCN covers an area from Southampton Water in the East to the red dotted line on the left of the map to the West. This area is larger than that traditionally recognised as the Waterside. Services will be delivered in the local area by the GP practices working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas, in order to provide a personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care service.
Specialist staff employed by the PCN
To provide a more efficient use of resources, some specialist staff have been appointed to work across the 5 surgeries that make up the Waterside PCN. The Clinical Director who oversees the development of the Network is Dr Jessica Pickford. She is a GP based in Red and Green Practice who is seconded to the role for part of her working week.
There are two further appointments with specific responsibilities . Click on their names to find out more.
Ogo Echem is a Pharmacist who has been appointed to provide a focal point for collaborative working across the PCN to support pharmacy providers, GPs and other clinical specialists in the Network.
Tracy James who has been appointed as PCN 'Social Prescribing Link Worker'. she is one of 5 people undertaking similar roles across the New Forest.
What are the benefits for patients?
The development of a local PCN will mean that patients will be able to benefit from:
high-quality responsive care from local GPs and health and care practitioners across the network, able to adjust more easily to changing circumstances with more services provided out of hospital and closer to home
a more joined up set of health support services, that will be able to meet a rising demand and encourage patients in developing higher levels of self-care
more ‘one-stop shop’ services where all the needs of individuals can be met at the same time
different care models for different population groups (such as frail older persons, adults with complex needs, children) that are person-centred rather than disease-centred.
What are the benefits for GP Practices?
There will be more opportunities for:
greater collaborative working at a local level
General Practice to be at the centre of integrated care – less duplication of services
increasing the time needed to focus on those patients with complex needs
recruitment and retention of staff – greater range of professionals shared between practices and new ways of working (including the use of digital technology by both GPs and patients)
a sustainable future
GP Practices will increasingly work together to provide access to same day care, with more services available online and provided in the evenings and at weekends.
Factors affecting the introduction of the PCN. Did you know this about the area served by the Red and Green Practice?
Population: The number of patients has grown and there are now 42,695 registered patients across the PCN, with 23,451 of these registered with Red & Green Practice (April 2018). The area is made up of a predominantly white population.
Housing: There will be 3,060 new dwellings forecast by District Council in Local Plan to 2036. This could mean 7,000 new patients anticipated by 2036 in line with Local Plan housing growth forecasts.
Age of patients:There is a higher proportion of people aged 65 and over than the England average.
Social isolation: Red and Green Practice has a registered population in a relatively affluent area but with pockets of deprivation in Blackfield. There is one area between Holbury and Blackfield which falls within the 20% most deprived areas in England. There are pockets of high social isolation (including Dibden and Blackfield). Social isolation is a predictor of adverse health outcomes.
Health needs: Significantly more patients are living with a long standing health problem compared to the England average. This includes:
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(Source: Totton & Waterside Locality Plan 2018 – 2019)