Any clinician can lead a Primary Care Network, says NHS England

Any clinician can lead a Primary Care Network, says NHS England

NHS England has announced that any clinician in general practice will be able to take charge of a Primary Care Network (PCN).

Speaking at the Londonwide LMCs’ annual conference, NHS England’s acting director of primary care Dr Nikita Kanani told delegates there is no obligation for GPs to be at the helm of networks.

She said: "They’re remunerated at general practice level but they could be [led by] anybody who is right clinically."

She added: "It should be general practice led. When I went through the contract documentation last night we made sure that it was really clear it could be any clinician.

"They’re remunerated at general practice level but they could be [led by] anybody who is right clinically."

She added: "It should be general practice led. When I went through the contract documentation last night we made sure that it was really clear it could be any clinician."

All PCNs must appoint an accountable clinical director by 15 May, who will be responsible for ensuring the PCN delivers local services.

A BMA spokesperson told Pulse: "It is for practices in the network to decide who leads them. We would expect a GP to take on this role, but if the network prefers another clinician, who has the necessary skills, then they are free to appoint them too."

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