About Cannock North PCN

A change from reactively providing appointments to proactively care for the people and communities we serve.

What is a PCN?

This short NHS England animation explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.

In line with national guidance, PCNs are much more than clusters of general practice. It is about groups of practices coming together locally in partnership with community services, social care and other providers of health and care services around the needs of local patients

In general, people are living longer, and some are living with a number of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and mental health issues. Primary Care Networks are groups of GP Practices, bringing practices together in order to offer care on a scale which is small enough for patients to get the continuous and personalised care they value, but large enough to be resilient, through the sharing of workforce, administration and other functions of general practice.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of these services working together are:

Longer opening hours

  • Sharing staff
  • Better access to specialist health professionals
  • Services closer to home
  • Ability to share information and technology

Who are we?

Cannock North PCN currently comprises of 8 practices serving a population of around 42,000 patients in the area of Cannock, Chadsmoor and Hednesford.

As part of our PCN, GPs will be able to recruit multi-disciplinary teams, including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing support workers, freeing up family doctors to focus on the sickest patients.

In the first year of the PCN contract, the focus will be on optimising current services across the network, such as the provision of extended opening hours for local practices and the development clinical pharmacists, first contact physiotherapists and social prescribing link workers. It is expected that the capability and capacity of PCNs will build over the next five years of the contract to deliver fully integrated community-based care that meets the needs of our local populations.

Our Objectives

Better and integrated healthcare for our patients, healthcare providers and the wider healthcare system.

For Patients:

  • better, more personalised health and care services, delivered more conveniently in settings closer to home
  • support for individuals with more complex conditions that is better coordinated across different health and care services
  • stronger support for patients to play a much greater role in making safe and informed decisions about their own health and care, taking full advantage of all local resources.

For Providers of Healthcare:

  • funding and central support to build greater capacity and resilience (including up to 20,000 new staff over the next five years)
  • greater stability and a happier workforce courtesy of a more sustainable approach to staffing, with more manageable workloads and more professional development opportunities through multi-disciplinary team working
  • the opportunity to have future funding aligned to savings achieved through local integration.

For the Wider Health System

  • a critical enabler to drive the triple integration of primary and community care, physical and mental health services, and health and social care
  • opportunity to drive up consistency in quality and outcomes across health and care at a neighbourhood level across the country
  • focus on prevention, self-care and population health management informing better targeted clinical interventions and keeping people out of hospital, which in turn drives the sustainability of the system and reduces health inequalities.


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Our Team

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Dr Sandeep Geeranavar

Clinical Director

Dr Manu Agarwal

Clinical Director

Our Practices

Developing our current community services to support better delivery of hands-on, personalised, and more joined-up health & social care