Zoom details will be sent out a week before event.

The event will feature and explore what has changed with COVID-19, the extent to which some of the more radical shifts are now taking place and what needs to happen next for primary care, communities and local partners to respond effectively to the rising health inequalities exposed and exacerbated by COVID-19, supported by Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

14.00 Chair’s welcome and introduction to event Dr Patrick Hutt, Immediate past chair, RCGP Health Inequalities Standing Group and Partner Queensbridge Practice, Hackney
14.10 What then? What’s changed? What now? Reflections from the last six months Merron Simpson, Chief Executive New NHS Alliance
14.20 Steps for Primary Care Networks … how might we make it happen? Dr Chris Tiley, Lander Medical Practice, Truro
14.25 Community relationships with primary care 1. The Crafty Fox: Life-saving Café 2. Southmead Development Trust
15.00 Facilitated breakout sessions and feedback to group
1: Changing nature of health inequalities: How has COVID-19 changed the nature of health inequalities and what does this mean for PCNs, local partners and communities going forward?
2: Recovery Journeys: How might people’s actual recovery journeys drive what PCNs, GPs and local partners do and invest in?
3: Handing power to communities: How can GPs/PCNs avoid the temptation to drive the agenda?
4: Places with no social infrastructure: What can primary care and local partners do in places with no existing infrastructure?
16.00 Reflections from an ‘enabling state’ perspective Jennifer Wallace, Head of Policy, Carnegie UK Trust
16.15 Steps PCNs might take, emerging thinking Dr Chris Tiley
16.25 Chair’s summary
16.30 Main event ends - Delegates welcome to stay to discuss PCN Contract with NHSEI
Health inequalities and the PCN DES: How might the DES Contract support this? Will Tate and Belinda Yeldon

A report will be published in the autumn.


This meeting is suitable for anyone that has, or will, be involved in PCNs – whether a provider, community organisation, a representative of a person with lived experience, or a member of the community.


In addition, at the end of the meeting (16:30-17:30) there will be an opportunity for people to inform NHSEI’s new thinking on DES Contract Specification 2020/21 as it relates to PCNs.


The events are supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement and a range of partner organisations including: Health Foundation, Carnegie (UK) Trust, Power to Change, Accord Housing, Walsall Housing Group, Birmingham VCS, National Pharmacy Association, Royal College of Nursing, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Institute for Health Visiting, Association of Directors of Public Health, Taskforce for Multiple Conditions and Local Government Association.

“To be successful, PCNs should aim to develop a culture and ‘business as usual’ approach of working in partnership with their local community, connecting with community assets and ensuring that the views and experiences of local people can influence all aspects of the design and delivery of care” – Olivia Butterworth, Head of Public Participation, NHS England and NHS Improvement