In March 2019 all practices in Bromley were asked by the Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group to arrange with each other to join up in groups. The groups are called Primary Care Networks and must have a minimum of 30,000 patients each. London Lane Clinic has joined up with Dysart surgery and South View surgery to form the Bromley Connect PCN.
Primary Care Networks have been given three areas to work co-operatively together on:
1. Extended hours: they are expected to join together when providing extended hours, so that if there is a surgery that doesn’t offer evening and Saturday appointments to their patients, the other practices in their PCN could see their patients for them. The London Lane Clinic, Dysart Surgery and Southview Surgery all already provide their own extended hours and will continue to see their own patients, so there will be no change for our patients.
2. Employment of a clinical pharmacist: PCNs are expected to jointly employ a pharmacist to work a few days a week in each practice on prescribing issues. Our pharmacist is called Ruhina and she works at the London Lane Clinic on 2 days per week. She sees patients herself to carry out medication reviews and deal with medication issues that don’t necessarily need doctor input, as well as reviewing prescribing practice at the surgery.
3. Employment of a social prescriber: The PCN is employing a social prescriber in each surgery. The role of a social prescriber is to help patients who have non-clinical problems such as loneliness, isolation, stress, poor housing etc. Patients are referred by the GP to the social prescriber. The social prescriber helps the patient identify what matters to them, and work out how to connect with the activities that might make a difference, and provides information on relevant services.
Last updated 4.2.20