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About Us

6 of the GP practices within our area have joined together to form the South West Shropshire PCN. They are:

Bishops Castle Medical Practice

Church Stretton Medical Practice

Craven Arms Medical Practice

Portcullis Surgery

Station Drive Surgery

The Meadows Medical Practice

We are a small but clinically ambitious rural primary care network, with patient access and quality of care at the heart of what we do. Our mission is to support, enable and sustain primary care in South West Shropshire and to deliver care that meets the health needs of our population, focussing particularly on health inequalities and equity of access. We want to work with local partners in health, social care and the voluntary sector and collaborate on service design and provision that meets local needs, developing our health and wellbeing offer and promote health as 'preventative' in order to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our population. Click here for further details of the services provided by our PCN. 

The objectives of our PCN are to:

Grow and sustain our primary care workforce

Improve and increase our primary care estate and space

Utilise community centres and other local assets

Development of clinical diagnostic hubs

Development of mobile and outreach services for health and prevention 

Anticipatory model of care for those who are frail, lonely or isolated for whatever reason

Utilisation of digital and technological services that enhance delivery and improve access

Our clinical priorities are:

Long term conditions management such as asthma, COPD, musculoskeletal and diabetes

Children and young peoples mental health

Personalised care through social prescribing for children and young people as well as adults

Outreach into local schools to improve health and wellbeing for our children and young people

Opiate review service (deprescribing)

Elderly people including housebound and those who are isolated

Food bank outreach to anticipate health and wellbeing issues

Supporting dementia patients and their carers

Early cancer sign awareness

Being part of a PCN means we are able to take advantage of additional staff roles that are now available to support all of our patients. These additional roles help us to provide the right care at the right time, from the right professional. We want to support and develop our workforce and prioritise their wellbeing so that it is resilient, flexible and fulfilled. The following video produced by NHS East of England helps to explain these additional roles:

You can also find further details in our Services page and in our Health TV section.

WHAT ARE PRIMARY CARE NETWORKS?

PCNs build on current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively providing care for the people and communities they serve. PCNs usually have a 30-50k population and are geographically contiguous (next to or touching another). You can read the NHS England PCN FAQs here.

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