Member briefing: How CCGs can support their Primary Care Networks and practices in light of Covid-19

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Over the coming weeks and months, we know that there will be unprecedented pressure not only on secondary care, but also in primary care.

While the initial response from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) seems to have mainly focused on support for the acute sector, the latest guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) rightly calls on CCGs to support primary care networks (PCNs) and general practice in implementing a range of actions to free up capacity to manage pressure in both general practice and the wider system.

Members of the NHS Confederation’s PCN Network have been reporting a lack of coordination and support from CCGs, so this guidance is welcome.

This briefing, aimed at CCGs and PCN clinical directors, outlines the actions CCGs should be taking as part of their planning for primary care in the coming weeks and months, at both PCN and general practice level.

This briefing reflects the guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement, as well as feedback from members of NHS Clinical Commissioners and the NHS Confederation’s PCN Network.

20 March 2020

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