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Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000. They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between practices and others in the local health and social care system.

Primary Care Networks have been introduced as part of the  NHS Long Term Plan  to financially sustain general practice in the short term and improve access and care in the longer term.