FALQ: Should we have other members in our network, apart from core network practices?
What are Primary Care Networks (PCNs) asking us? Welcome to the final article in our five part series exploring frequently asked legal questions typically asked by PCNs.
Question 5 – Should we have other members in our network, apart from core network practices?
A key objective of PCNs is to ensure that general practice engages with the wider health and care system in order to achieve more integrated health and social care.
The PCN clinical directors have an important role to play in achieving this integration. Also, you should be prepared to admit non GP practices, such as providers of community mental health and social care services, as members of your PCN. When admitting other members, you will need to ensure that your network agreement clearly identifies the rights and obligations of non-core members and their role in the PCN.
For example, will non-core members be able to vote at PCN meetings?
Will they fulfil any specific duties in relation to the PCN?
Will they bear any liability for PCN activities?
If you would like to find out more about PCN structures and agreements and how we can assist generally, please contact our specialist team.
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