Primary Care Networks

In general, people are living longer, and some are living with a number of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and mental health issues. Primary Care Networks are groups of GP Practices based around a GP registered list of approximately 30,000 – 50,000 patients, bringing practices together in order to offer care on a scale which is small enough for patients to get the continuous and personalised care they value, but large enough to be resilient, through the sharing of workforce, administration and other functions of general practice.

The benefits of these services working together are: 

  • Longer opening hours 

  • Sharing staff 

  • Better access to specialist health professionals 

  • Services closer to home 

  • Ability to share information and technology 

Primary Care Networks are an important building block of developing our current community services to support better delivery of hands-on, personalised, coordinated and more joined-up health and social care. 

The creation of PCNs follows the release of new guidance from NHS England on 31 January 2019 to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. This guidance included significant changes to the GP contract, including the development of PCNs. 

How Primary Care Networks were formed

CCGs were required to meet three key deadlines which were nationally mandated and set by NHS England: 

  1. All PCNs had to submit registration information to their CCG by 15 May 2019. Each PCN in Derby and Derbyshire achieved this deadline. 

  2. By 31 May 2019, CCGs had to confirm the network coverage and approve the variation to GMS PMS and APMS.

  3. A PCN Application Review Panel for the CCG was established to review and agree PCN registration applications and provide subsequent assurance to relevant Committees.

The membership of the panel was as follows: 

  • Director of Primary Care 

  • Local Medical Committees 

  • NHS England 

  • Lay members 

This panel was not a voting panel, and the ambition was to achieve a group consensus for each application based on the criteria stipulated within the guidance for PCNs. 

A group consensus was achieved for each application. 

The Panel was responsible for ensuring 100% population coverage of primary care networks. The requirement of NHS England for agreeing PCN applications was as follows: 

“Each Primary Care Network must have a boundary that makes sense to: (a) its constituent practices;(b) to other community-based providers, who configure their teams accordingly; and (c) to its local community.” 

On 1 July 2019, the Network Contract goes live across 100% of the country.   

The Primary Care Networks 

Fifteen PCNs have formed across Derby and Derbyshire, 100% population coverage has been achieved and all member practices of the CCG have joined a Network. You can download the full list of PCNs here.

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Each Primary Care Network must appoint a Clinical Director (CD) as its named, accountable leader, responsible for delivery. The CCG engage with the Derbyshire CDs on a monthly basis at the Derbyshire Primary Care Leadership Group. A table of Derbyshire Clinical Directors is provided below:  

PCN Name

Clinical Director

High Peak

Dr Chris Harvey
Dr Sophie Taylor

Derbyshire Dales

Dr Ed Oakley
Tom Smart

South Dales

Dr Penelope Blackwell

Chesterfield & Dronfield

Dr PJ Flann

North East Derbyshire

Dr Steve Rossi

North Hardwick & Bolsover

Dr Hazel McMurray

South Hardwick

Dr Dan Stinton 

Alfreton, Ripley, Crich & Heanor (ARCH)

Dr Nicholas Hall
Dr Andrew Mott
Dr Justine Reid


Dr Helen Fenwick
Dr Andrew Maronge


Dr Duncan Gooch
Dr Anthony Shanks

Greater Derby

Dr Gillian Davidson
Dr Niall McKay



Dr Mahya Johnson
Dr Sophie Harvey

Derby City North

Dr Richard Crowson
Dr Drew Smith 

Oakdale Park

Dr Helen Hill
Dr Simon Gregory

Derby City South

Dr Riten Ruparelia
Dr Eshan Peiris


Rebecca Bromley



Long Term NHSE Plan 

GP Contract
Last modified: 14/06/2022