Primary care network podcasts

We are continuing to build on our podcast series as part of the ongoing work to share learning and support the development of primary care networks across the country. The first five podcasts are hosted by Dr William Owen, Clinical Fellow at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Episode 1: Supporting the development of primary care networks – This episode features an interview with Dr Charlotte Canniff the Clinical Chair of North West Surrey CCG and clinical lead for primary care transformation within the Surrey Heartlands ICS. In this episode, Dr Canniff talks about her passion for primary care networks and how she is supporting the development of networks in her own area, as part of the work across Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System.

Episode 2: Primary care networks and the role of practice managers – This episode features an interview with Hannah Smalley, Practice Manager and Managing Partner at Merchiston Surgery, part of Wyvern Health Partnership in Swindon. In this episode, Hannah talks about her role in the strategic development of Wyvern Health Partnership and the vital role of practice managers in developing primary care networks locally.

Episode 3: Primary care networks and the role of the Clinical Director – In this episode we talk to Dr Hannah Morgan, the Clinical Director of Hayling Island Emsworth primary care network, about how she is developing her PCN, her role as clinical director and some initial aims and objectives as the PCN partners begin to work together.

Episode 4: Pharmacy in primary care networks – A clinical director perspective – Clinical directors and pharmacists, Helen Kilminster and Graham Stretch, in conversation with Will Owen about the setting up of clinical pharmacy in PCNs. Helen and Graham give their advice and highlight some top tips to help PCNs learn from their experience and establish their pharmacy team.

Episode 5: Reducing health inequalities through primary care networks – Olivia Butterworth, Head of Public Participation at NHS England and NHS Improvement joins resident GP trainee Dr Will Owen to discuss health inequalities and the opportunities primary care networks offer to connect with community groups and better reflect all parts of the population they serve.

Episode 6: Primary care networks: delivering a digital response to the pandemic, and beyond – Working in networks primary care services have been coming together to offer a safe, digital response to the pandemic, and in this podcast we hear from two primary care networks who discuss the challenges they’ve overcome to ensure greater access for patients moving forward.

Episode 7: Care homes and primary care services working together for patients and staff – Frontline clinicians discuss how care homes and local health services in their respective primary care networks (PCNs) have come together to successfully deliver a challenging vaccination programme, while also providing enhanced healthcare for patients and greater support for staff. We also hear how collaboration with local councils, hospitals and pharmacists has enabled PCNs to be able to work flexibly, deliver leadership opportunities and provide more targeted care for the vulnerable.

Episode 8: Vaccinating people with a learning disability and autistic people – NHS England and NHS Improvement, Learning Disability and Autism, National Clinical Director is in conversation with Fazilla Amide, whose 17-year-old son has complex health needs, learning disability and autism. They talk about the importance of collaborative working across health and social care to ensure the best outcomes can be achieved for people with a learning disability and autistic people in vaccination appointments. The podcast provides advice and support around good communication, the range of reasonable adjustments that should be considered and needle phobia. As well as some specific examples of good practice.

Further information about primary care networks is available on the primary care networks page, or email with any queries.

Additional podcasts from across the system

Integrated care: how clinical leadership makes a system – In this podcast, Dr Amanda Doyle, GP and leader of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS), joined by Professor Des Breen, medical director for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS and Andrea Mann, one of a small group of nurses appointed as a Primary Care Network Clinical Director, discuss how their systems are approaching the task of how to support clinicians into clinical leadership roles.