The number of people living in Salford - and, indeed, across the country - is growing. We are not only living longer, but many of us are living with long term health conditions, like diabetes or heart disease.
This is why, as part of the national five-year framework for GP contract reform published in January 2019, local areas like Salford were asked to set up Primary Care Networks (PCNs). This is where GP practices within a certain area work together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services to provide more personalised and coordinated health and social care to the Salford population.
By working together, GP practices can have bigger teams of staff, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists. They can offer more specialised services, like ultrasounds or physiotherapy, closer to home and without the need to go to hospital.
This film explains primary care networks in more detail.
In Salford, we have five PCNs, each with a clinical director appointed to lead each network: