Primary Care Network

Sutton Coldfield Group Practice isn’t just a multi-site practice. Our six GP practices work together as something called a primary care network too.

As demand for healthcare continues to rise, our GP practices work together, with other local partners, to provide a range of extra services to the ones you receive at your normal GP practice.

By working together on these additional services, it means every resident in Sutton Coldfield – that’s roughly 52,000 – can benefit from reliable, high quality health and wellbeing services to help them stay healthy, happy and well.

(in a box with the blue ribbon title header and the NHSE PCN animation) What is a primary care network?

What is a primary care network?

A primary care network is a group of practices that work together to focus on local patient care. They’ve been around since 2019 and 99 per cent of practices across England now work as part of one.

With increased demand and a shortage of clinical staff, practices find they can provide greater, more personalised care for patients when they can work together on certain services or issues.

Take a look at this short animation from NHS England which explains how they work.

What extra services are available in Sutton Coldfield?

We’re introducing new services all the time which you can read about on this page but you might already know about some of the services we deliver together:

  • Evening and weekend appointments – We offer extra appointments on evenings and weekends from our Ley Hill Surgery. Patients who can’t make daytime appointments tell us how convenient these are and you can request an evening or weekend appointment if it’s better for you when you contact us for an appointment.
  • Extra healthcare professionals working in your practice – We’ve introduced extra healthcare professionals who work across the six practices to provide expertise and much-needed skills to our existing practice teams. Clinical pharmacists, first contact physiotherapists and care coordinators are already helping hundreds of patients to feel better and more in control of their health every month.