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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.

PCN Map May 2023
PCN Networks

The Primary Care Networks 

PCNs have formed across Derby and Derbyshire, 100% population coverage has been achieved and all member practices of the CCG have joined a Network.

Clinical directors

High Peak

  • Dr Chris Harvey
  • Dr Sophie Taylor

South Dales

  • Dr Penelope Blackwell
  • Dr Jamie Lewis

North East Derbyshire

  • Dr Steve Rossi

South Hardwick

  • Dr Dan Stinton


  • Dr Helen Fenwick
  • Dr Andrew Maronge

Greater Derby

  • Dr Gillian Davidson
  • Dr Niall McKay

Derby City North

  • Dr Richard Crowson
  • Dr Drew Smith 

Derby City South

  • Dr Riten Ruparelia
  • Dr Eshan Peiris

North Derbyshire

  • Dr Peter Scriven

Derbyshire Dales

  • Dr Ed Oakley

Chesterfield and Dronfield

  • Dr Upendra Bhatia

North Hardwick and Bolsover

  • Dr Hazel McMurray

Alfreton, Ripley, Crich & Heanor (ARCH)

  • Dr Nicholas Hall
  • Dr Sess Sibanda
  • Dr Justine Reid


  • Dr Duncan Gooch
  • Dr Anthony Shanks


  • Dr Mahya Johnson
  • Dr Sophie Harvey

Oakdale Park

  • Dr Helen Hill
  • Dr Simon Gregory


  • Dr Mark Rooney
  • Rebecca Bromley
  • Mrs Sue Clover

Other useful links:       

Long Term NHSE Plan 

GP Contract

Last Updated: Monday 10th July 2023 - 2:21:pm

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