In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, GP practices across England have begun working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services to form Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

PCNs aim to further improve access, availability and quality of primary care services to local people by:

  • increasing the number of healthcare staff working in and with GPs
  • providing people with better access to a wider range of support for their needs
  • developing community teams that support people in their own homes
  • expanding services available in GP practices.

Overall, PCNs will support the development of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care services.

PCNs are based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000.

A key feature of practices coming together, is introducing new roles into general practice which helps GPs focus their skills where they are most needed, such as diagnosing and treating patients. These roles include:

  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Social Prescribing Link Workers
  • First contact Physiotherapists
  • Physician Associates
  • Community Paramedics.

Watch a short animation below that explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.

Primary Care Networks in Walsall

As of July 2019, all GP practices in Walsall are working together as a Primary Care Network.

Patients are not likely to notice much of a difference at first, as some of the care they receive in Walsall is already joined-up. An example of this is the roll out of four GP Extended Access Hubs which provide extra appointments for patients that could not easily access GP or nurse appointments during working hours. 

Seven networks exist in Walsall. These are:

Walsall North

Walsall North covers a GP population size of approx. 51,000 people and includes the following 10 practices:

01GP – Pinfold Medical, All Saints Surgery, Pinfold Health Centre

02GP – Bloxwich Medical Practice, Pinfold Health Centre

03GP – Dr Khan, Pinfold Health Centre

04GP –  Birchills Health Centre

05GP –  St Lukes Surgery, Pinfold Health Centre

06GP – Blakenall Modality Group

07GP – Drs Kaul and Gill, Harden Health Centre

08GP – Lower Farm Health Centre

09GP – Mossley and Dudley Fields Medical Practice

10GP – St Mary’s Surgery, Pinfold Health Centre

The Clinical Director of Walsall North PCN is Dr Nasir Asghar from Pinfold Medical Centre.

Walsall East One

Walsall East One covers a GP population size of approx. 33,000 people and includes the following 8 practices:

01GP – Dr N Dubb & Partners, Streets Corner Surgery

02Gp – Dr Nambisan Surgery, Chapel Street

03GP – High Street Surgery, Pelsall Village, Drs Sameja and AS Khan

04GP – Holland Park Surgery

05GP – New Road Medical Centre

06GP – Parkside Medical Practice

07GP – St John’s Medical Centre

08GP – Walsall Wood Health Centre, Lichfield Road

The Clinical Director of Walsall East One PCN is Dr Sandeep Kaul from New Road Surgery.

Walsall East Two

Walsall East Two covers a GP population size of approx. 42,000 people and includes the following 5 practices:

01GP – Blackwood Health Centre

02GP – Collingwood Family Practice

03GP – Northgate Medical Centre

04Gp – Portland Medical Practice

05Gp – Rushall Medical Centre

The Clinical Director of Walsall East Two PCN is Dr Francois Bolliger from Northgate Practice.

Walsall South One

Walsall South One covers a GP population size of approx. 43,000 people and includes the following 9 practices:

01GP – Ambar Medical Centre

02GP – Beechdale Centre

03GP – Brace Street Health Centre, Dr A Sinha

04GP – Brace Street Health Centre, Dr Mahbub

05GP – Brace Street Health Centre, Kumar

06GP – Forrester Street Medical Centre

07GP – Little London Surgery

08GP – Pleck Health Centre

09GP – Saddlers Health Centre

The Clinical Director of Walsall South One PCN is Dr Riaz Ahmed from Little London Surgery.

Walsall South Two

Walsall South Two covers a GP population size of approx. 40,000 people and includes the following 6 practices:

01GP – Broadway Medical Centre

02GP – Lichfield St Surgery

03GP – Palfrey Health Centre

04GP – St Peter’s Surgery

05GP – Sycamore House Medical Centre

06GP – The Limes Medical Centre

The Clinical Director of Walsall South Two PCN is Dr Ryan Hobson from Lichfield Street.

Walsall West One

Walsall West One covers a GP population size of approx. 32,000 people and includes the following 6 practices:

01GP – Kingfisher Berkley Practice

02GP – Darlaston Family Practice

03GP – Darlaston Health Centre, Dr N Khan

04GP – Modality Darlaston Practice

05GP – New Invention Health Centre

06GP – Stroud Practice, Bentley Medical Centre

The Clinical Director of Walsall West One PCN is Dr Ravinder Sandhu from Kingfisher Berkley Practice.

Walsall West Two

Walsall West Two covers a GP population size of approx. 46,000 people and includes the following 8 practices:

01GP – Croft Street Surgery

02GP – Drs Ali and Syed Surgery

03GP – Lockfield Surgery

04GP – Lockstown Practice

05GP – Moxley Medical Centre

06GP – Rough Hay Surgery

07GP – Sina Health Centre

08GP – The Keys Family Practice

The Clinical Director of Walsall West Two PCN is Dr Shadia Abdalla from Lockfield Surgery.

If you would like to find out more information about PCNs in Walsall, please email walsallccg.getinvolved@nhs.net