Primary Care Network: Introduction

GP practices across Kent and Medway CCG have formed local ‘Primary Care Networks, to improve the services we provide to patients. These networks, or PCNs, were officially established across the CCG on 1st July 2019.

PCNs support groups of practices to come together locally, in partnership with community services, social care, and other providers of health and care services.

This practice has now formed its own PCN – as Ashford Medical Partnership, meaning the practices Willesborough Health Centre, St Stephens Health Centre and Singleton Health Centre. We came together as merged practice and now have formed our own PCN because we share a the same aim to improve the service we provide to our patients, and a wish to work more unite and independent to achieve this aim.

Our clinical director is Dr Navin Kumta and our PCN Project Manager is Michelle Courtley. We will update you regarding any other lead roles that may by appointed to in order to support network development.

Ashford Medical Partnership PCN will offer care on a scale which is small enough for patients to get the continuous and personalised care they value, but large enough to be resilient.

Initially, the formation of Ashford Medical Partnership PCN will have little impact on you. Clinical and management staff from each of the three practices will meet regularly to learn from best practice, and discuss ways of collectively improving the service we offer you.

In time, you will start to benefit from changes that have been implemented as part of this process. You are already able to book out of hours appointments at our practices in order to offer you an appointment at a time that may suit you better. Some practices may lead on specific clinical areas in order to offer a higher standard of care across the whole network.