PCN - Workforce
Additional workforce will be introduced and partially-funded through the Network. The number will build up over the five years, so by 2024 there should be an additional 22,000 staff in primary care as follows:
- From 2019, each network should be able to employ one clinical pharmacist and one social prescriber.
- From 2020, funding will increase to enable the additional employment of first contact physiotherapists and physicians associates.
- From 2021, all of the above will increase and community paramedics will be introduced.
- From 2022, all of the above workforce will be increased so that by 2024 a typical network will receive 5 clinical pharmacists (equivalent of one per practice), three social prescribers, three first contact physiotherapists, two physicians associates and one community paramedic.
There will be some flexibility around numbers and professions within networks.
NHS England will fund 70% of each professional including their on-costs. Networks will need to fund the additional 30% themselves. The exception is social prescribers, which NHS England will fund 100% including on-costs.
The network will need to decide how the additional workforce is employed (ie by a single lead practice, by an organisation(eg a Federation or community trust) on behalf of the network, or different professionals being employed by different practices within the network). Thw workforce may be employed in these ways but must provide services for the Network rather than individual practices.
The workforce and network will be led by a Clinical Director, chosen from within the clinicians of each network. This Clinical Director will be funded – an average of a day a week for a network of 40,000 patients (including on-costs) from new funding provided by NHS England.