• Visit the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG website by clicking here

Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

Since the NHS formed 70 years ago, the population of Wolverhampton has grown and residents are living longer. Some are managing one or more complex health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and asthma or need support with mental health and wellbeing.

Our aim for the future is to provide you with a seamless journey across organisations closer to home, making sure you, your family and carers have the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

That’s why GP practices are working with each other, and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services so you can receive the right help you need from your local health and social care services.

These are called Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Working together means there are bigger teams of staff, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists and mental health professionals. It also means services can stay open for longer to provide you, your family and carers with improved access to health and social care services in Wolverhampton.

In Wolverhampton there are six PCN sites:

  • Unity East Network
  • Unity West Network
  • Wolverhampton Total Health
  • Wolverhampton North Network
  • Wolverhampton South East Collaborative
  • The Royal Wolverhampton Trust PCN (Vertical Integration)

The networks of GPs working together in the six PCN sites are below:

primary care networks updated

This means if you’re registered at one of the practices above and you cannot get an appointment with your normal GP, you will be offered an alternative hub appointment at one of the other GP practices within the group. The appointments include evenings and weekends.

For further information please speak to your practice or visit your practice website.

To find out more about Primary Care Networks, please watch NHS England and NHS Improvement animation by clicking here

Practice Nurse Area

 

General Practice Nurses (GPNs) work with their GP colleagues, clinical pharmacists, mental health therapists, physician associates, other allied health professionals, practice managers and receptionists, as part of the extended primary care team.  GPN teams are a key component of the general practice workforce. They provide care and treatment across the life course and increasingly work in partnership with people with acute illness and with complex long-term conditions.  Every member of the nursing team, from health care support workers, nursing associates, practice nurses, specialist nurses and advanced clinical practitioners has a vital role in delivering care.  They also have a responsibility to lead change and add value so that improved outcomes, a better patient experience and more effective and efficient use of resources can be achieved.


Wolverhampton CCG Lead Nurses
  • Sally Roberts – Chief Nurse and STP Lead for Practice Nursing
  • Yvonne Higgins – Deputy Chief Nurse and Head of Quality
  • Liz Corrigan – Primary Care Quality Assurance Coordinator/Practice Nurse Lead
  • Marie Hawkins – Black Country Training Hub GPN Facilitator

If you have any queries about anything at all relating to practice nursing or training please contact Liz Corrigan in the first instance on liz.corrigan@nhs.net. Liz and Marie work very closely together and will liaise over a range of issues.

Depending on what your issue or query is we may signpost you to another member of the CCG team or to colleagues in other teams such as Health Education England.


GPN Ten Point Action Plan 
 
GPN action plan
The GPN Ten Point Action Plan describes the actions needed to support expanding the capacity and capability across the whole primary care workforce. This will enable us to manage more people’s health closer to home. It will also build GPN capability to support improved and innovative approaches to delivering health and wellbeing. This plan will support general practices to work at scale in Primary Care Networks. There is a focus on developing skills, advancing careers assisting with recruitment and retention of the workforce, increasing and improving prevention, reducing unwarranted variation, improving the quality of care and delivering better value for money.

 Click on the image above to read the plan.

Practice Makes PerfectPMP for web
 
Practice Makes Perfect is a nurse education and networking forum for ANPs, Practice Nurses and Nursing Associates working in Wolverhampton. It is held on a monthly basis 10 times throughout the year and covers topics that have been chosen by the nurses, relevant updates and information sessions. It is held on the second Thursday of every month. All sessions will take place in room PD017 in the new Science Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park. Please see dates below. Click on the date to book onto the session.

12 September 2019 - Blood Tube Changes and Childhood Immunisation Update
10 October 2019 - Cervical Cytology
14 November 2019 - Frailty and “To Dip or Not to Dip” Hydration, Continence and Infection


Booking now open for Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) sessions 2020

Booking is now open for the first three PMP sessions:

9th January – COPD and Cancer Referral Pathways: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practice-makes-perfect-copd-and-cancer-referral-pathways-tickets-65782915471

13th February – Pain Management: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practice-makes-perfect--tickets-76218199687

12th March – Wound care update: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practice-makes-perfect-wound-care-tickets-76218917835

The rest of the dates in 2020 are as follows:

9 April 2020
14 May 2020
11 June 2020
9 July 2020
10 September 2020
8 October 2020
12 November 2020


Personalised care


Immunisation and Screening Updates 

Vaccines stored outside ther recommended temparature range

It is recommended that vaccines are kept at a cool temperature at all stages of production, distribution and storage - this is known as the ‘cold chain’.

Not all vaccines that have fallen outside the recommended storage temperature need be destroyed - some vaccines can still be used. However, if they are used, they are described as being ‘off-label’ vaccines.

You can download the doxcuments available here.

 

Public Health England - West Mids Immunisation Newsletter July 2019

The following link provides all the information you may need around the childhood immunisation programme including useful resources for the practice, vaccine schedules, training slides and standards, links to uptake data and parent surveys.  There is also a useful section on vaccine handing (including cold chain) and incident reporting:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation

The local West Midlands Screening and Immunisation Team contact details including incident reporting can be found below:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/information-for-professionals/information-for-professionals-west-midlands-screening-and-immunisation-team-sit/

Please find a link below to the Green Book:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book

The link below is for WM Patient Group Directions – please ensure that you only use these PGDs:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/information-for-professionals/information-for-professionals-west-midlands-screening-and-immunisation-team-sit/west-midlands-immunisation-service/patient-group-directions-pgds/

To sign up for the monthly Vaccine Update newsletter and review previous editions please click below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/vaccine-update

The link below is for the annual flu vaccine programme and contains information and resources to use in the practice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/annual-flu-programme

In addition to this please see a link to the Wolverhampton Flu Programme website with information on the school programme:

https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/health-and-wellbeing/flu-vaccines