Primary Care

The NHS Long Term Plan places emphasis on increased integration between primary and community care. Outlining significant investment in primary care reform through Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

PCNs are a significant new way of organising care in every area of England. They bring together all health and social care services in a local area (usually covering 40,000 to 50,000 people) to deliver more joined-up care. They are not new organisations, but will work in new ways with their communities.

The National Voices coalition is making primary care reform a priority because it is here that the things that matter to our charity members and their beneficiaries can be implemented: person centred, coordinated care close to home; reducing health inequalities; and working with community and voluntary sector groups for better wellbeing outcomes.

National Voices is committed to facilitating the conversation between those bringing about primary care reform and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

Informing the charity sector

National Voices has run several events for our members where they have had the opportunity to engage with leaders of primary care reform. If you are interested in hearing about future events please email

Community organisations and primary care networks: working together for health and wellbeing

We have created a series of  'explainer' resources that can be used by voluntary sector groups and networks to explain the changes, and explore why and how to work with PCNs.

The resources explain:

  • What PCNs are and why they are important in the context of the NHS Long Term Plan
  • Why PCNs are important to the VCSE sector
  • How to find your local PCN(s) and how to work with them

The three resources offer different levels of information:

PCNs the basics: Very short summary leaflet

PCNs an intro & top tips: Slide set suitable for all VCSE groups and organisations

PCN briefing paper for VCSE sector organisations: A more in depth look at PCNs, in plain English

Supporting PCNs with bespoke community projects

National Voices also has a partnership with NPAC and NALW to support PCNs with bespoke community engagement, through innovative approaches to community engagement and person centered social prescribing. Our work is explained more in this brochure

How to keep communities at the heart of PCN development

National Voices is working with COBIC and PPL to explore how to keep outcomes for people and communities at the heart of the PCN development. 

Get involved

Primary care reform is an ongoing priority for National Voices. If you would like to know more about our work in this area please email