Episode 163 – How better funding and resources can help Primary Care Networks reduce health inequalities


In this episode, we talk to Dr Lynsey Warwick-Giles, a Research Associate based within the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research at the University of Manchester.

Title of paper: Can Primary Care Networks contribute to the national goal of reducing health inequalities? A mixed method study

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Primary Care Networks are an important policy development in English primary care, with an additional contract supporting practices to work collaboratively. Policy makers intend that they will tackle local health inequalities. Our research suggests that there is potential for them to achieve this, but it will require: continued weighting of funding formulas to account for deprivation; redistribution of funds and other resources internally to support the most deprived practices; managerial support, particularly for PCNs with deprived populations; and realistic and achievable targets for PCN action.

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