We’re pleased to have launched our new series, PCN Podcasts. So far, we have four episodes, across which editor Victoria Vaughan explores which key issues are facing PCNs, with guests ranging from clinical directors to other experts.
Starting things off is Dr Brigid Joughin, clinical director of Outer West Newcastle PCN. She explains how the ARRS scheme’s influx of new healthcare workers meaning a more diverse workforce has affected general practice in her area. You can have a listen here.
Next up we have Dr Sarit Ghosh, who’s a clinical director in Enfield, North London. He tells Victoria about what it’s like working on a larger scale in the capital – bearing in mind that the optimal size of a PCN is considered 30,000 to 50,000.
Back down to Devon now, where Dr Katharine Bhatt shares all on working in an area with one of the highest number of care home beds in the country. Dr Bhatt is care home visiting service lead in Torbay, which means she’s gathered plentiful experience of how local services have undergone development alongside the enhanced care DES.
Meanwhile, Dr Jeremy Carter reflects on how the transition into PCNs has been since mid-2019 for Kent. Dr Carter manages Herne Bay PCN and we enjoyed chatting to him on what he and the team have noticed during the whole process.
And our next episode will be up and running soon, so do keep your eyes – and ears – peeled for all the latest on life within PCNs.