GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
What is a Primary Care Network (PCN)?
Millway Medical Practice is a member of a PCN with three other local practices. The following staff are not employed by the Practice but work for the PCN and can be accessed through the Practice:
Similar to the pharmacists we have at Millway, the PCN has clinical pharmacists who are highly qualified experts in medicines providing additional support to practices. They undertake structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems, improve patient safety and outcomes, and can also review patients with certain long-term conditions such as Asthma, COPD and Hypertension (high blood pressure). Our PCN clinical pharmacist at Millway is Kirta Patel.
In addition to the pharmacists, the PCN also has a Pharmacy Technician. These are are registered healthcare professionals who, working under the supervision of a pharmacist, support the team with a range of tasks that vary in complexity from responding to medication related queries to ensuring medication safety and regular monitoring. The PCN pharmacy technician is Zirqa Mogul.
First Contact Physiotherapists (FCP)
First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs) based in general practice can deal with the vast majority of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions without a GP review. They provide a first point of contact service which means that patients presenting with a musculoskeletal problem (e.g. back, knee, hip or neck pain) for a GP appointment are offered an appointment with a physiotherapist instead. They have the skills to assess, diagnose, offer self-management advice, and if necessary refer for investigations or further treatment. Our FCPs at Millway are Georgios Grigoriou and Miles Hammed-Brazel.
Social prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:
- with one or more long-term conditions
- who need support with their mental health
- who are lonely or isolated
- who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing
Our Social Prescriber Link Workers at Millway are Bala Mere and Emma Hatfield.
Mental Health Practitioner
A significant amount of time within primary care is spent on people who have mental health needs. The time that is needed to address these needs can be large, and it is often more appropriate for the patient to see a skilled professional with training in mental health issues than other members of the team. The Mental Health Practitioner role is designed to work closely with clinicians to assess, diagnose and treat patients with significant mental illness. Our Mental Health Practitioner at Millway is Yaa Peasah.
The practice also has access to a range of other health professionals who are employed outside of the practice and PCN, but available locally within Barnet:
- District Nurses – see housebound patients for a range of nursing services (e.g. dressings, blood tests, administer medication)
- Occupational Therapists – help you with practical tasks in all aspects of daily life within your home, school or workplace
- Health Visitors – help with the care of children aged 0-5y