Primary Care Knowsley (PCK) is a federation comprising 5 Practices operating from 11 locations across Knowsley. In total, the practices provide primary care services to over 52,000 patients which represents around one third of the Knowsley population.
PCK provides corporate and strategic leadership for the member practices and focuses on the following:
- the development of the strategic aims and objectives;
- the allocation of its practices financial, human and other resources to achieve those aims and objectives;
- the assessment and management of risk;
- the internal control mechanisms required to provide services including policies and procedures; and
- the monitoring of the performance of the objectives set out in the Annual Business Plan
The practices within PCK are as follows
ASTON HEALTHCARE Practice population 25195
- Manor Farm PCRC (Main)
- Whiston PCRC (Branch)
- Gresford Medical Centre (Branch)
- Knowsley Village Medical Centre (Branch)
- Leathers Lane Surgery (Branch)
- Camberley Medical Centre (Branch)
BLUEBELL LANE MEDICAL PRACTICE Practice population 25195
Location: The Bluebell Centre
CORNERWAYS MEDICAL PRACTICE Practice population 9334
Location: North Huyton PCRC
DR MAASSARANI AND PARTNERS Practice population 10606
- Towerhill PCRC (Main)
- Melling Surgery (Branch)
ROSEHEATH SURGERY Practice population 2582
Location: Halewood Centre
The practices within PCK sit within each of the 3 Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Knowsley as follows:
EAST AND SOUTH KNOWSLEY PCN
- Aston Healthcare
- Roseheath Surgery
WEST KNOWSLEY PCN
- Bluebell Lane Medical Practice
- Cornerways Medical Centre
- Dr Maassarani and Partners
It is essential that PCK continues to develop and deliver strong collaborative working principles within its federation through such a challenging period. In addition, collaboration with other practices within the PCNs, GP out of hours and community services is essential in delivering the national strategy on COVID-19 and beyond. Working together will deliver the best care for patients and communities, and support strategies and operations on how best to protect and maximise the capabilities of staff within the federation and across the PCNs.
A successful response to COVID-19 requires us to adapt quickly to new ways of working to manage the new demand, while also maintaining access and services for people who need either urgent care or support for pre-existing conditions including essential routine care that is non COVID-19.
This includes contingency planning to manage urgent presentations of possible COVID-19 ambulatory, housebound and nursing/care home patients across the PCK footprint. Good planning and engagement across the group and with the PCNs will protect our practices and allow us to continue to manage our vulnerable cohort of patients as far as possible.
To work, our model needs our practices to consolidate resources, work together to common operating processes and triaging and seeing one another’s patients.