Proactive care programme in full swing


PCNs on the Proactive Care programme are benefiting from workshops, network sessions and a visit to a GM health hub.

The six-month programme is supporting PCNs to reduce the demand on primary and secondary care.

Representatives from Primary Care Networks (PCNs) across Greater Manchester are part way through a Proactive Care programme run by Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board (GMPCB) and NHS Greater Manchester.

The six-month targeted support package is in partnership with the national CLEAR programme and Peak Health Coaching, to help PCNs develop proactive care for their local population.

Twenty PCNs are engaged in the programme, which is a mix of virtual and face-to-face workshops designed to help them improve patient outcomes and ultimately reduce demand on primary and secondary care. Participants were asked to choose one area of interest for their PCN: dementia; frailty or high intensity users.

As part of the programme, they have the opportunity to visit Healthy Hyde, in Tameside on Wednesday, 13 December, to see how colleagues are working to improve the health and wellbeing of their residents.

If you’re a PCN signed up to the PCB Proactive Care programme and you haven’t secured your place for the Hyde visit, please get in touch with Andrew Binnie, the Proactive Care Programme Manager, at

Healthy Hyde is Hyde’s PCN consisting of eight GP practices and representing a population of 72,000 patients. It has benefited from the support of the CLEAR programme and has a strong focus on multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working to improve the health of its most vulnerable patients in a proactive way.

They have recently opened a new health hub in a former B&M Bargains store, in the town centre, which offers a range of weekend and evening appointments with various practitioners, plus access to community-based support via partner organisations such as food banks, mental health and wellbeing services, cooking lessons and English lessons for the local refugee and asylum community.

The visit to the hub will enable other PCNs to hear how Healthy Hyde started on its journey, share experiences and learnings, and discuss ideas for their own development.

Participants of the programme will also undertake workshops in November and December, followed by a series of network sessions in the new year.