Primary care network (PCN) legal considerations

Primary care networks (PCNs) are groups of practices working together to focus local patient care.

Guidance on running a PCN

The BMA PCN handbook provides advice to practices on establishing and running their PCN.

BMA services for PCNs

As sole negotiators of the GP contract, the BMA is in a unique position to understand the challenges clinical directors face.

The BMA provide a range of expert PCN services and knowledge to support you with running a successful PCN.

If you're a clinical director or are involved with the running of your PCN, register your interest to sign up for any of the services or resources below and any in future.

Legal Services

BMA Law's team of specialist solicitors are on hand to help you navigate the legal process of running a successful PCN. Their solicitors understand that every PCN set-up is unique and all face different legal challenges.

To ensure you receive the support you need, they offer a variety of flexible, cost effective service options that are tailored to you; from network agreements to practice premise contracts.

The PCN insurance package can cover:

  • directors and officers insurance (particularly covering clinical directors)
  • employment practice liability (eg claims of unfair dismissal)
  • professional indemnity
  • employer's liability and public liability insurance – to cover any gaps for those working on behalf of the PCN, across practices.

For more information, visit the BMA website.

First Published
28 June 2023
Updated On
7 May 2024
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