Primary Care Networks

Primary Care Networks in Bath and North East Somerset


23 GP practices in B&NES have joined together as six Primary Care Networks to share expertise and resources.


The six networks will work across B&NES with the aim of improving proactive, personalised and coordinated care for local people and addressing the serious challenges faced by General Practice.


Over the next five years, each Primary Care Network will be given the opportunity to develop their teams of healthcare professionals to include staff such as GPs, district nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, physiotherapists, physician associates, and staff working in social care or the voluntary sector.  Each network will have to decide how best to use this investment and which healthcare professionals best help them deliver care to their local populations. They may choose to employ a social prescriber to help direct people to a range of non–clinical services like exercise activities, community groups and social clubs, so that people can take greater control of their own health and stay well.

Primary Care Networks will also be working closely with hospitals, community services, public health and the council to join up health and care services and enable a greater focus on prevention of ill health.    

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How could this affect you?


  • You may be offered an appointment or be seen by a range of different health professionals which the GP’s feel are best able to meet your needs. This will hopefully mean that GPs will have more time to offer appointments to those who need to see a doctor specifically.
  •  A greater focus on prevention – community based activities will help people live healthier lives. This will help relieve pressures on hospitals too. 
  • Services will be more cost effective by joining up health and care providers 
  • A much needed additional investment in primary care. £900 million in funding to support the operation of Primary Care Networks and staffing, plus £1.8 billion in additional funding for increased services.

 The six Primary Care Networks in B&NES are:


Primary Care Network

Population size

GP Practices

Clinical Director

Bath Independents


Batheaston, Fairfield Park, Widcombe

Dr Daisy Curling



Combe Down, Grosvenor, Newbridge, Rush Hill and Weston, St Michael’s Partnership

Dr Sam Robinson

Heart of Bath


Merged practices of: St James’, Oldfield, Number 18, Catherine Cottage

Dr Arun Gadhok

Three Valleys



Hope House, Westfield, St Chad’s and Chilcompton, Somerton, St Mary’s, Hillcrest, Elm Hayes, Harptree, Chew Medical

Dr Elizabeth Hersch



St Augustine’s, Temple House, Westview

Dr Charles Bleakley

Unity Medical Group


University Medical Centre, Monmouth, Pulteney

Dr James Brooks


Biographies for each Clinical Director can be found here.


More information about Primary Care Networks can be found here.


October 2019


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