Welcome to

Nexus Primary
Care Network

A partnership for primary care services in Exeter

What is Nexus?

Nexus Primary Care Network (PCN) is a collection of five practices serving a population of 40,000+ patients in the Exeter area.
Nexus PCN is comprised of Mount Pleasant Health Centre, The Heavitree Practice, South Lawn Medical Practice, ISCA Medical Practice & Hill Barton Surgery. Each of the five practices in Nexus have signed up to the Network Contract DES which details their core services and entitlements.

Nexus is a patient focused multi-disciplinary team providing healthcare excellence to meet the needs of our diverse community, whilst also supporting healthy lifestyles through motivation and self-education, and always ensuring the right care is provided at the right time and in the right place.

What is a Primary Care Network?

The NHS was created in 1948

The population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health service more often.

GP practices are now working together

To meet these needs, 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), (formally established in July 2019).

PCNs build on existing primary care services

Enabling greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. This as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.

Based on GP registered patient lists

1,250 PCNs across England (31 in Devon), typically serving natural communities of between 30,000 to 50,000 people. They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both people and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between GP practices and others in the local health and social care system.

A Greater Provision Of Primary Care Services Across Exeter

How Can I Access These Services

To access the services of our PCN you will need to do so through your GP practice. Depending on the service you require, a healthcare navigator may be able to refer you, however, some services may require a doctor to make a referral first.

How Do We Make An Impact?

Nexus is a patient focused multi-disciplinary team providing healthcare excellence to meet the needs of our diverse community, whilst also supporting healthier lifestyles through motivation and self-education, and always ensuring the right care is provided at the right time and the right place.

Population Health

Nexus PCN combines five practices into one network, allowing us to share vital medical roles that will benefit the long-term health of our patients. By working as a team we can ensure all patients have access to better care including access to important services such as mental health & wellbeing.

Improved Patient Care

The patients within Nexus have a greater provision of care and access to multiple services which will benefit their long term health.

Stronger Together

As we are a collaborative of five medical practices, we have a stronger voice in the health and social care system.

PCN Services

Nexus PCN provides vital services for the Exeter population. The PCN team covers clinical pharmacy and mental health & wellbeing.

Additional Staff

The Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme allows Nexus to employ additional staff to provide essential support to primary care teams and help practices achieve the requirements of the DES. Nexus PCN employs Social Prescribers, Health & Wellbeing Coaches, Clinical Pharmacists & Care Coordinators.

Nexus PCN is committed to the NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan is a new plan for the NHS to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. It sets out how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS, announced by the Prime Minister in summer 2018, will be spent over the next 5 years. The plan focuses on building an NHS fit for the future by:
• enabling everyone to get the best start in life
• helping communities to live well
• helping people to age well
• The plan has been developed in partnership with frontline health and care staff, patients and their families. It will improve outcomes for major diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and dementia.

The plan also includes measures to:
• improve out-of-hospital care, supporting primary medical and community health services
• ensure all children get the best start in life by continuing to improve maternity safety including halving the number of stillbirths, maternal and neonatal deaths and serious brain injury by 2025
• support older people through more personalised care and stronger community and primary care services • make digital health services a mainstream part of the NHS, so that in 5 years, patients in England will be able to access a digital GP offer

Member Practices of Nexus PCN