Brighter Birkenhead PCN

Since 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 services more often.

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).

PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.

Whetstone Medical Centre is proud to be part of Brighter Birkenhead PCN working closely with 6 other local practices. As a patient of the practice you may have already come into contact with PCN staff such as the health coach, physiotherapist, cancer care co-ordinator or the clinical pharmacist. For information on PCN staff who work at the practice, please visit the section PCN Staff under the Patient Information menu.

Further information on our PCN can be found at