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, practices have begun working together and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in Primary Care Networks.

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

PCNs are required to provide primary care extended access to its population across the PCN footprint, further details of when are where these appointments are being offered are publicised on each general practice website.  

In Halton, there are two Primary Care Networks. Any queries with respect to Primary Care Networks in Halton should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Runcorn Primary Care Network (Director: Dr G O'Hare)

*The name of the entity that the Core Network Practices within this Network nominate to receive funding under the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) from the commissioner.

Widnes Primary Care Network (Director: Dr P Hurst)

*The name of the entity that the Core Network Practices nominate to receive funding under the Network Contract DES from the commissioner is Widnes Highfield Health (in place from 01/01/2022).

Find out more about the benefits of Primary Care Networks.