Welcome to Torentum Primary Care Network
This page provides patients and staff with an overview of our Primary Care Network. Should you have any questions or feedback, please send them to us using the contact details below.
What is a Primary Care Network (PCN)
A Primary Care Network is a collaboration of GP Practices, who are geographically close and serve similar communities. They range in size and are based on GP registered lists, serving populations of around 30,000 to 50,000 patients. The PCN enables the provision of proactive, accessible, coordinated and more integrated primary and community care, improving outcomes for patients.
The Torentum Primary Care Network
The Torentum Primary Care Network was formed in June 2020; we are a collaboration of 3 GP Practice’s, The Cleveleys Group Practice, The Crescent Surgery and The Thornton Practice serving a population of registered patients on our list equating to approximately 33,500 patients.
Networks need to be small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact through deeper collaboration between practices and others in the local health (community and primary care) and social care system.
Why is it important to me?
The Practices share some services because it is better for the patients. Key examples of this are COVID and Flu vaccination clinics and services such as the Social Prescriber Link Workers and the Care Coordinators, who support patients across all three Practices.
Why the name Torentum?
Thornton-Cleveleys is first mentioned in 1086 in the Domesday Book, where it was referred to as Torentum.
GP Practice Information
The Torentum Primary Care Network
The Torentum Primary Care Network is a collaboration of 3 GP Practice’s, The Cleveleys Group Practice, The Crescent Surgery and The Thornton Practice. The links to their websites are detailed below:-
• The Crescent Surgery – https://www.crescent-surgery.org.uk/
• The Cleveleys Group Practice – https://www.cleveleysgrouppractice.co.uk/
• The Thornton Practice – https://www.thedoctors.co.uk/
PCN Manager: Lisa Banks
Contact Details: [email protected]
Our PCN Manager, Lisa Banks is responsible for day to day management of the PCN and in liaison with the Clinical Directors and Practice Managers, helps to set the strategic direction of the organisation.
Mission, vision and values
Torentum Medium Term Strategy
Roles within the PCN
Social Prescriber Link Workers
There are many things that affect your health and wellbeing and not all of these are best resolved with medication. Social Prescribers help people with non-medical concerns that affect their health and wellbeing. Many patients visit their GP because they feel isolated or lonely; some are stressed by work (or unemployment), money (or benefits), childcare or housing problems, or sometimes it is the stress of managing a long-term health condition that brings people to the surgery.
If you are interested in this service, ring the surgery and our team will put you in touch with the Social Prescribing Link Worker who will call you for a chat. They will help you identify areas in your life where services and support could help you feel better and more confident in being able to manage your current situation and health.
Our Care Co-ordination Team works with patients across all 3 GP practices, helping people at key points in their life; for example providing support following a bereavement, guiding people to the correct service when they want to manage their weight or providing support and access to services following a cancer diagnosis. They also support our local care home residents, working closely with the Care Home Managers and GPs to ensure each resident has the care they need.
Our Care Co-ordination Team can also provide support for those needing more support over the winter months and those caring for others. You will also see lots of their patient information on the practices’ Facebook accounts, aimed at giving you details of activities available in the local area and health information, e.g. spotting early warning signs in your health.
The PCN Pharmacist works with patients who are on many different types of medication to review their prescriptions and ensure they understand what each of their medications is for. Each Practice also has its own Pharmacy team working to ensure patients receive the right medication at the right time. If you have questions about your medications, please do not hesitate to contact the prescription line.