Clissold Park Primary Care Network (PCN)


Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan.  They provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve. PCNs will help to join up services at a local level, focusing on the specific needs of these local populations, with patients still accessing routine GP appointments as they do now.

35,610 people are registered at one of four GP practices in Clissold Park. Four of the GP practices within City and Hackney have joined together to form the Clissold Park Primary Care Network. They are;  Somerford Grove Practice, Brooke Road Surgery, Barton House Group Practice, Barretts Grove Surgery.

Clissold Park is one of City and Hackney’s most diverse Neighbourhoods with the largest populations by ethnicity being White (59%), Black (20%) and Asian (10%). 

Clissold Park has a similar overall population to the City & Hackney. By being part of the PCN we have been enabled to devise and develop services that are tailored to the needs of our patient community.  Our aim is that this will help to give you, our patients, better access to the right care and support, at the right time.

Our surgery teams are working closely with each other, enjoying the ability to share expertise and resources, to develop new services. Of the 35,610 people, the majority of patients are registered at Barton House and Somerford Grove GP Practices.

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Our Vision

Our Vision “is to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the borough in alignment with the need of our patient population and by building one City & Hackney.”

Our Stategic Aim

  • Reducing inequalities in health
  • Improving the experience of those who use services
  • Developing excellent integrated and more localised services
  • Promoting independence, choice and control by service users
  • Investing resources effectively

Local Needs on Health

  • Clissold Park records higher life expectancies for the female population but lower for the male population when compared to England and C&H averages
  • Clissold Park has the highest use of interpreter services in City and Hackney
  • Clissold Park has the smallest projected population increased in City and Hackney over the next 10 years
  • The highest rate of Peripheral arterial disease​
  • A higher than averagerate of Coronary Heart Disease​
  • 2 GP Practices record a higher prevalence of stroke than City and Hackney​
  • 2 GP Practices record higher rates of asthma than City and Hackney​
  • Clissold Park has the second highest rate of depression in City and Hackney​
  • High rates in mental health outcomes and rates of Severe Mental Illness (SMIs)​
  • Clissold Park has the second highest rate of dementia in City and Hackney​

Clissold Park PCN Staff

PCN Clinical Director:  Dr Neeraj Prasad

PCN Clinical Inequality Lead: Dr Shaine Mehta

PCN Development Manager: Saima Sultana 

PCN Coordinator: Kareen Jeremiah

We also have Clinical Pharmacist, First Contact Physiotherapist, Dietitian, Social Prescribing Link Workers, Health and WellBeing Practitioner and Mental Health Occupational Therapist supporting patients within Clissold Park Primary Care Network.



Neil McCreanor

Dietitians are healthcare professionals that diagnose and treat diet and nutritional problems.

They offer dietary management advice for short- and long-term conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension etc.

They support changes to food intake to address diabetes, food allergies, gastroenterologist conditions,coeliac disease, and metabolic diseases.

Dietary, lifestyle and medication modification can result in less medicine management for chronic conditions.They are trained in behaviour modification methods and motivational interviewing to enable patients to self-manage their conditions.


  • Patients receive support to manage conditions with longer consultation times leading to improved outcomes.
  • Deliver more collaborative and coordinated nutrition care, supporting training in practices and educational sessions for patients.
Social Prescriber Link Worker

Social Prescribing (link workers )

Muhammad Abu Hasnath

Amy Cowperthwaite

Rebecca Young

Link workers give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified in their care and support plan. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support. Link workers typically work with people over 6-12 contacts over a 3-month period with a typical caseload of 200-250 people depending on the complexity of peoples needs.


  • Patients have access to additional nonclinical support options via primary care to support them becoming less socially isolated and be more independent.
  • Reduction in GP consultations.
  • Promotes social support and innovation in community-based services as an alternative to medication.
Clinical Pharmacist

Clinical Pharmacists

Nathalie Vesali-Anderson

Latifah Swamad

Laurenda Wegbe

Kwan Wai Liu

Clinical pharmacists work in primary care as part of a multidisciplinary team in a patient facing role to clinically assess and treat patients using expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas.

Taking responsibility for patients with chronic diseases and undertaking clinical medication reviews to proactively manage people with complex polypharmacy, especially for the elderly, people in care homes and those with multiple comorbidities.

The team deliver the Structured Medication Reviews (SMRs) for high-risk groups. A focus for our PCN has been on complex polypharmacy and potentially addictive pain medication management.


  • Release of GP and nurse time.
  • Improved clinical and personal outcomes for patients from shared decision making in SMRs.
  • Improved collaboration with Community Pharmacy
Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians

  • Hella 
  • Tasneem 

Pharmacy technicians complement the more clinical work of clinical pharmacists, through utilisation of their technical skillset.

Tasks can include audits, discharge management, and prescription issuing. If you need to order your medication over the phone please book an appointment with the technician.

Work is often under the direction of clinical pharmacists as part of the PCN pharmacy team.


  • Work with the PCN multi-disciplinary team to ensure efficient medicines optimisation, including implementing efficient ordering and return processes and reducing wastage.

Occupational Therapist

Marianne Bolton

Health and Wellbeing Coach

Lorraine McCarthy

Health coaching is a series of person-centred conversations which focus on helping someone develop strategies for self managing their nonclinical health needs and to implement their personalised health and care plan. Focus is on patients with lower patient activation levels.


  • Patients are supported to make choices build confidence and set goals to improve their wellbeing.
  • Reduction in nonclinical appointments, releasing GP time.
  • Opportunity to work proactively to target rising risk patients enabling preventative care.

Wellbeing Practitioner

Natasha Middleton

The MH practitioner role will be employed and provided in collaboration with our community mental health provider ELFT and imbedded in the PCN.

The PCN will be able to define the scope of the role and profession required. Options include Counsellor, Clinical associate in Psychology, Psychologist, Psychiatric Nurse or MH OT.

The role could support several functions:

  • support shared decision-making about self-management.
  • facilitate onward access to treatment services.
  • provide brief psychological interventions, where qualified to do so and where appropriate.

PCN have the opportunity to look at where help is needed in practices in choosing the type of role to employ.