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Monthly Update
                                                                                           August 2018
Shareholder vote nearing deadline

Over the past few months, PCS shareholders have been asked to input into a review of the company's Articles of Association (the rules agreed with shareholders on how PCS is run). This review has now led to a special resolution to update the Articles, upon which all our shareholders are asked to vote.

Thank you to all Practices who have returned their votes so far. The deadline for voting is 4th August, with the final result to be communicated towards the end of August. Please be aware that Practices not returning their signed form will be counted as votes against the special resolution. A return of 75% of shareholders is needed for the special resolution to be passed. If you have any questions on the resolution, please contact Martin Colclough, 0114 226 4511.

           Annual General Meeting 2018

All shareholding practices are invited to the PCS annual general meeting on Thursday 4th October 6.30pm-9pm, Ambassadors Suite, Bramall Lane. The evening will include voting on the business plan for 2018/19 and annual report 2017/18, as well as informative presentations.
Practices are asked to ensure they have a representative attending wherever possible, wider practice team are also welcome.
Register now
Chris Kearton Retires

As many of you know Chris Kearton has now retired from his position as a director and executive team member of Primary Care Sheffield. Chris has been integral to PCS’s development and as a key member of the team will be widely missed. Chris has made a significant contribution to the Sheffield system over the years both through his drive to innovate and develop services for the benefit of the patients they serve along with his commitment to developing more integrated and efficient ways of working. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for his hard work and diligence over his time with PCS and on behalf of all his colleagues to wish him all the best in his retirement.
 B12 and Depo injections now available in the hubs

B12 and Depo contraception injections are now available in all six hubs. The injections are provided by practice nurses throughout the week and at Sloan, Crookes, Woodhouse and Palgrave at weekends.

Patients receiving B12 must have an established deficiency and be receiving B12 replacement. It is the responsibility of the booking surgery to ensure the date of appointment for injection is correct and the follow-up recall date is organised.

Patients receiving contraceptive injections must be already established on injectable (depo) contraception and require a follow-up. The date of injection is determined by the patient’s own practice.

For either B12 or Depo contraception, the patient should bring the injection with them to the appointment following a prescription given by their own GP surgery. Please be aware that patients will be turned away if they do not attend with the injection.

Calculation of the correct date to be administered should be done by the referring practice. To avoid duplication of injections the appointments should not be made by the hub surgery. The hub nurse will document that the injection has been given and the serial number and expiry date.

The protocols for the services are available below:

B12 Protocol
Injectable Contraception Protocol
Nurse Posters


Hubs clinical triage audit completed
Over 1200 cases on EMIS and SystmOne have been reviewed as part of an audit of clinical triage of GP hub appointments. Though the number of cases without documented clinical triage or clinical oversight has reduced compared to last year, this is still not always being done routinely. For more information on the results of the audit and planned next steps, please Click here

Neurology joins CASES programme

We are pleased to announce that Neurology, the eighth specialty to be added to the CASES programme is now live and ready to receive your routine referrals via the e-Referral service (ERS).

You can now refer to Neurology CASES in much the same way as the seven specialties that have been running since the inception of the programme.  There is one change to the booking process in that you will not need to book a ‘dummy’ appointment.  Once you have generated your referral you be presented with a ‘Send for Triage’ button – this means one less step in order to get your referral to the right place!


The Directory of Service (DOS) on ERS has been set up to help you direct referrals appropriately to the service. As always the CASES team will be available and happy to hear from you should you have any questions

24hr ECG now on e-referrals


 Primary Care Sheffield’s 24hr ECG service went live on e-Referrals from 1 July.  Please make sure staff who process these referrals are informed to refer to the service via ERS under Cardiology. 


The service will continue to receive faxed referrals until 31st August 2018 after which these will be rejected to your practice generic email account for resubmission via ERS.


Please note: from 3rd August 2018, we will reject all referral forms, in particular those in which the referral criteria has not been checked or where there is no stated practice email address to respond to.

Trainer vacancy

Primary Care Sheffield are seeking two Trainers to deliver aspects of mandatory training to our wide shareholder base.  This is a new service that will initially deliver basic life support training. Once the service is established, the scope will broaden to fire safety and other aspects of primary care mandatory training.
Find out more

Re-design of Sheffield's Sexual Health Service

Last year, Sheffield City Council (SCC) announced its intention to re-procure sexual health services and  issued a termination notice to all current providers with effect from 31 March 2019.
This provides primary care with a rare and exciting opportunity to influence:
  • the development of care pathways to improve the patient journey, 
  • which services are carried out in primary care rather than, or in addition to, secondary care,
  • access for patients (in particular those in vulnerable groups) to contraception, STI screening and some gynaecological services. 
As PCS intends to bid for this contract on behalf of shareholders, we have begun work to ensure we are in a strong position to offer a new, patient-centered model for sexual health services for the people of Sheffield.
We would welcome any of your clinicians with a specialist interest in sexual health to help us form a new clinical network with which we can explore these opportunities. Volunteers should email to register their interest. 

Neighbourhood Learning Network

Remaining dates for 2018

•20th September –   sexual health
•18th October   –   neighbourhood developments
•15th November –   urgent care
•20th December -     community alternatives to secondary care

Events will now include an additional optional hour for networking/queries to CCG, PCS other system colleagues.
Register now
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