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Monthly Update
                                                                                           June 2018

Record month for CASES

GP use of CASES reached a record high last month, with more than 2,200 referrals submitted to the peer review team across seven specialties.
The number of referrals through CASES has grown steadily since the start of the pilot in August 2016, bringing the total handled to May up to 37,520.

Dr Nadeem Petkar, GP and PCS clinical lead for CASES, said: “As CASES becomes more embedded within general practice we are starting to see a tangible impact on the city’s health system - not just in terms of volume but also quality.

“Relationships between primary and secondary care continue to strengthen; where patients are referred on to secondary care, consultants are receiving much more of the information they need and much earlier in the process; GP referrers are adding to their knowledge of common conditions across the seven specialties through advice and guidance as well as learning events and educational resources, and are more confident in managing more of these conditions within primary care as a result. These are significant benefits for GPs, for patients and the system as a whole and we look forward to seeing an even greater impact as time goes on.”

Building on the impact already being seen in the current CASES specialties (Cardiology, Dermatology, Ear Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, Respiratory and Urology) we are pleased to announce plans for the addition of three further specialties: General Surgery, Haematology and Neurology. 

Watch out for more updates as plans develop!

Welcome to our new deputy CEO

Yvonne Elliott will join PCS as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in July. Until her appointment with PCS Yvonne has been the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO for City Health Partnership in Hull and East Riding. She is an experienced Executive Director having spanned services across both primary and community care. During her career she has gained considerable experience of leading and mobilising large scale tenders; implementing complex organisational change at scale; she has experience of governance for the direct delivery of services at scale across a diverse range of commercial ventures. Yvonne is delighted to be taking up the role of Deputy CEO using the skills that she has gained to date to support partnership working across the wider health and social care system in Sheffield and to realise the benefits for PCS, its shareholders and patients.

We believe Yvonne will be a valuable asset not just to PCS but to the Sheffield system as a whole and are excited to welcome her to the organisation!

Welcome to our new Head of Service

Chris Thornton has joined PCS in the role of Head of Service, working across elective and urgent care and supporting the longer term development of providing primary care at scale. Chris has a commercial and business background and previously spent 15 months in general practice as business manager at Page Hall Medical Centre. He is a member of the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

New hub opens next week!


We are pleased to announce that the Burncross Hub will open on Tuesday 26th June.
Burncross Hub, 1 Bevan Way, Sheffield, S35 1RN.

Burncross will be open Monday to Fridays 6pm-10pm (except Bank Holiday Mondays) and available via remote booking on SystmOne and via EMIS for EMIs practices (DSA must have been signed by the EMIS practice to view appointments).  
Patients can contact the hub staff during hub opening hours on 07379051624.

Happy Birthday NHS!

To mark the NHS turning 70 next month, PCS along with partners across the local health system will be holding a celebration event with interactive demos and information stands aimed at the public. This will take place outside the Cathedral on Thursday 5th July from 11am – 7pm. A thanksgiving service will take place in the Cathedral from 7pm, for which PCS will have a limited allocation of invitations for primary care colleagues. Any GPs or practices interested in supporting the celebration event or attending the thanksgiving service should contact

24 hour ECG referrals go live on ERS

From 1st July 2018 practices will be able to make 24hr ECG referrals to Primary Care Sheffield through ERS. The service has been set up on ERS but will not be enabled until 1/7/2018. Any referral received via ERS which has an incomplete referral form will be rejected back to the referring practice and emailed referrals will no longer be accepted. Please cascade this information to anyone who makes 24hr ECG referrals to PCS in your practice.
If you have any questions on this, please contact


Save the date!

PCS shareholding practices are invited to attend this year’s annual general meeting on Thursday 4th October in the Ambassador’s Suite at Bramall Lane. Part of the meeting will include a formal element where shareholders will be asked to vote on acceptance of the annual report for 2017/18 and business plan for 2018/19. Both papers will be shared beforehand to enable discussions with your practice colleagues.

Register for the AGM here

Changes to sexual health services

Sheffield City Council has recently declared an intention to tender sexual health services, serving notice on current contracts for GP LARC. PCS has had discussions with a number of GPs, the Council and STH and we are developing our bid, which will provide the maximum possible level of service through practices.  If you would be interested in contributing to our work in this area, or you have any questions or comments, please contact

Help finding locums

From Monday 2 July if you have any requests for locums you will be able send them to and we will distribute your request across a wide database. We will also post any job adverts to
PCS are taking over the management of the Locum List that has until now been managed by Linda Latif, we know that this has become a valuable resource or many of you and with Linda’s planned retirement fast approaching we have committed to managing the list to ensure our shareholders continue to benefit.

Interpractice Framework

Several practices have already expressed an interest in using the governance framework documents developed by PCS to support them pursuing collective interests. If this is something you are considering but would value an opportunity for an informal discussion, please get in touch with
Nurse Audit and Appraisal Service
We now offer a Nurse Audit and appraisal service, provided by Nurse Practitioners. There are four options available:
  1. Clinical system audit and report
  2. Clinical system report and feedback session
  3. Full audit and appraisal service
  4. Clinical supervision.
We have had great feedback from those that have already used the service and we are pleased to offer this to all shareholders to support the 10 point plan.
More information is available here.
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