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In today's update we are covering:
  1. Vaccination clinic at Darnall
  2. Hot hub site at Flowers Health Centre
  3. Registering service development interests and expertise
  4. Cold Hub Usage
  5. Ethics and Ethnicity in Health Research Webinar
  6. Training for PCN staff: New dates added
  7. PCS 'drop-in' sessions
  8. Booking COVID tests for your team 
For Action

City-wide vaccination clinic at Darnall

We’re really pleased to report that the vaccination centre at Darnall has been mobilised this week after a very rapid deployment period. This follows our work with the CCG in response to supporting PCNs and practices who have needed to prioritise their time back into patient care and have been unable to continue their vaccination offer to cohorts 10-12.

Once we’ve completed our first two weeks of vaccinations and have a better understanding of demand we’re keen to work with those PCNs not offering vaccinations currently to understand how we can reach those who haven't yet taken up the vaccine in their practice populations. We would like to tailor our approach to each PCN, where this is wanted and practicable.

On the back of a potentially very successful walk-in trial this weekend at The Crucible Theatre, we will also consider whether further pop-ups are appropriate, and if so where, and whether the Darnall centre can facilitate a walk-in element, ideal for those patients finding it difficult to access the national booking system.

REMINDER: Hot hub site at Flowers Health Centre closes Monday

As you will be aware we have recently been informed that the area at Flowers Health Centre that we have been using for the ‘hot hub’ site will be unavailable to us from this Monday 14 June. This is understandable as the practice continues its work on the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

As an immediate step we have secured additional space at Sloan Medical Centre so that we can keep the current level of cover. We are also reassessing the taxi provision and will stagger the individual GP start times to reduce any adverse impact with travel/arrivals.

We recognise that, until we have identified a longer term solution, this will impact on patients accessing the hub. We’re keen to ensure good geographical coverage, so we are already speaking with practices in the North Locality to find alternative sites as well as to get views about ongoing requirements for the ‘hot hub’ service. Please contact Chris Thornton ( to let us know your views.

Registering service development interests and expertise

As GP practices you came together to create PCS to do the things that you can't do alone. It's your organisation.

Our experience has shown that to deliver things the way you need them delivered we need to involve clinicians, managers and practice teams from the outset when services are being created.

Rather than wait until we have any specific project in the first stages of development, we would like to be pro-active and build up a register of those with an interest in future project development. So, if you have a specific area you are interested in then let us know so that we can contact you if input is needed in that area.
Register your areas of interest
For Information
Cold Hub utilisation by practice
Attached is the latest breakdown of cold hub usage covering March to May 2021. This information is released as part of our contractual reporting requirements, but may also be useful to practices and networks in assessing their own usage. Of course, local circumstances vary, so if you would like some more detailed information, please contact
Cold Hub Usage PDF
Ethics and Ethnicity in Health Research Webinar

Our research office would like to invite you to take part in a webinar on Thursday 17th June at 1pm looking at some of the issues that may cause distrust of health research among the general public. The webinar will have a specific focus on ethnic minority communities. It is aimed at community leaders, but anyone with an interest in this area is welcome to attend.  The format for this will be a presentation followed by a panel discussion. 

Contact Kate Fryer to confirm your attendance and to receive an invite link at
Webinar Flyer
Training for PCN staff: New dates added

Register below for free CPR and fire safety training sessions which are available to any PCN-employed staff. These sessions are provided by Primary Training Solutions.

We have added two new courses:
Health and Safety+ this session encompasses Health and Safety, Information Governance, Infection Control (non-clinical), and Moving and Handling (non-clinical) content. This newly-developed course offers the benefit of combining four mandatory training courses into one comprehensive session. 

Moving and Handling Clinical (especially recommended for clinical staff) this course will be delivered face-to-face and provides an ideal approach to safer and more effective manual handling – not only meeting HSE recommendations, but also promoting good and safe practices in any situation.
Places are offered on a first-come first-served basis, however if your choice of date is fully booked please add your details to the waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available. This course will be delivered via the Zoom platform so all booked staff must have appropriate equipment (computer/laptop with microphone and camera)

Please note that we continue to offer the CPR sessions 'in person' in line with national guidance. These sessions will follow the government's COVID-19 secure guidelines in full.

Please contact for any further info you may require.
CPR/AED June 23rd AM Session
CPR/AED June 23rd PM Session
Fire Safety
Fire Safety June 21st PM Session
Health and Safety+ 
Health and Safety+ June 25th PM Session
Safeguarding Adults Level 2
Safeguarding Adults June 21st PM Session
PCS 'drop-in' sessions

The PCS team is always keen to hear about anything you would like to raise with us in the way of feedback or any ideas you may have on how we might shape things going forwards. 
Dr Andy Hilton and Nicki Doherty keep a lunch time 'drop in' slot available in their diary on Wednesday (Andy) and Friday (Nicki).  If you would like to catch-up with them in one of those, please simply click the button below, and we will get back to you to arrange that.

Please note that these 'drop-in' sessions are in addition to the 1:1 meetings we have been arranging with practices.
PCS drop-in slot request
Booking COVID / Confirmatory PCR test following a positive lateral flow tests for your team
Please use this service to access COVID tests for your team members when they are either symptomatic or require a confirmatory test following a positive lateral flow test .

Download: Ask staff to save the contact details so they can easily access the service when needed.  

Book a test: using the button below. 

Book test
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