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In today's update we are covering:
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For Action
  1. Exploring new ways of increasing Primary Care capacity
  2. Transient Loss of Consciousness and Breathlessness ACP Planned Care FLOW programme
  3. Practice Nurse Portfolio Career Opportunity
For information
  1. PCS Walk in pop-up clinic - Meadowhall
  2. Vulnerable patient vaccine transport
  3. Covid Vaccination Centre
  4. Booking COVID tests for your team 
  5. Greener practice - Carbon footprint
  6. Registering service development interests and expertise
  7. PCS 'drop-in' sessions
For Action
Exploring new ways of increasing Primary Care capacity reminder
We have still unfortunately been unable to secure the estates to offer an additional hot hub capacity in the city. The CCG in order to be pragmatic, are exploring the option of changing hot and cold hub capacity to a mixed use service. This will need infection control and senior sign off but we are keen to hear from you on two particular areas:

1. Your thoughts on a mixed-use model going forward
2. If you would like to propose an estate solution for the hub

Please contact us via
Transient Loss of Consciousness and Breathlessness ACP Planned Care FLOW programme

The Sheffield ACP Planned Care Programme has, over the course of the last 6 months, been exploring potential opportunities for collaborative workstreams to improve outpatient pathways across Sheffield.   As a result of a diagnostic exercise, two pathways have been identified as presenting opportunities for collaborative transformation, potentially using the FLOW coaching methodology/programme. These are breathlessness (incorporating respiratory and cardiology) and transient loss of consciousness (incorporating respiratory, cardiology and neurology).
The model we are proposing to use is for a GP coach to work as part of a triad with a non-clinical coach and an STH consultant coach. These three coaches would join the next cohort of the FLOW programme beginning in late September. The triad would receive training in the FLOW methodology and would co-coach a ‘Big Room’ over the course of a year. The Big Room is a group of relevant people across primary and secondary care (and other partners as appropriate and relevant) who would together work through an improvement framework to assess and scope out the opportunities for pathway redesign/improvements and trial new ideas through a series of PDSA cycles. The aim would be to then roll this out at scale where appropriate.
The next FLOW cohort starts week commencing 20th September 2021.  The first face to face is on 11th October 2021. The course has 10 days face to face (currently virtually) with the rest of the learning via e-Learning.  We do have some funding available to allow clinicians to join the programme (until March 31st 2022) and we now wish to gauge the level of interest in this.
If you feel you may be interested – please complete the short survey via the button below.
Complete survey here
Practice Nurse Portfolio Career Opportunity
PCS has for some time been keen to offer portfolio careers to support primary care in areas where recruitment is difficult. Thanks to a CCG initiative to increase uptake of SMI and LD physical health checks in the city, we have the opportunity to recruit a nurse lead role that will oversee a citywide health coach team. We’d be interested to hear from practices who are struggling to recruit a practice nurse who feel these additional development hours (around 1-2 days), would help their recruitment prospects if added to their practice role. We’d also be interested to here from any practice nurses working in the city already, who’d be interested in these additional hours to sit alongside their current role as part of their career development into leadership. Please email

For Information
PCS Walk-in pop-up clinic - Meadowhall on 27 & 28 August.

PCS is hosting a Walk-in clinic at Meadowhall, lower level Park Lane, in former Flannels store near Costa Coffee.   Both 1st & 2nd doses of Pfizer & AZ vaccine are available. The clinic is open to those aged 16+.

The walk-in clinic will be open:
- Friday 27th – 2pm to 8pm
- Sat 28th – 9am to 6pm.

Covid Vaccination Centre

Darnall Primary Care Centre is holding walk-in vaccination clinics, open to everyone aged 17 years and 9 months+. Call in at times below. 1st and 2nd doses (8 weeks between doses).  Walk-ins available, including those not registered with a GP. We also now provide AZ appointments in addition to Pfizer at weekends.
Vulnerable Patient Vaccine Transport

Practices wishing to ensure their most vulnerable patients are able to travel to a designated vaccine centre (including Darnall PCC) are able to take advantage of a special fund provided by City Taxis.
Further info here
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
Save testing contact details to your outlook

Greener practice - Carbon footprint

Are you aware of your carbon footprint? Have you made steps to search for greener energy suppliers/use the car less/buy more seasonal food in a bid to reduce your carbon footprint? Did you know that at work you could make a much bigger impact? 20% of the entire NHS carbon footprint comes from medications. Their manufacturing, supply, dispensing and disposal all have environmental impacts, made even worse when they go to waste and are thrown away, unused, into landfill.

Continue reading here
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
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
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