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In today's update we are covering:
  1. Pharmacy offer with PCNs
  2. Vasectomy service to return in April
  3. Covid-19 hub provision
  4. Transfer in hours hot hub from Darnall
  5. PLI Dates
  6. Confirmatory PCR tests
  7. Training for PCN staff: New dates added
  8. PCS 'drop-in' sessions
  9. Booking COVID tests for your team 
For information
Developing the pharmacy offer with PCNs

We wrote to all PCNs this week following the work we have been doing together on the development of the pharmacy service. 
Read the message here

Vasectomy service to return in April

PCS’s vasectomy service, which was suspended in April 2020 alongside other elective surgeries, will begin seeing patients again from 1 April. The service will start with all existing referrals and new referrals cannot be accepted until those have been completed. 

Read more
In hours Covid-19 hub provision to be extended past 31 March 2021
Provision of centralised GP appointments for patients suspected of Covid-19 infection will continue past 31 March and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.  PCS and CCG colleagues have agreed to extend the support to practices with a view to reduce it gradually as prevalence of the disease falls. We’ll update you regularly prior to any reduction in cover so you have an opportunity to feed back and help inform the decision.  
Transfer of in hours hot hub provision from Darnall to Sloan Medical Centre

Building works at Darnall Primary Care Centre have impacted our ability to continue provision there, and so additional sessions will be put on at Sloan Medical Centre during the day and in evenings if necessary.  This is in addition to regular sessions at Flowers Health Centre.  We will also review the taxi provision if these changes have an adverse impact on travel for patients.
Practice Learning Initiative dates 

A reminder that physio colleagues will be taking time out of day-to-day service delivery  to attend service specific training as part of the citywide Protected Learning Initiative (PLI).

Physio colleagues will be taking part in the PLI on the following dates in April, May and June.
  • Monday 12th April
  • Wednesday 12th May
  • Friday 11th June.
The time will be used for team briefing, audit process  and service improvement projects. 

Confirmatory PCR tests following positive lateral flow tests

We’ve been working closely with Council colleagues to understand the impact of introducing lateral flow testing within the school population. We explored whether there’s anything PCS could do to support the rapid return to work of community health, social care and school staff in circumstances where they need to care for their children who are self-isolating. For now, we have agreed to monitor the impact on general practice and send out some clear messaging about current testing requirements.

The national media reporting of the impact of LFTs has not been helpful, so it’s perhaps worthwhile restating here what the various Covid-19 testing methods are.

Read in full here
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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 April 4th PM Session
CPR/AED April 9th AM Session
Fire Safety April 21st AM Session
Moving & Handling Clinical April 21st AM Session
Health and Safety+ April 30th 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. 
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 tests for your team

We continue to be able to turnaround the majority of PCR test in our Sheffield Community Testing Service within 24 hours. Please use this service to access COVID-19 tests for your team members.

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

Book a test: using the button below. 

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