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If you need to speak to PCS about any of our services then click on the blue button below to find out how to get help.  Alternatively, you can book into one of our 'drop-in' sessions with Dr Andy Hilton and Nicki Doherty.
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In today's update we are covering:
  1. Health Check Submissions
  2. Guidance on emergency contraception
  3. Extended Access (EA) hub usage report
  4. EA Appointments
  5. COVID Research Study
  6. Training for PCN staff: New dates added
  7. PCS 'drop-in' sessions
  8. Booking COVID tests for your team 
For Action
REMINDER: Health checks submissions due by this Saturday.

As per our previous updates, the current NHS Health Checks contract finished at the end of April. We are aware that practices are still submitting activity claims covering the period up to this date.
 
The last submission date for all health check submissions for contract year 2020/2021 will be this Saturday 15 May 2021. No payments will be made for submissions made after this date.
 
Please find enclosed the most up to date toolkit and guidance for both SystmOne and EMIS.
Health Checks Tool Kit
EMIS Guidance
SystmOne Guidance
For Information
Patients in need of emergency contraception
 
We have been asked to provide some clarification around how patients can access emergency contraception.
Download poster
Extended Access Hub usage by PCN
 
Latest breakdown of Extended Access hub usage covering April 2021. The report has been requested by PCNs to support understanding of hub-usage and enable shared learning as we co-design the new extended access service. 
Read the report
REMINDER: Extended access appointments – things to remember when making an appointment
 
Four things you might find useful to remember when making an appointment at an extended access hub…
  1. For GP appointments in the cold hubs, all patients need to be triaged by a clinician prior to booking. The triage appointments can be booked up to 5 days in advance. The clinical assessment, including an assessment of the patient’s Covid status, should be documented on the patient’s notes.
  1. For hot hubs all patients will be texted by PCS after you have booked the appointment, there is no need to send a text message via your practice systems as we will confirm location and arrival instructions in advance of the appointment.
  1. Remember to ask all patients to bring a face covering with them to their appointment, unless they are in an excluded group.
  1. The City Taxis service can only be used for travel to a Covid-19 hub.
Covid-19 vaccine delivery: Understanding providers’ views on the acceptability and feasibility of vaccine delivery models

The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation – a research collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Public Health England – are conducting an interview study to explore vaccination commissioner and provider views on the acceptability and feasibility of Covid-19 vaccine delivery models. The study aims to explore these models through the lens of inequalities, and to examine how vaccination delivery models are able to reduce inequalities in COVID-19 vaccination uptake.

The study team would like to speak with vaccine commissioners and providers, who are involved in organising or delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme via a telephone/virtual interview. The interview will be audio recorded and last approximately 30-40 minutes.
 
Further information about the study can be found by clicking here Or by contacting sadie.bell@lshtm.ac.uk
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 pts.clientcontact@gmail.com for any further info you may require.
CPR/AED 
CPR/AED May 17th AM Session
CPR/AED May 28th PM Session
CPR/AED June 8th PM Session
CPR/AED June 23rd AM Session
CPR/AED June 23rd PM Session
Fire Safety
Fire Safety May 27th PM Session
Fire Safety June 10th PM Session
Fire Safety June 21st PM Session
Health and Safety+ 
Health and Safety+ May 17th PM Session
Health and Safety+ June 25th PM Session
Safeguarding Adults Level 2
Safeguarding Adults May 14th AM Session
Safeguarding Adults June 2nd PM Session
Safeguarding Adults June 21st PM Session
Safeguarding Children Level 2
Safeguarding Children June 8th AM
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
Save testing contact details to your outlook
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