We make sure that the views of our shareholders and patients are heard when decisions are being made about the needs of our local population.
The governance structures and city-wide scale of the organisation mean that we can effectively represent the views of practices in the City when decisions are being made that will impact our patients.
Securing resources to manage demand
Sheffield GPs have, through PCS, been able to advocate at the city-wide level for additional resources to help general practice cope during a period of high demand. Our partnership approach helped us quickly secure support and funding for increased capacity in Extended Access Hubs and new community paramedic home visiting service, community paramedic domiciliary home visiting service, and phlebotomy home-visiting service.
Influencing national policy
Over the last year PCS has been working with GP federations across the country and NHS Confederation to influence national policy on primary care. As part of this we’ve sought, and fed in, the views of practices into the Fuller Stocktake, The Health and Select Committee review of General Practice and the Messenger Review of Health and Care leadership. This work will shortly merge into a single membership network for primary care, hosted by NHS Confederation. PCS has committed to remain involved in the belief that the influence it offers is the in the interests of our shareholders.
We worked closely with NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to move forward with integrated primary urgent care services and enhanced pathways of care that will generate development opportunities for primary care workforce in the future.