Chesterfield and Dronfield Primary Care Network (PCN) Pulls out all of the stops to protect its most vulnerable.

Despite numerous logistical challenges, Chesterfield and Dronfield Primary Care Network have led an approach that has meant that all care home residents in our area will have been vaccinated over the 4 days from 30th December to 2nd January.

It seemed an ambitious target, given we were only advised by NHSE of the vaccine supply on the 23rd December and the order placed on the 24th. The PCN team recognised the importance of vaccinating the most vulnerable patients in care homes and those that care for them. Staff gave up their holidays and by the end of bank holiday Monday, they had formulated a military-style plan to vaccinate all the homes in the area (both residents and staff). Julie Chaplin, Practice Manager at Stubley Health Centre was the Lead Co-ordinator, but she would be the first to say, “ it was a team effort”, including support from the care homes. They even planned, for standby health care staff ready to mobilise to care homes in minutes, to make use of spare vaccines, so as not to waste any. It was a real system effort from Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD), with Chesterfield Royal Hospital urgently stepping in twice, within hours, to supply the teams and assist with vaccines. The 4 teams consisted of staff from the PCN, Derbyshire Health United and Derbyshire Community Health Services.

The biggest ‘shout out’ goes to the PCN Clinical Pharmacists, a team that was not even in place at the beginning of the year and their lead Isobel Bancroft. Without them, this would not have been possible to pull off.

Clinical Director Dr PJ Flann commented, “ I am immensely proud of the whole team, the commitment and hard work that they have put in. A year ago we would not have even had the staff to do this. The 11 practices that form the PCN and their patients, have really seen the benefit of a Primary Care Network, working with JUCD and the CCG.”