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The Annual General Practice Nurse and AHP Celebratory Conference for L&SC Hosted by UCLAN

Lancashire and South Cumbria will be celebrating Primary Care Nurses and AHP’s on 14th June 2022 at UCLan. This event is to recognise the hard work of Primary Care Nurses and AHP’s working throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria. Book here!

See the order of the day here!

Awards – There are a number of award categories (detailed within the attached flyer) and you help is needed to shine a light on the talented people working within Primary Care.

Nominations – To make a nomination for yourself, a colleague, team or manager, please send to [email protected]t by closing date 30th April 2022

A message to all Ukrainian health and care staff in the UK

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, wrote to all Ukrainian health and care staff in the UK.

The scale of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the surrounding region continues to grow each day and as a result of various visa schemes being established we are starting to see Ukrainian citizens arriving in the UK either to join family members already in the UK or as part of the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The Government has already announced that all Ukrainians arriving in England will be able to access NHS healthcare free of charge, including GP and nurse consultations, hospital services, and urgent care centres. They will also be offered COVID-19 vaccines and medical screenings. Information on how to access health services is part of a cross government welcome pack, which is due to be published shortly. Equally all new patients are entitled to a new patient consultation to check their health needs as appropriate and we encourage this to be offered as early as possible following registration by GP practices. Additional work is also ongoing to plan for how the NHS can support those that have been injured in the conflict. 

The UK Health Security Agency is expected to publish guidance shortly for primary care professionals on the health needs and recommended health checks for people arriving from Ukraine. Existing advice and guidance on health needs of migrants from Ukraine is available here.

The World Health Organisation has also published translated health information, in English and Ukrainian, on how the NHS works. 

We would like to remind colleagues that to be most effective for the people who need it, these support efforts must be properly co-ordinated, as part of the overall UK Government-led response. As such, we ask that, rather than trying to contact Ukrainian or neighbouring authorities directly with offers of support, NHS organisations direct their contributions to [email protected]

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have published guidance to help primary care professionals assess and address the health needs of patients ordinarily resident in Ukraine who have arrived in the UK in response to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

 

Soon after individuals and their families arrive in the UK from Ukraine, they should be supported to register with a GP practice and attend a new patient consultation to assess their health and care needs. Doctors of the World have produced several resources including the Safe Surgeries Toolkit to support practices with new registrations. Migrants may have been exposed to trauma prior to, during and following their migration journey. This guidance describes how adopting a trauma informed approach will ensure individuals feel safe and supported.

The situation in Ukraine is at the forefront of so many of our minds. For anyone impacted by this or anything else that is causing concern, please remember that health and wellbeing resources are available for all of us, and the Employee Assistance Programme is available to our partners and dependants living at the same address over the age of 18. Our MultiKultural network has set up a support group to help colleagues impacted. Please get in touch with the network if you would like to join.

The NHS is starting to see citizens returning from Ukraine, as well as refugees, many of whose first port of call with the NHS will be primary care.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities has updated its guidance to help health professionals assess and address the health needs of people coming from Ukraine.

The key messages are:

  • Screen all new entrants, including children, for tuberculosis (TB).
  • (Due to low prevalence) look for hepatitis B risk factors that may indicate a need for screening.
  • Consider screening for hepatitis C (considerably higher prevalence than the UK).
  • There is a risk of typhoid infection.
  • Consider nutritional and metabolic concerns.
  • Work with a professional interpreter where language barriers are present.
  • Consider the impacts of culture, religion and gender on health.
  • Assess for mental health (and trauma) conditions.
  • Support individuals and ensure that all patients, especially children, are up-to-date with the UK immunisation scheduleincluding making the offer of Covid vaccination (primary course, boosters, or completion of initial course if begun overseas)
  • Refer pregnant women to antenatal care.

Newly arrived individuals will need help on how to access the NHS, and this will include GP registration as the principle route for accessing services.

We remind that individuals may struggle to provide proof of ID, address or confirmation of immigration status and their registration requests should be managed sensitively. None of these documents are required for registration and the inability of any individual to provide them is no reason to refuse registration.

FFP3 face masks for general practice

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have confirmed FFP3 face masks are now available for general practices to order via the PPE portal. The full IPC guidance is set out here, and an updated risk assessment tool has been published.

It is a legal requirement on employers that all tight fitting RPE, such as, FFP3 masks must be fit tested on all health and care staff who may be required to wear one to ensure an adequate seal/fit according to the manufacturer’s guidance. Fit testing is specific to the brand of FFP3 mask being deployed.

DHSC have published additional updates for PPE portal users, including a series of FAQs on FFP3 use and fit testing.

The weblink includes a number of useful contacts for PPE related queries: [email protected][email protected] and [email protected]. For fit test queries please contact the helpline on 07376 304545 or 07376 304546.

New PPE portal

The Department of Health and Social Care has implemented a replacement PPE Portal platform to better serve eligible providers in accessing COVID-19 related PPE stock, free of charge. 

All portal customers have received an invitation to join the new PPE Portal platform, therefore the old PPE Portal platform will be closed on Tuesday 26 April. From this date, all users attempting to log-in to the closed PPE Portal platform will be automatically re-directed to the new PPE Portal platform, where you can continue ordering free PPE. 

If you are an eligible portal customer, please check your inbox to find your invitation from [email protected] and sign up to the new Portal platform as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please contact our customer services team on 0800 876 680, Monday – Friday between 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Train the FIT Tester Course (FFP Masks)

L&SC PCTH are inviting 1 staff member (can be non-clinical and clinical) from each PCN to complete this free (face to face) 1 day training course to become a Fit Tester* within their practice. 
A Fit Tester is a member of staff who can ensure members of their practice are correctly fitting  all makes and models of FFP  masks and reusable half mask respirators. 
 
A Fit Tester can be Clinical or Non-Clinical. They must be process driven, with good people skills, able to follow prescribed procedures and adhere strict processing.

We are working in partnership with our ICS careers and engagement, social care and the voluntary sector partners across L&SC.

Check out this video at Lancaster and Morecambe College. Great work Samantha Jefferies and Dannii Jones from our team!

PEARL Award nomination March 2022

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A nurse in West Lancashire has achieved more national recognition for innovative clinics established at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maggi Bradley, Practice Nurse at Aughton Surgery, received Practice Nurse of the Year at the 13th Annual General Practice Awards for her work on Video Group Clinics (VGCs).

To Read the article click Here

GP Training NW (HEE)

In recent years, there has been a big drive to increase the number of GPs being trained, to accommodate more medical students and Foundation doctors, and to recruit an increasing variety of health care professionals working in our primary care teams. Whilst this is very welcome, it also brings challenges, in what is already a challenging time for primary care. We are very aware that lack of space is a significant barrier to being able to accommodate an increased number of learners. We continue to work both regionally and nationally to try and influence some practical support for this issue. As HEE does not have a budget for estates, one of the key factors here is ensuring that the importance of estates in relation to training, is recognised nationally by the right people. Currently, there doesn’t appear to be enough ‘noise’ escalating up from local system areas to the relevant parts of NHSEI.

So, we are contacting you now to ask you to create some of that ‘noise’ by encouraging the relevant people within your own PCN to firstly complete the PCN Estates Toolkit – links as below – and as rather frustratingly, there isn’t much mention of the need for support with primary care estate in order to accommodate the training of our future learners, to also ask you to encourage them to add the need for this throughout their return.

To access the full Toolkit suite of documents, please complete the form, which will enable the download of a zip file.

Further guidance can be found here.

Congratulations to the winners of NHS Chef 2021

 

A team of chefs from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) has won the NHS Chef 2021 competition, the final of which took place on Thursday 4 November at The Cookery School in Warminster.

Sanish Thomas and Sinto Mulavarickal prepared a winning menu of vegetable samosa & tamarind chutney; roulade of seabass with bouillabaisse; duck breast with apple & mushroom stuffing, duchess potato, braised red cabbage & orange sauce; and sticky toffee pudding.

 

They were presented their award by Prue Leith, advisor to the NHS Food Review and Simon Corben, Director of Estates and Head of Profession at NHS England and NHS Improvement, with ELHT Facilities Manager, Tim Radcliffe.

The team from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust came in second place, with Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust coming third. ​​​​​​​

a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera

The other finalists, who had qualified for the national final following competition in the regional heats, represented the following trusts:

  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • West London NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

 

The teams took part in a mentoring event in September to help boost their skills and inspire them for the national finals, with mentors including Nick Vadis, Culinary Director at Compass Group UK&I and the Chef Ambassador to NHS Supply Chain; Dr Rupy Aujla, an NHS GP who started ‘The Doctor’s Kitchen’; and Harry Lomas, Head of Culinary at Wembley Stadium.

 

NHS Chef 2021 provided an opportunity to celebrate and improve the skills of our hardworking catering staff and showcase the positive influence that good nutrition and hydration in hospitals can have on reducing recovery times, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs to the NHS and wider society.

The dishes that our NHS Chef 2021 finalists have created throughout the competition demonstrate the depth and quality of catering talent within the NHS and how we can create sustainably and locally sourced, nutritious meals for patients, staff, and visitors.

 

Thank you to Emma Brookes, Head of Soft FM Strategy & Operations, Phil Shelley, Senior Operational & Policy Manager – Soft FM, and their team for their hard work in organising this competition.

 

 

All the best.

Find out how general practice teams are supporting the Greener NHS ambitions to become a net zero health service by 2040.
Frome Medical Practice are one of the leading GP practices in the country for addressing sustainability through their comprehensive work towards meeting the criteria of the RCGP’s Green Impact Toolkit. While Colton Mill Medical Centre were inspired to implement a number of changes within their general practice to reduce their carbon footprint.

Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL) is hosting some great FREE courses to all Lancashire residents.

Check our their Health and Wellbeing courses here.

Apprenticeships Information Webinar
These sessions are suitable for any person who is responsible for apprenticeships, or who manages, supports, or works with apprentices.

More information and to book here: Apprenticeships Information Webinars Flyer

See the North West Leadership Academy (NWLA) latest Primary Care offers here 

A personal development, resilience and leadership course run for GPs by GPs. 

PED is aimed at GPs in the Health Education England North West (HEENW) area who have a regular (non-locum) position at a practice be it as a partner or salaried.  

The course is based around group work, with some individual work between sessions. Groups are carefully selected so that you will be with GPs of comparable experience. It is particularly useful for those who have a leadership or educational role or are interesting in developing those areas. Whether you have two- or twenty-years’ experience in general practice, we have something to offer. 

PED is spread over two years with three three-day residential modules in the Lake District and three study days in Manchester.  

 The tutors are practising GPs with an interest in education and the course is supported with an e-learning site and a handbook. Written work is around personal education planning, practice development planning and critical incident analysis. 

Successful completion of the PED course and the academic assignments now earns a full Postgraduate Certificate award from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). There is also, a variety of additional modules allowing flexible progression to a Post graduate Diploma or a MSc. These include the optional leadership module that is linked to PED. 

For further information please contact [email protected]

**Applications for PED 2021 are currently closed.
To be added to the mailing list for future PED cohorts please
join the PED Mailing List here.

PED 2021 Further Information

 

Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Improving Retention (RePAIR)in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership is an Integrated Care System, a partnership of health and care organisations working together across Lancashire to empower and support 1.8 million people to have the best start in life and to live longer, healthier lives

Clinical placement expansion programme 

The clinical placement expansion programme (CPEP) was launched in 2019/20, with £10m being made available to NHS Trusts and higher education institutes in England to increase clinical placement capacity. Learn more about the key objectives and outcomes of the funding.

Overview of the Staff Pension Seminar Topics:

 Pensions Tax (Annual & Lifetime Allowance)

Relevant for mid/late career, those affected or could be affected by pensions tax

This session will provide you with a background to the Pensions Tax regime in the UK, focussing on the Lifetime and Annual Allowances.  You will be taken through examples that will help you judge whether you might be affected by any of these particular tax issues, which have become more applicable to members of the NHS Pension Scheme.

 

Flexible Working and Pensions

Relevant for mid/late career

This session will provide you with a background to the benefits you have in the NHS Pensions Scheme, including the way your benefits are calculated, how and when you can take them, and what other flexibilities you might have if you want to work for longer in the NHS, including how this may affect your benefits.

 

Introduction to the NHS Pension Scheme

Relevant for staff at all career stages

This session will provide you with an overview of the NHS Pensions Scheme, including how much the scheme costs, how the pension builds up, how to keep track of your pension and what other benefits are available from the scheme (e.g. life assurance).

 

The McCloud Remedy (April 2022 Pension Changes)

May be relevant for anyone with service pre 31 March 2012 AND after 1 April 2015

This session will provide you with a background to the pension changes happening on 1 April 2022, how it might affect your benefits, guide you through the changes that will be made to achieve the equal treatment of all members of the NHS Pension Scheme (the McCloud Remedy) and how this might affect what you can expect to see when you retire.

 

Booking your place

 

We strongly encourage our clinical staff (eg. nurses, GP nurses, midwives, AHPs and senior medical staff including GPs) to join a seminar, particularly if you are close to retirement.  

 

To secure your place on a seminar, please use the booking link below:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/[email protected]/bookings/

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