Nursing Newsletter 16 October 2020

Information about flu vaccine supplies – “Why am I being asked to wait to have my flu vaccine?” flyer

The statement on flu vaccines and supply for the national programme was recently published and is available from here

The priority this year is to vaccinate those who are most at risk from flu first, including people of all ages who have a health condition that makes them more at risk from flu. Other 50 to 64 year olds (who do not have a health condition that puts them at risk from flu) will be offered the vaccine later on and should wait to be invited for a vaccination. This flyer contains handy information for you to advise any patients who may contact you about when their cohort can expect to be vaccinated. It might be a handy guide to place on your practice website as well.


School aged flu

Please see an updated poster on flu vaccination clinics for school aged children.


Public Health England (PHE) issue alert on sweets laced with THC

A number of school children from Camden were taken to hospital having taken Nerds sweets containing THC. Police in Camden have shared the photograph below with local schools.

Although this happened in Camden we wanted to cautious and use this as an opportunity to highlight that Talk to Frank has easily accessible information that you may wish to share. It is accessible for parents and children and can also be an opportunity for young people’s treatment services to make contact with schools, children’s centres and pupil referral units to raise drug awareness. If we receive any further information we will share this with you.


National CARE programme launches
A national programme supporting wellbeing and leadership of the primary care workforce is being launched on 6 November. North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group is leading for London starting with developing our own local model built around three elements:

  • ShinyMind’ wellbeing and leadership app for 2,000 primary care staff – available for your whole team
  • Webinar leadership programme for 25 general practice nurses – starting 6 November – supporting existing practice nurse workforce
  • Agents of Change development for five system leaders, over two days.
  • This is an opportunity to help support your staff through a difficult winter. Just send a list of staff emails to to get your ‘ShinyMind’ app licences.

Advance Care Planning – Follow up sessions

Following on from the Advance Care Planning training earlier this spring, Dr Natalie Zhang is pleased to be hosting two follow up sessions on behalf of the Barnet Training Hub.  All practice nurses are invited to attend via Microsoft Teams. Dr Sarah Shelley (Macmillan End of Life Care Lead for Barnet and GP at Millway), Dr Jo Brady (Deputy Medical Director North London Hospice and Palliative Care Consultant) and Dr Isky Gordon (Honorary Consultant with the Camden Memory Service and Honorary researcher at Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead) will be joining too.

Thurs 12th November  1-2pm  Recognising our patients who would benefit from Advance Care Planning and starting the courageous conversation

Thurs 26th November  1-2pm   Advance Care Planning in Primary Care – learning from local cases studies including where nurses are taking the lead

CPD certificates will be emailed to participants after each session. MT links will be sent closer to the date. Please email with any queries.


No Barriers Cervical Screening clinic – for trans and non-binary people with a cervix

56 Dean Street has a specialised clinic providing cervical screening sensitive to the needs of trans men and non-binary people. See attached about the No Barriers Cervical Screening clinic which can be accessed by anyone eligible across London. For more information and to book an appointment email or call 020 3315 5656. Below is a link to the promotional video


Band 7 Educator Job adverts for Primary and Social Care

Please find the link to the job advert for TNA Primary & Social Care Nurse Educators, kindly worked on by Katherine and Michael:  I would be very happy to have an informal chat with anyone of you who would like to take up this opportunity.


Clinical Supervision for nurses and HCSWs

The next supervision session is on  Wednesday 28 October at 1.00p.m. This is an opportunity for you to have a conversation which invites changes to your practise in a safe and support place. Please join using the link, please share with other colleagues.  We will be using the same link for every fortnightly session after that so please copy and paste in your calendars.  Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.


Long Term Conditions Respiratory and Diabetes Meeting 28th October 2020


The Power of Practice nursing – latest podcast now published

This podcast is focussed on the GPN training pipeline and features Sean Heath, a nurse educator and CD in SEL, and Nicci Hilson of the Hillingdon parish. The podcast has now been uploaded at The link is also on their webpage at  It would be lovely to hear from you with some feedback about these series of podcasts.


Interesting Article

Facebook to ban ads – discouraging vaccination Read Here

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