Nursing newsletter 19th June 2020

Dear All

It gives me great pleasure this week to share the Cervical Screening video – see link below.  You will recognise the stars of the film as our own Tanya and Cathy from Speedwell Medical Practice.  Well done both for a brilliant message, well delivered. It is so important to send out this sort of messages to inform the patients, that general practice is open and is safe.


Cervical Screening Awareness Video

NCL CCGs have produced a video on cervical screening with CRUK, featuring Tanya & Cathy from Speedwell Practice, which coincides with Cervical Screening Awareness Week. Please find the relevant press briefing attached, to provide background. Here is the link to the video:


Nursing Fellowships for General Practice Nurses

The new NHS Fellowships programme for nurses working in General Practice has two tiers, one for new nurses (within one year of joining their first practice) and another for more experienced nurses who would like funded time to develop their skills in project work and or education.  The full details are still in development and there will be more written information to share soon.  If you would like to find out more via an informal discussion, Deborah James can speak with you or a member of your nurse team about the scheme and what will be available if you drop her an email.


Clinical Supervision

Again we had a well-attended and rich session this week.  It is great to see some of you join again and again.  This is exactly what I had aimed as this is a forum for peer support and encouragement of staff during these challenging and unpredictable times.  Thank you all for your contributions and conversations. These have gone a long way towards promoting a culture of learning from colleagues and providing holistic emotional support.

These sessions are held every 2 weeks and open to both nurses and health care support workers to join.  Please use the MS Teams link Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.  I would really value some feedback from those who have attended previous sessions,  please use the very short survey monkey link to provide anonymous feedback LINK  this


Continuing Learning Disabilities (LD) health checks during Covid-19 – guidance
NHS England had recently set out the importance of proactive health checks for people with a learning disability particularly during this critical time. Practices are reminded that the DES has not been suspended and that they should continue to offer this proactive service to their patients. Further guidance can be found in this NHS COVID-19 Primary Care bulletin and the attachment. As we continue to work with our colleagues across the health sector and learn from them, over the next few weeks we will aim to provide you with further updates and information on best practice

NCL Remote consulting

Please see attached flyer for sessions which will include “top tips” on remote consulting and the pitfalls to avoid.


Upcoming Webinar Agenda – Thursday 25th June, 6:30pm

Diabetes and COVID-19: Clinical considerations before and after

25th June 2020  –  To register enter following  link:

  • 18:30         Chairperson – Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director,
  • 18:40         Diabetes and COVID-19 Clinical considerations before and after – Dr Dipesh Patel, Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary      Associate Professor, UCL; Chair Elect ABCD
  • 19:00         Optimum use of sick day guidance and AKI in diabetes – A practical approach – Dr Andrew Frankel, Consultant Nephrologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • 19:20         Remote Consultations for Diabetes during Corona Virus Pandemic – Debbie Hicks, Nurse Consultant – Diabetes, Medicus Health Partners, London and TREND UK Co-Chair
  • 19:40         Q&A Panel discussion
  • 20:00         Meeting Close



Virtual Inhaler technique session – Tuesday 30th June 7 – 8.45pm

Please find attached an invitation to a session on the pharmacological management of COPD supported by Boehringer Ingelheim .The company will be able to provide dinner as far as Darush can see and will send a placebo Respimat device to your place of work. Please note there is a promotional part to the meeting after the practical demonstration


Darush Attar-Zadeh will provide a practical demonstration of the main devices on the NCL formulary:

This will also include the Spiromax and Turbohaler device in addition as these are commonly prescribed in primary and secondary care in Barnet.

And a  brief talk about the carbon footprint of devices and the use of the decision aid outlined by NICE

If you’re interested in registering please contact Sonali:


Dates for Diaries

1 July 2020 – clinical supervision from 1-2.30 pm.

9 July 2020 – half day virtual workshop with UH for new to assessing skills – spaces filled.  Nurses need to enrol using the link sent.

16 July 2020 – virtual PN/HCSW Forum.  A gynaecological and women’s health focus with Cancer Alliance, TNA and Fellowships                   updates


As promised, please find the vaccine update May newsletter HERE

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