Nursing newsletter 23 October 2020

I write this edition this week as London has moved into Tier 2  as levels of COVID-19 infection reach over 100 per 100,000, This will obviously mean further restrictions to life as we know it. Different households are no longer allowed to mix indoors. There are also quarantine restrictions on visitors from abroad who enter the UK from a widened list of countries with closed travel corridors. Help your residents understand the Local Alert Levels POSTERS.

I know you have all been working very hard to maintain “business as usual” during the busy ‘flu season.  I do hope you are getting the opportunity to take restful breaks to restore physical and emotional energies.  I urge you to consider the CARE programme – see below as a means to taking the first step towards “taking care of yourself first”.


CARE = Connected, Authentic, Resilient, Empowered

I have signed up for the CARE Programme webinars and would like to invite you to join me. This is a unique opportunity for:

  • developing personal confidence
  • raising awareness of our potential best selves
  • helping to develop new or existing relationships
  • enhancing our leadership and influencing skills
  • improving our understanding of Primary Care and much more

I know this is an extremely busy time in practices, but think of this as something for YOU and your wellbeing, especially after such a difficult last 6 months- ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.’   

Please note: CARE Programme does not require you to complete any assignment or essay writing, however it will enable you to identify and voice any ideas you might have for your patients’ or practice improvement within your current role.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss further. Also for more information and to secure your place please email as soon as possible, places are limited, closing date is 30th October and the CARE webinars will start on 6th November- please see attached delivery schedule for more details. This is an excellent opportunity, all done virtually, with some fantastic aspects of wellbeing which will transform not only our personal but also our professional development. We will benefit tremendously from this exciting programme and this just might be a life changing experience.  I am looking forward to starting our NCL CARE Programme together and being the change we want to see.

Here are a few links to the case studies, which I think are excellent and may help make this programme REAL for you.


     Pete Roberts, Specialist Paramedic Practitioner, Central Milton Keynes Medical Centre, BLMK – click here to watch.

  • Luci Partridge, Joint GPN PCN Lead Nurse, Oakridge Park Medical Centre, BLMK – click hereto watch
  • Alexandra McGarvey, Nursing Services Manager, Leighton Road Surgery, BLMK – click hereto watch


Campaign: General practice is open, get checked for cancer

London wide local medical committees have launched a new campaign highlighting that general practice is open despite the pandemic, and encouraging patients to contact their GP if they are concerned about cancer. Each week they will be promoting a different video on their social media channels featuring working London GPs from across the Capital talking about how things have changed, and why people should not wait if they are worried about a lump or other symptoms of concern. This week they are sharing a slightly longer video to open the campaign. Throughout the rest of October, they will be releasing further videos, as part of a month-long campaign. The videos range from just under a minute to nearly three minutes long and can be viewed here.


NCL & UCLP Training events – Proactive management of LTCs in post-Covid Primary Care

UCL Partners, in partnership with NCL CCG and NCL Training Hubs are delighted to offer an additional programme of training events to support the proactive management of LTCs in post-Covid Primary Care.

Health Coaching & Motivational Interview Training for clinicians supporting low risk LTC Patients

Book here

Dates – Tuesday 27th Oct 1-2.30pm  Wednesday 28th Oct 1-2.30pm  Monday 16th Nov 1-2.30pm  Wednesday 18th Nov 1-2.30pm


About the UCLP Framework for Proactive management of LTCs in post-Covid Primary Care Date – Wed 18th Nov 1-2pm   

We will be running a repeat webinar from those in August & September providing an overview of the framework

Book here –


NCL Long – term condition refresher training sessions – getting the basics right

Asthma –  Topics – Diagnosis, monitoring and management (including SIMPLES)

Date – Thursday 12th Nov 12pm – 1.15pm   Link – Join Microsoft Teams here      Add to calendar link


Diabetes – Topics – Diagnosis, monitoring and management.

Date – Tuesday 3rd November 1 – 2.15pm  LinkJoin Microsoft Teams here   Add to calendar link

COPD  Topics – Diagnosis, Monitoring and Management (Including SIMPLES

Date – Thursday 3rd December 12 – 1.15pm  Link – Join Microsoft Teams here   Add to calendar link



4th Digital Primary Care Influenza Webinar and the 21st Digital Nurse Network webinar

The 4th webinar in the Digital Primary Care Influenza webinar series will take place on Thursday 29th October 2020 from 4-5pm. This session will finalise updates on digital services for Influenza 2020 and look forward to digital support for winter pressures and COVID19. TPP, and iPlato are confirmed for the supplier update – more details will be shared on the NHS England events website once confirmed.

Book you place here:

The 21st Digital Nurse Network webinar is confirmed for Wednesday 4th November 2020 1-3pm. Speakers include Alison Taylor of Proxy Medication Ordering, Rachel Merrett discussing a simplified Information Governance project as well as members’ feedback on personal projects regarding influenza and mental health. More information will be shared on the NHS England events page as soon as possible. Please share this event with your nursing teams. Click here to book your space:


Black History Month –  Book of the Week

Small Island – Andrea Levy (2009)

Small Island by bestselling author Andrea Levy won the Orange Prize for Fiction, as well as the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Whitbread. It is possibly the definitive fictional account of the experiences of the Empire Windrush generation made into a major BBC drama.

It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. However, at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh’s neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie does not know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all. What else can she do?




Interesting Article

10 things we have learnt about COVID-19 so far Read Here

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