Nursing Newsletter 2nd April 2021

Dear All

Apologies for writing to you on a Good Friday Bank Holiday, I got caught by the short week

In the midst of this challenging, life changing year, our 2020 cohort of GPN Trainees started their programme and soon had to learn to “fly” before they had learnt how to “crawl”.  Together with their nurse supervisors and practice colleagues they came through successfully achieving their PGDip in Specialist Community Nursing Qualification.  We held a “virtual” celebratory event to acknowledge this huge achievement.  Congratulations to all of our trainees who have also got contracts with  general practices. Special mention has to be made for Hasna Ramdani and Morgan Rogers who were both awarded the QNI Ellen Mary Prize for outstanding achievement as a GPN student.  Katherine Gerrans, Director of Nursing NCL Training Hub, Claire Johnstone, NCL ICS Workforce Lead and Gill Parsons, Retiring Training Hub Chair also acknowledged their commitment and dedication and wish them a successful career in primary care.

YouScreen Newsletter March 2021: Issue 1

 Congratulations to the Nurses in Speedwell Clinic – one of the top 5 practices offering the highest number of youscreen kits.

Changes to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Programme eligibility criteria for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme have now been expanded to include women with a past diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and normoglycaemic blood reading within the last 12 months. Read more on the GP Website.

Bowel Awareness Month!

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month. Please try to capitalise on the multi-media messaging from the national publicity programme which will encourage people to look out for symptoms of bowel cancer, and encourage people in the appropriate age groups to undergo bowel screening. Evidence tells us that GP endorsement is an effective way to encourage patients to follow health advice.

NCL Integrated Schwartz Round, 29th April: Living at work

Please see the attached poster about an NCL Schwartz round session on 29th April 2021.  Rounds provide a confidential and safe place to reflect on your work place experiences.  Please share the poster with your wider practice colleagues.

NCL Strategic Review of Community Services Survey

As you are aware NCL CCG have commissioned Carnall Farrar to carry out a Strategic Review of Community Health Services across NCL. This is involving a three stage process:

  • Understanding our baseline
  • Facilitating the development of a refined NCL core community health offer for different population cohorts
  • Developing an implementation plan

At this time we would like to invite you and your teams to participate in a survey to provide valuable input into our analytical work. Through the survey we are seeking a breadth of relevant operational and clinical input from across community health services, primary care, mental health, acute services, LAs, NCL CCG and public health to explore views on current community health services and how they interact with other services.  We would be delighted if you could share the survey link here  with people you feel would be able to provide informed input. The survey closes on 5th April.

Whilst at this stage we are seeking input from professional, clinicians and others working within the health and care space we will separately be engaging with patient and patient representative groups as well through a variety of engagement process

Interesting Article on COVID-19 and link to Diabetes Read Here

Welcome to Siu Ling – Practice nurse who has started at Colindale Medical Centre.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Best wishes


Amita Shah

Nurse Development Lead

Email:  Phone: 0203 688 1805

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