Nursing Newsletter 30 October 2020

Another week, another month end….We are almost at the end of the year.  Not that anyone is going to “mourn” the end of 2020!

We have been through an unprecedented time in primary care  and you have shown true resilience and have highlighted that GPNs are the real “backbone” of general practice.  The CARE programme is a real opportunity for GPNs to raise the profile of GPNs.  The short programme will enable you to harness your skills and increase your confidence in giving you a “voice” within the wider system to ensure that nurses are invited “to the table” when decisions are being made about them or the patients that they serve.  There are a few spaces still available so please do enrol. All practices have also been sent this information so are aware of the need to support you to take part in this programme of 8 2 hours-long webinars.


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, 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.


Sending urine cultures to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Please send all urine culture samples to the Royal Free London using borate tubes. The delay between sample collection and the start of laboratory processing causes overgrowth of organisms and degradation of white blood cells, which can lead to incorrect results. Using borate tubes will reduce the overgrowth of these organisms and improve the quality of test results. This is in line with Public Health England’s national standards and is recommended by UKAS (UK laboratory accreditation body). Borate tubes can be ordered from the trust as follows:

  • For samples being sent to the Royal Free Hospital, please contact Deborah Baker: or Rufus Isaacs:
  • For samples being sent to Barnet Hospital or Chase Farm Hospital, please fill in the pathology supplies order form.

Please see an information sheet provided by the Royal Free

Hepatitis B Vaccination – for Babies born to Hep B positive Mums

Babies born to mothers who are hepatitis B positive need to be given a dose of the hepatitis B vaccine within 24 hours of their birth, followed by further doses at 4, 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, plus a final dose when they’re 1 year old. The first dose is provided in maternity with subsequent doses being provided by primary care.  This is a vital post-exposure treatment programme to prevent children exposed to Hepatitis B via the mother’s blood around the time of delivery from contracting the infection, which has serious lifelong health consequences. It is possible to prevent c.90% of chronic Hepatitis B infections in these children if the programme is delivered correctly.   Many mothers do not attend primary care until the babies 6-8 week check so it is vitally important that the babies are invited by their GP practice to receive their second dose of vaccine at 4 weeks old. This is an additional dose that is received prior to the primary vaccination schedule. You will be notified via CHIS and receive a letter from maternity when a baby requires the post-exposure treatment programme. It is vital that you invite the baby to your practice to receive the second dose of vaccine at 4 weeks old and begin the post-exposure programme.

Clinical Supervision For Barnet Nurses and HCAs

Date for your diary – Wednesday 25 November 2020 1.00 – 2.00p.m. Link to Join HERE  One quote from a nurse who attended recently which demonstrates the power of inviting change through conversations– After the session I decided to put into action and spoke with both GP partners and they were so supportive and totally understood what I meant about the “workload”

Pan Barnet Learning Event – 4 November 2020

The Training Hub, Barnet Federation and North Central London CCG are pleased to invite you to the next online Pan Barnet meeting on Wednesday 4th November 13.00-13.45

Topic: Musculoskeletal medicine – assessment and management of the shoulder and knee

Audience: All clinicians involved in managing patients with musculoskeletal conditions

For this session, we will be discussing principles of musculoskeletal medicine, particularly focusing on shoulder and knee assessment and management. The team will give us some simple screening tips and they aim of course to make it primary care focused.

We are very pleased to be joined by Christine Bilsborough and Kay Nadesan, consultant physiotherapists from CLCH, who will lead discussions.

We will also be joined by the team from Change Grow Live Barnet, the new substance misuse and alcohol service, to hear about what help they can offer our patients.

We strongly encourage you to bring along any cases or questions regarding musculoskeletal medicine to ensure your learning needs are met; you are welcome to submit queries ahead of time to​

If you have any specific requests for the talk itself, please email as early as possible.

**If technically possible on the day, we would like to record this session so that anyone unable to attend on the day is able to access the recording at a later date via  Please note that by joining the session, you are giving consent to be recorded **

We look forward to seeing you for what should be an informative and helpful meeting.   Join Microsoft Teams Meeting


Advance Care Planning follow up sessions

Thurs 12th November – 1-2pm  –  Recognising our patients who would benefit from Advance Care Planning and starting the courageous conversation click here to join session

Thurs 26th November 1-2pm – learning from local cases studies including where nurses are taking the lead click here to join session

If you have any questions or issues you think it would beneficial to cover, please do not hesitate to email ​


Introduction to Frailty series

Hammersmith & Fulham GP Federation Training Hub invite you to join them for a series of lunchtime workshops on frailty, open to any care staff, including nurses, healthcare assistants, allied health professionals and all carers.  All sessions will take place on Zoom from 13:00 – 13:45:

Session 1: 4  November

Session 2: 11  November

Session 3: 18 November

Session 4:  25  November   

The sessions are open. If you wish to join the sessions please follow the Zoom links in the attached flyer


Infection Prevention Control Resource

Covid-19 infection prevention and control – the information contained on this page has been developed by NCL CCG Quality colleagues and will help keep you and our frontline team safe.

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