Nursing Newsletter 4 December 2020

Dear All

You will all have seen and heard the long awaited news about the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine being approved by MHRA and being available to NHS this week. As you can appreciate this will be the biggest vaccination programme led by NHS.  NCL CCG and Training Hubs are working collaboratively to plan for the rolling out of the vaccines  to those who have been identified as “highest priority”  according to a priority system devised by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). You will be kept informed as local plans for the roll-out are developed.


I would like to welcome two new member to the Barnet Nursing family as advance nurse practitioners – Grecious Calit who has joined Hillview Surgery and Rosaline Quartey who has joined Millway Practice.

NHSE COVID-19 vaccination programme FAQs
NHS England has created a dedicated space on the FutureNHS web platform for the national rollout of the vaccination programme. Log in or sign up to find key documents, a discussion forum and upcoming and previous webinars. NHS England has added some useful FAQs to the space, with the most up to date answers to common questions around eligible cohorts, appointment bookings, preparation for the vaccinations and more.

FutureNHS collaborative web platform:

New Healthcare Learners COVID-19 Advice Guide

The Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide aims to serve as an aid to healthcare learners to provide them with useful hints, tips and advice to use during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to protect against other infections. The advice given in this document has been collated from questions posed to HEE and experiences shared by healthcare learners working on the front line.

The comprehensive guide covers everything from the correct way to wear PPE and keep mobile phones clean to advice on taking breaks, safe commuting and team handovers. It is being widely distributed via established healthcare networks and social media.

Summary of Flu Vaccinations for 50-64yrs cohort

Please find below a summary of information on the 50-64yrs flu vaccine cohort and the availability of FluBlok (via Sanofi).

  1. All additional orders for flu vaccines from the DHSC central stock (including FluBlok) are free of charge to practices
  2. As FluBlok does not have a marketing authorisation in the UK, it has been given authorisation for temporary supply in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. NHS England will shortly be distributing a standard script that practices can use to explain this to patients. I’ll send this round as soon as we have it.
  3. Product details for FluBlok can be found here. It comes as single-dose, pre-filled syringes, so you will need to order needles to be able to administer it (a 25mm 23G (blue) or 25mm 25G (orange) needle should be used for intramuscular injections in infants, children and adults).
  4. Flublok Quadrivalent contains no egg proteins, antibiotics, preservatives or gelatine (from any source).

Also of interest may be an automated call/recall system that is provided by Sanofi (free of charge and without the need for a Sanofi account). More details can be found here.

Updated flu vaccine resource pack

script has been made available to help practice staff with conversations with people declining their flu jab, alongside images and text for your social media platforms.

Vaccine Hesitancy Workshop – 16 December

Please find attached the agenda for the first in a series of 3 workshops designed to help vaccinators and those involved in the Healthy Child programme to discuss vaccinations and tackle vaccine hesitancy amongst parents in London.  The first workshop will focus on the practicalities on how to address vaccine hesitancy around childhood immunisations and COVID-19 vaccines.  The following workshop in January will provide training in motivational interviewing.  There is time to practise these skills before we reconvene in March 2020 for the final workshop.

Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app  Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only) +44 113 486 0108,,772586569#   United Kingdom, Leeds Phone Conference ID: 772 586 569#

 If you have any queries please contact the immunisation team directly on

 Final 2 weeks: Pan London Cancer Training Needs Assessment progress

We are at the final weeks of the Pan London Cancer Primary Care Training Needs Assessment data collection phase.

Just to let you know that we are pleased to have received over 340 responses so far from a wide variety of professionals, including dental staff, optometry staff, pharmacy staff, GP Staff, social prescribers and care navigators.   The survey is to close on the 15 December and we would like you to give it a final push, especially for General Practice staff and social prescribers

General practice nurse cancer community of practice – forthcoming dates

You can register for this event and more information is available on the flyer. If you have any questions contact Sandra Dyer – Primary Care Lead Nurse Transforming Cancer Services Team for London:
When: Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, March 18

Time: 12:45 -14:00

Sexual health and contraception

You are invited to attend an update in Sexual Health and Contraception for GPs & PNs. This will be a virtual event on Microsoft Teams. Please email to sign up and get the link.

When: 9 December 2020
Time: 19:00 – 20:40

Opportunities to attend video group clinic training in December 2020

Get your team up and running to deliver Video Group Clinics (VGCs). To understand more about VGCs, watch this short animation. To book VGC training for your team, register your place/s on one of the following sessions:

10 December – 09.30 to 12.00  

More dates will be added during the first three months of 2021

FREE CPD for experienced GPNs – City University Masterclass

At the beginning of the year, Health Education England (London) commissioned City University to provide free places on  Introduction to Long Term Condition masterclass series to experienced GPNs who were looking for CPD opportunities. As not all the places were filled due to Covid, they have allowed us to carry this over to next year and we will be running the masterclass series at the start of next year, starting at the end of January. The Masterclass series will be online with a mix of lectures, group work and independent activities to allow as much flexibility as possible around work and home life. Registered participants also have the opportunity to enrol for our work-based learning module (included in the funding from HEE). This gives them the chance to undertake a work-related project and submit an academic report to gain 15 academic credits.  Details and how to apply are on the attached flyer. When applying, GPNs should select the relevant Health Education England region for them as the funder.  For Barnet nurses this is NCL.  Please also copy in your application for my records.

QNI’s listening service – TalkToUs

Offers emotional support by phone to registered nurses working in the community

The service is operated by trained listeners who are available to speak to any nurses working in community or social care, including those supporting care homes, and nurses working with people who are homeless. TalkToUs is intended as a friendly ear for nurses who would like to talk to someone in complete confidence about their life and work at the current time. We can signpost to other sources of support.   If you are worried about any aspect of your work or home life, particularly if it is affected by the Covid19 crisis, and you would like to talk about your feelings to one of our trained team members in confidence, please email us to arrange a call.

Please email giving your first name, your phone number and a preferred date and time for a call.  Visit QNI webpage for further information:

Interesting Articles and Podcasts

Dr Michelle Drage’s latest update for GPs and practice teams – Please find the latest issue of the Mword, which has recently been circulated to practices.  You can read it below or online here:

RCN’s Listening session for newly qualified nurses and final year students

RCN London is hosting an online listening session for newly qualified nurses and final year student members on Wednesday 9 December from 6-7pm. The event aims to find out about what it’s been like working through COVID, how the participants found it if they recently moved to London and other issues that are important to them. More information on how to sign up can be found here.

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