Nursing Newsletter 5th February 2021

Dear All

I hope all is well with you on this Sunny Friday afternoon.

This week started with the sad news that the NHS Hero, Captain Tom Moore, lost his battle with Covid-19. I would like to acknowledge his remarkable legacy.  He won the hearts and minds of the whole nation by his resolute “walking challenge”, raising £33million of NHS charities.  His legacy will continue to directly make a difference to the lives of thousands of NHS patients and staff across the country.  “Thank You”, Sir Tom.

By all accounts the Vaccination programme nationally and locally is going ahead full speed. This at least is a source of some good news in what has been a cheerless start to the new year.  Keep up the good work and hold onto the fact that in less than 5 weeks, the clocks will go forward bringing in the news of Spring and all thing new and fresh!

This week’s Editions

Royal Free pathology results – TQuest merger update and guidance

We are pleased to let you know that Royal Free London TQuest Merger Project is underway and the migration of the two TQuest systems into one for Barnet GP practices is due to take place in the spring, with Camden GP practices following after successful Barnet migration completed. This work is expected to improve the experience of GPs receiving results caused when a GP books a test at the Royal Free Hospital but the patient attends Barnet Hospital and vice versa. In the meantime, to support access, we would like to advise the following best practice.


Phlebotomy: Service opening times, 5 – 14 February

All sites open including North Middlesex’s Evergreen, Laurels, Forest Road and Grovelands sites with the exception of the Trust’s hospital site which remains closed. Please see the latest phlebotomy service table to see the full list of sites opening times.

NCL non-medical prescriber policy
There is an NCL Policy for non-medical prescribers which applies to all non-medical prescribers (NMPs) working in GP practices. The policy aims to cover the registration, practice and clinical governance of all non-medical prescribers. It includes guidance on completion of the Intention to prescribe statement and a framework for NMPs to expand the scope of practice to do repeat prescribing. The policy and forms have been added to the NCL GP website. Please note that you need to be registered on the NCL GP website in order to view the documents. Please contact any member of the medicines management team for more information or email:


Video Group Clinics (VGCs) in NCL
Staff that will be involved in implementing, organising and delivering VGCs can attend this training session. The next session will take place on 11 February from 12 noon – 2.30pm.

General practice nurse cancer community of practice – forthcoming dates

You can register for this event by emailing Sandra Dyer at For more information, please see this flyer.
When: 11 Feb, 18 March

Time: 12:45 -14:00

Digital Nurse Network workspace – Invitation to Join

Una Kallis has invited you to join the Digital Nurse Network workspace. This new workspace should be simpler to navigate around and will have the same current information and resources you need to help you with your work and support you through digital health transformation.
As always, we encourage feedback. If you have any thoughts or ideas on how we can improve please email

Free Ophthalmic Teaching -HEE project

Please see attached with dates for free ophthalmic skills teaching dates for 2021.  These sessions are suitable for Trainee ACP’s and ACPs.  If you do join one of these, it would be really good to have your share your learning with the rest of the team at one of the forums.  Please email me to share your learning.

Mitigating ethnic disparities in covid-19 and beyond | The BMJ 

Please see link to an interesting article written by Mohammad S Razai, academic clinical fellow in primary care with Azeem Majeed, professor of primary care and public health from Imperial.


Mword Issue 81 – Dr Michelle Drage’s latest update for GPs and practice teams

Read Here

Please do let me know of any joiners of leavers to your teams.

Best wishes


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Amita Shah

Nurse Development Lead

Email:  Phone: 0203 688 1805

For information on local educational opportunities please visit:​   

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