Nursing Newsletter – 6 November 2020


It’s been another busy week with ‘flu season in full swing.  I attended the local immunisation meeting this week and by all accounts most practices are doing “very well” in getting the eligible population vaccinated.  I know there have been some issues around stock availability and some fridge issues.  Please email the primary care team generic email if you are continuing to have these issues email:


You may have also heard and read in the media about the COVID-19 vaccination and the plans for general practice to be involved in this.  At this stage colleagues in the NCL CCG  are scoping this out and further information will be shared with practices in due course.


Here is this week’s edition


HealtheIntent Pre-Implementation Survey

HealtheIntent has been launched across North Central London. HealtheIntent is a population health management platform which, by combining data from across Health and Social Care systems, is designed to improve care for your patients. It would be much appreciated if all members of your practice clinical team who will be using the platform could please take a few minutes to complete the pre-implementation survey. Completion of the survey will help the NCL Digital team better understand the benefits realisation of HealtheIntent and support with future system improvements.

Healthwise Physical Activity Referral Scheme Update

We would like to thank you for all of the referrals that you have made to our programmes during what has been a challenging year for all of us. As a charitable social enterprise everything we do is with our local community in mind, so to do our bit in the national effort and support our community in England,  inline with government advice we will be closing our leisure centres and therefore our referral programmes from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December (Providing there are no extensions to the Lockdown) The health and well-being of both our staff and valued members is paramount, and we have a social responsibility to everyone in the local community to take action to protect ourselves and others. We are working closely with local public health authorities and inline with all official updates from the government. We will inform you again when the centres open and the programme has restarted. In the meantime, if you do have anyone who you wish to refer to the programme we ask that you continue to refer these in the usual way. We will then process this referral and contact the patient once the restrictions are lifted and our staff have returned. For more information please visit


Advanced Practice Virtual Conference 2020 – Register your place now

This year, for the very first time, HEE’s national conference for advanced practitioners is being held online as a virtual event on Monday 9 November and Thursday 12 November 2020.  Please see link for further details. Registration now open!


Free Ophthalmic Teaching –Health Education England (HEE) project

As part of a project with Health Education England (HEE), Fardowsa Dirir Clinical Educator, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is  supporting Advanced Clinical Practitioners  (ACP’s) and trainee ACP’s  in urgent care and GP services with the development of ophthalmic knowledge and skills. This training is completely free. There will be lots of online sessions (common eye conditions, case studies, triage of the ophthalmic patient and corneal emergencies, bespoke training), and depending on Covid-19 this will also include skills training. If you are an advanced care practitioner (ACP)  or trainee who are interested please email  for  the link for the virtual training sessions.


Free Primary care webinar series hosted by  NCL Cancer Alliance & NCL STP

The North Central London Cancer Alliance in partnership with the North Central STP is hosting a series of webinars to support primary care with updates on national cancer guidance and local pathway changes, and to provide an opportunity to meet their secondary care colleagues and address any questions.  The first two webinars in our series are and registration links are below each event:

  • Cervical screening & colposcopy on Monday, 23 November 2020 at 12:30 to 13:30

Cervical Screening & Colposcopy Webinar Registration page

  • Head & Neck Cancers on Thursday, 26 November 2020 at 12:30 to 13:30

Head & Neck Cancer Webinar Registration Page



Via MS Teams 12.45-14.00 on Nov 19th, Dec 10th, Jan 14th, Feb 11th, March 18th

  • Are you passionate about supporting people with or after cancer to live better in the community?
  • Have you got ideas about how general practice nurses could lead on cancer as a long-term condition?
  • Would you like to join with likeminded nurses to share learning and discuss barriers to change?

The community of practice was launched in 2019 as part of the Macmillan Primary Care Nursing project in SW London. It’s open to all primary care nurses across London with an interest in cancer and especially those who have completed the Macmillan Practice Nurse Course or Explore programme. To register for this event or more information see attached flyer or for ANY questions contact Sandra Dyer – Primary Care Lead Nurse Transforming Cancer Services Team for London:


Opportunities to attend Video Group Clinic training in December 2020

By the end of the highly participative two and a half hour training session, learners will have:

  • Understood what video group clinic (VGC) are and how they flow
  • Understood how to use MS Teams or similar to set up and run video group clinics
  • Got answers to key concerns
  • Understood best practice in relation to the 6 critical success factors for VGCs and planned to address them
  • Understood the role a good facilitator plays
  • Understood where facilitation fits into VGC
  • Understood their VGC toolkit
  • Learnt helpful strategies to manage group dynamics
  • Set a date for first, second third VGC (within 7 days)

Gained confidence about getting started   See attached flyer for details

To book places on VGC training for your team  

26th November – 14:00 to 16:30

3rd December – 09.30 to 12.00

10th December – 09.30 to 12.00


NHSEI Health and Wellbeing Primary Care offer (see brochure)

NHSEI have issued a brochure with their latest offers for Health and Wellbeing which includes an offer directed at Primary Care. Please view the slide presentation attached for further information.


‘First you’ – Hand-picked collection of wellbeing resources for healthcare workers

We imagine a world in which everyone is happy and healthy; where healthcare professionals take care of themselves first and are therefore able to take care of others.

Visit the ‘first you’ website to access a collection of resources.


If you have any ideas, suggestions information that would be useful for others, please share with me to be included in future newsletter.

Have a lovely weekend, even in lockdown there is always a walk in the park to enjoy!


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