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Primary Care E-bulletin (Issue 136) – 23 April 2021
Welcome to the latest edition of our e-briefing to support GP practices across mid and south Essex.
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Previous bulletins can be found on the MSE healthcare professional website.
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In this Issue:
- IMPORTANT: all health and care staff yet to receive their first covid vaccine
- Letter to Practices re. Mid and South Essex position on expectations from primary care
- My Health Matters campaign now launched
- Latest advice and guidance on pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccination
- Advance Care Planning Training Package for colleagues that work in Palliative and End of Life Care
- Share your views: End of Life Care Education Needs
- Mid and South Essex Training Hub
- Watch the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership briefing
- GMC guidance – Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices
Support with Day to Day Issues
IMPORTANT: all health and care staff yet to receive their first covid vaccine
There is an opportunity for all remaining health and care staff to access their first dose of the Moderna vaccine tomorrow (22 April) and Friday (23 April) from the Towngate Theatre in Basildon Town Centre as well as other local clinic sites.
Staff will need to book via the national booking system and use slots at the Towngate Theatre over 22 and 23 April. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
You will need to self-declare as health and care staff and bring staff ID/payslip to the site to confirm your employment.
Letter to Practices re: Mid and South Essex position on expectations from primary care
A letter from Will Guy, Mid and South Essex Primary Care Lead was sent to practices this week setting out the position on temporary arrangements made to suspend elements of the GMS contract for Q4 2020/21 to support the provision of the Covid vaccination programme. The letter also set out the position on other arrangements put in place during the past 12 months e.g. use of Covid Expansion Fund, Respiratory Hubs, Locally Enhanced Services/MUCS arrangements, Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes.
In case you missed it, a copy can be downloaded below along with the form that needs to be completed.
My Health Matters campaign now launched
The CCGs in mid and south Essex have launched a new campaign called ‘My Health Matters’.
‘My Health Matters’ aims to bring together tools, tips and resources that can help people across mid and south Essex to take care of themselves and support their health and wellbeing.
The aim of the campaign is to help to free up healthcare professionals in GP practices to spend more time with those that need it most. We hope it will link in well with Primary Care Network initiatives to strengthen self-care within the community.
The ‘My Health Matters’ campaign will focus on positive and motivating messages to support people to take control of and improve their health and wellbeing.
If you would like to be an ambassador for the campaign or know a good case study of a patient that have taken control of their long term condition/health, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘My Health Matters’ in the subject line.
For full assets and resources, including a campaign toolkit with copy for practice websites, please visit the healthcare professional’s website.
For the public-facing campaign website, please visit the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership website.
Latest advice and guidance on pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccination
Please visit the healthcare professional website for more information about pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccination, including the latest JCVI position and links to additional resources.
Education and Training
Advance Care Planning Training Package for colleagues that work in Palliative and End of Life Care
An Advance Care Planning (ACP) training package has been developed by the Mid and South Essex Palliative Care and End of Life Delivery Group in collaboration with local clinicians.
This newly developed training package looks at why ACP is so crucial, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The team welcome your comments and feedback on this current offer and for any future packages that are developed. Please feel free to email email@example.com if you would like to share your thoughts.
For more information and additional resources, please visit the mid and south Essex healthcare professional website.
If you have had problems accessing links in the training package, the document below provides information about possible workarounds.
Share your views: End of Life Care Education Needs
Deadline extension: 7th May 2021
The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership End of Life Education Group is looking for your views with regards to end-of-life care education. Please do take the time to complete this important survey which will be used to shape future education packages for end-of-life care.
As an incentive for completing the survey we are putting all those who wish to be entered into a prize draw for a £10 Marks and Spencer voucher.
There is a link at the end of the survey that can click on to e-mail your details in order to be entered into the prize draw.
Mid and South Essex Training Hub
For the latest initiatives from the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership Training Hub, please visit the Training Hub section of our website.
Watch the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership briefing
Thank you to the hundreds of staff who joined the second Mid and South Essex Health and Care partnership staff briefing last week. The session, hosted by system leader Anthony ‘Mac’ McKeever, included updates on our local pandemic response, vaccination programme, cancer services, our future as an Integrated Care System following the publication of the White Paper and what this means for you as a member of staff working in mid and south Essex.
If you weren’t able to attend all of the event or would like to re-watch the briefing you can still do so by clicking here. You will need to download the Microsoft Teams app on your desktop or phone to access the recording.
GMC guidance – Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices
GMC guidance on Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices has recently been updated (updated on 5th April 2021): https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-guidance-for-doctors/good-practice-in-prescribing-and-managing-medicines-and-devices
The guidance covers considerations when prescribing unlicensed medicines, repeat prescribing and for when patient care is shared with another doctor. The guidance has also been updated to provide information on remote consultations and prescribing.
NHS Primary Care COVID-19 Bulletin
For the latest advice and guidance around coronavirus for clinicians, please visit the NHS England website.