Page last updated: 27 November, 2020, 7:47pm
Primary Care E-bulletin (Issue 98) – 27 November
In this Issue:
- Delivering an NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme
- Updated DHSC guidance on accessing government-secured flu vaccines
- Primary Care Pathology First User Survey 2020
- Mid and South Essex Training Hub
- Virtual Non-Clinical Cancer Screening Workshop
- Latest Pride in Practice Newsletter
- National Primary Care Staff Survey Feasibility Study
- NHS Primary Care COVID-19 Bulletin
Support with Day to Day Issues
Delivering an NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme
Local update: primary care aspect of delivery
Thank you to all those involved in pulling together expressions of interest to run local vaccination sites, particularly in such short timescales. Letters are being sent to Primary Care Network leads in the next 24 hours with further information regarding next steps.
We are aware that a number of people have approached practices and the CCGs offering to support the Primary Care Vaccination Programme.
IMPORTANT: Register interest in local COVID-19 Vaccination programme
If you or someone you know would like to register interest in supporting the local COVID-19 vaccination programme, please do so via the Essex Primary Care Careers website.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine programme can be found here:
COVID-19 vaccination programme FAQs updated
There is 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.
Some useful FAQs can be found on the site, with the most up to date answers to common questions around eligible cohorts, appointment bookings, preparation for the vaccinations and more.
Updated DHSC guidance on accessing government-secured flu vaccines
Further to Friday’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announcement about the extension of the flu vaccination programme to 50 to 64 year olds from 1 December, DHSC has issued updated guidance to general practices and community pharmacies on accessing additional centrally supplied vaccines.
While further news is expected re. Covid vaccines, it has been suggested that PCNs test out ‘at-scale’ delivery of flu vaccine to this co-hort.
Ordering non-porcine flu vaccine for children
There is now the option to offer inactivated flu vaccine to healthy children. Ordering is now open for this purpose via IMMFORM. Visit our website for more information.
Primary Care Pathology First User Survey 2020
Please find a link below to Pathology First’s annual pathology service user survey. The survey should only take about three minutes to complete. Please do take the time to feedback as it helps Pathology First to better understand the areas that need addressing or what has been a success. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Please note: this survey is aimed at GPs, Practice Managers and clinical teams who work for the following CCGs: Basildon and Brentwood CCG, Castle Point and Rochford CCG, Southend CCG and Thurrock.
Education and Training
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.
Webinar: New to Partnership Payment Scheme
The New to Partnership Payment Scheme (N2PP) is a commitment made in the GP Contract Update 2023/24. It is a nationally managed scheme aimed at supporting registered health care professional to become practice partners through creating a learning fund to develop skills, coupled with a financial payment.
The Training Hub are running a series of webinars with the aim of fully explaining the Scheme and how Practices can utilise the funding. The sessions are aimed at any individuals who are interested in partnership and practices who would like to utilise the scheme. They will take place on:
- Tuesday 8th December, 4.00pm-4.30pm
- Thursday 10th December, 1.00pm-1.30pm
- Wednesday 16th December, 8.30am-9am
To reserve your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date. You will then receive an MS Teams invite.
“Developing placements for pre-reg pharmacists in General Practice” East of England Primary Care Pharmacists Symposium
When: 10th December 2020, 12:30 to 1:30pm
Health Education England invites all primary care staff involved in the development of primary care pharmacy workforce to a virtual lunchtime symposium to learn about hosting pre-registration pharmacists within general practice. Panelists include tutors, past pre-regs, and PCN directors with experience of running the national program for the previous and current cohort.
International GP placement in mid and south Essex
The Training Hub are currently working with an International GP, as part of the IGPR Programme, who is looking for a placement in mid and south Essex. This is a great opportunity for a practice to recruit a GP who will be looking for a salaried role once qualified. For further information, including available funding, please contact Thomas Peppiatt (Workforce Lead) on email@example.com or call 07970 329898.
Practice Managers Association training modules
These courses will be delivered by the Practice Managers Association (PMA), and are due to begin in December. They are aimed at Practice Managers, Business Managers, Senior Administrators and Clinicians across Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership:
- Telephone triage for GPs and other clinicians – 1st December 2020
- Accounting and Finance – 2nd December 2020
Last few spaces are still available.
The Mid & South Essex Training Hub are seeking expressions of interest from practices keen to join this exciting initiative, by employing a newly qualified nurse into their workforce. The GPN Fellowship will entail full funding for a 2-year programme, which will involve only one CPD day a week with the rest of the week working in Practice.
The Fellowship is worth £8,000, plus an extra gift of £2,000 to the practices that take on a GPN Fellowship.
The Training Hub have pre-interviewed a bank of newly qualified nurses, who are keen to join Primary Care and embark on a GPN Fellowship. If your Practice would be interested in finding out more about GPN Fellowships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Non-Clinical Cancer Screening Workshop
This interactive workshop is designed to improve your confidence in discussing cancer screening with patients. It is open to any non-clinical staff across Mid and South Essex, with an interest in promoting cancer screening.
The workshop will cover:
- Introduction to the national breast, cervical and bowel screening programmes.
- Examples of how you can contribute to increasing cancer screening uptake at your practice
The is led by Alison Reeve, Cancer Research UK facilitator. There are a range of dates available in December – please sign up via Eventbrite.
Latest Pride in Practice Newsletter
Please click below to read the latest Pride in Practice newsletter, a way of keeping the Pride in Practice community up to date with the latest developments in LGBT health, services, and research.
National Primary Care Staff Survey Feasibility Study
The current national NHS staff survey is one of the largest workforce surveys in the world providing a wealth of information and data to assist decision making and plans at all levels. The People Plan 2020 to 2021 includes a commitment to exploring the feasibility of a similar type of survey for NHS staff in primary care.