Condition Specific Resources 

NHSEI GP Recruitment and Retention Schemes - Meeting Slides and Recording 

For those that were unable to attend, the national GP Primary Care workforce team were joined by local colleagues to share learning and support others in delivering GP recruitment and retention schemes. 
 
A recording of the session and a link to the slides can be found on the Future NHS GP Workforce Delivery Hub (You will be requested to sign up first). 
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Useful Resource for Primary Care Networks & Care Homes 

The "Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health - Guidance for Primary Care Networks and Care Homes" published by South East Clinical networks would be a useful resource for both individual primary care clinicians in support of Enhanced Care in Care Homes. It includes guidance on: 
Structured Medication Reviews (SMRs) 
Dementia assessment 
Frailty 
Delirium 
Anxiety & Depression 
Mobility issues 
Behavioural problems & management 
End of Life Care, advance care planning & best interest decisions 

National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network- Join Now! 

National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (N-QI-CAN) is an independent body working collaboratively with national clinical audit and quality improvement bodies and regional networks. It is a recognised group within health and social care, but is not a direct function of the NHS England, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) or any other similar body.  
 
N-QI-CAN’s objectives will rightly reflect those of NHS England and HQIP where clinical audit is concerned, however N-QI-CAN retains its own independent voice. Recommendations made by N-QI-CAN are not binding on any other organisation. NQICAN has regional networks which include East Midlands, currently chair is Louise Waller from Kettering General Hospital. Areas covered include Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire Northamptonshire or Lincolnshire, along with Health Education East Midlands, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Clinical Audit Support Centre. 
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Staff working in GP surgeries and CCG’s are welcome to add system wide thinking when discussing Quality improvement. 
Visit the N QI CAN's website for more information. 

National Occupational Standards 

Did you know that the National Occupational Standards (NOS) website provides helpful information that you may want to use when considering training options, recruitment or organisational planning. Visit their website to find out more. 
 
If you want support with training options or workforce planning remember you can contact us too - alliance.hub1@nhs.net 
 
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Safe Prescribing of Medicines 

"Medicines and prescribing are highly risky areas of health care. It is estimated that more than 200 million medication errors occur in NHS every year, and that avoidable adverse drug reactions (ADRs) cause 712 deaths per year, at a financial cost of at least £98.5 million every year. 
 
Many medicines and prescribing issues have been highlighted in reports and investigations into patient deaths over the years, yet the issues around prescribing competency are yet to be fully addressed. It is time this omission was rectified. 
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This blog explains why I believe patients, the public and healthcare practitioners, need to be aware of the Prescribing Competency Framework. It outlines why the framework must be applied in practice, used in clinical supervision and CPD, and why we must all speak out of it is not being followed. The benefits of this will include prevention of unnecessary medicines being prescribed, avoidance of drug related harm, and lives saved." (Steve Turner) 
 

Return to Nursing 

The Covid pandemic has seen a valiant effort from nurses who are coming back to work on the temporary register. If you are interested in finding out how you can make a permanent return we have the following information for you. 
 
There are now 2 ways you can return to practice: 
 
1. Take a test of competence 
2. Complete an NMC approved course 
 
Find out more details here. 
In the East Midlands Lincoln University offer a course.  
Read some stories here. 

Opportunity for Health Care Support Workers in Primary & Community Care 

Are you a Health Care Support Worker in Primary care or General Practice? Would you like the opportunity to feed your voice into the decision-making process of a national NHS Programme? Why not join the HCSW 2020 Programme Shared Decision Making Council? 
 
The HCSW 2020 Programme aims to help reduce the number of HCSW vacancies in England. We are keen to ensure that HCSWs like you have a clear voice in the decision-making process for this programme. The HCSW 2020 Programme Shared Decision Making Council meets once a month on a Friday, 11-12 via Microsoft teams. Our chair Yusuf is a HCSW at the Whittington Trust in London and is supported by Katherine, a former HCSW who is now part of the NHSEI workforce programme team. 
 
If you would like to join the council or find out more about it, please contact Katherine (Katherine.Stevenson5@nhs.net). 
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AHP Guide to Continuing Practice Learning While Self-isolating 

This guide is for educators and students who need to self-isolate and are therefore unable to attend in-person practice learning. 
 
It should be used to prepare and support educators, practice learning providers and students to continue their practice learning, to achieve learning outcomes and enhance professional skills and employability. 
 
The ideas may form an entire practice learning opportunity or may be used where a period of self-isolation is required during a placement. 
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RESPECT - End of Life Planning Resource 

What Matters Most? - Your RESPECT conversation note developed by Dr Julie Barker - GP in Newark. 

Inclusion Health Self Assessment Tool for Primary Care Networks 

This online tool will help your Primary Care Network to assess it’s engagement with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK. 
 
The tool consists of five sections and takes around 10 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the self assessment, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help Primary Care Network to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities. 
 
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Nursing and Midwifery Council Student Supervision Emergency Standard 

In response to requests from educators and clinical placement providers to help relieve current pressures, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have already reintroduced one of the emergency standards in relation to Student Supervision and Assessment. Emergency standard E5.1 allows students to be supervised and assessed by the same person during this period. Adoption of this standard is optional. 
 
You can also find information on Nursing Student Support guidance during COVID-19. The guidance provides a wealth of information covering a wide range of issues including student finance, welfare and wellbeing. 
 

Future Nurse Event Video 

This is a recording of an evening event held to help enthuse, encourage and prepare potential nursing students. It is aimed at year 11-13s but is suitable for anyone considering a career in nursing including entering as a mature student. 
 
The Q&A session of the Future Nurse event is also available on our YouTube. Subscribe for more videos in the future! 
 
 

GPN Fundamentals Programme - Evaluation Report 

A university course has been developed for nurses who are new to working in general practice. GPN Fundamentals provides nurses with the knowledge and clinical skills training to enable them to work in primary care. The course also forms part of the New to Practice Scheme available to newly qualified nurses. 
University of Nottingham have recently completed an evaluation of the courses. 
 
In Nottingham & Nottinghamshire we have already had a number of nurses completed the programme at De Montfort University (DMU). 
Maybe you have a nurse vacancy and hadn't considered a nurse without experience- get in touch to find out more about the fully funded opportunities. 
 
Download the evaluation reports here: 

HEE Covid-19 resurge guidance  

A guidance from NHS Health Education England (HEE) which contains general Covid-19 information for the period October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which is applicable to all students and trainees. This document will be updated on a regular basis, in response to changes in Government advice and local restrictions.  
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Please check HEE website back regularly for the most up to date guidance. 

Lower Limb - Recommendations for Clinical Care 

The Lower Limb Clinical Workstream is developing recommendations and information to support the prevention and care of leg and foot ulcers.  
 
The workstream is responsible for: 
Scoping the evidence base to identify current relevant evidence. 
Drafting evidence-informed recommendations to reduce unwarranted variation, improve safety and optimise patient experience and outcomes. 
Identifying evidence gaps where further research is needed. 
Identifying areas of unmet need to inform innovation. 
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Outputs from the Lower Limb Workstream: 
A draft minimum data set for Lower Limb Assessment. 
Resources for clinicians, patients and carers to support lower limb care. 
In consultation with NHS England and NHS Improvement, a Lower Limb CQUIN for Community Nursing Services. Further information for organisations wishing to implement the CQUIN can be found through the NHS Futures NWCSP platform. To request access, please email NatWoundStrat@yhahsn.com 
In consultation with NHS England and NHS Improvement, recommendations about lower limb care are now included in the Framework for Enhanced Health in Care Homes. 
Information about post-registration/postgraduate wound care education for wound care specialist clinicians. 

Easy Read Flu Vaccination Awareness Leaflet 

This leaflet is an easy read flu vaccination awareness leaflet for people with a learning disability or people working or caring for those with a learning disability. An original flu leaflet has been developed by NATH and this leaflet has been made into an easy read document by Nottinghamshire County Council colleague. 
 
Flu can lead to complications that can be fatal for vulnerable groups. It is important that people understand vaccinations can prevent them from becoming unwell, and vaccinations also reduce the risk of the spread of infection therefore protecting others. 

Flu Vaccine Myth Busting 

Flu is an acute viral infection which can spread rapidly in closed communities. Common complications of flu can be bronchitis and/or pneumonia which can be fatal in some vulnerable population groups. Flu and associated complications cause around 8,000 deaths on average a year in England – and in some recent years this figure has exceeded 26,000 deaths. The flu vaccine is recommended for all frontline health and social care workers in England and offers the best and safest protection against flu. The flu vaccination is FREE for frontline health and social care workers, and not only protects us but prevents the spread of the virus to family members, the people we care for and the community
 
A collaborative piece of work by Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub and Fosse Healthcare has been developed to help bust some flu myths, and to raise awareness for the importance of health and social care staff having the flu vaccine and protecting our vulnerable population groups. 
Protect yourself, protect others – Get the flu vaccine! 
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