WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Nurses & AHPs PCN Investment Plan 2020-21 

Another opportunity to submit your personal CPD requirements!  
 
If practices or GP Federations missed out in submitting their nurses and or AHPs CPD requirements, or provide inadequate information, Health Education England (HEE) have given us another opportunity to submit their personal CPD requirements. 
 
An email from NATH will be sent to practices and GP Federations by early November 2020. Submission requirements should be received by NATH by 30 November 2020. 
 
Approved CPD PCN Investment Plans 
 
During November 2020, PCN Clinical Directors will receive an email from NATH about their approved (by HEE) CPD PCN Investment Plans detailing how to claim for their fund with agreed timetable and assurances of spend. NATH is currently seeking further clarity from HEE about this and pending the receipt of theapproved funding.  
 
As a reminder, any underspend cannot be carried forward into the next year (after March 2021) and, as we understand, HEE will claw back any underspend against this fund. 
 
For clarity, this funding is an investment solely for CPD for nurses and AHPs and cannot be used for funding backfill. 
For further information please email lisa.soultana@nhs.net 

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! 

NHS BSA Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators 

Highlighted by the NHS England guidance, the NHS BSA Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators (the polypharmacy comparators) were developed by a group of GPs and pharmacists in Wessex working with NHS BSA analysts. Following their launch, they have been helping practices and PCNs to prioritise which of their patients may be at greatest risk of harm from problematic polypharmacy. 
 
The polypharmacy comparators consist of measures which show practices and PCNs how many patients they have on eight or more, 10 or more, 15 or more, and 20 or more, medicines. 
 
The polypharmacy comparators also identify patients taking a combination of medicines known to increase risk of harm, such as multiple anticoagulants or medicines which, when taken together, can increase risk of cumulative anticholinergic cumulative side effects, increasing the risk of falls, confusion, constipation and other issues. See the medicines safety portal for more information. 
 

Nottinghamshire’s new Integrated Wellbeing Service 

Your Health Your Way is Nottinghamshire’s new Integrated Wellbeing Service funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and delivered by ABL Health. They are available to help all residents of Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham city) get more active, eat healthier, manage your weight, drink less alcohol and stop smoking. They offer realistic and practical support for people to make life long healthy behaviour changes. 

New Roles in Primary Care Resource 

The New Roles in Primary Care National Toolkit has been developed to enable Primary and Community Care Training Hubs to work collaboratively with Primary Care Networks towards the development of the Primary Care workforce, as outlined in the GP Contract. The GP contract states that New Roles will be essential in securing the 26,000 extra staff under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS). Training Hubs will support future workforce planning as one of their core functions. Training Hubs are designed to meet the educational needs of the multi-disciplinary primary care team, and bring together NHS organisations, community providers and local authorities. This resource will allow Training Hubs to work with their PCNs and support workforce planning providing a valuable resource for systems developing their primary care workforce. 
This Toolkit refers to not only roles included in the ARRS, but to all new roles in Primary Care including: 
Care Coordinator 
Clinical Pharmacist 
Pharmacy Technician 
Dietitian 
First Contact Physiotherapists 
General Practice Assistant 
Health and Wellbeing Coach 
Mental Health Practitioner 
Nursing Associates 
Occupational Therapist 
Community Paramedic – Currently under review 
Podiatrists 
Social Prescribing Link Worker 
Physician Associate 
Advanced Practitioners (level of practice) 
 

NHS Innovation Accelerator 

The award-winning NHS Innovation Accelerator, or NIA, supports uptake and spread of proven, impactful innovations across England’s NHS, benefitting patients, populations and NHS staff. We are delivered in partnership with NHS England and England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). 
 
Fellows are appointed a mentor, many of whom are strategic leaders such as Lord Ara Darzi. 
 
The scheme is open to clinicians; academics; other public-sector professionals, charitable or not-for-profit organisation; and commercial innovators. A number of fellows have been recruited from the East Midlands for previous cohorts, and our experience has been that the initiative benefits both the individual, and their host organisation by raising their national and international reputations for innovation. 
 
Potential fellows must have a passion for learning and sharing their insight widely and be committed to scaling evidence-based innovations for patient and population benefit. Applications for the next cohort will need to address one or more of these themes: 
The NHS Response to Covid-19 
Mental Health 
The NHS Workforce 
Innovations that demonstrate significant outcomes for lower cost 
Innovations supported by an evidence-base and ready to be diffused across the NHS 
 
Download the NEW 2020-21 NHS Innovation Accelerator brochure and sign-up to receive quarterly INSIGHTS newsletter. 
The application period for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is now open. 
Applications close 16 October 2020 at 23:59. 

Online Learning Resource for Community Pharmacy 

The Learningpharmacy.com™ is a fun and interactive online learning environment for the whole pharmacy team. It offers bite-sized learning activities to help the community pharmacy team develop together to deliver better outcomes for patients. 
 
Each learning activity is linked to one of 10 community pharmacy scenarios which appear as ‘hotspots’ on the Learningpharmacy.com floor plan. These are the large green question marks on the pharmacy floor for the learning topic you have chosen. Each learning topic will provide learning challenges for six or more hotspots. 
 
The challenges cover a wide range of interactive learning; there are videos to watch, quizzes to complete and role play scenarios to take part in. You can choose how to approach the challenge, depending on your role within the team, and whether you are learning on your own, as part of a group, or using it as a teaching resource. There is something for the whole pharmacy team! 
 
 

Free Cancer Education Online Resource for Primary Care 

GatewayC is a free online cancer education platform developed for GPs, practice nurses, GPs in training, health care assistants, physician associates and other primary care professionals across NHS England.  
 
GatewayC aims to improve cancer outcomes by facilitating earlier diagnosis and improving patient experience, through: 
Improved knowledge of symptoms 
Increased confidence in when and when not to refer a patient on a suspected cancer pathway 
Improved quality of suspected cancer referrals 
Improved communication to support patients at each stage of the pathway 
 
Sign up to their mailing list here. 

Funding 

NATH can facilitate accessing the apprenticeship Levy fund through system partners. We also manage the workforce development funds for primary and social care. Both are accessible to the clinical and non-clinical workforce. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. 
If you are interested in joining the independent care sector community, NATH Nursing, AHP or pharmacy working groups get in touch. 

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