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Thursday, 12 January 2023

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

• Intro from Dr. Stephanie Coughlin
• Information for GP Practice Staff
• Service Updates
• Updates for all Practitioners

A word from Dr. Stephanie Coughlin
City & Hackney System Clinical Lead
Wishing you and your teams a Happy New Year and a happy and healthy 2023. I hope that the start of the year has not been quite as busy as the end of 2022.
Many thanks to all those that attended the Health Inequalities Summit yesterday evening at St. Joseph’s Hospice. A big thanks go to Anu, Eeva, the team behind the scenes and all the presenters that made it all happen. We will make sure that the case studies and information from the evening are shared with those not able to make it.
I do hope that you will be able to join us for the practitioner forum starting at 1pm today. We will be hearing from Louise Ashley, the new Chief Executive at Homerton Healthcare.  We will also be learning about the findings from the recent women’s health survey and hearing about updates around BP monitoring at home and local weight management services. The full agenda is below.  You can find the Teams invite here.

13:00-13:05  Welcome  Stephanie Coughlin 
13:05-13:15  System Updates: 
· GP Confederation  
· Public Health  
· Homerton Hospital  
· ELFT   
·  Primary Care 

Caroline Millar 
Annabelle Burns/ Mark Logan  
Olivier Andlauer   
Kirsten Brown 
13:15-13:20  Introducing the HUH Chief Executive and Place Based Leader  Louise Ashley 
13:20-13:30  Findings from the women’s health survey  Zarah Yusuf 
13:30-13:45  Management of Hypertension – Blood Pressure Monitoring @ Home  Chris Carvalho 
13:45-14.00  Re-design of adult weight management services  Donna Doherty-Kelly 

City & Hackney Long Covid Deep Dive Survey - GP Responses Needed 

The City & Hackney Covid Rehabilitation (CoRe) Service would like to know the experience of GPs who help C&H residents gain a better understanding of where further support may be needed to assist with their Long Covid symptoms. 

Please email CoRe at with the responses to the following questions:

1)      What has been your experience in managing patients who have reported Long Covid symptoms?  Think about the referral process for the Long Covid pathway in City & Hackney and what resources were available to you with regards to information on Long Covid, the Long Covid pathway and management of Long Covid patients. 
2)      Have you accessed or been made aware of the information videos on the Long Covid services across North East London and NEL Community of Practice Resources? 
If you have any questions, please email

Opiate prescribing incident - 13 January education event

This education event entitled Opiate Prescribing Incident on Friday 13 January 2023, 1-2pm, will share learning from an opiate prescribing incident that occurred in City and Hackney.  

Speakers will include Dr Rauf, Anh Vu and Mayuri Patel.

Updated guidance on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete 

Please see the updated guidance on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in estate used by the NHS, secondary care letter, primary care advice note and primary care briefing note.

PCN directors to shape London Ambulance Service five-year strategy 

London Ambulance Service (LAS) NHS Trust is developing their organisation’s five-year strategy and would like to invite all PCN Directors to help shape the future of the organisation.

Please read this letter for more details, complete the online survey and register for one of the virtual events with LAS in February to share your views on opportunities and challenges that the increased collaboration could bring.

GP teams supporting patient access to Covid-19 treatments

To help GP teams and reception staff deal with queries from patients on treatments for Covid-19, NHS England have produced this fact sheet - which can also be found on the NHSE website - that explains the pathway. This is being shared to respond to a significant number of cases where patients have been incorrectly advised by GP practice staff and not received the necessary referral for assessment for antivirals.

The fact sheet can be printed for reception staff and will help ensure that potentially eligible patients receive an urgent triage call or review with the practice clinical team and, where appropriate, a referral to a Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unit.

Polio booster programme paused

A reminder that the polio additional dose campaign paused on 23 December 2022. The sites at vaccination centres, hospitals and community pharmacies commissioned as part of the additional dose campaign, stopped providing polio vaccines on that date.
Please do not direct people to these centres for vaccinations.  

All children remain eligible for their routine polio vaccinations and these continue to be available from their GP. The latest public polio booster information is here.


Communitas - Paediatric ENT Community Service Go-LIVE

The new Communitas Paediatric ENT pilot service in City & Hackney will be going live on Monday 16 January 2023. Referrals for Paediatrics over 5 years of age can be referred electronically via eRS. 
All referrals will be clinically triaged and booked an appointment within the Community ENT Service or redirected to secondary care, where appropriate. 
Please refer on e_RS to 'City and Hackney Communitas Paediatric ENT Service - Referral Assessment' which can be found when referring with the following e_RS criteria: 

  • Specialty: Children & Adolescent Services 
  • Clinic Type: ENT 
Please refer to the paediatric ENT pathway link here for further information on the service.
Note: Children’s audiology services (The Ark) should still be referred to for hearing loss diagnostics and other audiology development issues.
Mr Plamen Donev, Clinical Lead for the service can be contacted at or telephone 020 8683 6734.
Please direct NEL ICB-related queries to Tendy Kwaramba

Training bulletin

City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) has released its training bulletin for January and February 2023.  This will include courses offered by CHSCPLSCP, and Newham SCP with a brief synopsis of each course and a link to register.

CHSCP: Intra-Familial Child Sexual Abuse - January 2023

City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) will host a one-day training course entitled, "Intra-familial child sexual abuse," that will improve understanding of child sexual abuse within the family environment and help to better identify signs and indicators and respond effectively to protect children.  Please view the flyer for more details.

The training will take place on Tuesday 24 January 2023, 10am-4.30pm, via Teams.

Places on this external multi-agency course are on a first come, first served basis with spots being offered to several other boroughs simultaneously. Interested parties should either book places on Phew or contact CHSCP directly. 

St. Joseph's Hospice recruitment fair in January 2023

St. Joseph’s Hospice, based in Mare Street, has over 600 volunteers who are helping either in the Hospice or in the local communities of Hackney, City, Tower Hamlets and Newham. The large majority of their volunteers are Hackney residents supporting Hackney residents.  However, the number of referrals received via their community projects means that more volunteers are required.

To boost the number of volunteers, there will be a recruitment fair on Wednesday 18 January 2023 from 3pm-6pm and then Saturday 21 January 2023 from 11am to 2pm.

Please see the flyer below that can be shared.

Made in Hackney - Free cooking classes starting on 17 January 

Made in Hackney will start its latest session of cooking classes - free to all City & Hackney residents.  The courses will include how to cook on a budget, cooking for carers and a general community class that is open to all.   Please see the flyer, which can be shared.
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