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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

• Information for GP Practice Staff
• Service Updates
• Updates for all Practitioners

Education events - December 2022


Offers of gifts and hospitality

As the festive season approaches, in accordance with the NHS North East London Integrated Care Board (ICB) Standards of Business Conduct and Conflicts of Interest Policy, NHS North East London staff are unable to accept offers of gifts, hospitality or sponsorship from practice staff, regardless of the monetary value.
Whilst these gestures are kind, please do not send or offer any gifts to our staff as they will be obliged to return them.

iPLATO to support NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

NHS England has commissioned iPlato to support centralised text message and letter approach to support referrals of patients with pre-diabetes/non-diabetic hyperglycaemia (test recorded within 12 months) or a history of gestational diabetes to NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. To participate, practices are required to ‘opt-in’ by signing the relevant data sharing agreement. 

Reminder of job vacancies in C&H and North East London

City & Hackney Clinical & Care Lead Roles
Clinical & Care Lead roles are open to all practitioners from a wide range of professional backgrounds working in City & Hackney. 
Job description. | Closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2022

NEL Babies, Children and Young People’s Clinical Lead
North East London is putting in place an ambitious long-term programme of work to help our BCYP populations both recover from the pandemic and improve their overall health outcomes.  It is looking to appoint a clinical lead to support this programme.
Job description. | Closing date: Friday 2 December 2022

NEL Personalised Care Clinical Lead
North East London is putting in place an ambitious long-term programme of work to help our populations through providing more personalised and holistic care.  It is looking to appoint a clinical lead to support this programme.
Job description. | Closing date: Tuesday 6 December 2022

NEL Population Health and Health Inequalities Clinical Lead
North East London Integrated Care Board is recruiting a Population Health and Health Inequalities Clinical Lead to support one of its key priorities to address health inequalities in North East London.
Job description. | Closing date: Friday 9 December 2022

Who's in charge? Safer sleeping with babies campaign

“Who’s in Charge?” is a response to the latest figures published by the UK government, showing that babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly represent one of the largest groups of cases notified to a national child safeguarding panel. 

The NHS is running the "Who's in Charge?" campaign through the festive period to promote safer sleeping with babies.  There are video links below that can be shown in your GP surgery. 

NHS Digital's easy-to-use data

Since Thursday 24 November 2022, NHS Digital has started publishing easy-to-use data showing how many appointments each practice in England is delivering and how long people wait between booking an appointment and receiving one.  An analysis of what this data shows is here.

Urgent Care Plan Programme - November newsletter

Please find the latest Urgent Care Plan (UCP) newsletter for November 2022.  Also, view a short video of the highlights.

London breast screening recovery programme

The Breast Screening Recovery Programme is launching a Community of Practice to promote knowledge-sharing and networking among breast screening stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to, primary care, women’s health, cancer screening and health inequalities. The event will take place on Tuesday 13 December 2022, 1-2pm.

London elective transformation and recovery programme: Upcoming Learning Networks

NHS England will host upcoming learning networks in December:
  • Patient & Staff Experience of Elective Hubs: Monday 5 December 2022, 8.30-9.30am  ​​
  • Transforming London’s Peri-Operative Assessment Services: working together to support change: Thursday 8 December 2022, 8-9.30am 
See more information about both here.

Supply issue for Lipitor® and Estraderm MX®

A Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP039) has been issued for Atorvastatin (Lipitor®) 20mg chewable tablets. The SSP came into effect on 23 November 2022 and is currently due to expire on 23 December 2022. Should this change, the SSP will be updated accordingly and published on the BSA web page. 
A medicine supply notification is in effect for estradiol (Estraderm MX®) 25micrograms/24hours, 75micrograms/24hours and 100micrograms/24hours transdermal patches. 

NHS OpenAthens for evidence-based resources

NHS OpenAthens is the single username and password system that is used in the NHS to support clinical and non-clinical staff to access high quality online resources (including ebooks, ejournals, study aids, databases of clinical management and social policy information and more). Find out about Why register for NHS OpenAthens?
All Primary Care staff in North East London are eligible for an NHS OpenAthens account. It is quick and easy to register and shouldn't take up more than three minutes of your time. Visit Primary Care Library & Knowledge Services to find step-by-step instructions to sign up for an OpenAthens account.
Contact NEL Primary Care Knowledge Specialist and NHS OpenAthens Administrator, Sherin Francis for help with your account.


REMINDER: Changes to the Controlled Drug Reporting Website

The Controlled Drug Reporting website will change on Thursday 1 December 2022 and from this date there will be several changes.  

From this date, you will need to register as a new user before completing reports.  If you use the same registration email address, you will have access to reports you have previously submitted.  If you need to change your registration email address, but still require access to previous reports, please email the Technical helpdesk team with your current email registration, email address and the updated email address.

This guidance provides information regarding how to register and add multiple organisations to your account.  This can also be found online along with other training resources including video tutorials.


C&H Health Inequalities Summit - Wednesday 11 January 2023

The City and Hackney Inequalities Summit will take place on Wednesday 11 January 2023, 6-8.30 pm at St Joseph’s Hospice (Mare Street, E8 4SA).

The aim of the summit is to bring together delegates working on inequalities and with grassroots and frontline practitioners to showcase work being done to tackle health inequalities in health and wellbeing across City and Hackney. In addition to showcasing this work, the summit will uncover gaps, identify opportunities for better alignment or increased impact(s) and continue to foster unified and enthusiastic working across our local system.
Please visit Eventbrite by Wednesday 28 December 2022 to reserve your place.  For any questions, please contact the C&H Communications Team.

C&H Medicines Management November 2022 Prescribing Matters newsletter

City and Hackney Medicines Management has released its November 2022 Prescribing Matters newsletter.  This month’s edition contains information on the following:
  • QIPP 22/23 and local Prescribing Incentive Scheme
  • NEL GPCPCS Event Update 2nd November 22
  • Medicines Incident Reporting LFPSE
  • Changes to Controlled Drug Reporting
The City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP)  has posted its November to December special training bulletin.  This issue focuses on places offered by the London Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) on sessions surrounding gaming and gambling harms.

Also, please view CHSCP's Things You Should Know (TUSK) special briefing on Safer Sleep.

Great Smog event - Wednesday 7 December 2022

Asthma + Lung UK will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the great smog on Wednesday 7 December 2022 from 3-5pm. It will take place at the Cinema Museum in Kennington.  There will be some short films a talk by Malcolm Green and Frank Kelly about air quality in London then and now, as well as a panel discussion about the future to conclude. 

Register here.

Demonstrating HelpFall - Wednesday 7 December 2022

HelpFall, which was outlined in the NHSE winter resilience plans, is the digital post-falls, decision-making and reporting tool that supports care staff to safely assess a person who has fallen, and helps them decide whether to lift or assist them from the floor using safe manual handling techniques and equipment.

Since launched a few weeks ago, there have been questions on the technique. Join a webinar, hosted by Felgians, on Wednesday 7 December 2022 at 12pm to see a live demonstration of HelpFall and answer common questions.

Long Covid survey for City & Hackney residents

City & Hackney COVID Rehabilitation (CoRe) Service is asking those who have been suffering with Long Covid symptoms for weeks or months to complete a survey.  Responses will provide valuable information to help understand where there is a need for further support and plan better health services for all residents living in City & Hackney.  As a token of thanks, CoRe will offer entry into a prize draw for the chance to win a £50, £25 or £10 store voucher. 

For those residents who want to share more detailed accounts of their experiences with Long Covid, a focus group will be set up where everyone who takes part will be eligible for a £20 store voucher.  The focus group will take place online or in person, depending on your preference. 

For those interested in taking part in the focus group OR for those who require support to complete the survey, please email or call 0207 683 4336.

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Business health suicide awareness training - 14 December 2022

The City of London Healthy Network is running a free suicide awareness training session with Samaritans on Wednesday 14 December 2022, 9-11am.  This event is open to all professionals working in the City of London.

NEL Training Hub workshops from December 2023 to March 2023

NEL Training Hub in partnership with the Integrated Care Board will be hosting the following workshops that will be delivered virtually:

Air pollution resources to support children with asthma

Air pollution can be damaging to everyone’s health, especially for children with asthma. Air pollution resources, including a stop smoking support letter for households who smoke and a housing support letter for those children with asthma in poor housing, are now available on your GP system and the NHS North East London website

The aim is to provide the tools to talk to families about the impacts of air pollution and support children with respiratory conditions to help reduce their exposure to air pollution. View the toolkit here.

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