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Thursday 28th October 2021

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In this bulletin:

  • Information for GPs

  • Service Updates

  • Updates for all Practitioners

Calling all GPs for advertising campaigns

NEL Comms are working with Leyton Orient Football Club and a marketing agency on a campaign to increase awareness of lung, bowel, and prostate cancer in men in north east London. 
They are looking for GPs who are willing to be photographed and feature in the advertising campaign, who meet the following criteria: 
  • Male, 40-60 years old 
  • Comfortable being photographed / in front of a camera
  • Involved in the running of, training of, or taking part of any of the following sports: 
    • Football / Kids football 
    • Basketball 
    • Golf 
    • Snooker 
    • Darts 
    • Jogger 
    • Cyclist   
    • Cricket 
    • Gym
If you, or anyone you know, are interested, please email Paul Thomas

Legal notices related to the Covid vaccine
Message from C&H Comms Team at NEL CCG

There have been a number of incidences of hospitals and schools being ‘served’ with legal notices related to the covid vaccine – the individuals present the notice, film it, and share it on social media. This has led to some unpleasant confrontations.
In Hackney we’re aware of at least one being posted to a consultant at the Homerton by one of their patients, and are aware this may start to happen in GP surgeries.
Please view the attached guidance on what to do if this situation presents itself to you in general practice in City and Hackney – the general advice is to accept the notice and not react (to discourage conflict/ filming). Please alert the C&H Comms Team at the CCG and email the C&H Comms Team. You are also free to seek legal advice if you feel more comfortable doing so.
The Homerton have issued their own guidance should this occur at the hospital. Please refer to their advice if you are Homerton staff.

GPs required for vaccine Q&A sessions

City and Hackney Public Health are building a database of GPs to contact to take part in Q&A sessions with the general public on both the COVID-19 and flu vaccinations. Both will be online or in-person events.

If you would like to volunteer to take part in these activities please email Olga Vandenbergh. You will not have to commit to any sessions at this stage. Instead, you will be contacted when sessions are scheduled and invited to take part if you are available.

Group Consultations Training Event 

We have recently been allocated funding to support PCNs with training and coaching to run Engagement Events and/or virtual Group Consultations as part of LTC Recovery work. This also includes staff reimbursement costs.  
We are asking each PCN to nominate 2 Facilitators and 2 Clinicians, as well as a Senior Clinician or GP to lead on projects in their area. You can build your team from PCN ARRS roles or from Practice Staff. Start planning how you can use Group Consultations for LTC Recovery work, or to support other challenge areas in your area.  

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To kick this programme off, the Group Consultations team is running an online Facilitator and Clinician training event on Thursday 11th November, 12.30-15.00. 

This event will kick off with an overview of how Group Consultations can support your LTC recovery plans with the remainder of the session focussing on the facilitator role.  This means that clinicians are only required to stay for the first 30 minutes, and those team members who will be facilitating Group Consultations staying on for the remainder of the session.

Email to sign up. Please include your name, job title, and practice.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Katharine Towers.

Hackney Adult Social Care: New Referral Process

Hackney Council Adult Services is now taking requests for support for residents through this form only. The email address can no longer be used to make referrals, although our phone service is still available to support anyone who cannot complete the form. This information is on our website for future reference.

Your support on this change is greatly appreciated, as the form has been developed to ensure practitioners have the information they need to effectively screen requests to reduce the time residents are waiting to find out about the support they can receive. 

Please inform your practice administrators that requests for support should only be sent using the above form or by calling 020 8356 6262 if they are unable to complete the form. 

If you have any questions, please email Eden Munro.  

2ww Cancer Referrals 

Our colleagues in secondary care are under pressure to reduce the backlog in cancer cases and they are struggling with some patients still being either unprepared or unwilling to attend appointments within 7-10 days so they can meet the 2ww target.
We are sure you already inform patients to be prepared to attend within the 2 weeks of their referral, but if you can be extra clear with patients and ensure they are given the leaflet Patient information for urgent referralsThe leaflet is available in many other languages.
Please contact Rob Palmer for any queries.

Introduction to Contextual Safeguarding 

Contextual Safeguarding is an innovative approach to understanding and responding to harm that young people might face outside of their family home, where often parents and carers have limited influence. In these instances, the safeguarding partnership, which does have influence over these extra-familial contexts, need to be able to identify and plan appropriate interventions in order to safeguard young people from harm.
Tuesday 2nd November 2021, 12.00 - 13.30
Tuesday 14th December 2021, 12.00 - 13.30
Wednesday 19th January 2022, 12.00 - 13.30
Wednesday 16th February 2022, 12.00 - 13.30

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Safeguarding in a Digital World

This training is designed to keep participants up to date with current themes and trends in relation to safeguarding in the context of young people’s lives and their use of technology and social media. The training will be interactive and includes a briefing on contemporary issues including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and how offenders use the internet. 

Participants will have an understanding of safeguarding in the context of young people’s lives and their use of social media. Enhanced awareness of offender behaviour, the use of technology and the ability to formulate prevention and intervention strategies.
Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 10.00 - 12.00
Wednesday 26th January 2022, 10.00 - 12.00
Wednesday 9th March 2022, 10.00 - 12.00

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Impact of Neglect and Emotional Abuse on the Development of
Children and Young People

To help participants become more familiar with the impact on children and young people affected by neglect and emotional abuse and the implications of this for decision making about their welfare. Support participants to recognise and respond to neglect early.
Tuesday 16th November, 10.00 - 15.30 
Wednesday 12th January, 10.00 - 15.30
Monday 21st March, 10.00 - 15.30
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Safer Sleep Training 
This is an interactive session to ensure that all practitioners who work with children under the age of two and families can give appropriate safer sleep messages specific to their role. Deaths that remain unexplained after the post-mortem for babies under the age of one are registered as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Unascertained.  For children over one year old, these deaths are registered as Sudden Unexpected Death In Childhood (SUDIC) and Unascertained (Lullaby Trust UK, 2017).

Every year SIDS claims the lives of 196 babies in the UK, that is around four babies a week. Learn how professionals can best support parents and carers to ensure that safer sleep advice can be heard and embedded in parenting practice so as to reduce the risks of SUDI.

Wednesday 17th November, 10.00 -12.00 
Thursday 13th January, 10.00 -12.00
Thursday 17th March, 14.00 -16.00

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Designated Safeguarding Leads 
These webinars have been designed to provide Designated Safeguarding Leads, their deputies and managers with an understanding of why safeguarding matters and their role and responsibilities within this and what to do when informed of a concern about a child or young person.

Thursday 18th November, 10.00 -13.00 
Tuesday 18th January, 10.00 -13.00
Thursday 10th March, 10.00 -13.00

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Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief

To equip professionals with the knowledge and confidence to recognise and deal with child abuse linked to faith and belief. 

To consider the concepts of witchcraft and spirit possession, demons or the devil through children and leading them astray. The evil eye or djinns and dakini, ritual or muti murders and the use of belief in magic or witchcraft to create fear in children and make them more compliant when they are being trafficked for domestic slavery or sexual exploitation
Wednesday 24th November, 10.00 - 13.30
Thursday 20th January, 10.00 - 13.30

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 An Introduction to Adultification
This workshop explores the concept of 'adultification' from both a research and practice perspective.  This session uses case studies, small group discussions and serious case review findings to explore how adultification manifests in practice and its potentially life-long impact. Participants are introduced to Listen Up's Professional Inter-Adultification Model which provides a framework for individuals and teams to reflect on practice and guard against the adultification of children and young people.
Tuesday 30th November, 10.00 - 14.30
Tuesday 21st December, 10.00 - 14.30
Tuesday 25th January, 10.00 - 14.30
Tuesday 29th March, 10.00 - 14.30
Tuesday 26th April, 10.00 - 14.30

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Improving Professionals Participation in Child Protection (CP) Conferences
This course aims to provide participants with an overview of the preparation for and contribution to Child Protection Conferences and the purpose of Child Protection Plans. 

By the end of the course, participants will have a greater understanding of Child Protection thresholds, what is significant harm and the categories of abuse, Hackney's Child Protection Framework (a strength based and trauma informed model), what is expected of a professional prior to, during the Conference and to enact the Plan.

      Monday 6th December, 10.00 - 12.00
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Safeguarding Children Basic Awareness 
These online safeguarding webinars have been developed to provide delegates with a basic overview of why safeguarding matters, their role and responsibilities, what to look for and what to do if they have seen it.
Thursday 16th December, 10.00 - 13.00
Wednesday 9th February, 10.00 - 13.00

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Safer Schools App
All professionals and volunteers are being encouraged by the CHSCP to download either the Hackney Safer Schools App or The City of London Safer Schools App

Whilst originally created for teachers and school staff, this app is relevant for all.  It will make you better equipped to protect children and young people, improve your knowledge and give you access to a range of CPD accredited courses.  

To download the app, click on either the Hackney or the City of London image and follow the instructions. 
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