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Thursday, 18th November 2021

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In this bulletin:

  • Information for GPs

  • Service Updates

  • Updates for all Practitioners

Improving the referral process for long COVID patients

The current process for referring long COVID patients can be difficult and time-consuming.
The NEL ICS long COVID team has been working with GPs, LMCs, clinicians and patients to make referrals easier for both GPs and patients.
As a result, the following two items will be launched by the end of November to help improve the process. These are:
1. A new, single referral form for north east London, to ensure consistency and compliance with national data requirements.
2. A new software tool, called OneContact, which is being rolled out to all practices who use EMIS or SystemOne.  OneContact will make it easier for GPs to complete the new referral form. Patients can be sent a link to a long COVID questionnaire, which they complete using OneContact, and this pre-populates much of the referral form on behalf of the GP.

You will receive further details on how to access and use both the single referral form and OneContact next week. In the meantime, below is a summary.
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Survey - Please Complete: Distribution of Pulse Oximeters 

NEL Primary Care is currently working on distributing Pulse Oximeters to practices, but need to know who has any in use at the moment. 
Please complete the two-minute survey that will help quantify usage.
Deadline: Mon, 22nd Nov 2021 at 5PM.

Healthy weight coach elearning programme

In a collaboration between the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and Health Education England, a new Healthy weight coach elearning programme has been launched. 

The Healthy weight coach elearning programme is for colleagues working within primary care networks, healthcare practices and pharmacies who are interested in supporting people who want to prioritise their weight, health and wellbeing.
Healthy weight coaches will be well-placed to signpost or refer people to national or local weight management services as part of the government’s funding to expand services in 2021/22.

reference guide has been developed for primary care networks, healthcare practices and pharmacies interested in training staff, and individuals interested in undertaking training, to become a healthy weight coach.

The training is available on two eLearning platforms:

A launch event will take place virtually on Thurs, 2nd Dec. 2021, 11:30AM-1PM.

16 Days of Activism Q&A Event hosted by Nia

Nia runs services for women and girls who have been subjected to sexual and domestic violence and abuse, including prostitution.  They support the communities in Hackney, Haringey, Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Newham and Brent and Brent.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and runs until 10th December (Human Rights Day).

Nia is hosting a Q&A event that will take place on Thurs, 9th Dec. 2021, 1-2PM to discuss matters that GP’s and Health workers in City and Hackney wish to address around Domestic Violence, the IRIS service and its training programme.

Email for any questions.
Join the Q&A

Get answers to your maternity-based questions

Maternity Action has teamed with Homerton Maternity Unit (HMU) to offer completely free and confidential legal advice on work and benefits for pregnant women and new parents who receive care at HMU.

Call 0808 802 0062 (freephone) 10AM-1PM on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

CHSCP TUSK Training - November 2021 

The City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) has various Things You Should Know (TUSK) training courses in November:
Additional course times and dates for upcoming months are listed here

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training dates

Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that empowers frontline staff to have conversations with the public about their health and wellbeing, and signpost them to local preventative services and other sources of wellbeing support.
As part of the CCE contract for 2021/2022, each practice is expected to send a minimum of one person to the following two sessions and complete feedback surveys.
Session 1 is organised into four main modules: 
  • What does a good conversation look like? 
  • The key skills 
  • Models and simulations
  • Resources to help you (knowledge and signposting)
Session 2 - reflective session
The ability to co-design the sessions based on the needs and roles of staff, practice or PCN is available. For example, the skills learnt in this training could help to support the uptake of flu immunisations. Previous successful training has included vaccine hesitancy training for recall staff.
The sessions are 1.5 hours delivered online.
All practice staff are eligible, including healthcare assistants, receptionists, and any other frontline facing non-clinical staff

Times and dates vary. See the full schedule.

Contact Hédia or Alyson with questions.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), 18-24 Nov. 2021

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) runs between 18-24 Nov. 2021. This year's theme is Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance. 

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global problem that impacts all countries and all people, regardless of their wealth or status. This problem is compounded by the limited number of new antimicrobial therapies being developed.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, medicine usage in specific key areas is expected to rise including the use of antimicrobials. This, however, has been an ongoing challenge as healthcare tries to mitigate against the serious threat of antimicrobial resistance

The Antibiotic Guardian Campaign urges healthcare professionals and members of the public to take one of several pledges to help personal and organisational commitment to preserve antibiotics. You can become an antibiotic guardian by registering online.
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