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Thursday 4th November 2021

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In this bulletin:

  • Information for GPs

  • Service Updates

  • Updates for all Practitioners

North East London Clinical Lead Opportunities

North East London is continuing to develop its clinical leadership model. The following practitioner roles are now available in relation to Long-Term Conditions:
  • NEL CVD & Renal – GP Clinical lead
  • NEL Respiratory – GP Clinical lead
These roles will sit alongside an acute clinical lead for these areas.

See the link with further information about the roles. Any City and Hackney GPs who are interested are encouraged to apply.
See an expression of interest form that you will need to complete this and send it together with a copy of your CV to by Thursday 18th November.
If you would like an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr. Ken Aswani (NEL LTC Clinical lead).

National COVID Cancer Antibody Survey

The NHS has launched a COVID antibody survey exclusively for people living with cancer.

Please encourage patients who are 18+ with a diagnosis of cancer in the last year or undergoing cancer treatment to sign up
Patients can find out their antibody response and help the NHS better understand the level of protection in cancer patients. 

GP/Patient Information - Homerton Teleotology Service

Homerton ENT service now offers some patients on ear-related pathways a virtual pathway where the patient is examined by the InHealth Community audiology team and photographs taken. The consultants can then review these remotely and discharge or arrange further treatment for the patient as necessary. More details are available here.

Please ensure that your patient is aware that they may be referred to InHealth by the Homerton team. GPs should continue to refer directly to Homerton and not to Inhealth for ear-related issue unless they are for age-related hearing loss.

For general hearing loss or community ENT, please continue to refer to the Direct Access hearing assessments services or the community ENT service provided by Communitas at Lawson and Nightingale Practices. More information on these can be found on the GP website.

New Maternal Mental Health Service for North East London

This month, Ocean (Offering Compassionate and Emotional Support for those living through birth trauma and loss), a new Maternal Mental Health Service (MMHS) for North East London will be launched. There will be a webinar on Thursday, 18th November at 1PM to learn about this new service and meet the team who have been instrumental in developing it.

Ocean is a joint service between East London NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust and Maternity Mates.
Register to Learn More
The webinar will be filmed for those who cannot attend.

The first London Maternal Mental Health Service Sharing and Learning event will take place on Monday, 29th November 2021, 09:30-12:30.
This will include the role of MMHS and a GP’s perspective on when to refer.
Register for the Event
Registration will close at 11:59PM on Friday, 26th November 2021.

New Vasectomy Service

MSI Reproductive Choices has been commissioned by NEL to provide vasectomy procedures for City and Hackney patients.
MSI service clinics are available at Dagenham, Essex (Buckhurst Hill) and West London (Ealing).
To refer, find their services on e-RS or alternatively email with the referral form. There is also a patient information booklet.
Please note: The Nightingale Practice ceased providing vasectomies earlier in the year. Please refer all patients to the above service.
Any queries please contact Mohammed Chowdhury.

Long COVID training survey DEADLINE Friday, 5th November 2021

NEL would like to get an understanding of the type of training you need to help support patients with long COVID. This includes what content you need and how you would like to access it.   
Please complete the short training needs survey, which should take around five minutes. The deadline for completing this is Friday, 5th November 2021.   
The results will be shared with you at the community of practice launch event on Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 1-2PM. They will also be made available online after this date.  

Invitation to the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework Event 

You, and people in your networks, are invited to join NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) national mental health team in partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust to attend a virtual event on the 22 November 2021 from 1-2.30pm

The purpose of the event will be to discuss ways to improve experiences and outcomes of care for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic patients and carers in mental health services. This will help inform the development of the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF), which was one of the key recommendations of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act agreed by the government.

NHSE/I recently published its first Advancing Mental Health Equalities Strategy, which sets out the actions the NHS will take to reduce inequalities in mental health.

To find out more and book your space, visit Eventbrite

Should you have any technical difficulties in registering on Eventbrite please email.

Alcohol Awareness Week: 15-21 November 2021

The City and Hackney Integrated Recovery Service is launching a new Alcohol Support Service led by the clinical team for both dependent and non-dependent drinkers. During Alcohol Awareness Week, staff from Turning Point will be running special engagement activities. They would like to include as many GP practices as possible! Activities include:
  • An Alcohol Awareness webinar or onsite training for GPs and Practice Staff and introduction to the new alcohol pathway.
  • Recovery Workers being available in GP Practices with leaflets, information, mocktails and the audit-c, providing friendly advice to patients.
To join us in Alcohol Awareness Week and book an activity for your practice, please contact: Kirsty Hilsden and Maggie Boreham.

Engagement with either of the above activities will be seen as having met the contractual requirement for one of the campaigns under Domain 7d: Engagement with PH campaigns of the 2021/22 CCE contract.

Is there any discrimination in Primary Care Teams?

For the first time ever, The Regional London Primary Care in Workforce Race Strategy is looking into the extent of discrimination and racism in London’s primary care workforce.
Through recent local surveys, it is clear there are many challenging issues faced within Primary Care around equality, diversity and inclusion. This work is part of The Regional London Primary Care in Workforce Race Strategy to ensure staff in primary care benefit from this strategy and to target support where needed.
Please help us identify where and what the issues are and how we can tackle this by answering a few quick questions anonymously.  Feedback will be used to create practical ways to tackle discrimination, bullying, and harassment.

CHSCP Action from QA Sub-Group

In response to the City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) QA Sub-Group's request to re-promote health awareness, please see this guidance re-circulated in this bulletin.

The Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges was produced during the first lockdown following data suggesting that ill children were presenting too late to ED.  Please share with colleagues and with your patients.

Also, Things You Should Know (TUSK) briefings

Free practical Demand and Capacity Webinar series for London in November & December 2021

The Access Improvement Programme, delivered by the NHS Time for Care team, is running a series of three free 90-minute practical and interactive webinars to support General Practice staff across London understand their demand and capacity. This series will be help you understand and map your demand and capacity. Further information including how to register for this webinar series is available on the Healthy London Partnership website.

The recording for the London General Practice Access Guide webinar can be accessed below:
  • Webinar 1: Introduction to the General Practice Access Guide & an effective access system
  • Webinar 2: Engaging with patients and communities to develop an access offer that addresses inequalities
  • Webinar 3: Achieving team happiness and effectiveness through good access
  • Webinar 4: How to make local services work best for your patients
  • Webinar 5: The key ingredients for access improvement
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Transforming Primary Care team.
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