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Wednesday, 16 November 2022

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

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

North East London leading the way on polio vaccines

Please see a message from Zina Etheridge, Chief Executive Officer NHS NEL

I’m pleased to say that more than 66,000 children have been vaccinated in north east London, which is 30% of our eligible population and more than any other part of the capital.

I know it wasn’t easy at such short notice and with so many other pressures, so I wanted to take this opportunity to say on behalf of our residents, a heartfelt thank you and well done.

There is more work to do to ensure we continue to reach children from all parts of north east London, and I know conversations are taking place locally about how to manage this. 

One thing that all of us can continue to do is to discuss vaccinations in conversations we have with parents. It's important to remember that every contact counts – many of you have conversations with parents on a daily basis, and as trusted voices in our local communities, we are uniquely placed to make a difference.

Thanks again for all that you do.

Education sessions - Teledermatology and Adult Safeguarding

On Friday 18 November 2022, 1-2pm, there will be an education session on teledermatology providing the ability to recognise and treat inflammatory and infective dermatoses and recognise benign and malignant skin lesions.  Speakers will be Dr. Andrew Lock, Consultant Dermatologist, and Dr. Chris Carvalho, GP Clinical Lead Dermatology – City & Hackney PBP.

In addition, there are still spaces available for the in-person adult safeguarding level 3 session on Wednesday 23 November 2022 from 1-2.30pm at West Reservoir.

Diabetes Awareness Month and educational sessions

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. NHS England has expanded the provision of structured education by commissioning digital support tools that are available via self-referral.

Help raise awareness of free, digital structured education programmes available now in your locality using the toolkit designed to support ICBs with digital promotion of and

Order printed resources for your GP practices. Complete the forms below by 5pm on Wednesday 23 November 2022 to receive them in December.

Sexual and Reproductive Health – Positive East HIV Awareness Training

Positive East will be delivering an online HIV awareness training session for all staff covering, HIV, options for testing, improving earlier diagnosis of HIV, addressing stigma, considering marginalised communities and development of treatments.  This will take place on Thursday 17 November 2022, 1.30-3pm.

To attend this session, please use this link.

ESEL pathology partnership update in microbiology

It has been some months since the consolidation of the microbiology laboratories at Homerton Healthcare and Barts Health NHS Trust (East and South East London; ESEL).

Part of the consolidation process has included the establishment of an ‘alignment group’; a group of microbiology scientists and clinicians tasked with reviewing and updating laboratory practice across the partnership.

The alignment group have recently made several recommendations about changes to microbiology diagnostic practice, which are important for colleagues in primary care to be aware of – these are summarised in this document.


Good Thinking - website update & navigation webinar

From Monday 14 November, the Good Thinking website - a free, 24/7, digital support to Londoners looking for help with stress, sleep, anxiety and low mood - has been updated. It is now more accessible and easier to navigate and is up to date with new and refreshed content, which reflects the current mental health challenges Londoners are facing.  Also, see the communications toolkit that contains more information on the Good Thinking service.

To find out more about Good Thinking's advice and resources that can help Londoners in relation to the cost of living crisis on mental health, join the webinar on Thursday 17 November 2022 at 11am. It is entitled "Looking after Londoners mental health over the winter months."

NEL Cancer Alliance updates

NEL Cancer Alliance would like to share information on two areas it is working on: 
  • breast screening campaign in north east London for the LGBTIQ+ community 
  • engaging on cancer signs and symptoms with older males in deprived areas through sport.

Update on scarlet fever and invasive Group A streptococcal infections

Please find details regarding an update on continued elevated levels of scarlet fever and invasive Group A strep infections, along with recommendations.

2022 General practice annual electronic self-declaration (eDec)

Please find the eDec submission download as of 11 November 2022. A reminder email was sent to practices on this date..
Summary for outstanding submissions:

Place Outstanding
BHR 78
CH & TH 51
NH & WF 59

Medicine supply notification for Buserelin (various types)

Please see a medicine supply notification for various types of Tier 2 Buserelin:
  • Suprefact® 5.5mg/5.5ml solution for injection vials
  • Suprecur® 5.5mg/5.5ml solution for injection vials 
  • Suprecur® 150microgram/dose nasal spray.
DHSC and NHSE/I have launched an online Medicines Supply Tool, which provides up to date information about medicine supply issues. The contents of this MSN can now be viewed on the Tool.
The Tool also details any changes to resupply dates and updates to the entries. To access the Tool, please register with the SPS website.  For any queries, please contact:

Serious Shortage Protocol - Estraderm MX® 50mcg and 75 mcg patches

Due to ongoing shortages, the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) have been issued for Estraderm MX® 50 microgram and 75 microgram patches (SSPs 037 and 038).

The SSPs will enable community pharmacists across the UK to supply patients with Evorel® 50 microgram patches or Evorel® 75 microgram patches respectively. The SSPs are now available to view on the NHS Business Service Authority (BSA)’s dedicated SSP web page, along with supporting guidance.

The SSPs came into effect on 15 November 2022 and are currently due to expire on 13 January 2023. Should this change, the SSPs will be updated accordingly and published on the BSA web page.

If there are any questions regarding the SSPs, please contact the NHS Prescription Service:
To access the latest information about SSPs (including supporting guidance), please visit this page.

Net Zero opportunities for primary care staff in north east London

NEL invites all clinical and non-clinical primary care colleagues working in north east London to learn more about the Greener NHS programme and the NEL ICS Green Plan.  There are five remaining sessions, with the next one on Thursday 17 November 2022: Session 3 - Taking climate action in healthcare.
The remaining dates and themes are:
  • 15 December - Session 4: How climate change affects North East London.
  • 19 January- Session 5: How to measure the carbon footprint in primary care.
  • 16 February - Session 6: Saving money by becoming a greener NHS.
  • 16 March - Session 7: Best of net zero in primary care.
View the recordings from session 1, session 2 and download the slides.

Free access to Primary Care Knowledge Specialist service

As part of a national programme, HEE have funded a two-year pilot project for a Primary Care Knowledge Specialist (NELPC KS) and library & Knowledge services to support the ongoing education and professional development of all primary care and ICB staff in NEL. 

Sherin Francis has joined NEL Training Hub as Primary Care Knowledge Specialist and OpenAthens administrator to help with all of knowledge, information and library needs. Sherin can assist with evidence searches and summaries, training, free access to HEE funded online resources, healthcare databases, journals and more.

Please contact Sherin at for further information about the service or resources.


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.  

The Controlled Drug reporting website has undergone a review and development process and, as a result, the website has been upgraded and some of the reporting modules have been re-designed or modified based on comments from users and to make the reporting modules compatible with other national reporting systems.
This is a very exciting re-launch that has been designed to improve upon the way the reporting of concerns, incidents and other controlled drug functions currently happen and to further standardise processes across regions to comply with the Dame Janet recommendations from the Shipman enquiry.

BPAS vasectomy service temporary suspension Jan-Mar 2023

Due to significant pressures on Termination of Pregnancy services (ToPs), British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS ) will temporarily suspend its vasectomy clinics in London (including Stratford) from January to March 2023. It will be running a list in December 2022 prior to the suspension.
During the suspension period, all vasectomy referrals should be made to MSI Reproductive Choices who will be the sole vasectomy service provider for City & Hackney residents. Kindly refer to the vasectomy GP webpage for instructions on how to refer to MSI Reproductive Choices vasectomy clinics on eRS.
For any queries regarding vasectomy services, please contact Mohammed Chowdhury.

The City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) has posted its Things You Should Know (TUSK) briefing for October 2022.  The organisation also released its training bulletin, which covers 9 November to 21 December 2022.

NELFT News - November 2022

North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) has released its November 2022 newsletter

LeDeR Conference for NEL health and social care professionals

NEL ICB is hosting this year's free LeDeR Conference on Tuesday 29 November 2022, 9.30am-4pm, via Teams.  The conference will focus on learning from lives and deaths for learning disability and autistic people.

Areas to be covered will include transition from children services to adult services, cost of living and its impact on people with learning disabilities and autistic people and avoiding diagnostic overshadowing.  See the full list in this flyer.

For more information, please contact the LeDeR Programme Team via email:
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