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Friday, 15th October 2021 

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In this bulletin:

  • Information for GPs

  • Service Updates

  • Updates for all Practitioners

Finally, I have some good news to share.  
I am quite pleased with myself for running the wonderful Therme Manchester marathon 2021. I have achieved my best time ever of 3:42.49!
I have trained and run tirelessly for 18 months trying to get to the start line.  Running has been my saviour during COVID and has helped me run though relentless NHS work and bereavement. 
I chose to run the Manchester marathon, because my father lived and taught here for more than 40 years. And running it for bloodcancer UK, raising more than £1500 in a week, made me even more proud. 
Of course, I had the wonderful support of Well Street staff every step of the way (and my goodness, it was tough in the heat🥵 ).

If anyone would still like to sponsor me and support a fantastic cause, here is my sponsorship link (with some shameless selfies).


Dr Lucy Carter
WELLSTREET GP, runner, mother and PA lecturer
Sponsor Dr. Lucy Carter

Gynaecology Clinical Pathways

There are a number of gynaecology pathways that are either new or have been reviewed on the GP website. Please see links below:

GP Education Session

There will be an accredited Women's Health Friday lunchtime GP Education session on Friday 19 November 2021

Register here
If you have any clinical queries, please contact the gynae GP Clinical Lead Anita Coutinho, and/or Tendy Kwaramba, Service Transformation Manager

Training opportunity in Trauma-informed Practice for London GPs

Following high demand for the session hosted in July, I’m pleased to share a further afternoon training opportunity in Trauma-informed Practice with Adult Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The session will be held online, Thursday 21 October 2021, 13:00 – 16:00 and be delivered by the Refugee Council.

This free training session is aimed towards GPs/ Primary Care teams supporting residents in initial, temporary dispersal and contingency (hotel) accommodation in London – please do share with relevant colleagues. Spaces are limited so where possible for now, if colleagues could nominate one team member per practice, that would be helpful. Depending on uptake, the opportunity will be shared again if spaces are available.

Course aims and objectives:
∙ Understanding the Refugee Experience
∙ The Impact on Psychosocial Needs
∙ Empathic Approach - Cultural, Gender and Language considerations
∙ Barriers to accessing Health care
∙ Therapeutic Care Model - Learning from our experience
∙ Working with Interpreters
∙ Vicarious trauma and preventing burnout

More information and sign-up: Trauma-informed Practice with Adult Refugees and Asylum Seekers Tickets (Please note that on this occasion, the session will not be recorded).

Training dates now available to book for Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Part of your CCE contract

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.

We are also able to codesign the sessions based on the needs and roles of your staff, practice or PCN if this is something of interest to you. 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 1.5hours delivered online.

All practice staff are eligible, including healthcare assistants, receptionists, and any other frontline facing non-clinical staff.

These can be booked here.

For more information about the sessions or to have a specific session focus please contact:

Additional offer:
FREE training for healthcare professionals 
Physical Activity for the Prevention and Management of Long-Term Conditions

There is also an additional offer available specifically for healthcare professionals.  The offer is a 3 hours online training which includes peer to peer support and is an offer to groups arranged at a date and time to suitable to you.

This online training provides the opportunity to:

•    Access evidence-based resources proven to increase knowledge and confidence, and support clinical practice in line with guidance (e.g. NICE)
•    Improve management and care of patients with 30+ long-term conditions (e.g. CVD, type 2 diabetes, depression, MSK issues, some cancers).
•    Help reduce service demand and costs i.e. the ~£0.9bn annual cost to the NHS associated with insufficient physical activity

To find out more please read the leaflet attached and contact to organise a training session.  Please note that this is not part of the requirement of the CCE contract.

Upcoming Education Events

CCG education webinars can be viewed on the education calendar here. You can start registering for these events now - more will be added in due course. Our next education event is this Friday, an accredited session on Suicide Prevention Webinar. 

Wednesday 20th October - Learning from serious case reviews – Child A
Friday 22nd October - Adult Eating Disorder Pt 2

Care and Treatment Review Webinars

The North East London Learning Disabilities and Autism programme team are running a series of webinars about Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews and Admission Avoidance. This training is open to anyone working with children, young people and adults who have learning disabilities and/or Autism, in particular for community learning disability and mental health teams, CAMHS professionals, social care practitioners and commissioners.
Please find a flyer with information about the training, dates and times. Staff can book a place by emailing the team on expressing their interest.
Download flyer

Covid Cancer Antibody Survey

The NHS has launched a national COVID Cancer Antibody Survey to assess antibody responses to the COVID-19 vaccines among cancer patients and is calling on cancer patients to sign up now.

You can sign up here:

Vaccination is an important strategy to protect society from the effects of COVID-19, but there is emerging evidence that a small number of cancer patients may have lower levels of antibody response than the general population. We don’t yet fully understand what lower levels of antibodies mean in terms of outcomes, but it may mean some people with cancer are not as protected from COVID-19.

The COVID Cancer Antibody Survey is one of the first surveys of its kind that will help us understand what protection people with cancer develop following COVID-19 infection and/or vaccination.

It will also help us understand whether and how antibody response differs between different cancer types and whether any particular treatments affect response to vaccination.

The survey is open to people aged 18 or over living in England who have either been diagnosed with cancer in the last year or are currently receiving cancer treatment. Participants will be sent a finger-prick blood test that looks for antibodies against COVID-19 in the blood. It will be sent in the post and comes with everything needed to complete and return the test.

By signing up for this survey, you can help to develop our understanding of what antibody levels mean for people with cancer and help us to provide the best treatment, care and support for patients, as well as finding out about your own antibody levels.  

You’ll fill in a short form with your details before being automatically redirected through to the NHS Test & Trace antibody test booking page where you’ll be able to book your free test. There are 10,000 places on this survey and the NHS expects to be recruiting participants for the next two to three months.

You need to visit to sign up to the survey before ordering your antibody test.

We are aware that, once you have completed registration on and have been directed onto the antibody test booking service, one of the questions that website asks you is to confirm your employment status. Please ignore the text underneath this question, which asks you not to continue if you are not working – you do qualify for an antibody test, regardless of your employment status. Simply answer this question and click ‘continue’ – you will still be able to book your test. We’re assured that the website is being updated imminently, when this message will be removed.
For more information, please use the ‘contact us’ section of the survey website:

Digital CBT for IBS

Talk Changes IAPT is performing an evaluation in practice of a digital Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

If you have a patient who has IBS (without comorbid active inflammatory bowel disease or severe and enduring mental health) we ask that you refer them via the Psychological Therapies Alliance referral form or directing them to self-refer via our website:

More information
Digital CBT for IBS patient information
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