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Wednesday, 28 September 2022

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

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

THIS EVENING (Wed 28 Sept) - Clinical & Care Leads Open Evening

Limited spaces are available for this evening's Clinical and Care Leads Open Evening.  Register now.  In addition, you can submit a question to the panel.

Feel free to share the invitation within your network.

REMINDER: Optimising imaging requesting from primary care for management of shoulder conditions - 30 September

On Friday 30 September 2022, 1-2pm, the session entitled Optimising imaging requesting from primary care for management of shoulder conditions, will provide a better understanding of which imaging is appropriate pre-referral to locomotor service or orthopaedics.  The speakers for this event will be Sue Rowe, Marie Tanner and Tobias Barin.

UPDATE: Polio Vaccination Programme

The initial aim of the polio vaccination programme was to offer all children in London aged between 1 and 9 a vaccination by Monday 26 September 2022. The polio vaccination programme did not end on this date and those who have not taken up their offer still need to be encouraged to do so.  Community vaccination sites will continue to run, and communications to support them and the programme, generally, into October.  

Practices will be sending out second and third invitations over the coming days and weeks, according to locally agreed schedules.  Together UKHSA and NHSE will review and assess uptake from the polio campaign over the coming weeks. This will let us take a view on what other steps may be necessary to support increasing uptake.  In addition, please see a reminder of the IPV Booster campaign.
Details of non-GP polio vaccination sites in NEL are listed here.  Currently, these sites are offering vaccinations for children aged 6 to 9, if the child is up to date with their NHS routine childhood vaccinations and has not had a vaccine within the last 12 months.  Also, Homerton Hospital is offering vaccinations to all eligible 5 to 9 year olds.

On a separate note, text messages will be sent to parents and guardians of all eligible children, which will read:
Urgent NHS health alert: your child needs their vaccine against polio now. Please book an appointment urgently. (insert GP booking details) or visit to get them protected.

Notification of National MMR Catch Up Campaign

Information over the last few weeks has been provided for GPs and Practice Managers about plans for a national MMR call/recall campaign for children who are not fully up to date with both doses of MMR.
Following consultation with the GPC, the campaign has gone live from Monday 26 September 2022. 

REMINDER: Seasonal Flu 2022-2023 and Childhood Flu 2022-2023 Services

Thank you to those practices who have submitted the online form to confirm their intention to participate in the Child Flu and Seasonal Flu services for 2022/23. The deadline to confirm participation was Friday 16 September. Those practices who have not yet submitted the form, please do so urgently. 

Separately to the sign up confirmation, practices were also asked to accept the service offers within CQRS for both Child Flu and Seasonal Flu. The deadline for this is Friday 30 September. This is a reminder for practices to accept the offer in CQRS before the deadline. Failure to accept will result in no data being extracted into CQRS for September achievement and therefore no payment can be made.
Please see further information below:

GP Endorsed invitations and reminders for AAA and DESP screening

GP endorsement on invitation letters and reminders for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA) and Diabetic Eye Screening  (DESP) screening to those eligible (as already done for cancer screening) will be included and practices would have the opportunity to opt out of this, should they wish to, ahead of roll out.  The deadline for opting out is 21 October 2022.
Any queries should be sent to

Community Navigation webinar video available

"Community Navigation" is an umbrella term used locally to describe a wide range of roles and services in City & Hackney that provide 1-2-1 non-medical person-centred support centred around a “what matters to you?” conversation. In City & Hackney, there are approximately 28 services which deliver this work.  This Community Navigation webinar introduced three of these roles currently working in Shoreditch Park & the City Primary Care Network; Sahir Ahmed a Social Prescriber, Shanaz Begum, a Health & Wellbeing Coach and Leanne Stanislaus, a Care Coordinator.  Please see the video. Each outlines their background, what they do, a case study of how this looks in practice and how to access the service.
Please note: the webinar introduces the community navigators in the Shoreditch Park & City Neighbourhood, but it is possible that these roles may vary in content or access depending on the Neighbourhood. 
Please feel free to share this video with patients directly or on your websites to promote any community navigation ARRS roles you might have in your surgeries.

UPDATE: Enhanced access communications toolkit

Due to the unforeseen circumstances regarding the Queen’s passing, approval of the enhanced access communications toolkit NHS North East London is working on alongside NHS England has been slightly delayed.
NHS England is working to push the approval process through as quickly as possible and will ensure PCNs receive the toolkit as soon as possible.

Serious Shortage Protocols - Estraderm MX® 25mcg and 100mcg patches

The Serious Shortage Protocols currently in effect for Estraderm MX® 25 microgram and 100 microgram patches are being varied to extend the end date, which was previously Friday 23 September 2022.
The end date for SSPs 035 and 036 will now be 30 September 2022.
If you have any questions regarding the SSP please contact the NHS Prescription Service:
Telephone: 0300 330 1349
Textphone: 18001 0300 330 1349

Service for trans and gender diverse individuals - SURVEY

Homerton Sexual Health Services is seeking to assess the level of existing support in primary care for trans and gender diverse individuals in Hackney.  Please give your feedback and share the survey.

REMINDER: New contact details for Registration Authority

From Monday 3 October 2022, the Registration Authority (RA) service contact details will be changing.  The old contact details will not be operational from that date.

The new phone number will be 0800 917 8607.  This is the updated IT Service Desk phone number for all RA Requests.  The new email address for all RA queries will be

The new RA service provider is North East London Integrated Care Board (NEL RA team) covering Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, City & Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlet and Waltham Forest boroughs.


Hackney Healthier Together Programme nominated for Health & Wellbeing Awards 2022  

Hackney’s Healthier Together Team is celebrating being confirmed as finalists in a prestigious national award for public health excellence.
The Royal Society for Public Health’s prestigious Health & Wellbeing Awards 2022 have highlighted GLL’s health project team in the ‘Healthier Lives’ category for its contribution to improving and protecting the public’s health.
This event is the highlight of the public health calendar, celebrating best practice in programmes and projects, across communities and workplaces throughout the UK.
Care Coordinators will be supporting the delivery of the anticipatory care pathway. A fantastic opportunity to work in City and Hackney supporting people to live well. There will be lots of opportunity for development in addition to setting up this new and exciting service too.  Find out how to apply.

Opioids network meeting - Thursday 6 October 2022

UCL Partners is supporting North Central London and North East London to reduce the use of opioids for people with chronic non-cancer pain as part of the National Opioids Programme.  Join the first Opioids Network meeting on Thursday 6 October 2022, 1-3pm, to learn and prompt discussions about better management of chronic non-cancer pain using a system wide approach.

The Opioids Network will bring together ICS colleagues, pharmacists, clinicians across all settings, patients, charities and anyone with an interest in chronic non-cancer pain management wanting to support and benefit from our programme. Sessions will include input from a range of experts, patient representatives, and guest speakers and allow those present to participate.

Social Prescribing Innovators Programme cohort launch

Twelve organisations have been announced as the first round of Healthy London Partnership’s Social Prescribing Innovators Programme.  The programme aims to improve delivery of social prescribing services in primary care and reduce health inequalities faced by the most disadvantages and excluded communities.

Each organisation will receive dedicated coaching, quality improvement training, wraparound support and up to £10,000 in funding until March 2023, with the outcomes and learning shared nationally.

The projects have been chosen for their focus on improving recruitment and retention of SP link workers, improving services that address severe mental ill health and loneliness, and for their focus on supporting people experiencing significant social and material deprivation.

City & Hackney Recovery Service newsletter

The City & Hackney Recovery Service offers drugs and alcohol support for all residents. Read more about the interventions, training programme, success rates and services offered by partners within the community.

#AskAboutAsthma Week - now, 3-9 October 2022

#AskAboutAsthma Week was due to take place during the time of National Mourning and has, therefore, been re-scheduled to next week instead, the 3-9 October 2022.
Every year, over 20,000 children and young people are admitted to hospital due to their asthma.  It is the most common long-term medical condition for children and young people.  This year, learning, resources and key information will be shared ahead of week 38 –  where there is a rise in asthma attacked following the return to school after the summer holidays.
#AskAboutAsthma encourages children, young people and their parents and carers to understand how to best manage their asthma with four simple steps:
  1. Get an asthma action plan in place
  2. Understand how to use inhalers correctly
  3. Schedule an asthma review – every year and after every attack
  4. Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health
Throughout the week there will be webinars, podcasts, blogs, vlogs and a one-day virtual conference.

Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme Hypo Awareness Week, 3-9 October 2022

Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP) is hosting Hypo Awareness Week between Monday 3 and Friday 9 October 2022, where there will be free online training for healthcare staff.

Made In Hackney's first ever Veg Dash - 15 October 2022

Support the community by helping to raise money for vital community meals this winter, whilst having fun with your friends, colleagues or family.  There will be a 10-stop hunt around Hackney looking for fruit and vegetable-themed locations.  There is no pressure to run the course as prizes will be given away (including a dinner for 10 cooked by our very own Sareta Puri) for best fruit & veg costumes, most amount fundraised as well as first team back. The hope is for at least 20 teams to sign up.  Read more.

Register as a team or individual or email

Stoptober 2022 taking place between 1 and 31 October 

Smokefree City & Hackney is supporting Stoptober 2022 between 1 to 31 October.  This year, the campaign's focus is on helping people to have the confidence to make a quit attempt.

Research carried out by Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) found that:
  • a lack of confidence – underpinned by fear – has increased amongst people who want to stop smoking
  • many people want to quit, but the fear of what stopping will be a huge barrier for them
  • barriers to trying to quit are related to, or a mask for, low self-confidence.
The plan is to drive increased confidence to quit and address these confidence barriers, making people realise that they are stronger and better prepared than they think – setting them up for long term success, starting on 1 October 2022.
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