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Wednesday, 18 January 2023

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

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

High profile missing persons alerts - sent from NHS England

The National Crime Agency, Major Investigations Command has requested your help in tracing Ms Constance Marten and her partner Mr Mark and their new-born baby.  Please circulate this poster to other GPs and Health Visitors.

The three have been missing since Thursday 5 January 2023, when their car broke down on the M61 near Bolton. There has been a sighting in Essex. 
It is believed that they travelled to London. The police would like London covered as priority and then the UK regions. 
Ms Constance gave birth around the start of January 2023.  All professionals are very concerned as neither mother nor baby have accessed a medical professional.

For immediate sightings, please call 999 (i.e. missing persons on or having just left a premises).  Alternatively, call 02071750785.

London Ambulance upcoming strike 23 January - measures in place

The next London Ambulance Service (LAS) industrial action is planned for Monday 23 January 2023.  Arrangements and measures were emailed in December 2022 as what practices, PCN and Federation could put in place.  Please see a reminder here.

IRIS Clinical Lead role - deadline 24 February 2023

Nia, which offers services for women, girls and children who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, is looking for a local, practising clinician (ideally a GP) with an interest in domestic violence and abuse (DVA) to become the Clinical Lead for the IRIS Programme in City & Hackney. IRIS is an evidence-based domestic abuse training and referral programme developed specifically for general practice, currently being delivered across 30+ areas of England and Wales. 

Please see the job advert.  Applicants will be required to submit an Expression of Interest and citing relevant safeguarding links across the boroughs by Friday 24 February 2023.

Medicine supply notifications for various Tier 2 products

Please find medicine supply notifications for the following Tier 2 products:
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:

Diabetes Prevention Programme centralised SMS referral project

This project supports referrals of patients with pre-diabetes/non-diabetic hyperglycaemia or a history of gestational diabetes to the NDPP through a centralised text message/letter approach delivered by iPLATO. Only patients who have consented to receiving communications will be contacted.

Uptake in City and Hackney is lagging behind the rest of NEL. Therefore, it is strongly encourage that practices make the most of this offer by signing the data sharing agreements in order to be included.

Paid opportunity for practice staff - NHS app video 

Digital First is developing a video to help promote use of the NHS app to patients for repeat prescriptions.  They are looking for three practice staff to feature in the video as patients, specifically a more senior patient (50-60s) and two younger patients (20-30's).
Filming is expected to take place at a location in Tower Hamlets for half a day (date TBC, but expected to be in late January) with a briefing call beforehand. Practice staff supporting the video will be compensated for their time. No previous experience needed and there will be lots of support to ensure it is a fun experience.
For those who are interested, please contact by Friday 27 January 2023.

Webinar: Cost of living crisis + climate emergency 

NEL Training Hub is hosting a training session on Thursday 19 January 2023 at 1pm entitled "Saving money by becoming a greener NHS." 

This webinar will explain the link between the cost of living crisis and the climate emergency and how to save money and cut carbon in primary care.

This session is open to all those working in Primary Care.

Hackney Medical Examiner Service

The Medical Examiner Service for Hackney is now ready to accept referrals.  From Saturday 1 April 2023, due to statutory changes in the law, all deaths will need to be reviewed by this service before the bereaved can register the death.  All practices are welcome to start using the service, so that it is familiar before the statutory changes make this a compulsory part of practice. 

C&H Specialist Weight Management Service – Update

Since the launch in October 2022, the City & Hackney Tier 3 Specialist Weight Management Service has received around 100 referrals and have run two intervention groups that completed their first 12 weeks. The programme continues to welcome new patients. 
New groups are starting on a monthly basis and the current waiting times for assessments are less than one week. For more information, please visit the website or email:
Maternity Choice Survey

North East London wants to ensure all women and pregnant people have the best experience when using maternity services. As part of this, we are working with Healthwatch and Maternity Voices Partnerships to better understand the choices women and pregnant people are making when it comes to their maternity care.
Through surveys and interviews with women and people who are currently pregnant, we will better understand people’s choice for maternity care; whether they felt they could make choices and why they chose to have their maternity care at their chosen hospital, birth centre or a home birth.

Please fill out the Maternity Choice survey or share with those who are currently pregnant or have given birth in the last two months. The survey will close on Thursday 16 February 2023.

Hackney Walkingtogether - free walks of interest

The new schedule of Hackney's Walkingtogether programme has been released.  There are walks of interest - that provides great opportunities to explore Hackney and hear interesting facts and tales - which includes wellbeing walks - specific walks catered to your needs, such as pregnancy walk and slow-paced walk.
City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) has released its Things You Should Know (TUSK) briefings for December 2022.  
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