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Wednesday, 3 August 2022

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

• Intro from Dr. Stephanie Coughlin
• Information for GP Practices
• Service Updates
• Updates for all Practitioners

A word from Dr. Stephanie Coughlin
City & Hackney System Clinical Lead
We know that GP practices and community services are still very busy even as we move into the school holidays. I hope that those managing to take some leave during August have a good break and thanks to those continuing to support our patients and residents over the holiday period. 
The other week, we experienced record-breaking high temperatures that are becoming more frequent as a result of climate change. But did you know that Hackney is in the top five UK boroughs which are most at risk of severe heat? You can read more in the bulletin below and here.  If you are keen to do something locally, please read about the information about the Healthier Futures Action Fund, which is open for bids from £3,000-£15,000 and has a deadline for submissions of Friday, 19 August 2022.
It is good to hear about the two brand new surgeries being built in Hackney by Hackney Council, providing a new home for Spring Hill Practice and Lower Clapton Group Practice. To find out more about these developments, please visit here.
Please do take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire about specimen receipt and logistics. It’s important for GP practices to complete this survey, so that we have an honest and accurate account of current experience and what would ideally work for collections going forwards. 
We will be back with the Practitioner Forum on Thursday, 1 September 2022 from 1-2pm. Please do keep this date in your diaries. 

Impact and Investment Fund (IIF) Funding for GP CPCS

Please find an updated version of the Impact and Investment Fund (IIF) funding pack for Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).


PCN Workforce Planning 2022/23 Submission

As part of the 2021/22 Network contract DES section 7, PCNs must complete a workforce planning return to signal their planning intentions for 2022/23 by Wednesday, 31 August 2022 with a further update for 2022/23 and indicative intentions through to 2023/24 by Monday, 31 October 2022 for roles included in the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS).

These returns are mandated and will shape how investment, training and resource is directed across the primary care workforce ensuring the right support goes to the right place at the right time. 

There are revised guidance notes to assist in this submission.

Cancer Alliance Primary Care Update

Please can the primary care update and Primary Care Network Directed Enhanced Service guide.

NEL QOF achievement 2021-22

Please find the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) achievement for practices in NEL for the financial year 2021-22.


Serious Shortage Protocols – HRT products/Combisal®

Twelve of the thirteen Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) covering Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) medicines are being extended.  These are SSP019, SSP020 and SSPs 022 to 031. In addition, the dose equivalence advice and endorsement guidance for SSPs 024 and 025 have been updated.

The end date for these SSPs will now be Friday, 28 October 2022. SSP021 is not being extended and ended on Friday, 29 July 2022.

Separately, endorsement guidance for SSP034 (Combisal®) has now been published.

For any questions regarding the SSPs, please contact the NHS Prescription Service via email:  | Telephone: 0300 330 1349 |
Textphone: 18001 0300 330 1349.

Agreement for Direct Premises Payments & Claiming Management Fees

Please be reminded contractors who submit their signed Agreement by the Monday, 8 August 2022 will go live with the new direct payment arrangements from Saturday, 1 October 2022.

Please return the Section 52 Agreement to

Specimen Receipt and Logistics Survey - deadline 16 August

The NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership are embarking on a Quality Improvement Project with regard to Specimen Receipt and Logistics. It is anticipated that this should improve the service provided, in terms of turnaround time for our users and seamless operation of the laboratory.
In order to begin the improvements, your input is required. Please take a moment to complete the survey with an honest account, not only of the service you currently receive from the Pathology Partnership, but your ideals in terms of number of collections and the time of day. 
We have asked the team at E-Courier to bring paper copies of this survey during their collection rounds. Should you wish to fill in the survey in this way, please hand it back to the courier at your convenience. Responses will be accepted until Tuesday, 16 August 2022.

Heatwave health inequalities and ways to stay safe

Hackney is one of the top five UK boroughs which are most at risk from severe heat.  Recent research from the University of Manchester and Friends of the Earth also pointed out the injustice of this: 

  • These communities have below average carbon footprints so are less responsible for the climate crisis. 
  • They also have a high number of older people and children, who may not have access to green space to shelter from the heat. They may also live in housing such as high-rise buildings that is most susceptible to overheating. 
  • People of colour are four times more likely to live in areas at high risk of dangerous levels of heat. 
The call to action is for the 3,000 most vulnerable neighbourhoods to be prioritised for publicly-funded adaptation projects and greater efforts to reduce planet-heating greenhouse gases.  If you would like to support this initiative, find out more information from Greener NHS about the Healthier Futures Action Fund.

Learn more below about the effects of severe heat and how to stay safe in hot weather. 

North East London Training Hub Sessions

North East London Training Hub will offer two complimentary training sessions to all NEL staff:

  1. Foundations in Motivational Interviewing (MI): Exploring Motivation and Facilitating Change.  Find out how to register.  Be sure to choose the NEL staff funded to option to obtain the course for free.
  2. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).  To qualify, please complete the registration with your work email address otherwise booking will automatically be cancelled.

CHSCP Things You Should Know - July 2022 edition

The City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) has posted its Things You Should Know (TUSK) its briefing for July 2022. 

Hackney support group for African-Caribbean elders

Swallow's Wing Puppetry is a Hackney-based non-profit that works with isolated elders of African and Caribbean descent in assisted living centres or older people social clubs. It offers workshops to provide entertainment, moments of joy and playfulness and a launch pad for reminiscence therapy.  Please share with anyone you feel can benefit from this group.

Meeting on financial difficulties for those working with residents

On Thursday, 4 August 2022, 3.30-4.30pm, Hackney Council is hosting a meeting on poverty reduction and the cost of living crisis, which will share ways in which those working directly with residents can help when those residents are experiencing financial difficulties. All are welcome to attend.
Please contact John Davies.
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