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Wednesday, 23 November 2022

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

• Information for GP Practice Staff
• Updates for all Practitioners

Crowdfunding campaign for Health Visitor Heidrun Thawe

Message from NEL Primary Care Central Team

It is with great sadness to share the news that our dear friend and colleague Heidrun Thawe has passed away. Heidrun worked as a Health Visitor in the Leyton Green team and, more recently, as the team lead in the Central team, working from Comely Bank. She had been away from work since becoming unwell in January this year.

Please inform any colleagues in your teams and networks who may have known and worked with Heidrun.  If anyone would wish to attend her funeral, please contact NEL Primary Care Central Team.  The funeral is scheduled for Friday 25 November 2022 and her family are happy for all who knew Heidrun to attend.
A crowdfunding campaign is currently ongoing to raise funds for her boys.  Please feel free to share.

Education events - December 2022


Vacancies  --- City & Hackney & wider NEL --- please see below

Childhood Immunisations Programme Manager
A Childhood Immunisations Programme Manager is looking to be hired to work as part of the Children, Young people, Maternity and Families (CYPMF) Integrated Commissioning Team. 
Job description. | Closing date: Sunday 27 November 2022

City & Hackney Clinical & Care Lead Roles
Clinical & Care Lead roles are open to all practitioners from a wide range of professional backgrounds working in City & Hackney. 
Job description. | Closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2022

NEL Babies, Children and Young People’s Clinical Lead
North East London is putting in place an ambitious long-term programme of work to help our BCYP populations both recover from the pandemic and improve their overall health outcomes.  It is looking to appoint a clinical lead to support this programme.
Job description. | Closing date: Friday 2 December 2022

NEL Personalised Care Clinical Lead
North East London is putting in place an ambitious long-term programme of work to help our populations through providing more personalised and holistic care.  It is looking to appoint a clinical lead to support this programme.
Job description. | Closing date: Tuesday 6 December 2022

NEL Population Health and Health Inequalities Clinical Lead
North East London Integrated Care Board is recruiting a Population Health and Health Inequalities Clinical Lead to support one of its key priorities to address health inequalities in North East London.
Job description. | Closing date: Friday 9 December 2022

Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why

This guidance explains how patients can help protect themselves and their children against flu and why it’s important that people at increased risk from flu, or who care for someone vulnerable, to have their vaccination.

Paper copies are available free to order or download in: EnglishAlbanianArabic
BengaliBulgarianChinese (simplified)Chinese (traditional, Cantonese)EstonianFarsiFrench
TigrinyaTurkishTwiUkrainianUrduYiddish and Yoruba.

There is also English large print and Braille version available to order.

Recording polio vaccinations delivered outside of general practice

Thank you for your ongoing support of the polio booster vaccination programme. The programme continues for now as there are still children to call and vaccinate.
This is a polite reminder to ensure your teams update their records for any vaccinations delivered outside of general practice providers. This is to ensure the records are up to date.  Please find guidance on how to upload records.

Low Calorie Diet for Type 2 Diabetes

The Low Calorie Diet is a new, innovative and free service for people with Type 2 Diabetes. It is a one-year programme to support healthier lifestyle, weight loss and remission of Type 2 diabetes.

North East London is one of the nine areas across the country taking part in the pilot of this service. Several PCNs in City & Hackney are already signed up to be able to refer in, and we now have the opportunity to expand out further. Full training will be provided about the programme and how to refer in.  During the pilot phase, £75 per accepted referral can be claimed.  See more information about the programme.
Please get in touch with Dr Shaine Mehta or Laurie Sutton-Teague to be able to refer into this programme:

Reminder: help reduce pressure from secondary services

A reminder to help alleviate the pressures suffered by secondary services (999 and 111) through actions sent out previously. Also, please be aware of the SDEC direct referral numbers for hospitals, if needed.

Diphtheria cases detected in Kent

Diphtheria cases have been detected in centres for asylum seekers in both Kent and in other parts of the UK.  It seems likely that most infections were acquired in the country of origin, or during travel to the UK, often in crowded and difficult circumstances. Read here for more info on symptoms.

Community-centred approaches to health in London

Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) London and partners will host an online event on Thursday 24 November 2022, 2-4pm, to celebrate the application of community-centered approaches across the London health and care system.

Winter Regulator Letters

Please find Winter Regulator letters from NHS England: Nursing | Medical.

Pregnancy cohort vaccine intervals

Please see attached the latest core script on pregnancy and vaccination, as well as a series of social media assets which we have developed in collaboration with Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

NEL Cancer Alliance - Lung Cancer & Tummy troubles campaign

NEL Cancer Alliance has shared two articles:

Practice level data - printed by NHS Digital

From Thursday 24 November 2022, NHS Digital will pushlish practice level data as laid out in the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s "Our Plan for Patients."  This data will be added to the existing monthly Appointments in General Practice publication using the data collected from GP System Suppliers. It means that for the first time, ICBs and other NHS organisations - as well as the public - will be able to view data about appointments undertaken at a local practice or compare several practices in a community, ICB area or region.  Read more about this and how to access it now.

Royal London Paediatric Update for Paediatricians 

A live, interactive webinar, delivered by Royal London Hospital, will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2023 to offer a paediatric update for paediatricians.  Registration is now open.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November 2022)

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) ends on Thursday 24 November 2022 and the NEL Medicines Optimisation Team has put together a newsletter to promote this national campaign.

As a reminder, your practice support pharmacist can advise you of your practice’s achievement against local and national antimicrobial prescribing targets and provide support in reviewing antimicrobial prescribing within your practice.

Advanced Telephony: NEL baselining exercise questionnaire

Work is ongoing to establish a national procurement framework for advanced (cloud-based) telephony solutions, planned to be live from January 2023. This will support in the future procurement of a telephony solution, ensuring value for money investment in a fit for purpose solution that meets the national specification.  There may also be an opportunity to access additional revenue funding (to be confirmed) to support with buy-out costs should those who wish to exit the existing contract early.
Please complete this short baselining questionnaire by Wednesday 7 December 2022. The questionnaire has been pre-populated with any information provided in the past, which should be checked and amended as necessary.
For any further questions regarding the survey or difficulties in making a return, please contact for support.

2022 General practice annual electronic self-declaration (eDec)

Please find the eDec submission download as of 21 November 2022. A reminder email was sent to practices on this date.  Please ensure submissions are submitted by Friday 25 November 2022.
Summary for outstanding submissions:

Borough No. of Submissions Received Total Outstanding
B&D 23 33 10
HAV 22 41 19
RED 29 42 13
TH 17 30 13
CH 26 39 13
NEW 28 44 16
WF 25 39 14
TOTAL 170 268 98

Maternity and neonatal services refreshed delivery plan survey

The NHS is working hard to improve maternity and neonatal services and is looking for help on how to shape it. 

NHS England is writing an updated delivery plan on how maternity and neonatal services are delivered. NHS seeks views of staff, service users and stakeholders to help inform this new plan in order to set clear goals to make maternity and neonatal services more personalised and improve people’s experiences when using them. The new plan will also bring together all the aims for perinatal service delivery and improvement into one place.

The survey closes on Sunday 27 November 2022.

City & Hackney Placed-based Partnership (part of NHS NEL ICB) wants to ensure that information we produce is clear and informative to all residents in City & Hackney. To achieve this, we will be setting up a Readers’ Group that will help review materials before we publish them.  There will be an informational session on Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 11am. 
The Readers' Group requires no previous knowledge. All that is requested is for you to give your general impressions on the content, tone, layout and structure of the information presented to you.  For your time, which should be no more than six times a year for a couple of hours each time, you will receive a store voucher.
Please register your interest via Eventbrite. 
The last day to sign up for this session is on November 29 2022 at 4pm
Details on how to join the session will be emailed shortly after this deadline.  
Please email with any questions.

Duty Doctor Service in C&H - the survey

City & Hackney GP Confederation is hosting its annual survey of the duty doctor service that is used by City & Hackney health and social care professionals.  Read more.

The ask is for all health and social care professionals to complete an anonymous annual survey on experiences of using the duty doctor service by Monday 19 December 2022. 

Hackney Council's response cost of living crisis

Please find a link to a stakeholder briefing on Hackney Council's response to the cost of living and poverty crisis, working closely with partners and community organisations. 

Lunch & Learn: physical activity & sustainability (active travel)

The London Greener NHS Team are hosting a Physical Activity and Sustainability Lunch & Learn session on Monday 28 November 2022, 12.30-1pm.  The guest speaker is Sarah Dewhurst, Lead Allied Health Professional for the Physical Activity Clinical Champions Programme at Office for Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID).  Register to join.

Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Midwifery Officer awards - communications toolkit

Chief Nursing Officer for England Dame Ruth May announced the launch of Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Midwifery Officer awards for Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) and Maternity Support Workers (MSWs).  The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the difference support workers make to the lives of patients and colleagues every day.  Nominations are now open!

Please see the communications toolkit that can aid in promoting nominations.

Violence Against Women and Girls 16 Days Campaign

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign starting on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.  Hackney Council is hosting events to support this initiative. 

Hackney Walkingtogether - update on wellbeing walks

Hackney's Walkingtogether wellbeing walks schedule has been updated online.  Alternatively, find the following information here, as well as walkers guidance and the registration form.

Survey to proposed changes to bus routes in Hackney

Living in Hackney Scrutiny  Commission has created a survey to receive feedback on proposed changes to buses by Transport for London. The commission is keen to hear the perspectives of the diverse communities in Hackney. 

Please provide your views by Friday 25 November 2022. 
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