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Shared Decision Making training

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Free, virtual training in BNSSG from 12 January to 23 February, 2021
Do you want to help people make better decisions about their healthcare?

As part of the Value Based Healthcare Programme and the MSK Programme, we and BNSSG CCG are offering Shared Decision Making training to primary care staff, particularly those treating MSK patients.


There are two training options:

A one-hour awareness raising session, which we hope all primary care staff will attend, on Tuesday 12 January (12.00 – 13.00) or Thursday 14 January (19.00 – 20.00).

A three-hour Train the Trainers session — this will be more skills-based and is particularly suited to first contact physiotherapists (FCPs), GPs, and care navigators. We hope all FCPs will attend this training, as SDM is one of their core competencies.

You may attend this training on Tuesday 26 January (9.00 – 12.00), Tuesday 2 February (10.00 – 13.00), Tuesday 9 February (9.00 – 12.00), or Tuesday 23 February (9.00 – 12.00).

The training will be run by Chloe Stewart, a psychologist from Sussex MSK Partnership, and Helen Patten, an advanced physiotherapist also from Sussex, as well as Shaba Nabi, our local GP. They are all national experts in Shared Decision Making and excellent trainers.


To book a place on either of the training options, or to download the flyer, please use the link below.

Shared Decision Making tools for the knee and hip pathways are in development, and these will be rolled out in the new year to support SDM discussions with patients

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INTERACT study

A new form of delivering CBT for patients with depression

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INTERACT study

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A new way of delivering CBT
For patients with depression

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and Centre for Academic Mental Health are developing a new way to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for patients with depression, called INTERACT, which blends high-intensity therapy with new applications for technology.

A trial programme for it will begin recruiting patients in the next few weeks, with the goal being to recruit over 400 in the next two years, from GP practices in Bristol, London, and York. GPs can refer patients, with potential participants being identified during consultations or from patient records. Participants will randomly receive either usual care or usual care plus the INTERACT CBT intervention.

Participants receiving the intervention will be offered nine sessions of therapy; the first will be delivered face-to-face or by video call, and subsequent sessions will be delivered using instant messaging. Participants will also be able to access the study website and CBT materials at any time, as working outside the therapeutic session is an important ingredient in the effectiveness of CBT.

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BNSSG GPN Forum

Join on Thursday 12 November

BNSSG GPN Forum

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On Thursday 12 November, 2020
Featuring a talk by Karen Storey

Organised by BNSSG CCG and Avon LMC, the next BNSSG General Practice Nurse forum will be held on Thursday 12 November, at 13.00.

Attendees will enjoy updates from:

  • Karen Storey, Primary Care Nursing Lead, NHSE / I
  • Phil Elverd, Education Facilitator, BNSSG Training Hub
  • Lucy Murrell, Director of Nursing, Avon LMC
  • Liz Mallett, Lead Locality General Practice Nurse, BNSSG CCG

The forum will be followed by Locality-based breakout sessions. Please make sure to join the right breakout session — all links can be found in the associated flyer, which can be downloaded using the button below.

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Sign up for the Advancing Practice workshops!

Open from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 November

Sign up for the Advancing Practice workshops!

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Haven’t secured a place at HEE’s  Advanced Practice Virtual Conference?
You can still join their online workshops

HEE’s virtual Advancing Practice conference, set to run on Monday 9 November and Thursday 12 November, has received a great deal of interest.

If you have been unable to secure a space, be advised that you don’t need to miss out on everything — you can still sign up for the online workshops.

Commencing at 11.20 on Monday, they’ll be live until 13.30 on Thursday and cover the following topics:

  • Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Developing multi-professional credentials
  • Centre for Advancing Practice
  • Research
  • Creating a core AP curriculum
  • Developing consensus for the pathway from Advanced Clinical Practice to Consultant Practice

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Blended Learning

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Study your way
Predominantly remote learning, so you can be flexible with your time

Developed by HEE and HEIs across England – and in conjunction with an advisory group featuring representatives from partner organisations – the Blended Learning programme has been established to address national shortages in clinical expertise and to offer predominantly virtual,  remote-access study to individuals unable to study for a healthcare role in a traditional fashion.

This programme will be trialled via a nursing degree programme, to start in early 2021. Trainee nurses will have easy access to new and emerging technologies, helping them and their employing trusts to meet the requirement for strong digital capabilities, whilst also furnishing the NHS will an up-to-date, adaptable workforce.

The aims of this programme are to:

“Provide a technology framework that enables student-led provision, online communities of practice leading to development of engaged and self -directed learners with strong digital capabilities”

“Develop flexible, adaptable, resilient, curious, collaborative learners and professionals”

“Attract greater numbers and a more diverse student population into the health profession”

“Create a significantly different offer in healthcare professional education, that will support the growth of a qualitatively different, expert and professional workforce suited to the demands of care now and in the future”

“Fully exploit digital technologies to deliver fully interactive and integrated programmes including immersive technologies like Virtual and Augmented Reality”

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Report on remote consulting in primary care

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Covering the implementation of remote consulting following the COVID-19 pandemic
N.B. this study has not yet been peer reviewed, however

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, general practices quickly introduced a raft of remote consultation measures back in March — a RAPCI research article posted on Thursday 22 October, on Research Square, investigates the impact of this rapid implementation, using 21 practices in BNSSG as the basis for the study.

The shorthand conclusion is, word for word, as follows: “The shift to remote consulting was successful and a focus maintained on vulnerable patients. It was driven by the imperative to reduce contagion and may have risks; post-pandemic, the model may need adjustment.”

To read the rest of the study, please click the button below — but do bear in mind that this is a pre-print, preliminary report which has not yet been peer reviewed, and so it should not be considered conclusive nor inform clinical practice.

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Motivational Interviewing training 2021

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Dates & times

The following dates and times are available for the workshops, all of which must be attended:

Workshop 1

Monday 1 February, 9.00 – 10.00
Monday 1 February, 10.15 – 11.15
Monday 1 February, 11.30 – 12.30
Monday 1 February, 13.30 – 14.30
Monday 1 February, 14.45 – 15.45
Monday 1 February, 16.00 – 17.00

Tuesday 2 February, 9.00 – 10.00


Workshop 2:

Tuesday 2 February, 10.15 – 11.15
Tuesday 2 February, 11.30 – 12.30
Tuesday 2 February, 13.30 – 14.30
Tuesday 2 February, 14.45 – 15.45
Tuesday 2 February, 16.00 – 17.00

Monday 8 February, 12.30 – 13.30
Monday 8 February, 13.45 – 14.45


Workshop 3:
Monday 8 February, 15.00 – 16.00
Monday 8 February, 17.00 – 18.00
Monday 8 February, 18.15 – 19.15

Tuesday 9 February, 13.45 – 14.45
Tuesday 9 February, 15.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 9 February, 17.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 9 February, 18.15 – 19.15

Open to all roles in primary care
General information:

We have arranged for a second run of this autumn’s Motivational Interviewing training. Having previously only been open to GPNs, this next run is open to all members of the primary care workforce, regardless of experience.

To be delivered and facilitated by Behaviour Change Training (BCT) once more, this course will focus on skills development and encourage you to reflect on current practice. It is scheduled to begin in January, and will consist of 2 x online learning modules and 3 x facilitated workshops.

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CLiP PCN Project

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For the attention of all PCNs
Get involved with this HEE-funded project

This is a HEE pilot to increase student nurse placements across the South West, with a call for 1 – 2 PCNs in BNSSG to host 4 – 8 students via the Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) model. This coaching model tasks students from different years with taking the lead in caring for patients, and entrusts them with supporting and learning from one another.

Participating PCNs will not only receive support from the Training Hub and local HEIs, with staff being provided preparatory training, but they will also be able to claim a one-off £3,000 support payment (available per PCN, and alongside the usual weekly tariff of £87 per week).

In addition to expanding student nurse placements, the project is intended to raise the quality of learning environments, promote general practice nursing careers, assess the CLiP model’s suitability for other professions, and provide research output and case studies.


To watch a promotional video about how the CLiP model works in general practice, please click here.

The pilot will begin in January and is limited to two PCNs 
If interested, contact Dr. Holly Hardy ASAP

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Pitch your primary care research project to PACT

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Been mulling over a primary care innovation?
Calling all primary care health professionals

The Primary Care Academic Collaborative (PACT) is leading a national call for a grassroots research project this Autumn, culminating in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ at the 2021 Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) conference, on Thursday 11th February.

Applications must be submitted to PACT by Sunday 22nd November. To learn more about how to apply, what the committee are looking for, and what makes a good project, please click here.

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GPN Well-being & Peer Support Group

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Need a helping hand?

“It’s not always about getting or giving advice. It’s also about having a safe space to get things off our chest and occasionally sharing a laugh about it all!” (Mind, 2020)

BNSSG Training Hub is pleased to offer a monthly 1- / 1.5-hour online peer support group for those new to general practice nursing. This session will be limited to 4 places on a first-come, first-serve basis, but we welcome all expressions of interest as we endeavour to provide further sessions soon.

The initial session will be running on a Thursday afternoon, once a month, with the final date to be confirmed, and it will be facilitated by a clinician with a special interest in the health and well-being of health professionals.


What is peer support?

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. It comes in different forms, but they all aim to:

  • Bring people with shared experiences together, to support one another
  • Provide a safe environment wherein you feel accepted and understood
  • Treat everyone’s experiences as equally important
  • Involve both giving and receiving support

The benefits include:

  • Having the opportunity to reflect
  • Building resilience and improving well-being
  • Sharing your own experiences, new ideas, best practice, and research
  • Making links with other professionals and having the opportunity to build supportive networks

For more information, please contact Kim Ball, one of our GPNEs, at [email protected].

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