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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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Everything you could need to know, on Thursday 19 November

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BNSSG GPN Forum

Join on Thursday 12 November

All things TNA

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Are you a Trainee Nursing Associate?
Or perhaps you’re employing one?

Make sure to check out Avon LMC’s webinar on all things trainee nursing associate (TNA) on Thursday 19 November, at 14.00.

The funding and application process, entry requirements, experiences of others, and more will all be covered.

For more information and to book your spot, please contact [email protected].

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Sign up for the Advancing Practice workshops!

Open from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 November

Project Management Development courses

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Want to develop your project management skills?
Funded places on training courses available

We are collaborating with UWE to support administrative and managerial practice staff in developing their project management skills, by securing a number of funded places on the following self-managed courses.


Prince2 Agile Foundation for Project Management

This course is suitable for anyone interested in project management, design, delivery, and review.

It will take approximately 16 hours to complete, but you will have access to the materials over the span of 6 months, giving you time to plan your studying and book your exam.

It will be delivered online as self-study, and so you will require a computer with internet access.

Tutor support is available by telephone from experienced tutors.

Cohort 1 will start on Monday 4 January, 2021, and be completed by Wednesday 30 June, 2021.

Cohort 2 will start on Monday 1 February, 2021, and be completed by Saturday 31 July, 2021.

More information on this course can be found here.


APM Fundamentals

This course is suited to those with little-to-no project management experience looking to gain an understanding of the principles of project management.

It will take between 10 – 12 hours to complete. You will, however, have access to the materials for 6 months, allowing you to plan your study and book your exam.

It will likewise be delivered entirely online, and so you will need a computer with access to the internet. A webinar is to be held in the course’s first week to demonstrate the learning materials and how to use the e-learning environment.

Tutor support is available by telephone from experience tutors.

The cohort will begin on Monday 1 February, 2021, and end on Tuesday 31 August, 2021.

More information about this course can be found here.

Applying for a funded place

To apply for a funded place, please download the expression of interest form using the third button below, and send a completed copy to Jessie Saul at [email protected].

Places will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications must be in by Friday 4 December.

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BNSSG GPN Forum

Join on Thursday 12 November

Sign up for the Advancing Practice workshops!

Open from Monday 9 to 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

Blended Learning

Study your way

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

Study your way

Report on remote consulting in primary care

On the impact of rapid implementation

Social Prescribing Link Worker webinar series

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Learn about three new roles

To be held on Wednesday 4 November from 13.3014.30, this special joint webinar from NHSE / I will highlight three of the new roles in primary care: Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care Navigators, and Health Coaches.

The webinar is aimed at people employed in one of these roles, but is also open to PCN staff and other related colleagues. Learning outcomes as follows:

  • For colleagues in the three roles to gain an understanding of each role’s remit in primary care 
  • For colleagues to understand different models of how they can work together to deliver high-quality, personalised care, using real-life examples of where roles work together in primary care 
  • To provide an opportunity for colleagues to hear from the NHS England national team responsible for the additional roles
  • To provide an opportunity to ask questions to the national team and network with colleagues 

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Blended Learning

Study your way

Report on remote consulting in primary care

On the impact of rapid implementation

Motivational Interviewing training 2021

Now open to all primary care staff

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

On the impact of rapid implementation

Motivational Interviewing training 2021

Now open to all primary care staff

CLiP PCN Project

Up to £3,000 of funding for student nurse placements!

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

Now open to all primary care staff

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Make some waves in primary care!

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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