December 2021 Newsletter

December 2021 Newsletter

December 2021 Newsletter

Published on Tuesday 7 December, 2021

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NEW: Primary Care Induction Day (PCID)

Approach to Initiation of Medicines Meds-Op Training

NEW: Managing Difficult Conversations at Work training

NEW: The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Multidisciplinary Team programme

NEW: First Steps into Leadership training

NEW: Preparing for GP Partnership course

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs

GP Toolkit

NEW: FCP / AP Directory Update

NEW: Frontline19 Support Services

NEW: Portfolio Careers Guide

NEW: Training Opportunities & Funding for General Practice Pharmacists

NEW: Approach to Long-Term Conditions & Deprescribing Meds-Op Webinar

Autumn Skin Cancer Webinar Series

Primary Care Induction Day (PCID)
  • Provided by Avon LMC & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Early 2022
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all primary care staff, clinical and non-clinical

Avon LMC and BNSSG Training Hub are set to run a FREE, virtual corporate induction day for all staff new to primary care, early next year — medical and non-medical, clinical and non-clinical alike! After all, shifting into a new working environment can be a difficult process at the best of times, and research shows that induction programmes benefit both employers and employees.

This will be a full-day course, covering the following:

  • An introduction to primary care
  • Taking it Personally: an introduction to personalised care, patient activation, and support self-management
  • “What is an ICS / ICP / PCN?”
  • System partners, and how they can support you
  • Resilience, well-being, and psychological safety
  • Statutory & mandatory training requirements
  • Induction packs which will include template training matrix, checklists for orientation, and orientation

The exact date for this training is yet to be set, but if you would like to register your interest (and be sent information when it becomes available directly), please use the button below.

Managing Difficult Conversations at Work training
  • Provided by Dr. Vik Mohan & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on:
    Wednesday 19 January, 2022 (Cohort 1) | 13.00 – 14.30
    Tuesday 8 February, 2022 (Cohort 2) | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to non-clinical practice staff

To be delivered by Dr. Vik Mohan (Senior Appraiser and Locum GP), this standalone, brief training session is aimed at non-clinical practice staff who feel they would benefit from acquiring the tools for dealing with difficult conversations, either in their contact with patients or with colleagues.

By the end of a session, attendees will:

  • Have identified the conversations they experience as difficult
  • Have developed their listening skills
  • Have developed their skills in demonstrating acknowledgement and empathy
  • Have practiced using a simple assertiveness tool that helps to build connection
  • Have been introduced to some basic negotiating strategies

To register your interest in this training, please click the button below.

The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Multidisciplinary Team programme
  • Provided by South West Leadership Academy and Enono
  • Running on Wednesday 19 January, 2022 (cohort 1) and Wednesday 2 February, 2022 (cohort 2) | 9.30 – 13.00, both cohorts
  • Held via Zoom
  • Open to established MDTs, or individuals looking to form one, in primary care

This programme is designed to enable individuals working in, or wishing to work in, a multidisciplinary team in a primary care network to understand what’s needed in building a cohesive team. Running from 9.30 – 13.00 on two standalone dates, this programme will see you exploring and learning to master these five required behaviours:

  • Building vulnerability-based trust
  • Mastering open conflict
  • Achieving commitment
  • Embracing accountability
  • Focusing on results

In so doing, team members can expect to work together more efficiently and effectively, and will:

  • Make better decisions, faster
  • Tap into the skills and opinions of all members
  • Avoid wasting time and energy on politicking, confusion, and destructive conflict
  • Avoid wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics repeatedly, because of a lack of buy-in
  • Discuss and agree shared team goals

For more information, please click the button below.

First Steps into Leadership training
  • Provided by South West Leadership Academy and Living Potential Consulting
  • Running on Monday 14 March, 2022 | 13.00 – 15.00
  • Held via Zoom
  • Open to all primary care staff

This training session is part of the South West Leadership Academy’s Stepping into Leadership Programme, and the first of six modules running through to July 2022. It aims to provide you with the opportunity to understand how your role may be changing within the shifting landscape of primary care, and to start to recognise some of your own leadership strengths.

Additionally, through peer discussions, you’ll have a chance to reflect on your career aspirations and the steps you can take along the way.

For more information, please click the button below.

Preparing for GP Partnership course
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub & PCC
  • Running on Wednesday 16 March, 2022 | 14.00 – 17.00
  • Held via Zoom
  • Open to all primary care staff, clinical and non-clinical

In collaboration with PCC, BNSSG Training Hub will once more be running a FREE, virtual course for those aspiring to become practice partners from 14.00 – 17.00 on Wednesday 16 March. Interest is welcomed from a wide range of roles, be it GPs, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, or practice managers.

Becoming a GP practice partner can be a daunting transition, and it’s essential to fully understand the responsibilities and liabilities of becoming a practice partner. In addition to providing a broad overview of partnership considerations, this session aims to:

  • Explore what it means to be a partner
  • Reflect on how to prepare yourself
  • Understand what development you might need
  • Consider agreement types, and what to be aware of
  • Assess what ‘good looks like’ and what to check for in financials
  • Signpost to support resources
  • And more…

To reserve a place on this course, please click the first button below.

To learn more, please click the second button below to download the brief or contact [email protected].

Autumn Skin Cancer Webinar Series
  • Provided by Almirall and Dermal Topical Innovation
  • Running on Wednesday 10 November | 19.30 – 20.30 & Wednesday 1 December | 19.30 – 20.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

This webinar series covers a range of skin lesions, virtually and for FREE via Zoom. There are three webinars in total, as follows:

  • #1: Benign Lesions
    Delivered by Dr. Tony Downs (Consultant Dermatologist, Exeter Medical) on Thursday 7 October, this webinar is now available to watch on demand. To do so, please click here.
  • #2: Pre-malignant Lesions
    To be delivered by Dr. Sandy Anderson (Associate Specialist, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust) on Wednesday 10 November, this webinar will run from 19.30 – 20.30. Sign up here.
  • #3: Malignant Lesions
    To be delivered by Dr. Toby Chave (Consultant Dermatologist, Derriford Hospital) on Wednesday 1 December, this webinar will also run from 19.30 – 20.30. Sign up here.
For further information, please use the button below to contact Almirall at [email protected].
Approach to Initiation of Medicines
Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Thursday 16 December | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

Organised by BNSSG CCG’s Meds-Op Team and BNSSG Training Hub, this is the latest webinar in a programme of polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship training set to run from September into the New Year. All sessions will be entirely virtual and are open to all partners across health and care in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. Attendance is completely FREE, irrespective of your work role or organisation.

This webinar will run from 12.30 – 14.00 on Thursday 16 December. To be delivered by Lelly Oboh (Consultant Pharmacist), it will explore the run-up to the initiation of medicines.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.

For more information on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.

If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].

GatewayC Webinar: Primary Care Imaging
  • Provided by GatewayC
  • Running on Wednesday 8 December | 13.00 – 14.00
  • Held virtually
  • Open to any and all interested parties

This FREE webinar, organised by GatewayC, will refresh your understanding of which forms of imaging are most suitable for different cancers and how reliable they are.

This webinar will feature Dr. Maryna Brochwicz-Lewinski (Consultant Radiologist), and will include an optional LIVE Q&A segment.

To register a space, please register via the button below.

Portfolio Careers Guide
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub, with insights from portfolio workers from across Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire

Produced in the autumn of 2021, this guide has been devised to bust myths and share realities! Appropriate for allied health professionalsGPNs, and GPs, the guide explores the diversity of portfolio working – with in-depth looks at the careers of several renowned clinicians – and describes the benefits and challenges of portfolio careers.

  • What are the practicalities of managing various roles?
  • What words of wisdom do those already treading this path offer?
  • How can you thrive in this way of working?

We hope you find insights into these questions, and more, in the guide.
Begin reading today!

To access the guide, please look under ‘Resources’ on the navigation bar or use the button below.

Training Opportunities & Funding for General Practice Pharmacists
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub, with signposts to assorted opportunities and funding streams

Compiled by Jo Clarke (Profession Lead for Pharmacy), this guide outlines the assortment of training opportunities and funding on offer for clinical pharmacists working in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire — whether they’re funded through the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS), or by the CCG.

Version 1.2 is currently available, which was last updated on Wednesday 1 December.

To access the guide, please look for it on the ‘Clinical Pharmacist’ summary page or click the button below.

Frontline19 Support Services
  • Provided by Frontline19
  • Open to all NHS staff, though patient-facing roles are prioritised at present

As operational pressures continue to mount, Frontline19 is here to support you — as a FREE, independent, confidential, and nationwide service delivering psychological support to people working on the healthcare frontline.

Frontline19 has a vast network of qualified psychological practitioners, to ensure the right help is delivered quickly and easily. Individuals are matched with a qualified professional, and where possible, sessions will work around shift patterns.

For more information, please click the button below.

Approach to Long-Term Conditions & Deprescribing Meds-Op Webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Ran on Wednesday 20 October | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Appropriate for the whole MDT

Organised by BNSSG CCG’s Meds-Op Team and BNSSG Training Hub, this webinar is available to watch on demand. It is included in our Video Library (please click here), but you can watch it below, too.

It was delivered by Graham Price (Senior Practice Pharmacist, Fallodon Way Medical Centre) and Laurie Chapman (Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Cadbury Heath Health Centre).

Autumn Skin Cancer Webinar Series
  • Provided by Almirall and Dermal Topical Innovation
  • Open to any and all interested parties

This webinar series is now fully available to watch on demand, for FREE. There were three in total, as follows:

Benign Lesions
Delivered by Dr. Tony Downs (Consultant Dermatologist, Exeter Medical) on Thursday 7 October. To watch, please click here.

Pre-malignant Lesions
Delivered by Dr. Sandy Anderson (Associate Specialist, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust) on Wednesday 10 November. To watch, please click here.

Malignant Lesions
Delivered by Dr. Toby Chave (Consultant Dermatologist, Derriford Hospital) on Wednesday 1 December. To watch, please click here.

For more information, please use the button below to contact [email protected].

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 26 January | 20.00 – 21.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to GPs returning to work after a short career break

The next of BNSSG Training Hub’s GP Buddy Meetings is this Wednesday 26 January, from 20.00 – 21.00. These meetings, arranged by one of the Hub’s GP Fellows, Dr. Pamela Curtis, offer a safe space for GPs returning to work after a short career break (due to parental leave, ill health, or caring responsibilities).

This is an opportunity in which to discuss the things that matter to you – be it clinical work, career goals, or your personal well-being – and in a format of your choosing (as a ‘study group, via action learning sets, etc.). Increase your confidence, and support colleagues in a similar boat.

To register for the next GP Buddy Meeting, please complete the application form.

GP Toolkit
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub, with signposts to assorted partners’ resources

GPs, don’t forget about our GP Toolkit; pulled together by one of our fellows, Dr. Alice Blackwell, the toolkit is intended as a career opportunities and resources hub for GPs working in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

It provides signposts to resources in the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Clinical, Mentoring, & Supervision Skills
  • Portfolio Career Opportunities
  • Well-Being Resources
  • And more…

To access the toolkit, simply click the button below.

FCP / AP Directory Update
  •  Provided by Amanda Hensman-Crook (Allied Health Professionals National Clinical Fellow, HEE / Consultant MSK Physiotherapist) and Richard Collier (Lead for the Centre for Advancing Practice in England, HEE)

The Centre for Advancing Practice, which is part of Health Education England, is continuing with its plans to recognise the education and training that first contact practitioners and advanced practitioners successfully complete. The Centre’s portal will be the hub through which individuals will provide evidence that they have completed an accredited AP programme or the FCP Roadmap.

The Centre is moving into the digital era by bringing forward plans to allow FCPs and ACPs to be able to generate their own ‘digital badges’ once recognised. Next year, they will be developing digital passports which will provide individuals with abilities to link to a range of credentials and qualifications, and to be able to use these in many areas of practice as evidence of Centre recognition.

The decision, that was announced at the recent AP Conference, not to pursue the option of a searchable directory that listed clinicians who had successfully completed the recognition process for FCP, or AP, was made to enable the more flexible and functional solution of digital badges. This option also allays concerns that publishing a practitioner directory may give the impression that HEE has a regulatory function, which is not the case. The Centre will continue to list programmes that it has accredited and credentials that it has endorsed.

This decision does not impact on the actual recognition process itself. We understand that clinicians who do complete the roadmap will be enabled to create a digital badge from the Centre’s portal. We await further confirmation of exact details and will update when we know more.”

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