January / February 2022 Newsletter

January / February 2022 Newsletter

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Published on Tuesday 26 April, 2022

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NEW: BNSSG GP Cancer Lead Forum

NEW: 'Hot Topics' Cancer for Primary Care Webinar

NEW: BNSSG Primary Care Advanced Practice queries 'drop-in' sessions

NEW: Learning from Experience - HEE Multiprofessional Framework for Advanced Practice webinar

NEW: Improving the physical health of people with SMI webinar

NEW: Extended GP Mentorship Programme

NEW: BNSSG Portfolio Careers Event

Portfolio Careers Guide

Primary Care Induction Day (PCID)

NEW: Focus Groups for Mid-Career, Late Career, and Locum GPs

NEW: Safeguarding Children Level 3 Training

NEW: Shared Decision Making Training

NEW: Clinical Supervision Training for GPNs

Improving the physical health of people with SMI webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Team
  • Thursday 17 February
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all primary care staff

Since last summer, BNSSG-based GP practices have provided physical health checks to an increasing number of patients on the serious mental illness (SMI) register, up from 11% to 31%. This represents positive progress, but there’s still a way to go to reach (and exceed) the national 60% national target.

This informative webinar is open for FREE to all primary care staff and is intended to provide attendees with useful ideas to take back to their practices, to continue further embedding physical health checks for SMI patients. It is set to run from 13.00 – 14.30 on Thursday 17 February, and the aims are as follows:

  • Help attendees better understand health inequality and put physical health checks into the context of health improvement
  • Give participants a range of information about SMI physical health improvement and ideas to take away for use in their own practices
  • To hear from a GP practice about their success in providing physical health checks and health improvement interventions
  • And more…

For more information, please click here.
To register your interest in joining, please click the button below for the sign-up form.

Primary Care Induction Day (PCID)
  • Provided by ALMC & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Wednesday 30 March | 9.00 – 15.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all new 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, on Wednesday 30 March from 9.00 – 15.00  — 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

For more information, please click the first button below.

To register your interest in joining, please click the second button below for the sign-up form.

Safeguarding Children Level 3 Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG Safeguarding Children Team
  • Dates available:
    Thursday 10 March
    | 14.00 – 16.00
    Thursday 31 March | 14.00 – 16.00
  • Held via Zoom
  • Open to GPs, advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs), and those in other consulting roles (e.g., pharmacists and paramedics)

Organised by BNSSG CCG’s Safeguarding Team, this FREE, virtual training is case-based, interactive, and counts as Level 3 face-to-face training. Two more standalone sessions will be run, one for South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, respectively. Dates and times are as follows:

  • South Gloucestershire: Thursday 10 March | 14.00 – 16.00
  • North Somerset: Thursday 31 March | 14.00 – 16.00

Each session will see a member of the relevant local authority in attendance, providing support. Upon completing the feedback form, attendees will be emailed a certificate and receive 2 CPD points for Multiagency Training.

To register your interest in joining, please click the button below to access the sign-up form.

For more training opportunities, please visit the Safeguarding Children Team’s Remedy training pages, via the second button below.

'Hot Topics' Cancer for Primary Care Webinar
  • Provided by NB Medical Education, BNSSG CCG, & Healthier Together
  • Dates available:
    For GPs and assorted clinicians: Friday 11 March | 9.30 – 17.00
    For GPNs: Wednesday 27 April | 13.30 – 17.00
  • Held via the NB Dashboard
  • Open to all primary care clinicians

Brought to you by NB Medical, BNSSG CCG, and Healthier Together, these fully interactive, online courses will allow you to explore all the topics and resources of a face-to-face course but from the comfort of your own home.

This course will consist of a series of short ‘TED-style’ presentations, blending evidence and cases, and followed by discussions relevant to your practice. For attending the course, you will receive a certificate of completion providing 3 CPD points.

The event running on Friday 11 March is for GPs and all other interested primary care clinicians, while that on Wednesday 27 April will be for general practice nurses (GPNs) specifically.

To register your interest in joining one of these courses, please go to www.nbmedical.com/bespoke/access and quote one of the following codes:

For the GP and assorted clinicians course: BNSSG-1103
For the GPN course: BNSSG-2704

Shared Decision Making Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG Safeguarding Children Team
  • Tuesday 29 March | 9.30 – 12.30
  • Can be held via Microsoft Teams or face-to-face (TBD)
  • Open to all primary, community, and secondary care clinicians

Following on from last year’s highly successful Shared Decision Making Workshops, we are pleased to announce that another such workshop will be held this year — open for FREE to primary, community, and secondary care clinicians.

This session will be delivered by Dr. Shaba Nabi (GP Clinical Lead Prescribing, BNSSG CCG), an expert in all matters relating to shared decision making (SDM). As such, attendees will be taken on a whistle-stop tour of the rationale and benefits of SDM, in addition to having the chance to practice relevant skills with like-minded colleagues in an interactive setting.

To register your interest in joining, please click the button below to access the sign-up form.

BNSSG Portfolio Careers Event
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Thursday 7 April | 9.00 – 14.00
  • Held face-to-face
  • Open to GPs, general practice nurses (GPNs), allied health professionals (AHPs), and pharmacists

This interactive half-day Portfolio Careers session will include opportunities to hear from inspirational speakers who have created and lead a unique portfolio career, and will provide a chance to learn some key practical points when planning your own. It is open for FREE to any and all interested staff.

The day will include group activities and breakout rooms, wherein colleagues from a range of areas will be available to answer your questions, provide tips to help you, and generate new ideas for you to consider. Areas that will be covered include:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Teaching and Research
  • Working in Special Settings (e.g., out of hours, prison work, global health)
  • Clinical Special Interests

Please see our Portfolio Career Guide for a flavour of what this event will build on. Access it here!

To register your interest in joining, please click the button below to access the sign-up form.

Clinical Supervision Training for GPNs
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Dates available:
    Wednesday 4 May | 9.00 – 12.30
    Wednesday 6 July | 13.00 – 16.30
    Wednesday 12 October | 9.00 – 12.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to general practice nurses (GPNs)

These training sessions are designed to equip experienced nurses with the knowledge to implement effective supervision, and the skills to enhance and support the retention, governance, and well-being of the primary care workforce.

This training will comprise of a 20-minute e-Learning module, followed by a 3-hour training session exploring what supervision is, and how it can be successfully implemented through a variety of presentations and breakout rooms.

For more information, please click the first button below.

To register your interest in joining, please click the second button below to access the sign-up form.

BNSSG GP Cancer Lead Forum
  • Provided by Macmillan Cancer Support and BNSSG CCG
  • Thursday 28 April
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to PCN GP Cancer Leads and interested primary care staff

All PCN GP Cancer Leads are invited to join Dr. Glenda Beard (Macmillan GP, BNSSG CCG) for the next GP Cancer Lead Forum on Thursday 28 April. Other members of staff, if interested, are welcome to attend, too, as Dr. Beard and guest speakers deliver key topic updates.

Further information will be available closer to the date. Please stand by for now.

To register your interest in joining, please click the button below to access the sign-up form.

Extended GP Mentorship Programme
Calling all GPs — are you interested in having a GP mentor?
  • Provided by NHSE / I and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Thursday 28 April
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to PCN GP Cancer Leads and interested primary care staff

Following the successful newly-qualified GP mentor programmeNHS England (NHSE) and BNSSG Training Hub are pleased to open the Extended GP Mentor Programme to all GPs, at any stage of their career.

Whether you are a GP partner, locum / salaried GP, or returning from an extended period of leave you will come across career challenges; mentors are a valuable resource, able to support and assist you no matter where you are in your career, and no matter what challenges you may be facing. You can expect one hour of mentorship every month, for a minimum of one year.

For more information, please click the first button below.

To register your interest in joining, please download the application form via the second button below. Then send it to  Dr. Trina Leskiw at [email protected].

BNSSG Primary Care Advanced Practice queries 'drop-in' sessions
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub & Avon LMC (ALMC)
  • Dates available below
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all interested practice staff (advanced practitioners and managers in particular)

Health Education England (HEE) released their Advanced Practice Funding Demand Survey 2022 / 23 on 1 February, 2022. It is open until Tuesday 15 March, and to support this process, we and Avon LMC (ALMC) will be hosting ‘drop-in’ sessions for any interested, BNSSG-based primary care individuals. These sessions are an opportunity to ask any questions you have around advanced practice, funding, pathways, and how BNSSG Training and ALMC are supporting advanced practice.

If you wish to join, please look at the dates below and click on the relevant link.

Dates and times

Please click the links below to join the session(s) on the day:

These sessions will not be recorded, and please be aware that they are all open to an array of staff. If you should wish to speak with someone on a 1:1 basis, please contact the following individuals. 

Please note, if you have specific queries for the HEE Centre for Advancing Practice, please contact the team on: [email protected]

Please find the links to join these sessions above, in the collapsible box.

Learning from Experience - HEE Multiprofessional Framework for Advanced Practice webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Wednesday 23 March | 18.00 – 19.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to first contact and advanced practice staff

Organised by Kerri Magnus (Advanced Practice Lead, BNSSG Training Hub), this FREE webinar is open to all first contact and advanced practice staff.

Kerri has an extensive background in emergency, urgent, and primary care nursing, having completed various Level 7 modules along the way. She has just completed her MSc Professional Development, and for her final Evidencing Workbased Learning (EWBL) module, she built her Advanced Practice portfolio by mapping and critically analysing her evidence against the Multiprofessional Framework for Advanced Practice (England).

This webinar, then, will offer an insight into the experience and lessons learnt along the way, as well as imparting top tips and solutions.

To register your interest, please complete the sign-up form via the button below.

Focus Groups for Mid-Career, Late Career, and Locum GPs
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Dates available:
    For mid-career GPs: Tuesday 29 March | 9.30 – 11.30
    For late career GPs: Thursday 31 March | 9.30 -11.30
    For locum GPs: Wednesday 6 April | 9.30 – 11.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to mid-career, late career, and locum GPs

BNSSG Training Hub is planning new career development and support opportunities for GPs; it is recognised that previous offers have focused heavily on newly-qualified and salaried GPs, so we are keen to understand what opportunities would be welcomed by GPs who are in the mid- and late stages of their career, and locum GPs.

To help inform the development of these opportunities, the Hub will be running a series of small focus groups to explore the type of support and interventions that would be useful and make a positive difference to GP wellbeing and job satisfaction. We want to understand what support could look like, and how best it could be offered and accessed.

The following dates and times are available:

  • For mid-career GPs: Tuesday 29 March | 9.30 – 11.30
  • For late career GPs: Thursday 31 March | 9.30 -11.30
  • For locum GPs: Wednesday 6 April | 9.30 – 11.30

If you are interested in attending one of the above focus groups, please contact Dr. Sarah Ballisat at [email protected].

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

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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