March 2022 Newsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

Published on Friday 11 March, 2022

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NEW: Supporting & Developing the role of the Physician Associate

BNSSG GP Cancer Lead Forum

NEW: National Standards for Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 webinar

NEW: PCN Briefing: Video Group Clinics

NEW: NHS Regional Clinical Leadership Fellow Scheme 2022 / 23

NEW: Prescribing in Renal Impairment Meds-Op training

Extended GP Mentorship Programme

NEW: Enabling change through conversations about living and dying well

Shared Decision Making Training

NEW: Adoption and Spread Course

NEW: Clinical Risk, Fear, and Courage workshop

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

Primary Care Induction Day (PCID)

Primary Care Portfolio Careers Event

Portfolio Careers Guide

NEW: Return to Work GP Refresher

NEW: Safeguarding Level 3 Child Exploitation webinar

NEW: Adult Social Care Nursing Forum

Clinical Supervision Training for GPNs

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.

National Standards for Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 webinar
  • Provided by Avon LMC, BNSSG CCG & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Thursday 24 March | 12.30 – 13.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to infection control leads and practice managers

The National Standards for Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 apply to all healthcare settings – e.g., acute hospitals, ambulance trusts, and general practice – regardless of the way cleaning services are provided. The standards provide a common understanding of what constitutes a clean healthcare setting and give organisations in England a framework for ‘technical’ cleanliness and how the cleaning process should be assessed.

This FREE webinar, aimed at infection control leads and practice management, will provide an overview of these standards and how they can be implemented in your practice.

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

Adoption and Spread course
  • Provided by West of England Academic Health Science Network
  • Dates are below, but this course begins on Thursday 9 June
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any health and care professional (whether they’re clinical, administrative, or in facilities)

You are invited to join healthcare project teams and innovators from across the West of England in gaining skills and practical knowledge of applying adoption and spread techniques to your live projects with this free course.

Beginning on Thursday 9 June, there will be three sessions (approximately 2.5 days’ worth), with delegates needing to come to all of them:

  • Workshop 1: Thursday 9 June | 10.00 – 16.00
  • Workshop 2: Thursday 23 June | 10.00 – 16.00
  • Workshop 3: Thursday 7 July | 10:00 – 13.00

Over the course of these sessions, you will engage with a selection of case studies, theory, and interactive activities to equip you with the skills and capabilities needed for successful adoption and spread of your intervention / improvement. Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Choose an appropriate adoption and spread model
  • Understand what is core to your intervention / improvement
  • Lead adoption and spread
  • Evaluate its impact
  • Influence and engage others

To apply to join this course, please complete and return WEAHSN’s short application form by Tuesday 29 March.

More information can be found at WEAHSN’s site via the button below.

NHS Regional Clinical Leadership Fellow Scheme 2022 / 23
  • Provided by NHS England & Improvement (NHSE / I)
  • Application window closes on Wednesday 23 March, 2022
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any health and care professional (whether they’re clinical, administrative, or in facilities)

In partnership with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), NHS England & Improvement (NHSE / I) are launching the second cohort of the NHS Regional Clinical Leadership Fellow Scheme. The scheme delivers on a key commitment of the NHS People Plan to expand the opportunities and support available for talented clinical leaders, strengthening clinical leadership capability in the NHS.

Key information:

  • Clinical fellows are based in a regional NHS team for 12 months, from Thursday 1 September, 2022
  • Posts are available as less than full time (0.6 FTE) secondments and will be hosted by NHSE / I
  • The scheme is open to doctors in training, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives, and healthcare scientists who can demonstrate experience at team leader level, equivalent to an NHS Band 7 role
  • Clinical fellows will lead key projects that contribute to regional and national priorities supporting recovery, reset, and the implementation of learning from the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Clinical fellows will develop a range of skills in leadership, management, strategy, healthcare policy, commissioning, workforce, and more — and will have access to a supported alumni scheme upon completion for ongoing support, development, and to act as a resource for the NHS to draw on

For more information, please visit FMLM’s site via the button below.

Enabling change through conversations about living and dying well
  • Provided by NHS England & Improvement (NHSE / I)
  • Thursday 17 March | 12.30 – 16.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all interested general practice and primary care staff

This FREE, virtual session will provide an opportunity to see how conversations can change the way we live and the way we die, exploring what really matters in the last years of our lives. Among the speakers for the day will be best-selling author and palliative care consultant Kathryn Mannix.

To apply to join this course, please sign up at NHSE / I’s site via the button below.

Prescribing in Renal Impairment Meds-Op training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Tuesday 26 April | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all interested general practice / primary, community, and social care staff

To be delivered from 12.30 – 14.00 on Thursday 24 March by Sarah Perkins and Robert Brown (Specialist Renal Pharmacists, North Bristol Trust), this webinar will explore the process of prescribing in relation to renal impairment; specifically, it will touch on:

  • Post-AKI follow-up
  • Renal anaemia
  • Renal bone-mineral disease
  • Phosphate binders and potassium binders

There will be time for any questions you have brought to the session to be answered, too.

To register your interest in this webinar, please keep an eye on the Medicines Optimisation Training page via the button below; the sign-up form will be added shortly.

A Practical Guide to Supporting & Developing the role of the Physician Associate
  • Provided by Healthcare Conferences UK & assorted partners
  • Wednesday 20 April | 10.00 – 16.45
  • Held virtually
  • Open to all interested general practice and primary care staff

This virtual conference – organised and supported by assorted organisations, including Health Education England (HEE) – will focus on developing the role of the physician associate (PA) in your service. It is open to all interested general practice and primary care staff.

This conference will enable attendees to:

  • Network with colleagues working to develop the PA role
  • Reflect on the evidence of clinical impact and improvements in patient experience
  • Understand the challenges brought about by Covid-19
  • Learn from established practice on how a physician associate could support you and your service
  • And more…

The headline speakers are:

  • Dr. Natalie King (Clinical Director Medicine, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust)
  • Helen Arrowsmith (Programme Manager, MAP Regulation, General Medical Council)
  • Pauline Weir (Board Member and qualified PA, The Faculty of Physician Associates)

This course provides 5 hours of CPD, subject to peer group approval for re-validation purposes.

For more information and to book your space, please visit Healthcare Conferences UK’s site via the button below.

Social Care Nurses Forum
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Tuesday 17 May | 19.00 – 20.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all registered general nurses working in social care

All registered general nurses working in a social care setting are invited to join our new network, created to extend your own practice and skills through teaching, learning, and sharing of experiences specific to your work environment. To launch on Tuesday 17 May, 2022, the first meeting of the network will include a FREE webinar on Type 2 Diabetes, running from 19.00 – 20.00.

Running this network will be the Training Hub’s new social care nurse ambassadors: Sarah Saunders and Wendie Smith. Both are excited to:

  • Provide a link to identify opportunities for learning and development
  • Provide a platform for you to promote and share your knowledge and skills with other social care nurses
  • Create a space for you to showcase the variety of paths for adult social care nurses
  • Enhance and develop your understanding of the wider BNSSG Integrated Care System (ICS)

To register your interest in joining the forum, please contact Sarah or Wendie at: [email protected] and [email protected]

Clinical Risk, Fear, and Courage
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub & BrisDoc
  • Tuesday 22 March | 15.00 – 17.15
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all primary care practitioners

Following the popularity of BNSSG Training Hub’s previous event with BrisDoc’s Caroline Stovell and Kathy Ryan, all primary care practitioners are invited to another FREE, virtual session running on Tuesday 22 March, from 15.00 – 17.15. It is open to all primary care practitioners.

This session will build on the themes from last time, exploring the fears behind the cases which keep us awake at night, and discussing the factors which can support courage, enable sleep, and keep the patient centre-stage. This session will include plenty of small group discussion and case-based scenarios, and it will aim to cover topics including clinical risk analysis, risk support, and imposter syndrome.

To register your interest in this webinar, please click the button below to contact Dr. Alice Blackwell (at [email protected]).

Expressions of interest must be submitted by Thursday 10 March!

PCN Briefing: Video Group Clinics
  • Provided by ELC Programme and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Tuesday 15 March | 13.30 – 14.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all staff but best-suited to practice management

Brought to you by BNSSG Training Hub and the ELC Programme, this FREE briefing will educate PCN staff on the rationale behind and benefits of video group clinics (VGCs); running on Tuesday 15 March, from 13.30 – 14.30, this session will illuminate how VGCs, specifically, can help you to get back on track with chronic disease reviews and deliver your PCN contract.

Funding is available for up to 6 sites in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire – by attending this session, you can make sure you know how to access this intensive support package!

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

Return to Work GP Refresher

On Thursday 9 June, 2022, BNSSG Training Hub will be running another Return to Work GP Refresher course; this FREE, interactive, full-day course has been arranged to instil greater confidence in GPs returning to work from a short-term break, be it due to parental leave, sick leave, or carer duties.

Over the course of the day, attendees will explore:

  • Time management, to help you ease back into work
  • Useful clinical updates, to help bring you up to speed
  • Where to find information and resources, to help you cut down on unnecessary tasks
  • Networking with other GPs, to help you feel less isolated

More information will be available in due course.

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

Safeguarding Level 3 Child Exploitation webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG Safeguarding Children Team
  • Thursday 17 March | 14.00 – 16.00
  • Held via Zoom
  • Open to all primary care practitioners

Organised by BNSSG CCG’s Safeguarding Team, this FREE, virtual training is to be delivered by Andri Nicolaou (Prevention Officer and Co-ordinator, Child Sexual and Criminal Exploitation TOPAZ Child Exploitation Team, Avon and Somerset Police); it will examine risk indicators that a child is being / is at risk of being exploited, and outline what safeguarding steps to take if exploitation is suspected.

This webinar will run from 14.00 – 16.00 on Thursday 17 March, with attendance counting for 2 hours of Level 3 Safeguarding Children CPD.

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 all 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 all 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.

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

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

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Vik Mohan (Salaried GP and Director of Community Health, Blue Ventures Conservation)
  • Kerri Magnus (Advanced Practice Lead, BNSSG Training Hub and Chair, The ACP Forum)
  • Anne Whitehouse (Deputy Medical Director, BrisDoc)
  • And more…

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; please note that breakout room slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis — book ASAP to avoid disappointment!a

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 GP Cancer Leads and interested primary care staff

All 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
  • Provided by NHSE / I and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Open to GPs, irrespective of their career stage

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 bnssg.tra[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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