September 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

Published on Tuesday 7 September, 2021

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HEE FCP (Paramedic) Roadmap Stage 1 Webinar

NEW: Cancer Screening Hot Topics Clinic

NEW: HEE Star Training

Shared Decision Making Meds-Op Training

NEW: Cellulitis: Diagnosis & Management Webinar

PCN Cancer Lead GP Forum

Preparing for GP Partnership

NEW: General Practice Teaching Workshops

NEW: Pain Management Overview Meds-Op Training

NEW: Approach to Long-Term Conditions Review and Deprescribing Meds-Op Training

Deprescribing Dependence Forming Medicines Meds-Op Training

GP Return to Work Refresher Course

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs

Is remote consulting compatible with personalised care...

HEE FCP (Paramedic) Roadmap Stage 1 Webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Tuesday 14 September | 19.00 – 20.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

BNSSG Training Hub will be delivering a FREE, virtual webinar on the HEE FCP (Paramedic) Roadmap to Practice this coming Tuesday 14 September, from 19.00 – 20.00. Facilitating will be Lily Dixon, the Training Hub’s Paramedic Lead; Kerri Magnus, Advanced Practice Lead; and Rachel Butt, qualified HEE Roadmap Supervisor.

We are aware of the uncertainty around the HEE Roadmap, so we hope that – in sharing the learning we’ve accrued with you and your colleagues – we can help to clarify things, both for paramedics and supervisors, be they AHPs, GPs, or GPNs. To this end, Lily has mapped herself against stage 1 of the HEE Roadmap and designed her PDP against stage 2; this, in combination with her responses to the knowledge, skills, and attributes (KS&A) section, will be discussed and examined for examples of potential evidence for the portfolio route. There will be time to answer your questions, too, so do bring them along.

If this webinar is relevant and of interest to you, do come along – there’s no limit on numbers, so feel free to invite any colleagues, too.

For further information, please use the button below to access the sign-up form or contact Kerri at [email protected].
NEW: Cancer Screening Hot Topics Clinic
  • Provided by NB Medical Education
  • Running on Tuesday 14 September | 20.00 – 21.00
  • Held virtually
  • Open to any and all interested parties

On Tuesday 14 September, NB Medical Education will be holding the second session of their four-part Cancer Webinar Series, supported by Cancer Research UK. The session will focus on cancer screening — are you aware of the changes in the UK’s bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes? Are you wondering how screening uptake can be improved?

Running from 20.00 – 21.00, this interactive hour-long session will bring you up to speed and explore how best to get patients further involved.


Attendance will provide 1 CPD credit and a downloadable certificate.

To book on, please register on NB Medical Education’s site and complete the application form.
GP Return to Work Refresher Course
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Thursday 11 November | 9.00 – 16.00
  • Held via Zoom
  • Open to GPs returning to work from a short career break (due to parental leave, sick leave, caring responsibilities, etc.)

BNSSG Training Hub’s FREE one-day course for GPs returning to clinical work after a prolonged absence (due to parental leave or ill health, as examples) returns this November!

On Thursday 11 November, returning GPs in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire can boost their confidence with sessions covering:

  • Time management
  • The “new” appraisal process
  • Consultation skills
  • Useful clinical updates
  • Signposts to resources

An insightful career coach will be on-hand to guide attendees, and there will be plenty of scope to network with GPs in a similar position.


If you are in contact with any GPs currently on leave and away from their NHS.net accounts, please do relay information about this course to them.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
To reserve your space, please complete the sign-up form.
NEW: HEE Star Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Thursday 16 September | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

With an eye to the NHS Long-Term Plan’s goals, the HEE National Workforce Transformation team are offering to train primary care colleagues in BNSSG to use the HEE Star. The Star has been used by the team to address workforce challenges and define innovative workforce solutions across the country, as outlined in the videos linked below:

HEE is confident that increased use of the HEE Star model throughout primary care will support delivery of both integrated working and new roles. This training is available in two parts: Level 1 is an introductory webinar, and Level 2 – aimed at those experienced with facilitating workforce change or required to by their role – consists of two sessions followed by a HEE Star workshop focused on local primary care workforce challenges. Both levels are available this September.

Further information on both Levels 1 and 2 can be found in this document, produced by HEE.


If you or a colleague join either level of the HEE Star Training, the Training Hub requests that you contact us, too, at [email protected]. In your message, please confirm:

  • Your name
  • Your PCN’s name
  • Which level of training you’re interested in
To book on for the Level 1 webinar, please complete the booking form via the button below.

To express interest in the Level 2 training, please send a message to [email protected].
Shared Decision Making Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Thursday 16 September | 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 first webinar in a programme of polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship training set to run from September through December. 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 16th September. To be delivered by Dr. Shaba Nabi (Clinical Lead for Prescribing, BNSSG CCG), it will cover shared decision making and explore the importance of personalised care in medicines optimisation. Dr. Nabi is very well-versed in the rationale behind and implementation of shared decision making, so this is sure to be an insightful session. A recording will be made available following delivery.

Dr. Nabi will be responding to questions submitted by you, so be sure to circulate word of this webinar to your colleagues, and join us on the day.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
PCN Cancer Lead GP Forum
  • Provided by Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK
  • Running on Thursday 23 September | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

Following on from their previous, highly-productive PCN Cancer Lead GP Forums, you are invited to join Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK’s next forum on Thursday 23 September, from 12.30 – 14.00.

The forum runs three times a year to update GPs on cancer-related topics, including the PCN DES / QOF, and to provide a space in which to share successes and discuss challenges.

Practices and primary care networks are invited to nominate a GP as their Cancer Lead, but all other practice colleagues are welcome to attend.

To register a space, please complete the short application form.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
NEW: Cellulitis: Diagnosis & Management Webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG
  • Running on Tuesday 21 September | 13.00 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

From 13.00 – 14.00 on Tuesday 21 September, BNSSG CCG’s Meds-Op Team will be holding a cellulitis webinar — specifically, on how to diagnose a patient with it and how to help manage it. Dr. Martin Williams, Consultant Microbiologist at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, will be leading the webinar.

This will be the first of several webinars in an upcoming suite of antimicrobial stewardship training, to be delivered throughout this autumn  — complementing the polypharmacy sessions that the Meds-Op Team is collaborating with BNSSG Training Hub on.

For more information, and to register your interest in this particular webinar, please contact [email protected].
Preparing for GP Partnership
  • Provided by PCC and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 29 September | 14.00 – 17.00
  • Held virtually
  • Open to anyone interested in becoming a GP partner (GPs, GPNs, AHPs, etc.)

Please note: only a handful of spaces remain open — apply soon to avoid disappointment.


Running from 14.00 – 17.00 on Wednesday 29 September, this virtual session will provide an overview of partnership considerations — and of how to prepare for becoming a general practice partner. It can be a daunting transition, after all, and it is essential to fully understand the responsibilities and liabilities of becoming a partner.

The aims for this session are:

  • To explore what it means to be a partner
  • To consider what you need to take into account
  • To reflect on how to prepare yourself
  • To understand what development you might need
For more information on what this training will cover, please click here.
To register your space, please click the button below to access the sign-up form.
NEW: General Practice Teaching Workshops
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running from Tuesday 5 October to Thursday 14 October | 14.00 – 17.30 each session
  • Held virtually
  • Open to GPs, GPNs, and ANPs

BNSSG Training Hub has arranged for a series of online workshops to be run this October, exploring the themes of Well-Being, Shared Decision Making, and Risk Management.

Organised by Dr. Alice Blackwell, one of the Hub’s GP Fellows, these workshops are principally aimed at newly-qualified GPs, GPNs, and ANPs, but admission is open to all individuals in these professions across BNSSG.

For further information on each of the workshops, please click here to download the briefs for each of them.
Alternatively, use the button below to visit this opportunity’s web page.
NEW: Pain Management Overview
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 13 October | 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 second webinar in a programme of polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship training set to run from September through December. 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 Wednesday 13 October. To be delivered by Krisztina Kenesy (Consultant Anaesthetics / Pain Medicine), it will provide an overview of the relationship between pain management and polypharmacy.

To register your space, please click the first button below to contact us at [email protected].
For more information on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
NEW: Approach to Long-Term Conditions Review and Deprescribing
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 20 October | 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 third webinar in a programme of polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship training set to run from September through December. 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 Wednesday 20 October. To be delivered by Graham Price, it will examine how best to approach long-term conditions reviews and deprescribing.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
NEW: Approach to Long-Term Conditions Review and Deprescribing Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 20 October | 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 third webinar in a programme of polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship training set to run from September through December. 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 Wednesday 20 October. To be delivered by Graham Price, it will examine how best to approach long-term conditions reviews and deprescribing.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
Deprescribing Dependence Forming Medicines Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Tuesday 23 November | 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 fourth webinar in a programme of polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship training set to run from September through December. 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 Tuesday 23 November. To be delivered by Dr. Ben Watson, it will explore how best to deprescribe dependence-forming medicines, such as gabapentinoids, benzodiazepines, and opiates.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 29 September | 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 29 September, 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.
Is remote consulting compatible with personalised care or does something have to give?

In a new report commissioned by the NHS Personalised Care Institute, and conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) and the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC), the relationship between personalised care and remote consulting is examined. Both are at the forefront of NHS England’s agenda, but the distance between clinician and patient afforded by remote consulting is not necessarily conducive to creating health plans jointly them.

In addressing this potential conflict, researchers sought to answer the following questions:

  • How does remote consultation affect access to healthcare and quality of care?
  • Is remote healthcare as good as face-to-face?
  • When are remote consultations not suitable?
  • Can personalised care be delivered remotely?

In short, the report concludes that remote consultations are not inherently good or bad, with their effectivity being dependent on the patient’s needs, life stage, and finances. Health professionals are advised to think carefully about how to use remote consultations, and for what purpose, and to enable patients in having a choice about how their consulted.

For the full article, please use the button below to access the Centre for Academic Primary Care’s site.

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