October / November 2021 Newsletter

October / November 2021 Newsletter

October / November
2021 Newsletter

Published on Tuesday 9 November, 2021

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Autumn Skin Cancer Webinar Series

NEW: Radiological Imaging Protocol Survey

NEW: Radiological Imaging Protocol Webinar

NEW: PCN Advanced Practice Leads Meeting

NEW: Clinical Leadership Coaching and Advisory Service (CLCAS)

Deprescribing Dependence-Forming Medicines Meds-Op Training

NEW: GatewayC Webinar: Non-Site Specific Symptoms

Approach to Initiation of Medicines Meds-Op Training

NEW: Bitesize Coaching for Frontline Leaders & Managers

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs

NEW: Adviser for RCGP Primary Care Development Programme

NEW: Physician Associate Primary Care Development Lead

NEW: Social Care Nursing Ambassador

NEW: GP Toolkit

NEW: Population Health Digital Toolkit

NEW: Pain Management Overview Meds-Op Webinar

NEW: Hand & Wrist Pathologies - Invitation to Education

NEW: Hips & SDM - Invitation to Education

NEW: PCN Advanced Practice Leads Meeting
  • Provided by The ACP Forum & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 17 November | 12.30 – 13.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to advanced clinical practitioners

The world of advanced practice is undergoing dramatic shifts, both locally and nationally; but that doesn’t mean you can’t soar!

To support practices with these changes, BNSSG Training Hub’s ACP Lead and chair of The ACP Forum, Kerri Magnus, will be running PCN Advanced Practice Leads Meetings monthly.

These meetings will focus on strategic issues, such as funding and career pathways, acting as a portal through which to disseminate new information and updates around advanced practice. They will also support attendees in developing as leaders, providing an opportunity to discuss support needed.

Attendees should be:

  • Advanced practitioners willing to circulate information to the rest of the advanced practice workforce in their PCN
  • Able to attend monthly meetings

Meetings will be held on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11.00 – 12.00. The first will be on Wednesday 10 November, to discuss the new radiological protocol for first contact, enhanced, and advanced practitioners, and provide an introduction to the Health Education England (HEE) Advanced Practice Demand Survey, due to come around in March 2022.

To register your interest or nominate a colleague, please contact Kerri at [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].
NEW: Bitesize Coaching for Frontline Leaders & Managers
  • Provided by NHS Leadership Academy
  • Runs in 45-minute windows, on a date of your choosing
  • Held via virtual consultation or telephone call
  • Open to frontline leaders, senior staff, and managers

In response to the additional challenges this winter, the NHS Leadership Academy are pleased to introduce their new, bite-sized coaching offer to support frontline leaders and managers across the South West.

The Academy is working with a team of professional coaches to provide focused, short-term support in the form of a 45-minute virtual or telephone coaching session. These are designed to offer a safe space in which frontline leaders and managers can reflect on and explore their concerns, needs, and challenges in a constructive way.

For more information, please use the button below to visit the relevant page.
NEW: Radiological Imaging Protocol Survey
  • Provided by North Bristol Trust (NBT), University Hospitals Bristol & Weston Trust (UHBW), Avon LMC, & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Open to nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, and podiatrists

The new protocol for imaging requesting has been designed in collaboration by North Bristol Trust (NBT), University Hospitals Bristol & Weston (UHBW), Avon Local Medical Committee (ALMC), and BNSSG Training Hub.

This protocol will support nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and podiatrists employed in general practice / primary care networks (PCNs) in BNSSG to request radiological imaging appropriate to their level and scope of practice, and capability, as set out in the national HEE educational frameworks.

To make the onboarding process as smooth as possible, a survey has been established to acquire baseline information ahead of time.

If you are a nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, or podiatrist currently requesting imaging / wishing to request imaging as part of your employed role, please complete this survey in full.
Not doing so may affect requesting rights. To access the survey, please use the button below.
NEW: Radiological Imaging Protocol Webinar
  • Provided by North Bristol Trust (NBT), University Hospitals Bristol & Weston Trust (UHBW), Avon LMC, & BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Tuesday 16 November | 18.30 – 19.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to all primary care staff and employers

To coincide with the launch of the new protocol for imaging requesting, this FREE webinar will explore the protocol itself and address these complementary support tools:

  • Audit tool
  • Competency assessment tool
  • Excel onboarding spreadsheet for PCNs / practices
  • Process diagram

(This webinar will not act as IRMER teaching, but dates for the ‘initial IRMER course’ will be provided for those who’ve not completed any teaching before.)

Attendees are encouraged to bring along any questions they may have.

To join the webinar, please use the button below to join the session on the day.
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].
NEW: Clinical Leadership Coaching and Advisory Service (CLCAS)
  • Provided by NHS Leadership Academy
  • Information session running on Thursday 18 November | 14.00 – 15.00
  • Held virtually
  • Open to clinical leaders aspiring to an executive role

Provided by NHS Leadership Academy, this service is for clinical leaders working at or near the top of their profession and aiming for director-level senior leadership roles. It will coach them, enabling greater understanding of their career path and providing the tools and resources required to secure an executive role.

Participants will receive a minimum of four coaching sessions over a 12-month period, as well as access to a careers and resource portal featuring a vast suite of e-Learning courses, videos, and articles.

An informal drop-in session further exploring this opportunity will be held on Thursday 18 November, from 14.00 – 15.00.

To register your interest in the course, the information session, or to ask any questions, please contact [email protected].
NEW: Adviser for RCGP Primary Care Development Programme
  • Provided by Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • Application window closes on Monday 15 November
  • Open to GPs

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is inviting applications from GPs to join their primary care development (CPD) programme, as advisers.

PCD is the college’s successful general practice consultancy, in operation since 2014, which provides a wide range of services – from supporting practices to meet CQC inspection requirements, to PCN workforce development.

Successful applicants will support the programme via scoping visits, development of action plans, provision of peer support, and facilitating relationships with local providers. The role consists of approximately two half-day sessions per week, with £227 of remuneration per session.

For more information on this post, and to apply, please use the button below.
NEW: Physician Associate Primary Care Development Lead
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Application window closes on Sunday 14 November
  • Open vacancy

We have an exciting opportunity for a Primary Care Development Lead for Physician Associates (PAs) to join our team! We are looking to employ or second* a motivated, enthusiastic individual who can support the Training Hub by:

  • Taking a lead in developing and maintaining professional, meaningful, collaborative engagement between PAs in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire
  • Creating a vibrant and meaningful PA network within the area, supporting PA development
  • Mentoring BNSSG-based PAs undertaking preceptorships
  • Leading the provision of support and advice to BNSSG primary care networks on the supervision and educational requirements of PAs

Ideally, we would like to employ someone from a clinical background with a good understanding of the role of the physician associate in general practice.

The role is offered at 7.5 hours per week, with flexible working available. The successful applicant will need to work well independently, managing changing demands and priorities, and also be able to work effectively as part of a small, busy team, in collaboration with various organisations.

* To undertake this role as a secondment, you will need the support of your line manager.

For more information, please use the button below to access NHS Jobs.
NEW: GatewayC Webinar: Non-Site Specific Symptoms
  • Provided by GatewayC
  • Running on Wednesday 24 November | 13.00 – 14.00
  • Held virtually
  • Open to any and all interested parties

This FREE webinar, organised by GatewayC, will refresh your understanding of how to deal with non-site specific symptoms of cancer.  Both Dr. Andrew Millar (Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist) and Professor Willie Hamilton (Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics) will be on-hand to discuss, and to answer your questions.

To register a space, please register via the button below.
NEW: Hot Topics Clinic - Diagnostic Tests
  • Provided by NB Medical Education & Cancer Research UK
  • Running on Tuesday 9 November | 20.00 – 21.00
  • Held virtually
  • Open to any and all interested parties

This webinar will examine diagnostic tests and safety netting, with updates on symptomatic FIT and CA125 primary care tests, and focus on the reliability and sequencing of tests and safety netting routine referrals.

Dr. Garth Funston (Clinical Research Associate) will be present to discuss ovarian cancer and his latest research on CA125 test results. He is well-versed in the latest research and well-placed to share his thoughts / answer your questions.

To register a space, please register via the button below.
NEW: GP Toolkit
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub, with signposts to assorted partners’ resources

Our new GP Toolkit is now available; 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 this page, please look under ‘Careers’ on the  navigation bar above, or use the button below.
NEW: Population Health Digital Toolkit
  • Provided by Health Education England (HEE)
  • Open to anyone registered on e-Learning for Health (e-LfH)

HEE’s Population Health Digital Toolkit is now available on the e-Learning for Health platform. The toolkit features free learning and resources, designed to help organisations apply population health approaches to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

Anyone with an e-Learning for Health account can access the toolkit.

To access the toolkit, please click the button below.
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].
NEW: Pain Management Overview Webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Ran on Wednesday 13 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 Krisztina Kenesy (Consultant Anaesthetics / Pain Medicine).

NEW: Hand & Wrist Pathologies - Invitation to Education
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG
  • Ran on Wednesday 22 September

Organised by BNSSG CCG’s MSK Team, 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 Rouin Amirfeyz (Consultant Hand & Elbow Surgeon, UHBW).

NEW: Hips & SDM - Invitation to Education
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG
  • Ran on Wednesday 22 September

Organised by BNSSG CCG’s MSK Team, 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 Niall Sullivan (Consultant T&O Surgeon, UHBW / NBT), Simon Bick (Orthopaedic Consultant, NBT), and Anthony Ward (Orthopaedic Consultant, NBT).

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 (Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist, Bristol ROADS Specialist Advisory Service, AWP), it will include:

  • Discussions on deprescribing gabapentinoids, benzodiazepines, and opiates
  • Approaches to consider when deprescribing in patients on multiple pain medications
  • A case study discussions to highlight different approaches
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 24 November | 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 24 November, 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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