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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 [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.”

January / February 2022 Newsletter

April / May 2022
Newsletter

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.”

December 2021 Newsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

Published on Friday 11 March, 2022

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NEW: Primary Care Induction Day (PCID)

Approach to Initiation of Medicines Meds-Op Training

NEW: Managing Difficult Conversations at Work training

NEW: The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Multidisciplinary Team programme

NEW: First Steps into Leadership training

NEW: Preparing for GP Partnership course

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs

GP Toolkit

NEW: FCP / AP Directory Update

NEW: Frontline19 Support Services

NEW: Portfolio Careers Guide

NEW: Training Opportunities & Funding for General Practice Pharmacists

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

Autumn Skin Cancer Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By the end of a session, attendees will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please click the button below.

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

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

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

For more information, please click the button below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please click the button below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It provides signposts to resources in the following categories:

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

To access the toolkit, simply click the button below.

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

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

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

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

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

Medicines Optimisation Training

Photo by Adam Niescioruk
NEW:
  • HRT & Menopause on Thursday 26 May
  • Frailty with a focus on Polypharmacy  on Wednesday 8 June
  • Pharmacogenomics on Tuesday 28 June

BNSSG CCG’s Med-Op Team and BNSSG Training Hub have collaborated to deliver a suite of Medicine Optimisation Training sessions available to all primary, community, social, and secondary care partners across Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

Upcoming Training

HRT & Menopause | Book Now
On Thursday 26 May, from 12.3014.00, Dr. Shaba Nabi (GP Clinical Lead Prescribing, BNSSG CCG) will highlight best practice around medicines optimisation in relation to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and menopause.

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

To book your place on this webinar, please click here to access the sign-up form.


Frailty with a focus on Polypharmacy | Book Now
On Wednesday 8 June, from 12.3014.00, Dr. Arvind Kumar is set to provide a polypharmacy-focused update on frailty.

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

To book your place on this webinar, please click here to access the sign-up form.


Pharmacogenomics | Book Now
On Tuesday 28 June, from 12.3014.00, Rachel Palmer (Lead Genomics Pharmacist, South West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance) will reflect on what genomics is, how it can be used in healthcare and medicines optimisation, and how it’s delivering personalised treatments now.

Specifically, this session will touch on:

  • Personalised / targeted treatments
  • Pharmacogenomic case studies
  • Genomics learning resources
  • Implementation of genomics in the South West

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

To book your place on this webinar, please click here to access the sign-up form.

Past Training

Shared Decision Making | Recording available
Delivered on Thursday 16 September by Dr. Shaba Nabi, from 12.30 – 14.00, this webinar explored the importance of shared decision making and personalised care in medicines optimisation.


Cellulitis: Diagnosis & Management | Recording available
On Tuesday 21 September, from 12.3014.00, BNSSG CCG’s Medicines Optimisation Team held a webinar on cellulitis — specifically, how to diagnose a patient with it and how to help manage it. The speaker was Dr. Martin Williams (Consultant Microbiologist, UHBW).


Heart Failure | Recording available
On Monday 4 October, from 12.30 – 14.00, BNSSG CCG’s Medicines Optimisation Team held a webinar on heart failureDr. Yasmin Ismail (Consultant Cardiologist, Bristol Heart Institute, UHBW) provided an update on heart failure therapies, with complementing clinical case studies.


Pain Management Overview | Recording available
From 12.3014.00 on Wednesday 13 October, Krisztina Kenesy delivered a webinar on pain management.


Approach to Long-Term Conditions Review & Deprescribing | Recording available
From 12.3014.00 on Wednesday 20 October, Graham Price (Senior Practice Pharmacist, Fallodon Way Medical Centre) and Laurie Chapman (Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Cadbury Heath Health Centre) delivered a webinar on approaching long-term conditions review and deprescribing.


How to Facilitate Behaviour Change | Recording available
From 12.3014.00 on Wednesday 3 November, Chloe Stewart & Helen Patten explored how to approach and enable behaviour change in your patients.


Deprescribing Dependence-Forming Medicines | Recording available
This webinar ran from 12.3014.00 on Tuesday 23 November and was delivered by Dr. Ben Watson (Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist), this webinar focused on deprescribing gabapentinoids, benzodiazepines, and opiates.


Overview of Parkinson’s Disease | Recording available soon
This webinar ran from 12.3014.00 on Tuesday 25 January, with Dr. Rachael Ward (Consultant Geriatrician with an interest in movement disorders) and Hippolyte Fraser (Frailty Pharmacist specialising in Parkinson’s Disease) having facilitated.


Prescribing in Renal Impairment | Recording available soon
On Tuesday 26 April, from 12.3014.00Sara Perkins and Robert Brown (Specialist Renal Pharmacists, North Bristol Trust) explored the process of prescribing in relation to renal impairment; specifically, they touched on:

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

Clinical Management of Frailty | Recording available soon
On Tuesday 3 May, from 12.3014.00, Dr. Holly Paris (GP, 168 Medical Group) explored, in relation to the clinical management of frailty:

  • Deprescribing in practice
  • Prescribing cascades
  • Falls focus

What else is on

Supporting you to become a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP)

What does the role entail? What are the benefits to your practice / PCN? This webinar has the answers

Aspiring Leaders in Health and Social Care ’22

For all aspiring and new leaders / managers in health and care, commencing Tues 28 June

BNSSG Training Hub Conference 2022

Learn what the Training Hub can offer practices, PCNs, and learners across the region!

March 2022 Newsletter

Published on 11.03.22

Clinical Biochemistry for Advanced Practitioners

FREE for all advanced practitioners, two new lectures!

January / February 2022 Newsletter

Published on 15.02.22

PCN Briefing: Video Group Clinics

On VGCs’ benefits for PCNs

Primary Care Portfolio Careers Event

All about portfolio careers!

BNSSG Primary Care Apprenticeship Update

A succinct overview of the clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships available in primary care

SMI & Physical Health Webinar

A lunchtime webinar, running on Thursday 17 February, 2022!

Primary Care Induction Day (PCID)

Announced for Wednesday 30 March, 2022!

Safeguarding Level 3 Child Exploitation Webinar

Covering risk indicators for child exploitation, on Thursday 17 March

Safeguarding Children Level 3 Training

Level 3 face-to-face training, available this February and March

NSHE / I BNSSG Extended Mentors Scheme

An exciting portfolio opportunity for experienced GPs

Online Dermoscopy Education

A new course of online education, open to all primary care staff

Managing Difficult Conversations at Work

For non-clinical staff, in dealing with patients and colleagues

BNSSG GP Cancer Lead Forum [27.01.22]

On the reporting process for QOF and DES, and more…

December 2021 Newsletter

Published on 07.12.21

Portfolio Careers Guide

Dispelling myths and unveiling truths

October / November 2021 Newsletter

Published on 09.11.21

Apprenticeships in Primary Care Webinars

Answering your questions on 21.10.21 and 4.11.21

Cancer Screening Awareness Session

Running for the whole practice team on 07.10.21

September 2021 Newsletter

Published on 07.09.21

Preparing for GP Partnership course

For GPs, GPNs, AHPs, and PMs

General Practice Teaching Workshops

NEW: Now open to all GPs, GPNs, & APNs!

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs

Next on Wednesday 26 January!

National HEI First Contact Practice Webinar

National updates on First Contact Practice (FCP)!

GP Return to Work Refresher Course

NEW:Our full-day Return to Work Refresher Course is back this November!

Clinical Supervision Training for GPNs

Available this July and October!

Shared Decision Making Training

Free, virtual training, continuing this Autumn

Newly Qualified GP / GPN Fellowship Programmes

Develop an enjoyable, fulfilling, and sustainable career in primary care.

Events Calendar

Our ever-populating events calendar

C&SW 2021 Annual Conference

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Embracing the  Sustainability Challenge

Care & Support West’s annual conference returns for 2021, as a virtual event to be streamed live from Ashton Gate, in partnership with BNSSG Training Hub.

Freely open to all primary, community, and social care staff, this year’s theme is sustainability. Through a series of lightning talks and round tables, speakers will deliver their insights into the well-being, workforce development, and equality and diversity of the care sector — in which the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed huge gaps.

The conference will be split across Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 June, with an array of speakers from health and care, and national and local government, on-hand to talk with you — including Sirona Health & Care’s Director of Nursing, Mary Lewis! Make sure to book your spot ASAP.

To view this event’s agenda and register your space, please use the button below.

Recent news

Protected: Podiatrists

All about nursing associates

First Steps into Nursing

Five live webinars for college and school leavers, this July

CPD Plenary

A free, 30-minute Q&A on CPD funding

Aspiring Leaders in Health & Social Care Nursing

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Reassured me personally, and I think it provided a really useful and positive way to view things.
It made me realise it’s okay that not everyone thinks the same way I do.
For new-into-post and aspiring nurse leaders in health & social care
Commencing on Wednesday 21 April

Beginning on Wednesday 21 April, a new run of our Aspiring Leaders in Health & Social Care programme will commence. This four-month programme has been put together for any and all new-into-post and aspiring leaders in health & social care in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire — to familiarise them and furnish them with skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will support them in their endeavours.

For 2021, however, we will be offering this programme exclusively to nurses — but as per usual, you may be working in primary, community, or social care. Over its duration, you will join four modules and engage with these pillars of leadership:

  • Well-being and resilience on Wednesday 21 April
    Facilitated by: Karen Storey (Primary Care Nursing Lead, NHS England), Liz Mallett (CCG General Practice Nurse Lead, BNSSG CCG), Rebecca Howard  (from ShinyMind), and Tori McIntyre (Well-being Lead / OD Consultant,
    SCW CSU)
  • Harnessing personal strengths on Tuesday 18 May
    Facilitated by: 
    sidekick’s Hannah Miller
  • Navigating the bigger picture on Wednesday 23 June
    Facilitated by: Eden & Partners
  • Application of quality improvement strategies on Wednesday 21 July
    Facilitated by: The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)

To apply to join, please use the button below. Applications will be accepted up until 12.30 on Friday 16 April. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do send them to [email protected].

Recent news

Protected: Podiatrists

All about nursing associates

First Steps into Nursing

Five live webinars for college and school leavers, this July

CPD Plenary

A free, 30-minute Q&A on CPD funding

BNSSG Population Health Fellowship

Population Health - Photo by Chuttersnap
Spearhead a project to reduce health inequalities
Open to all GPs, GPNs, and AHPs in BNSSG

We are offering a 12-month Population Health Fellowship, beginning this March, designed by Professor Maggie Rae (President of the Faculty of Public Health). This will be a fantastic chance for a primary care clinician to not only develop their leadership and management skills, but also to bolster their knowledge of Population Health and health inequalities.

Population Health work aims to improve the health and well-being of a group or population of people, and to reduce inequality in health outcomes, requiring action to address the wider, social determinants of health and involving collaboration with communities and organisations beyond the NHS. For more information on the significance of Population Health, please download the Fellowship rationale below.

You will work for 2 sessions (1 day) per week with the STP Population Health Management Team, to deliver a Population Health improvement project with a focus on reducing health inequalities. You will receive educational supervision from a local Public Health Consultant, training from the South West School of Public Health, and an education & training allowance for any relevant courses and qualifications. Again, for more information, please download the Fellowship details and Fellowship rationale documents below.

This offer is open to all GPs, GPNs, and AHPs in a substantive role in a GP practice in Bristol, North Somerset, or South Gloucestershire. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates. But do please note that applications must be in by Friday 29 January — to apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Dr. Sarah Ballisat at [email protected].

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Protected: Podiatrists

All about nursing associates

First Steps into Nursing

Five live webinars for college and school leavers, this July

CPD Plenary

A free, 30-minute Q&A on CPD funding

BNSSG Training Hub GP Fellowships

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It’s a new year — take up a new opportunity!
Open to all GPs, wherever they are in their career

BNSSG Training Hub is delighted to announce two new 12-month fellowships, beginning this March. These will provide an excellent opportunity for GPs to develop their leadership and education skills, alongside their existing clinical role.

Successful applicants will work with the Training Hub for 2 sessions (1 day) per week, leading projects designed to support and develop the primary, community, and social care workforce in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. Fellows will be supervised by a member of the Hub’s senior management team and receive an education & training allowance of £1,000, which may be spent on courses and qualifications relevant to the fellowship.

Applications are welcomed from GPs at any stage of their career. We particularly welcome applications from GPs from diverse backgrounds.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Sarah Ballisat at [email protected] by Thursday 21 January. Your CV and covering letter will be used for shortlisting. Interviews will be held on Friday 5 February. Successful applicants must be ready to start before the end of March 2021.

For more information, please download the PDF below.

Recent news

Protected: Podiatrists

All about nursing associates

First Steps into Nursing

Five live webinars for college and school leavers, this July

CPD Plenary

A free, 30-minute Q&A on CPD funding

Shared Decision Making Training

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An interactive opportunity to practice new skills…
…a great start to working towards a cultural shift
FREE training for clinicians across BNSSG, on Tuesday 29 March
Do you want to help people make better decisions about their healthcare?

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, on Tuesday 29 March, 2022.

Running from 9.30 – 12.30, 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.

This training is available for FREE to primary, community, and secondary care clinicians.

Should it be of interest, the expandable box below features a link to watch the one-hour Awareness Raising Webinar that originally preceded this training. You do not need to watch it, however, and a recap will be provided at the start of the workshop.

Awareness Raising Webinar

This webinar serves as an introduction to the core principles of Shared Decision Making and begins to lay out the case for its widescale implementation.

To watch it, please click here.

To register your interest in joining this training, please complete the application form via the button below.

What else is on

Supporting you to become a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP)

What does the role entail? What are the benefits to your practice / PCN? This webinar has the answers

Aspiring Leaders in Health and Social Care ’22

For all aspiring and new leaders / managers in health and care, commencing Tues 28 June

BNSSG Training Hub Conference 2022

Learn what the Training Hub can offer practices, PCNs, and learners across the region!

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