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All things TNA

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Are you a Trainee Nursing Associate?
Or perhaps you’re employing one?

Make sure to check out Avon LMC’s webinar on all things trainee nursing associate (TNA) on Thursday 19 November, at 14.00.

The funding and application process, entry requirements, experiences of others, and more will all be covered.

For more information and to book your spot, please contact [email protected].

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BNSSG GPN Forum

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On Thursday 12 November, 2020
Featuring a talk by Karen Storey

Organised by BNSSG CCG and Avon LMC, the next BNSSG General Practice Nurse forum will be held on Thursday 12 November, at 13.00.

Attendees will enjoy updates from:

  • Karen Storey, Primary Care Nursing Lead, NHSE / I
  • Phil Elverd, Education Facilitator, BNSSG Training Hub
  • Lucy Murrell, Director of Nursing, Avon LMC
  • Liz Mallett, Lead Locality General Practice Nurse, BNSSG CCG

The forum will be followed by Locality-based breakout sessions. Please make sure to join the right breakout session — all links can be found in the associated flyer, which can be downloaded using the button below.

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Blended Learning

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Study your way
Predominantly remote learning, so you can be flexible with your time

Developed by HEE and HEIs across England – and in conjunction with an advisory group featuring representatives from partner organisations – the Blended Learning programme has been established to address national shortages in clinical expertise and to offer predominantly virtual,  remote-access study to individuals unable to study for a healthcare role in a traditional fashion.

This programme will be trialled via a nursing degree programme, to start in early 2021. Trainee nurses will have easy access to new and emerging technologies, helping them and their employing trusts to meet the requirement for strong digital capabilities, whilst also furnishing the NHS will an up-to-date, adaptable workforce.

The aims of this programme are to:

“Provide a technology framework that enables student-led provision, online communities of practice leading to development of engaged and self -directed learners with strong digital capabilities”

“Develop flexible, adaptable, resilient, curious, collaborative learners and professionals”

“Attract greater numbers and a more diverse student population into the health profession”

“Create a significantly different offer in healthcare professional education, that will support the growth of a qualitatively different, expert and professional workforce suited to the demands of care now and in the future”

“Fully exploit digital technologies to deliver fully interactive and integrated programmes including immersive technologies like Virtual and Augmented Reality”

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CLiP PCN Project

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For the attention of all PCNs
Get involved with this HEE-funded project

This is a HEE pilot to increase student nurse placements across the South West, with a call for 1 – 2 PCNs in BNSSG to host 4 – 8 students via the Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) model. This coaching model tasks students from different years with taking the lead in caring for patients, and entrusts them with supporting and learning from one another.

Participating PCNs will not only receive support from the Training Hub and local HEIs, with staff being provided preparatory training, but they will also be able to claim a one-off £3,000 support payment (available per PCN, and alongside the usual weekly tariff of £87 per week).

In addition to expanding student nurse placements, the project is intended to raise the quality of learning environments, promote general practice nursing careers, assess the CLiP model’s suitability for other professions, and provide research output and case studies.


To watch a promotional video about how the CLiP model works in general practice, please click here.

The pilot will begin in January and is limited to two PCNs 
If interested, contact Dr. Holly Hardy ASAP

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GPN Well-being & Peer Support Group

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Need a helping hand?

“It’s not always about getting or giving advice. It’s also about having a safe space to get things off our chest and occasionally sharing a laugh about it all!” (Mind, 2020)

BNSSG Training Hub is pleased to offer a monthly 1- / 1.5-hour online peer support group for those new to general practice nursing. This session will be limited to 4 places on a first-come, first-serve basis, but we welcome all expressions of interest as we endeavour to provide further sessions soon.

The initial session will be running on a Thursday afternoon, once a month, with the final date to be confirmed, and it will be facilitated by a clinician with a special interest in the health and well-being of health professionals.


What is peer support?

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. It comes in different forms, but they all aim to:

  • Bring people with shared experiences together, to support one another
  • Provide a safe environment wherein you feel accepted and understood
  • Treat everyone’s experiences as equally important
  • Involve both giving and receiving support

The benefits include:

  • Having the opportunity to reflect
  • Building resilience and improving well-being
  • Sharing your own experiences, new ideas, best practice, and research
  • Making links with other professionals and having the opportunity to build supportive networks

For more information, please contact Kim Ball, one of our GPNEs, at [email protected].

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Nursing Apprenticeships in Social Care webinar

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Bust some myths about nursing apprenticeships in social care
On Tuesday 20 October, from 15.00 to 16.30

In collaboration with Skills for Care and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), HEE are inviting colleagues from social care, and non-NHS organisations providing NHS-commissioned care, to a webinar on nursing apprenticeships; you’ll look at how the apprenticeship route into nursing (both registered nurses and nursing associates) can be used to enhance and develop the current and future workforce.

There’ll also be some myth-busting around how the apprenticeship model and associated funding can be accessed, and dispelling of myths around ways in which nurses need to be supported to complete their training. The funding offer for this apprenticeship model itself will be reviewed, too.

To register a place, please email [email protected].

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QNI Annual Conference 2020

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‘Learning from the pandemic’

The QNI has dedicated their annual conference this year to all nurses and allied health professionals, in recognition of their hard, vital work in caring for others during the pandemic. It will be entirely virtual, held on each day from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October, via Zoom.

Across the sessions scheduled, you’ll hear from and about the four CNOs; the ICN’s perspective; the Nursing Now legacy; the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community and workforce; the innovations devised to meet the pandemic’s challenges; lessons for the future; nurses’ case studies; and much more.

For more information, including how to book your place, please use the button below.

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Digital Nurse Network update #14

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News from the DNN

To download, please click here

This update from the Digital Nurse Network features links to online events, webinars, and training (including the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s annual conferenceclick here for more), in addition to a Q&A on infection, prevention, and control.

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