Tag: Primary Care

INTERACT study

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A new way of delivering CBT
For patients with depression

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and Centre for Academic Mental Health are developing a new way to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for patients with depression, called INTERACT, which blends high-intensity therapy with new applications for technology.

A trial programme for it will begin recruiting patients in the next few weeks, with the goal being to recruit over 400 in the next two years, from GP practices in Bristol, London, and York. GPs can refer patients, with potential participants being identified during consultations or from patient records. Participants will randomly receive either usual care or usual care plus the INTERACT CBT intervention.

Participants receiving the intervention will be offered nine sessions of therapy; the first will be delivered face-to-face or by video call, and subsequent sessions will be delivered using instant messaging. Participants will also be able to access the study website and CBT materials at any time, as working outside the therapeutic session is an important ingredient in the effectiveness of CBT.

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Project Management Development courses

Develop your project management skills Join on next year

Project Management Development courses

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Want to develop your project management skills?
Funded places on training courses available

We are collaborating with UWE to support administrative and managerial practice staff in developing their project management skills, by securing a number of funded places on the following self-managed courses.


Prince2 Agile Foundation for Project Management

This course is suitable for anyone interested in project management, design, delivery, and review.

It will take approximately 16 hours to complete, but you will have access to the materials over the span of 6 months, giving you time to plan your studying and book your exam.

It will be delivered online as self-study, and so you will require a computer with internet access.

Tutor support is available by telephone from experienced tutors.

Cohort 1 will start on Monday 4 January, 2021, and be completed by Wednesday 30 June, 2021.

Cohort 2 will start on Monday 1 February, 2021, and be completed by Saturday 31 July, 2021.

More information on this course can be found here.


APM Fundamentals

This course is suited to those with little-to-no project management experience looking to gain an understanding of the principles of project management.

It will take between 10 – 12 hours to complete. You will, however, have access to the materials for 6 months, allowing you to plan your study and book your exam.

It will likewise be delivered entirely online, and so you will need a computer with access to the internet. A webinar is to be held in the course’s first week to demonstrate the learning materials and how to use the e-learning environment.

Tutor support is available by telephone from experience tutors.

The cohort will begin on Monday 1 February, 2021, and end on Tuesday 31 August, 2021.

More information about this course can be found here.

Applying for a funded place

To apply for a funded place, please download the expression of interest form using the third button below, and send a completed copy to Jessie Saul at [email protected].

Places will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications must be in by Friday 4 December.

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BNSSG GPN Forum

Join on Thursday 12 November

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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Sign up for the Advancing Practice workshops!

Open from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 November

Sign up for the Advancing Practice workshops!

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Haven’t secured a place at HEE’s  Advanced Practice Virtual Conference?
You can still join their online workshops

HEE’s virtual Advancing Practice conference, set to run on Monday 9 November and Thursday 12 November, has received a great deal of interest.

If you have been unable to secure a space, be advised that you don’t need to miss out on everything — you can still sign up for the online workshops.

Commencing at 11.20 on Monday, they’ll be live until 13.30 on Thursday and cover the following topics:

  • Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Developing multi-professional credentials
  • Centre for Advancing Practice
  • Research
  • Creating a core AP curriculum
  • Developing consensus for the pathway from Advanced Clinical Practice to Consultant Practice

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Social Prescribing Link Worker webinar series

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Learn about three new roles

To be held on Wednesday 4 November from 13.3014.30, this special joint webinar from NHSE / I will highlight three of the new roles in primary care: Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care Navigators, and Health Coaches.

The webinar is aimed at people employed in one of these roles, but is also open to PCN staff and other related colleagues. Learning outcomes as follows:

  • For colleagues in the three roles to gain an understanding of each role’s remit in primary care 
  • For colleagues to understand different models of how they can work together to deliver high-quality, personalised care, using real-life examples of where roles work together in primary care 
  • To provide an opportunity for colleagues to hear from the NHS England national team responsible for the additional roles
  • To provide an opportunity to ask questions to the national team and network with colleagues 

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Blended Learning

Study your way

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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Report on remote consulting in primary care

On the impact of rapid implementation

Report on remote consulting in primary care

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Covering the implementation of remote consulting following the COVID-19 pandemic
N.B. this study has not yet been peer reviewed, however

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, general practices quickly introduced a raft of remote consultation measures back in March — a RAPCI research article posted on Thursday 22 October, on Research Square, investigates the impact of this rapid implementation, using 21 practices in BNSSG as the basis for the study.

The shorthand conclusion is, word for word, as follows: “The shift to remote consulting was successful and a focus maintained on vulnerable patients. It was driven by the imperative to reduce contagion and may have risks; post-pandemic, the model may need adjustment.”

To read the rest of the study, please click the button below — but do bear in mind that this is a pre-print, preliminary report which has not yet been peer reviewed, and so it should not be considered conclusive nor inform clinical practice.

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Motivational Interviewing training 2021

Now open to all primary care staff

Motivational Interviewing training 2021

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Dates & times

The following dates and times are available for the workshops, all of which must be attended:

Workshop 1

Monday 1 February, 9.00 – 10.00
Monday 1 February, 10.15 – 11.15
Monday 1 February, 11.30 – 12.30
Monday 1 February, 13.30 – 14.30
Monday 1 February, 14.45 – 15.45
Monday 1 February, 16.00 – 17.00

Tuesday 2 February, 9.00 – 10.00


Workshop 2:

Tuesday 2 February, 10.15 – 11.15
Tuesday 2 February, 11.30 – 12.30
Tuesday 2 February, 13.30 – 14.30
Tuesday 2 February, 14.45 – 15.45
Tuesday 2 February, 16.00 – 17.00

Monday 8 February, 12.30 – 13.30
Monday 8 February, 13.45 – 14.45


Workshop 3:
Monday 8 February, 15.00 – 16.00
Monday 8 February, 17.00 – 18.00
Monday 8 February, 18.15 – 19.15

Tuesday 9 February, 13.45 – 14.45
Tuesday 9 February, 15.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 9 February, 17.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 9 February, 18.15 – 19.15

Open to all roles in primary care
General information:

We have arranged for a second run of this autumn’s Motivational Interviewing training. Having previously only been open to GPNs, this next run is open to all members of the primary care workforce, regardless of experience.

To be delivered and facilitated by Behaviour Change Training (BCT) once more, this course will focus on skills development and encourage you to reflect on current practice. It is scheduled to begin in January, and will consist of 2 x online learning modules and 3 x facilitated workshops.

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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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Pitch your primary care research project to PACT

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Been mulling over a primary care innovation?
Calling all primary care health professionals

The Primary Care Academic Collaborative (PACT) is leading a national call for a grassroots research project this Autumn, culminating in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ at the 2021 Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) conference, on Thursday 11th February.

Applications must be submitted to PACT by Sunday 22nd November. To learn more about how to apply, what the committee are looking for, and what makes a good project, please click here.

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