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October / November 2021 Newsletter

October / November
2021 Newsletter

Published on Tuesday 9 November, 2021

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Autumn Skin Cancer Webinar Series

NEW: Radiological Imaging Protocol Survey

NEW: Radiological Imaging Protocol Webinar

NEW: PCN Advanced Practice Leads Meeting

NEW: Clinical Leadership Coaching and Advisory Service (CLCAS)

Deprescribing Dependence-Forming Medicines Meds-Op Training

NEW: GatewayC Webinar: Non-Site Specific Symptoms

Approach to Initiation of Medicines Meds-Op Training

NEW: Bitesize Coaching for Frontline Leaders & Managers

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs

NEW: Adviser for RCGP Primary Care Development Programme

NEW: Physician Associate Primary Care Development Lead

NEW: Social Care Nursing Ambassador

NEW: GP Toolkit

NEW: Population Health Digital Toolkit

NEW: Pain Management Overview Meds-Op Webinar

NEW: Hand & Wrist Pathologies - Invitation to Education

NEW: Hips & SDM - Invitation to Education

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

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

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

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

Attendees should be:

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

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

To register your interest or nominate a colleague, please contact Kerri at [email protected].
Autumn Skin Cancer Webinar Series
  • Provided by Almirall and Dermal Topical Innovation
  • Running on Wednesday 10 November | 19.30 – 20.30 & Wednesday 1 December | 19.30 – 20.30
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

  • #1: Benign Lesions
    Delivered by Dr. Tony Downs (Consultant Dermatologist, Exeter Medical) on Thursday 7 October, this webinar is now available to watch on demand. To do so, please click here.
  • #2: Pre-malignant Lesions
    To be delivered by Dr. Sandy Anderson (Associate Specialist, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust) on Wednesday 10 November, this webinar will run from 19.30 – 20.30. Sign up here.
  • #3: Malignant Lesions
    To be delivered by Dr. Toby Chave (Consultant Dermatologist, Derriford Hospital) on Wednesday 1 December, this webinar will also run from 19.30 – 20.30. Sign up here.
For further information, please use the button below to contact Almirall at [email protected].
NEW: Bitesize Coaching for Frontline Leaders & Managers
  • Provided by NHS Leadership Academy
  • Runs in 45-minute windows, on a date of your choosing
  • Held via virtual consultation or telephone call
  • Open to frontline leaders, senior staff, and managers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To join the webinar, please use the button below to join the session on the day.
Approach to Initiation of Medicines
Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Thursday 16 December | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

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

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more information on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
NEW: Clinical Leadership Coaching and Advisory Service (CLCAS)
  • Provided by NHS Leadership Academy
  • Information session running on Thursday 18 November | 14.00 – 15.00
  • Held virtually
  • Open to clinical leaders aspiring to an executive role

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our new GP Toolkit is now available; pulled together by one of our fellows, Dr. Alice Blackwell, the toolkit is intended as a career opportunities and resources hub for GPs working in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

It provides signposts to resources in the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Clinical, Mentoring, & Supervision Skills
  • Portfolio Career Opportunities
  • Well-Being Resources
  • And more…
To access this page, please look under ‘Careers’ on the  navigation bar above, or use the button below.
NEW: Population Health Digital Toolkit
  • Provided by Health Education England (HEE)
  • Open to anyone registered on e-Learning for Health (e-LfH)

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

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

To access the toolkit, please click the button below.
NEW: Cellulitis: Diagnosis & Management Webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG
  • Running on Tuesday 21 September | 13.00 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

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

For more information, and to register your interest in this particular webinar, please contact [email protected].
NEW: Pain Management Overview Webinar
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and BNSSG Training Hub
  • Ran on Wednesday 13 October | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Appropriate for the whole MDT

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

It was delivered by Krisztina Kenesy (Consultant Anaesthetics / Pain Medicine).

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

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

It was delivered by Rouin Amirfeyz (Consultant Hand & Elbow Surgeon, UHBW).

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

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

It was delivered by Niall Sullivan (Consultant T&O Surgeon, UHBW / NBT), Simon Bick (Orthopaedic Consultant, NBT), and Anthony Ward (Orthopaedic Consultant, NBT).

Deprescribing Dependence-Forming Medicines
Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Tuesday 23 November | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

This webinar will run from 12.30 – 14.00 on Tuesday 23 November. To be delivered by Dr. Ben Watson (Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist, Bristol ROADS Specialist Advisory Service, AWP), it will include:

  • Discussions on deprescribing gabapentinoids, benzodiazepines, and opiates
  • Approaches to consider when deprescribing in patients on multiple pain medications
  • A case study discussions to highlight different approaches
To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 24 November | 20.00 – 21.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to GPs returning to work after a short career break

The next of BNSSG Training Hub’s GP Buddy Meetings is this Wednesday 24 November, from 20.00 – 21.00. These meetings, arranged by one of the Hub’s GP Fellows, Dr. Pamela Curtis, offer a safe space for GPs returning to work after a short career break (due to parental leave, ill health, or caring responsibilities).

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

To register for the next GP Buddy Meeting, please complete the application form.
Is remote consulting compatible with personalised care or does something have to give?

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

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

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

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

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

September 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

Published on Tuesday 7 September, 2021

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HEE FCP (Paramedic) Roadmap Stage 1 Webinar

NEW: Cancer Screening Hot Topics Clinic

NEW: HEE Star Training

Shared Decision Making Meds-Op Training

NEW: Cellulitis: Diagnosis & Management Webinar

PCN Cancer Lead GP Forum

Preparing for GP Partnership

NEW: General Practice Teaching Workshops

NEW: Pain Management Overview Meds-Op Training

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

Deprescribing Dependence Forming Medicines Meds-Op Training

GP Return to Work Refresher Course

Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs

Is remote consulting compatible with personalised care...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Attendance will provide 1 CPD credit and a downloadable certificate.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

To express interest in the Level 2 training, please send a message to [email protected].
Shared Decision Making Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Thursday 16 September | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

This webinar will run from 12.30 – 14.00 on Thursday 16th September. To be delivered by Dr. Shaba Nabi (Clinical Lead for Prescribing, BNSSG CCG), it will cover shared decision making and explore the importance of personalised care in medicines optimisation. Dr. Nabi is very well-versed in the rationale behind and implementation of shared decision making, so this is sure to be an insightful session. A recording will be made available following delivery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The aims for this session are:

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

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

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

For further information on each of the workshops, please click here to download the briefs for each of them.
Alternatively, use the button below to visit this opportunity’s web page.
NEW: Pain Management Overview
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 13 October | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

This webinar will run from 12.30 – 14.00 on Wednesday 13 October. To be delivered by Krisztina Kenesy (Consultant Anaesthetics / Pain Medicine), it will provide an overview of the relationship between pain management and polypharmacy.

To register your space, please click the first button below to contact us at [email protected].
For more information on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
NEW: Approach to Long-Term Conditions Review and Deprescribing
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 20 October | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

This webinar will run from 12.30 – 14.00 on Wednesday 20 October. To be delivered by Graham Price, it will examine how best to approach long-term conditions reviews and deprescribing.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
NEW: Approach to Long-Term Conditions Review and Deprescribing Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 20 October | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

This webinar will run from 12.30 – 14.00 on Wednesday 20 October. To be delivered by Graham Price, it will examine how best to approach long-term conditions reviews and deprescribing.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
Deprescribing Dependence Forming Medicines Meds-Op Training
  • Provided by BNSSG CCG and Training Hub
  • Running on Tuesday 23 November | 12.30 – 14.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to any and all interested parties

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

This webinar will run from 12.30 – 14.00 on Tuesday 23 November. To be delivered by Dr. Ben Watson, it will explore how best to deprescribe dependence-forming medicines, such as gabapentinoids, benzodiazepines, and opiates.

To register your space, please click the first button below to access the sign-up form.
For more infomation on the programme as a whole, please click the second button below.
If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].
Buddy Meetings for return-to-work GPs
  • Provided by BNSSG Training Hub
  • Running on Wednesday 29 September | 20.00 – 21.00
  • Held via Microsoft Teams
  • Open to GPs returning to work after a short career break

The next of BNSSG Training Hub’s GP Buddy Meetings is this Wednesday 29 September, from 20.00 – 21.00. These meetings, arranged by one of the Hub’s GP Fellows, Dr. Pamela Curtis, offer a safe space for GPs returning to work after a short career break (due to parental leave, ill health, or caring responsibilities).

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

To register for the next GP Buddy Meeting, please complete the application form.
Is remote consulting compatible with personalised care or does something have to give?

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

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

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

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

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

General Practice Teaching Workshops

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General Practice Teaching Workshops

BNSSG Training Hub has arranged for a series of online workshops to be run this autumn, exploring the themes of Well-Being, Shared Decision Making, and Risk Management. Spearheaded by Dr. Alice Blackwell, one of the Hub’s GP Fellows, these workshops are principally aimed at newly-qualified GPs, GPNs, and ANPs, but admission may be opened up to a wider audience in due course — please keep an eye out!


Further information on each of the workshops is available below:

Well-Being Workshop

Running from 14.0017.30 on Tuesday 5 October, to be delivered by Hannah Miller (Founding Director of Sidekick and Gallup-certified Strengths Coach), this session will consider:

  • How is your well-being?
  • Gallup research into well-being – rooted in science and actionable in your daily life
  • The 5 areas of well-being: what they are, what they look like in our lives, and how we might take steps to improve them
  • Form an action plan and shift the needle towards a healthy, thriving lifestyle
Shared Decision Making Workshop

Running from 14.0017.30 on Tuesday 12 October, to be delivered by Dr. Shaba Nabi (Clinical Lead for a vibrant, inner city practice in Bristol). This session will feature an interactive, practical workshop on shared decision making.

If you have not already, it would be beneficial to watch the 1-hour Awareness Raising webinar we released, in conjunction with Dr. Nabi, in early 2021. To watch it, please click here.

Risk Management Workshop

Running from 14.0017.30 on Thursday 14 October, to be delivered by Dr. Kathy Ryan (GP and Medical Director of BrisDoc). This interactive session will delve into Clinical Risk, Fear, and Courage, exploring our fears behind the cases that keep ups awake and night and discussing the factors which can support courage, enable us to sleep, and – at the same time – keep the patient centre stage.

These sessions are now open to GPs, GPNs, and APNs across the region!

To register your interest in any of these sessions, please contact Jessie Saul at [email protected].

What else is on

Workplace Clinical Supervision training

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A promising, new opportunity for GPNs

The Training Hub is looking for 1 GPN per PCN to undergo training to become workplace Clinical Supervisors. This will involve participation in a half-day training course and committing to re-evaluation over regular intervals for the following 12 – 18 months.

Applications are welcomed from GPNs with at least 2 years’ experience and a diploma in a particular field (e.g., diabetes). Applicants will need to have the support of their practices and have sufficient time to carry out the role.


The training dates are: Wednesday 10 February (9.30 – 13.00) or Thursday 18 March (13.00 – 16.30).

Clicking the button below will download the expression of interest form. Please send a completed copy, and any questions you may have, to:

Kerri Magnus ([email protected]), Rachel Butt ([email protected]), or Kim Ball ([email protected]).

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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.

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Aspiring Leaders in Health and Social Care ’22

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March 2022 Newsletter

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