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Practice Bulletin Archive

The Practice Bulletin

The CCG sends a regular bulletin of useful updates and information to all practice colleagues.  

Archived editions of the Practice Bulletin from the past year can be found below. For editions older than a year, please contact us.

If you have any questions about the Bulletin, please contact the Bulletin team.

 

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Practice Bulletin 6 February 2019

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For Action/Support to Practices

Updated Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine (13-valent, adsorbed) PGD

NHS England have updated the PHE Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine (13-valent, adsorbed) PGD V01.00, replacing it with V02.00.

Any changes are available to see in the change history table on page 2 of this document, which can be found on the CCG Website.

Please use the link, PRINT and READ the PGD and then the practice should:

  1. Fill in the authorisation sheet found here documenting the PGD it refers to. Attach it to the PGD
  2. Ensure all practice nurses/paramedics  who are undertaking vaccinations sign 
  3. Ensure an employing GP (on behalf of all partners) sign and authorise the practice nurses/paramedics/pharmacists  to use the PGD
  4. Scan the signed PGD and make it available to all in the practice to access (e.g. email  or store electronically on a shared folder)
  5. Store the signed paper PGD in the surgery PGD folder
  6. Archive/destroy the old PGD

If you have any queries regarding these PGDs, please email NHSE Screening & Immunisation team.

Updated Levonorgestrel 1.5mg (LGN-EC) as emergency hormonal contraception PGD

Brighton and Hove City Council have updated the Levonorgestrel 1.5mg (LGN-EC) as emergency hormonal contraception PGD V1, replacing it with V2.

Any changes are available to see in the change history table on page 1 of this document, which can be found on the CCG Website.

Please use the link, PRINT and READ the PGD and then the practice should:

  1. Fill in the authorisation sheet found here documenting the PGD it refers to. Attach it to the PGD
  2. Ensure all practice nurses/paramedics  who are undertaking vaccinations sign 
  3. Ensure an employing GP (on behalf of all partners) sign and authorise the practice nurses/paramedics/pharmacists  to use the PGD
  4. Scan the signed PGD and make it available to all in the practice to access (e.g. email  or store electronically on a shared folder)
  5. Store the signed paper PGD in the surgery PGD folder
  6. Archive/destroy the old PGD

Brighton and Hove 2019 GP review

Healthwatch will be conducting a review of all GP practices in the city starting in April. The review will consist of a patient questionnaire and an environmental audit undertaken during a visit to surgeries. The questionnaire will cover all aspects of the patient experience including booking appointments, waiting times at the surgery, quality of care received, services used as alternative to visiting GP and referrals to secondary care.

In 2017 we collected around 500 responses to the patient questionnaire and gained valuable insight into the performance of GP practices in the city. Reports were provided for individual surgeries and recommendations led to significant improvements for patients.

We look forward to working closely with GP practices to gain valuable insight into how their surgery is performing and suggest improvements where needed.

2018 GP review reports

Healthwatch will be discussing the proposed survey with CCG Practice Managers in the context of learning from last year's survey.

New Tremor and Peripheral Nerve Referral form           

New referral forms for tremor and peripheral nerve conditions have been developed for referrals to the Neurology Service at BSUH . These have been developed with the consultants at BSUH to ensure referrals into the Trust can be appropriately triaged and to ensure that consultants have the relevant information prior to seeing the patient.  They will also act as an aide memoire when formulating your differential diagnosis.  Please access these new forms via your clinical system. 

If you require advice e.g. medication please use Advice and Guidance, where there is a 2-day turnaround.  Advice and Guidance is also a  good way of getting quick advice for other neurological conditions.

Roll-Out of new Bowel Cancer Test

Please see attached for a briefing on the rollout of the new Bowel Cancer test.

Closure of the Age UK Brighton & Hove Help at Home service

Please find attached a letter to stakeholders with reference to the closure of the Age UK Brighton and Hove Help at Home Service. More information here: Information about  Help at Home service - Age UK (Brighton & Hove)

Brighton Marathon Medical Team 

The Brighton Marathon will take place on Sunday 14 April 2019 and to support local GPs, the marathon medical team have set-up an email account to which they can request advice about health and well-being for marathon runners, please see attached letter for more information.  Also included in the body of the letter are links to a range of web sites that will provide specific advice such as nutrition and injury prevention. 

They would like to extend an invitation to all GP colleagues with an interest in Sports medicine, to attend our pre-race conference on Saturday 13 April at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton, a copy of the programme attached for reference.

Have you seen the ‘Calm and Talk’ campaign?

The number of young people smoking, drinking and using drugs in Brighton and Hove is higher than the national average.

The Keep Calm and Talk… campaign aims to support parents and carers and to encourage conversations between them and with their teenagers about smoking, drinking and drug-taking. The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness about the harm caused by these substances and help equip parents and carers with the information and support they need to talk calmly with their teenagers and positively influence their lifestyle choices.

The campaign has been developed by @RightHereBH and @BrightonHoveCC through listening to and involving young people and parents and carers.

On the webpage http://bit.ly/keepcalmnhs you can find tips for how to start the conversation, films with conversations between parents, carers and young people as well as links to facts and support. Make sure to follow their social media channels @WhereToGoFor on Facebook, RightHereBH on Twitter and YMCArighthere on Instagram for updates, tips and more interesting information!

Please find attached a PowerPoint slide for the Keep Calm and Talk campaign. We would appreciate it if you could display this on the screens in your waiting room.

Also attached is an email with some words for Social media if you use it- thank you!

Internal PLS Evaluation

Can we please request you to fill the attached Internal PLS Evaluation form for 6th February, 2019 and return to us before 15th Feb to the following email address:  BHCCG.bandhCCGTrainingAdmin@nhs.net

Please hold the date 3rd  April, 2019 in your diary for our External PLS Conference for BHCCG ( 12:30- 17:00).  More details to follow soon.

Please find attached a pharmacy poster created by the ECHO group (Council and Health Engagement organisations). If you could display this in your waiting room areas it would be much appreciated.

CQRS Error

The CQRS Feedback team at NHS Digital has notified us thatpractices are receiving erroneous task messages requiring manual submission for achievement in CQRS.

This is because of incorrect extraction period settings being set by NHS Digital; this error has now been corrected and practices should refer to the live extraction timetable for extraction and manual entry dates.

Details of CQRS services, including the live collections timetable can be found on the GP Collections website: https://digital.nhs.uk/GP-collections

Training and Development

Message for all Brighton and Hove Practice Safeguarding Leads:

The first session of Safeguarding Practice Leads Training for 2019 will be a peer discussion session and will be relevant for adult and child safeguarding.

The training will take place on 20th February, 1-2.30pm at Hove Town Hall.

Please follow the link below to book your place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/safeguarding-practice-leads-training-20th-february-2019-tickets-55213421831

Any remaining spaces will be opened out to other clinicians the week before training is due to take place.

Online training for suicide prevention

Brighton and Hove continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and Primary care clinicians locally do a huge amount of suicide prevention work. Public Health have produced some resources on online training, and one of the local Consultant Psychiatrists also recommends online zero suicide training developed by Mersey Care

If you have had a patient die by suicide, then a useful resource is http://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/support-guides/help-is-at-hand/

Remember that clinicians are also a high risk group, and if you are a GP struggling with your mental health you can self-refer to https://gphealth.nhs.uk/ for support.

Active Signposting training

Further to previous successful workshops, we are pleased to be able to offer more accredited general practice training in active signposting as one of the General Practice Forward View 10 High Impact Actions. The training is designed for receptionists and other patient-facing staff and benefits include:

  • Improved primary care access for patients and satisfaction
  • Reduced GP pressure through released consultation time (up to 34% of inappropriate appointments prevented p.a.)
  • Increased patient self-management due to person-centred information
  • Improved job satisfaction for frontline staff

The training will take place at 09.00-12.30 on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at Hove Town Hall. It is open to practice staff that are new to active signposting or have already attended the training and would like a refresher. For more information or to register, please contact lara.kiziltuna@nhs.net . Please note, the deadline for registration is 1 March 2019.

Tackling some of the complex social issues facing children and young people

Date: 14 March 2019
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: free
Venue: Crown Plaza Felbridge - Gatwick, Crown Plaza Felbridge - Gatwick, London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2BH

To book: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/se-gpns-and-hcsw-tackling-some-of-the-complex-social-issues-facing-children-and-young-people

This Children and Young people's event is free to attend.  Backfill is also available if you email soma.kapur@nhs.net to confirm you are attending by 11 Feb and complete your registration via the link below.

The joint South Regional Board for the ten point action plan for General Practice Nursing would like to invite you an exciting and thought provoking conference, which we have designed to support a number of actions from the 10 point plan.  The conference will help participants understand some of the complex social issues facing children and young people through some interactive and challenging sessions.

For further info please contact: Philippa Hunt (Programme Lead SE & SW Regions – GP Nurse Programme) Mobile: 07730374752 Email: Philippa.hunt@nhs.net

To be added or add a colleague to this mailing list, or for more information, please contact hwlhccg.practicecomms@nhs.net .

Primary Care Bulletin 9 January 2019

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For Action/Support to Practices

Headache referral forms

In order to help us reduce waiting times for neurology, please ensure that any referrals for headache are submitted on the correct form. Any referrals which are not on the form are likely to be rejected: this is to help us to ensure that any eligible patients are seen in the Intermediate Tier Headache Service (where waiting times are short and patient satisfaction high) rather than waiting for what is unfortunately many weeks for a neurology appointment which may not always be necessary.
It would also be helpful when referring to neurology if you could indicate the sub-specialty: headache, neuromuscular (eg peripheral nerve problems), tremor/PD or epilepsy. 

Advice and Guidance

Please remember that turnaround times for Advice & Guidance are less than a week.  BSUH have long waiting lists within many specialties and so this method of getting specialist advice may be better for your patient.  Patient satisfaction is high with this method of consulting specialists - and GPs who use it regularly also report high satisfaction. The consultant will advise you if, after all, a face to face outpatient consultation is needed.

Funding opportunity: nurse-led project focused on people living with frailty.

The Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) has opened applications to develop a nurse-led project in the community focused on people living with frailty.  Each project will receive £5,000 and a year-long programme of support from QNI staff, including workshops and site visit.  For more information click here and, or contact, Sue Boran, Director of Nursing Programmes. For support with your application contact, Helen Rignall, Primary Care Workforce Tutor. Deadline: 31 January 2019.

NHS Mail security improvements

NHSmail are introducing security improvements to the way incoming emails are processed on the service. These are being made to prevent emails being sent illegitimately from @nhs.net addresses, an act known as email spoofing, and to reduce the risk of phishing emails being sent from @nhs.net addresses.

These anti-spoofing measures will be enabled on Tuesday 12th February 2019 (12/02/2019), with spoofed emails automatically redirected to your junk email folder.

Local organisations must act to follow the step-by-step anti-spoofing guidance available on the NHSmail portal. Individual organisations requiring specific guidance should contact feedback@nhs.net for further information and advice.

LCS Quarter 3 Claim Form

The LCS Quarter 3 Claim Form is now available on the CCG Website here.

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) News

The latest NDPP newsletter is attached.

Stop Look Care Booklet  Winner of the 2018 NT Awards, Care for Older People Category

The Stop Look Care booklet  Download Stop_Look_Care_Booklet has been designed to support Care Workers/Carers who work in any registered service in Brighton & Hove. It is aimed to support carers with undertaking the National Care Certificate. Alternatively it can be used as a reference guide for families and personal assistants to promote awareness of certain needs and encourage referral if concerns are identified.

Care workers and Carers are in the ideal position to recognise changes in an individual’s condition by monitoring them and or recognising any deterioration in a person’s wellbeing, this book aims to increase awareness and supports the Care worker/Carer to refer on when appropriate.

Influenza Season 2018/19: Use of Antiviral Medicines

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Alert advising that surveillance data indicates an increase in influenza cases in the community. Prescribers may now prescribe and pharmacists may now supply antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense. This is in accordance with NICE guidance, and Schedule 2 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts (Prescription of drugs etc.) Regulations 2004), commonly known as the Grey List or Selected List Scheme (SLS).

Actions:

  1. Prescribers working in primary care may now prescribe, and community pharmacists supply, antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza;
  2. Pharmacists should ensure that supplies are issued to patients promptly to avoid treatment delay. Efficacy of antiviral medicines has been demonstrated when treatment is initiated within two days of first onset of symptoms;
  3. All frontline healthcare workers should be vaccinated annually against influenza and observe appropriate infection control measures;
  4. Clinicians should obtain rapid laboratory confirmation, with subtype identification for clinically suspected influenza in hospitalised patients, and not delay treating with antiviral medicines, in accordance with PHE guidance for complicated influenza.

Information on clinical at risk groups and patients eligible for treatment in primary care at NHS expense with either oseltamivir or zanamivir is available from: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/761841/PHE_guidance_antivirals_influenza_201819.pdf. See this briefing note from Public Health England and CMO from DHSC for further information.

Bricanyl®  Turbohaler®  (terbutaline) shortages

Until the end of January 2019 there may be temporary stock shortages with Bricanyl® Turbohaler® (terbutaline) 500micrograms/dose. If supply issues are encountered prescribers can supply patients with salbutamol, an alternative short acting selective beta2-adrenergic agonist. 

See the Joint Formulary Chapter 3 Respiratory for approved formulations. These devices differ from the Turbohaler® and therefore the patient should be counselled on the use of the new device and advised to contact the clinician if it does not sufficiently relieve their breathlessness symptoms. 

See the following memo produced by the Specialist Pharmacy Service for further information Shortage of Bricanyl® Turbohaler® (terbutaline)

Report from Possibility People - Being Heard by Your GP

Please find attached a report produced by Possibility people on disabled peoples experiences of general practice. One of the recommendations of the report was that practice staff attend training so I have also attached the Possibility People training brochure.

AgeUK Engagement 

AgeUK recently completed a piece of engagement work for the online consultation project team to understand the current experiences of accessing primary care. The overall feedback from participants about their current experiences with their GP practice was very positive. AgeUK asked that we share this positive message with you with their thanks. 

Training and Development

Active Signposting Training for Receptionists

Further to the previous workshops this year, we are pleased to be able to offer more accredited general practice training in active signposting as one of the General Practice Forward View 10 High Impact Actions. The training is designed for receptionists and other patient-facing staff and benefits include:

  • Improved primary care access for patients and satisfaction
  • Reduced GP pressure through released consultation time (up to 34% of inappropriate appointments prevented p.a.)
  • Increased patient self-management due to person-centred information
  • Improved job satisfaction for frontline staff

The training will take place on Tuesday 15 January 2019 and is open to practice staff that are new to active signposting or have already attended the training and would like a refresher. The session will run in the morning and again in the afternoon to enable practices to release as many staff as possible to attend. For more information or to register, please contact lara.kiziltuna@nhs.net . Please note, the deadline for registration is 10 January 2019.

Development opportunity for practice managers - Coaching and Mentoring

Practice Managers are being offered coaching and mentoring sessions as part of a programme by NHS England. Up to four 90-minute sessions are offered to help identify goals and think through challenges. Places are limited and subject to a suitability assessment and first come first serve basis. The deadline is 21 January 2019. Please apply via this link: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/16ac35ef. For any queries email england.gpdevelopment@nhs.net

Deadline: 21 January 2019

South East Domestic Abuse Event - 30th January 2019 at the Sofitel Hotel Gatwick. 

This is an NHS England South East region event aimed at front line health care professionals (GP’s, Practice Nurses, School Nurses, Health Visitors) and Safeguarding Leads (Adult and Children across the health economy)  All safeguarding board colleagues are welcome to attend this event. 

Please can you forward this invite on through your networks as you feel appropriate.

You can register a place for this event via the link below.

https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/domestic-abuse-event                                 

Please note that registration for this event closes on the 23rd January.

We look forward to welcoming you all on 30th January 2019.

Social prescribing event – hold the date

With social prescribing playing an important role in future planning, addressing non-medical needs and primary care resilience this is an important focus for us all.  Please put 7th March pm in your calendar.

We would like to invite you, or a representative from your surgery to attend a citywide event at the Brighthelm Centre on 7th March 1pm hosted by Brighton and Hove Impetus and supported by colleagues from Brighton and Hove CCG.  With just one formal external PLS per year in B&H we hope this event will facilitate good networking within primary care and the voluntary sector. 

Guests and speakers include

  • NHS England one of the team will share national development plans for social prescribing and its role in the personalised care agenda
  • Sir Sam Everington OBE, East End GP, chair of Tower Hamlets CCG and pioneer of social prescribing.  Sam was knighted in 2015 for his services to primary care and will share his personal learning as a clinician
  • The Bromley by Bow Centre, the UK’s first healthy living centre.  The Centre’s knowledge-share team will share learning from the development of their integrated model
  • Community Works on the role of the voluntary sector in social prescribing
  • Impetus on the citywide scheme, how it works and the expanded scheme from central Government funding working with protected characteristic groups and more complex cases

We will consider the growing impact of the social determinants of ill health and how social prescribing is part of addressing these in our city.  There will be a mix of presentations with Q&As plus opportunities to tailor your specific enquiries to expert witnesses and consider how SP can support your patients’ health and wellbeing and self-care.

Cyber Security Training for GP Practices from TIAA

The CCG have managed to arrange free online security training for any member of staff at GP surgeries. This is organised by TIAA who perform security audits for the CCG.

Please send me a list of email addresses for members of staff who might benefit from such training, I will then send this to TIAA who will send out a personalised link to the Training Portal from the Data Analytics team to each user. Ideally please send the list in an Excel spreadsheet.

Dave Bradford
GP IT Manager (South)
Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance
davebradford@nhs.net

Courses Available for Practice Nurses

Please note following courses available through CCG website: -

Ear Care workshop for Registered Nurses:

This workshop is for Practice Nurses or HCA’s working at a higher level. The clinician must be able to be mentored / signed off by a PN who is currently performing EWO in general practice as PNs/HCAs will need to perform a min of 6 post study day EWOs under direct supervision .

There are only 20 places available to book and it is first come first basis.

Please follow the link below  to book your place

            https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ear-care-workshop-for-registered-nurses-tickets-54529391879

Diabetes- For new Nurses:

This course will provide information regards to:

Pathophysiology ; Desmond principles treatment options ; new NICE guidelines ; introduction to insulin ; DVLA guidance and monitoring ; managing hypo/hyper glycaemia ; Diabetes UK 10 steps around diet ; complications of diabetes.

There are only 20 places available for this course and it is first come first basis.

Please follow the link below to book your place or visit Eventbrite website                                                     

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diabetes-for-new-practice-nurses-only-tickets-54403433133

Childhood Immunisation Update- Practice Nurses:

The purpose of this course is to equip practice nurses with the latest guidance on the national immunisation programmes, and raise awareness to available resources to respond to the challenges encountered in primary care whilst delivering adult and childhood immunisations

There are only 22 places available for this course.

Please follow the link below to book your place or visit Eventbrite website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/childhood-immunisation-update-for-practice-nurses-tickets-54590901857

Please check  more Training and course information on CCG Education and Training Calendar http://tinyurl.com/bhccgeducation

To be added or add a colleague to this mailing list, or for more information, please contact hwlhccg.practicecomms@nhs.net .

Primary Care Bulletin 12 December 2018

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For Action/Support to Practices

Easing winter pressures on practices and other parts of the NHS

As you are aware the pressures on the NHS increase dramatically over the winter and holiday period and we have compiled a list below of suggestions/actions that are probably already in hand, but that you may wish to consider to ease the burden on practices and other parts of the NHS.

  • Ensure you invite everyone who is eligible for flu vaccination to the surgery – consider the use of text messaging to target at risk groups
  • Print a reminder at the top of prescriptions to order repeat prescriptions in time before the holidays
  • Prescriptions could also carry a message saying how to access out of hours GPs by calling 111
  • Use text messaging to remind patients about ordering repeat prescriptions before the holidays
  • Display posters in the surgery/on TV screens advising patients to order repeat prescriptions before the holidays (national posters are being sent to practices on an Alliance wide basis)
  • Publicise the Improved Access service
  • Standard messages about keeping well over winter

Winter messaging Powerpoint for GP screens

Please find attached a Powerpoint for GP screens with winter messaging – including promoting NHS111 and Pharmacies.

Increased capacity to accept referrals - Rapid Access Clinic for Older People  (RACOP)

The Rapid Access Clinic for Older People (RACOP) service at RSCH is back to full capacity and has appointments available now and for the rest of the week. Please refer via PSL on – 0300 130 3045

As a reminder, the RACOP service is an Assessment and treatment service for elderly patients to avoid admission to hospital. It is suitable for People over 70 (and under 70 if frail and would benefit from the service). Patients must be able to transfer with minimal assistance AND be safe to wait for the appointment (otherwise AMU may be more appropriate). PSL will advise if they think there is a more appropriate service. 

Salmonella Paratyphi B in Fairlight Primary School, Brighton

Please find attached a letter from Public Health England following Salmonella Paratyphi B in Fairlight Primary School, Brighton.

The administration of Salbutamol in general practice

Please follow the link for two new PGDs for the administration of Salbutamol and Nebulised Salbutomol in general practice.

Apprentices in Primary Care Information Pack

The Apprenticeships in Primary Care Information Pack outlines the benefits of apprenticeship qualifications in primary care support roles and showcases the impact of apprentices within the work environment. There are a broad range of profiles covering medical administration, business administration, customer service, healthcare and team leading. https://www.gp.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/primary-care/workforce-resources-gp-practices

Webinar on the wider use of DiADeM Tool

As you are aware, a national webinar is being run by Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Network on the wider use of DiADeM Tool.

This will be held on Wednesday 19th December 2018, 12.00pm to 1.30pm.

Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Network has had several approaches requesting that they explore the potential to widen the use of the DiADeM tool.  Originally the tool was developed for use in care home settings only and to date that is how it has been used.  An initial teleconference was held on 7th November with the originators of the tool involved and colleagues from YH Clinical Network, London Clinical Network and South East clinical network.  The discussion was very positive and a number of pros and cons were discussed and noted.  It was agreed on that call to gather wider feedback and one suggestion was to organise a webinar in order to reach a wider audience and gather more feedback/ideas/suggestions before making any decisions about widening the use of the tool.

If you would like to join in the discussion/debate please do – we will run this as a webinar and share a few slides to begin with, and then open up a discussion.

Joining details for the webinar:

https://www.webjoin.com

Participant passcode = 86151202

You will also be able to join by telephone:

0800 917 1950

Passcode = 8615 1202 followed by the #

For more information contact:

Colin Sloane

Quality Improvement Lead (Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health)

colinsloane@nhs.net

Changes to gluten-free products available on prescription

Following the recent Department of Health and Social Care consultation on gluten-free prescribing, the products available on prescription have changed.  These changes come into effect from 1/12/18.  The local prescribing guidelines and joint formulary have been updated.  The updated prescribing guideline is available here: Gluten free prescribing guideline Nov 2018

CCG pharmacy technicians are working with GP practices to identify patients currently being prescribed gluten-free products and update their prescriptions.  Please find the GP guidance outlining this process attached

MMR Catch Up in Primary Care

All GP practices have been sent an MMR LES Sign Up sheet from NHSE for the MMR catch up programme commissioned by NHSE England. We would urge all practices to identify their unvaccinated or partially vaccinated cohort and invite them for their MMR vaccination as we still seeing cases of measles and it is imperative for children and young adults to be receive 2 doses of the MMR vaccine to be adequately protected. There is no upper age limit to offering MMR vaccine and practices should maximise opportunities to ensure patients who are not protected are fully vaccinated.

Sexual health needs survey

The Social Marketing Gateway (SMG) has been commissioned by East Sussex County Council to conduct research to understand the sexual health needs, gaps, assets and priorities of four targeted communities in East Sussex. The targeted communities involved are:

  • Men and women aged over 50
  • Under-18-year-old conceptions
  • Men who identify as gay
  • Behaviourally bisexual men

Please take time to complete the suvery on the link provided, as your views are key, as you are working with these groups on a daily basis: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EastSussexSH/.  

Sussex University Crowborough War Memorial Hospital - 24 Hour ECG GP Referrals

Please note that the fax system of referrals for 24 hour ECGs to Crowborough has been phased out to meet information governance requirements. 

Please arrange for new referrals to be sent via the dedicated email address: esht.cwmh24hrecggpreferral@nhs.net 

If you have any questions please contact:

Sandra Barnes

East Sussex Healthcare NHS

Out patients Sister

Crowborough War Memorial Hospital

Southview Road

Crowborough

TN6 1HB

01892-652284 Ext 226239

email sandra.barnes3@nhs.net 

Step Up Bed Admissions

To support practices in making referrals for step up admissions to intermediate care beds in HWLH, the attached guidance note has been produced by SCFT. The note contains inclusion and exclusion criteria, along with contact details for wards and escalation. 

Carer Awareness Training

Care for the Carers are providing a programme of free Carer Awareness Training as part of our Building Carer Friendly Communities initiative:

  • Monday 7th January 2019 1.30pm – 4.00pm
  • 25a Boardroom, HWLH CCG, 36-38 Friars Walk, Lewes. BN7 2PB

More details attached.

Workforce Return to be completed -  deadline 31/12/2018

Please use the role descriptors guide when completing the next workforce return (attached).

The data you input into the workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) helps the CCG to secure funding so that you can upskill your workforce (e.g. Apprenticeships for HCAs, Advanced Nurse Practitioner courses, and backfill). It is also reviewed by NHS England to highlight your workforce challenges, influencing their decisions on allocating workforce funding.

Please help us to improve the quality and accuracy of this data by using the role description guide to ensure role titles are interpreted and recorded in a standardised way across all our practices. This guide is also being used by other practices across Sussex.   

When using the KSS GP Tool we would be grateful if you can agree to share your data with the CCG so we can provide useful reports to you, to inform your workforce planning discussions at cluster level and city-wide.

Deadline for the next workforce return is: 31st December 2018.

Any queries please contact: cathryn.goodman@nhs.net

 

Training and Development

GP Educational Evening Events

The clinical programme for GPs is currently being planned for remainder of 2018 and all of 2019. To include topics such as Community Geriatrics, Woman’s Health and Menopause, Respiratory update, Palliative care, Chronic pain, Opthamology, Headaches, Community Paediatrics, Renal Update and Back pain.

A reminder that you can also access guidance, specifications, forms, templates, links and contact details all from the HWLH CCG Intranet Primary Care area The nursing training grid, details of our PM and PN Forums, and GP education evening eventscan all also easily available here. This is available to all CCG practice staff and can be found by clicking on Primary Care on the top of the front page of the intranet

To be added or add a colleague to this mailing list, or for more information, please contact hwlhccg.practicecomms@nhs.net .

Practice Bulletin 5 December 2018


The Practice Bulletin for 5 December 2018 is for use by practice colleagues.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us.

Practice Bulletin 28 November 2018


The Practice Bulletin for 28 November 2018 is for use by practice colleagues.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us.

Practice Bulletin 21 November 2018


The Practice Bulletin for 21 November 2018 is for use by practice colleagues.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us.

Practice Bulletin 14 November 2017


The Practice Bulletin for 14 November 2018 is for use by practice colleagues.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us.

Practice Bulletin 7 November 2018


The Practice Bulletin for 7 November 2018 is for use by practice colleagues.

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Practice Bulletin 31 October 2018


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Practice Bulletin 24 October 2018


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Practice Bulletin 17 October 2018


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Practice Bulletin 10 October 2018


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Practice Bulletin 3 October 2018


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Practice Bulletin 26 September 2018


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Practice Bulletin 19 September 2018


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Practice Bulletin 12 September 2018


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Practice Bulletin 5 September 2018


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Practice Bulletin 29 August 2018


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Practice Bulletin 23 August 2018


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Practice Bulletin 15 August 2018


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Practice Bulletin for 8 August 2018


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Practice Bulletin 1 August 2018


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Practice Bulletin 25 July 2018


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Practice Bulletin 18 July 2018


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Practice Bulletin 11 July 2018


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Practice Bulletin 4 July 2018


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Practice Bulletin 27 June 2017


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Practice Bulletin 20 June 2018


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Practice Bulletin 13 June 2018


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Practice Bulletin 6 June 2018


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Practice Bulletin 30 May 2018


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Practice Bulletin 23 May 2018


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Practice Bulletin 16 May 2018

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Practice Bulletin 9 May 2018

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Practice Bulletin 2 May 2018

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Practice Bulletin 25 April 2018

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Practice Bulletin 18 April 2018

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Practice Bulletin 11 April 2018

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Practice Bulletin 4 April 2018

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Practice Bulletin 28 March 2018

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Practice Bulletin 21 March 2018

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Practice Bulletin 14 March 2018

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Practice Bulletin 7 March 2018

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Practice Bulletin 28 February 2018

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Practice Bulletin 21 February 2018

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Practice Bulletin 14 February 2018

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Practice Bulletin 7 February 2018

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