Nursing Newsletter 15 October 2021

Dear All

Hope you are all well.  It is great to know that we have 5 nurses across PCNs 1-4 who have put themselves forward for the PCN Nurse Leads roles. I would have been “over the moon” if we had a full cohort across all of the PCNs. It has been a long time coming, and I wish you all the best of luck as you start these roles.  This is your chance to connect with, learn from and support the nursing and the wider primary care teams.

Here is this week’s Edition

GPN Trainee Programme 2022 – Reminder to play your part

HEE has provided funding once again this year to increase our GPN capacity.  Please have conversations with your practice partners and managers, especially if you are thinking of reducing your working time or planning a well earned retirement. What better than to “train” someone up “under your wings” who, you can be confident,  will be able to deliver the high standard of care that you are proud of!

You can play a key role in supporting practices to ensure that nursing remains a key role in General Practice by supporting the next generation of nurses in Barnet.  Information about this programme which is due to start in January 2022 has been circulated to Practice Partners and Managers. I would greatly appreciate your support in ensuring we have as many Trainees in placement as possible to ensure continuity of nursing provision for the population of Barnet.

Art Project for GPN fellowship – Speedwell Practice

Thanks, Karen for sending me your presentation and letting me share with your nursing colleagues.  You have demonstrated the importance of art for our physical and mental wellbeing. This project is a brilliant example of how something that you are passionate about can make a difference to patients and staff alike.  You have also contributed to the Paintings in Hospitals work with your funding which will continue to champion the value of art in health and social care.  I hope this inspires others to be champions of what they believe passionately about.

 CPD Funding – your training needs sought!

We are coming to the next round of funding for CPD and as always there will be on offer the usual long term conditions and other updates offered.   We are not planning to offer the Red Whale next year as it has been offered twice now.  It would be really useful for me to know if there is anything else that you would like to gain new skills or update your skills and knowledge  with this funding.  Please think about your training and development needs and let me know by email as soon as possible so that appropriate training can be commissioned.  Think about your local population needs and what will make a difference to your patients.

SSSA Training for Barnet and Enfield Nurses – Possible date Tuesday 7th December

NCL Training hub has some funding for a workshop to be led by University of Hertfordshire for nurses to upskill their supervision skills to becoming assessors to support learners in practice.  This workshop is planned for December and will go ahead if there are sufficient numbers of nurses interested.  Please email me by end of next week if you would like to become an assessor.  Further details will follow once the workshop is confirmed.

Long Covid Nurse Expert Group Re-launch

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has been commissioned by NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) and has developed a Long Covid Nurse Expert Group.  The QNI is now hoping to expand on the work that has already been completed. If you feel able to contribute to this group, please click on the LINK HERE and request an email to update your mailing preferences. You will then be able to add a tick to the ‘Long Covid Nurse Expert Group’ mailing list.

The QNI are delighted to invite you to an online event for the Long Covid Nurse Expert Group Re-launch, taking place on Friday 22nd October 2021, 2:00-3:30pm via Zoom.  The event is password-protected. Please use the following password to access the event: longcovidlaunch2021 BOOK HERE

CYP Child and Bereavement Training Event:  Supporting parent when a child dies

This is a sensitive topic! The NCL funded training event  is on 10 November from 1-3pm  run by Bereavement Training International:  Baby and Infant loss. There are only 30 places available for the training session.  Please use the LINK to book your place.

Weekly Inter-Professional Learning Symposia (IPL Symposia) from Middlesex University  – For Students and Clinicians

The full programme can be found at – with 300 places available for each session. To ensure a place please book via Eventbrite.

 Prescribing Watch – NCL MMT Newsletter Aug-Sep 2021 – Issue 10

See attached the latest issue which has useful information for prescribers.  Do share with your colleagues as applicable.  If you have any suggestions for topics, or feedback on the newsletter.  You can send your comments and ideas to

Interesting Article

One in six most critically ill, NHS Covid-19 patients, are unvaccinated pregnant women – Read HERE

LMC Nurse representative

I am delighted to inform you that your new LMC nurse representative is Saira Saib at Oak Lodge Medical Practice.  Saira will bring back the information from each of her meetings at the LMC which has local representation from doctors, nurses and practice managers.  Thanks You Saira.

 Dates for your Diary

PN Forum Virtual – 4 November 2021.  1.00p.m. to 3.00p.m.  See attached flier.

Best wishes


Amita Shah

Nurse Development Lead

Email:  Phone: 0203 688 1805

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