Nursing newsletter 25th June 2021

Dear All


Well, “flaming June” is nearly over… Hope you are all well and looking forward to some time off with the family over the summer months!


Here is this week’s Edition



ACTION REQUIRED: Champix out of stock – message from Barnet Stop Smoking Service

NCSCT has reported that Champix (varenicline) is currently out of stock, with supply issues expected for an unknown amount of time:

Champix out of stock 16.06.21 ( / Microsoft Word – Champix out of stock V2.docx (

Please contact any patients on Champix asap to discuss alternative treatment options with them. NCSCT guidance can be found here:

Guidance on switching from Champix (

Microsoft Word – Guidance on switching from Champix V2.docx (

SDA alert -additional practical steps.

Do not start any patients on Champix at this time as it is unfair on them and will likely affect their quit attempt.

If you have concerns or queries about specific patients, please email with their QuitManager ID and we will get back to you asap.


Healthwise: Physical Activity Referral Scheme Update

As Healthwise aims to return to full capacity as a service, we would like to encourage all Health professionals to re-engage and support  us as we continue to remobilise. Here is how to access the service & refer patients for our physical activity interventions.  Referral form (Attached)  This is available on the EMIS system to refer patients to Healthwise.  Information on our interventions, membership pricing & how to refer are all included on the referral form. Inclusion/Exclusion criteria (Attached)  There is a generalised criteria for all referrals to meet and a specific criteria related to their referral reasons (medical condition/risk factors) so please read before Referring to our service or contact us if you are unsure.  If there is any further information required to support the processing of a patient’s referral, Healthwise will contact the referrer to request this information.  Healthwise E – Leaflet (Attached)  The E – Leaflet will provide an overview of Healthwise for both patients and health professionals who are unfamiliar with our service. It will act as a useful Tool for MECC for patients who contemplating a change and are physically inactive.  All changes to the Healthwise service  in relation to Covid will be communicated to patients once the referral has been received & initial contact has been made. If you have any further questions or queries then please email: Billy.Phillips@GLL.ORG or alternatively phone at: 0208 457 9910.

Local Medical Committee (LMC) – Update Nurse Representative for Barnet

Main feedback in the LMC meeting regarding the vaccination program and the hub sites is that Barnet is overall doing well with program – host sites in PCN 6 will start to slow down – alongside the other PCNS.  PCN 4 host site will continue to offer appointments in the short interim. Plan for the younger cohort to have vaccines at the bigger mass sites booked via NHS online.

Discussion around how to manage uptake with the younger cohorts – will check with Barnet youth if they are able to offer some more webinar regarding the Covid vaccines to give more information to the younger cohorts. Watch this space if they are able to offer a series of webinar as some PCNs are struggling to encourage this age group to book Covid vaccines. I think something similar was done to help increase uptake in the BAME community at the start of the vaccine program.  LMC nurse observer role is up for review in August – need a Barnet nurse to volunteer.


Local Medical Committee (LMC) – Nurse Observer Nominations open

Local LMC are part of a wider circle of London LMC which represents 27 boroughs across the capital.

At a local level the LMC works closely with what was previously the CCG, now ICS, and Barnet federation to ensure good working relationships, where fairness and accessibility are available to all practices within the local LMC. It also supports GP’s with review of their NHS contracts of services to ensure fairness within delivery of these services and adequate payment is made.

The nurse observer role for the LMC requires you to attend monthly meetings to discuss the issues raised in the agenda. Currently these meetings are taking place virtually via zoom. Link sent by Joni admin lead for LMC –

Ekene has asked me to highlight that this role has enabled her to

  • understand  more about the management side in primary care, for example how different services that we deliver in primary care are commissioned and funded.
  • given her the opportunity to network with other GPs and the practice manager observer from other PCNs and able to see some of the challenges that these PCNs face.
  • grasp some concept of how the CCG runs and how primary care services are funded, although with the new ICS coming into play this will be slightly different.
  • Ekene says  “it’s a real opportunity for the observer to do some networking within the different PCNs and to learn about the changes occurring in primary care and represent the nurses voice”.

As a nurse observer your role is to highlight any nursing issues noted at local level. As an observer you do not have any voting rights within the committee.

The other observer member is the practice manager – who also highlights any practice manager issues in these meetings.  Any further questions – please do not hesitate to contact Ekene for further information –


Barnet Training Hub (TH)Survey – your views are very important

Every few years Barnet TH ask what matters most to people working in primary care. This has been a year like no other, so we would like to know how you are and what training and support is needed over the next year or two.  We are asking all staff working in Primary care in Barnet to complete a survey to capture their views . It will take about five  minutes to share your views. You do not  need to provide your name or organisation.  You can leave any questions blank and skip anything that is not relevant to you.

You can access the survey here:

I’d be grateful if you could complete the survey by 6 July.


Lunch and Learn Webinar: The Impact of COVID on immunisation uptake in London

Date and Time: Tuesday, 6th July. 13.00pm-13.45pm

Where: Microsoft Teams Link below

(Please note that this link will not automatically go into your diary.  Please keep this e-mail in a safe place so that you can access the link on the day and add your own diary entry as a reminder to the event)


Chair: Priyanka Trehan: Senior Immunisation Improvement Manager

– Introduction to survey objectives – Charlotte Flynn: Consultant in Public Health/Screening and Immunisation Lead (SIL)

– Presentation of the survey results- Josh Mutio: Screening and Immunisation Analyst

– Sharing Ways of working- Dr Belinda Magnus: GP Partner, St. George’s Medical Centre, Hendon

– Resources- Eleanor Todd Walker: Immunisation Commissioning Officer

– Questions and Answers: All

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Join with a video conferencing device

Video Conference ID: 128 333 767 3


If anyone has any interesting/useful items to share, please email me to include in future Newsletters.

Please do let me know of any leavers and/or joiners!


Have a happy weekend

Best wishes



Amita Shah

Nurse Development Lead

Email:  Phone: 0203 688 1805

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