Nursing Newsletter 6th August 2021

Dear All

Hope you are all looking forward to some time off with family and friends now that school is out for the Summer.  Staycation is the new “abroad”!  Whatever you plan, do make sure you take your time off away from work – “a change is as good as a rest”!

This week’s Edition


PSSA supervisor and assessor training commissioning – response required

I am looking to commission a half day workshop ( probably on 4 November 2021) with University of Hertfordshire for registered nurses who have not done an assessor update.  All nurses need to update themselves with the new supervisor roles and responsibilities.  Previous nurse mentorship is no longer valid and those with this mentorship qualification must do the assessor training to be able to support learners in practice.  Please email me with your name, practice base and an email contact to be considered for this training. LIMITED PLACES so will be on first come first basis.  This half day workshop can go towards your NMC revalidation as 4h of participatory CPD.

GPN Trainee Programme 2022

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 succession planning.  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.


Developmental opportunities for GPNs in Barnet

As per my previous conversations, NCL training hub is keen for some of you to step up into “leadership” roles to take forward the nursing workforce agenda, so do please think about your specific areas of clinical expertise, your passion for education and development of workforce and crucially your capacity to take on some of these opportunities.  These roles are “sessional”  so allowing for flexibility. I would encourage any of you to please contact me individually with your interests, queries or just a chat about your career plans.  It would be fabulous to have Barnet nurses using their skills and knowledge across the system!  I look forward to having a chat with you over the summer.

Nursing webinar (Tuesday 21 September: 12.30–13.30):

The webinar for London stakeholders will highlight best practice and innovation within CYP asthma (individual and organisational), with a specific focus on nursing. We will hear from Emily Guillmant-Farry (Chair): Children’s asthma community nurse specialist, Newham. Alison Summerfield: Nurse Consultant – Paediatric Respiratory & Allergy, Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust and Sarah Latham: Senior Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist, King’s College Hospital will lead a case-based discussion on best practice from a nursing perspective. Dr Robert Block: Consultant in Children’s & Adolescent Services at Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, plus community and ward nurses will share their innovations in community paediatric asthma care in Manchester.

For further information and to register:

Video Group Clinics eLearning Programme

Nurses invited to visit the Video Group Clinics eLearning programme: Health Education England eLearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, ELC Works and Redmoor Health developed a Video Group Clinics (VGC) programme, which includes eLearning resources and a toolkit developed for nurses in any setting.  Combining group consultation and video clinics aims to build a sense of community and facilitate peer support, while enabling nurses to stay connected in supporting those with long term conditions, who are in need of regular reviews and are vulnerable to infection.   

Video group consultations and clinics can be delivered in a single session, or as part of an extended programme of care and support.

–          Session 1: considering video group clinics

–          Session 2: setting up a video group clinic

–          Educational videos and animations

–          Dedicated video group clinics toolkit

Nurses are required to complete eLearning session 1 before session 2, which has been designed to build and assess knowledge about the VGC competency. The sessions take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and nurses can expect educational videos and animations.Certificates are available after the completion of each session.


Dates for your Diary

Annual ‘Flu and Immunisation Update 24 August 2021 by Helen Donovan

·       9am to 1 pm GPNS LINK to join

·       2pm to 4.30 pm. HCWs and NAs LINK to join

Please email if you have not received this MS Teams link for these sessions.  Please remind your HCSWs and NAs to join the session in the afternoon.

Interesting Article


Have a restful weekendschools out for the summer - Clip Art Library


Amita Shah

Nurse Development Lead

Email:  Phone: 0203 688 1805

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