Nursing Newsletter 8th October 2021

Dear All

Hope you have all had a good week.

Please find this week’s Edition

CARE programme registration – REMINDER

The second NCL CARE Programme is starting in just over 2 weeks, so please get your applications in by 13 October 2021.  Several nurses who attended the first programme say “CARE has transformed their lives”. Many of those same nurses are now becoming leaders in their Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Whether or not you think you could be a leader, come and try the CARE programme to see how it can support your wellbeing and sense of self in your current role.  Please attached the slides from Karen Landi’s CARE programme project – this is an example of how  the CARE programme can support you to make a difference!  I do hope this inspires you to put in your application for cohort 2.

See attached expression of interest form – Please return this completed form to by 13th October 2021.

Non Medical Prescribing Policy

Congratulations to those of you who have completed and passed your NMP module.  You have worked hard to get this skill and do please ensure you are supported to use them appropriately.  Please see attached the NCL Policy and complete Appendix 1 with your details and send it to  If anyone is currently undertaking the non-medical prescribing course or who is a non-medical prescriber and would like to be added to the mailing list for non-medical prescriber’s forum please, email Jane Saha;

I am waiting for LMC to clarify the position on indemnity cover, in the meantime you should have a conversation with your practice manager/GP Partner to support you in practising your new skills and provide any additional cover if required to utilise this hard gained and much needed skill in primary care.

 NHSE/I update: Cervical screening text message reminders for women

NHSE/I is to expand the current cervical screening text reminder project. A second text message for women who have not been screened within 18 weeks of their initial invite will be sent between two and three weeks after the reminder letter. Read more HERE

NCL Communications team seeks pregnant woman for positive vaccination messaging

The team is interested in sharing a photo and the woman’s reasons for getting the vaccine(s), how she felt before and after, and how she feels now looking back on the decision to be vaccinated.  The case study will be used in future communications materials such as social media and will be aimed at other pregnant women who may be hesitant.

If you know anyone who would like to take part, please email

 Health Inequalities and Race in the UK

Please see the infographic attached from the NHS Race & Health Observatory showing ethnic health inequalities in the UK. Further reading and resources are available on their website.

WEBINAR – How can we make better use of General Practice and NHS facilities to support social prescribing, holistic care and community resilience – Tuesday 19th October 12.30-2.00

This webinar will explore the vision for a better use of NHS facilities to improve community health and resilience. Best-practice examples will be discussed during the session, not only focusing on the successes but also the challenges that can be encountered in the co-location of primary care services with community services and social prescribing. First, speakers will explore the opportunities of co-location of services, the challenges and some solutions to overcome the barriers. The discussion will be open for all to participate, with the aim to think about actual actions to make things change, both on a local level, and eventually on a systemic level. Booking Link:

QNI Annual Conference 2021 – Last chance to book your place!

The QNI’s 2021 Conference is taking place online over 5 days, from Monday 11th October to Friday 15th October. In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the theme of the conference this year is ‘Building Back Fairer’.  Like last year, in recognition of the huge challenges and adversity community nurses and allied health professionals are continuing to face, we are offering this year’s conference free of charge. The event is quite popular so please make sure to book your place early.  We have some very inspirational speakers who will explore and debate current key topics including the nurse’s role in reducing inequalities in health and the challenges created by Covid-19 for children and young people. Please use the link below for the full programme and booking on line information.  Link for the Programme

The Road to Recovery – Annual Conference for Non Medical Prescribers

Thursday 11th November 2021 – 10.55 till 15.30

This conference is for you, about the great work that you are leading as prescribers. This conference, virtual, online – across the day 11th November will share examples of best practice, will hear from colleagues and leaders across the UK and is for the full family of prescribers; nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists and doctors. Reserve your place now at

The experiences of student nurses in a pandemic: A qualitative study

University of Hertfordshire has produced this paper about their research on the experience of students who opted for placements at the height of the pandemic.  I am pleased to say that this paper has now been published and can be accessed via this link. Please do share the link in your practice areas and I am sure you will agree it is inspiring and a moving tribute to the students and everyone who supported them.

Have a restful weekend.

Best wishes


Amita Shah

Nurse Development Lead

Email:  Phone: 0203 688 1805

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