General Practice Non-Medical Workforce Education & Development

Following recent CCG restructuring we have been thinking hard about how to take Primary care Nurse education and development forwards. We have been out to talk to a number of you across the three CCGs at different forums and events to share our thinking and seek your views. So the good news is that we are beginning to make some significant progress on Primary Nurse Education and development, we are doing this through coordinating our resources. From September we hope to have nurse tailored sessions at EPIC, BASE and STEPs as we heard from you that education sessions often don’t meet your needs. This builds on the good work started in B&A.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to contribute to the newsletter. This could include anonymised case studies, sharing best practice, questions to your colleague and reflection of any training you have been recently.

Contact Helen Brewah General Practice Education Development Clinician

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Opportunities:   Motivational interviewing - Nationally funded opportunity for the South Region

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Time for Care

Quality Improvement for General Practice Nurses

 Free two day programme for nurses working in general practice across England

“I gained a lot from attending the Quality Improvement workshop. It has been the highlight of my training this year. This should be offered to all nurses working in General Practice”. General Practice Nurse, Derby.

This programme is designed for all nurses working in general practice across England. It is one of a series being held across the country. As part of the Time for Care offer it is available in support of the General Practice Forward View and the NHS Long Term Plan.

This very successful programme will be delivered for the first time on a regional rather than national basis during 2019/20. There is capacity to deliver one cohort for each of the seven regions.

Attending the programme will provide delegates with:

  • an opportunity to try out quality improvement tools and techniques and apply them to a change challenge of their choice
  • reflection and learning with likeminded colleagues from across the country
  • increased awareness of the human factors involved in successful change.It will show step-by-step how to use a number of tools and techniques, helping to build skills and confidence to make changes in practice. Participants will need to bring a change challenge to work on during the programme - something they really want to improve back at their practice.

The tutors will be experts in training and using quality improvement to make change happen. They are nurses, practice managers, GPs and coaches with a wealth of training experience.

This two day programme is run on consecutive days with accommodation provided for the middle night. Please note we are unable to reimburse costs for travel expenses and your evening meal.

Our programme received extremely positive feedback and demand is expected to be high. A maximum of 35 delegate places are available on each programme. Once these are filled we will operate a reserve list.

If you would like further information about this programme please contact

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Local Authority Public Health teams in Berkshire East have recommissioned the Specialist Sexual Health service, and this will involve some changes to the way services are delivered.  From August 2019, in order to reduce the waiting times for patients, the Specialist Sexual Health Garden Clinic Service will be providing the vast majority of their service via an appointment-only system. You will be able to book this appointment online through the  website.

Sexual Health

How does this affect me as a clinician working in primary care-

Please signpost patients to the website for information on local pathways and services.  This will also have links to book an appointment.  The Specialist Sexual Health service will be focussing on delivering specialist reproductive and sexual health services to those patients with urgent or complex needs (e.g. acute pain such as acute episode of Herpes).  You can continue to send those with complex contraception requirements via the current email/letter referral process.   For those patients with more routine, non-urgent needs, we need your help to manage this cohort of patients effectively in the most appropriate setting for the patient;

  • Emergency contraception - signposting to Community Pharmacy if patient’s preference is the morning after pill. Most high street pharmacies are commissioned to provide the emergency contraception pill free of charge to those aged 16-24yrs. LARC remains the most effective form of emergency contraception.
  • Routine contraception – provision within your surgery for routine contraception, continue to encourage the uptake of LARC through the Public Health GP LARC contract
  • Opportunistic STI testing - for those patients who present to you practicing unsafe sex, offer appropriate testing for STI through your surgery.
  • Asymptomatic patients requesting STI testing - a home testing kit can be ordered online - links to this are through the website
  • Encourage self-management and treatment through community pharmacy, for example for conditions such as Thrush and BV.

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Cancer Communications Interactive Resource launched

We are pleased to announce the release of a new free Communications Interactive Resource on Cancer Services. Commissioned by Health Education England (HEE), Skills for Health have developed this as part of a range of initiatives HEE are leading on to support the recommendations made by The National Cancer Strategy: Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes 2015-2020.

Highlighted within the strategy is the importance of the communication skills of the workforce. All staff, no matter what their role or profession, need to be able to communicate sensitively and compassionately with patients and their families and carers.

The Cancer Communications Interactive Resource sets out to:

  • Identify existing good practice in communication skills and bring it together in one place
  • Provide a resource to enable services, teams and individuals to build on existing good practice and experiential learning
  • Ensure the most up to date information is available to all in an interactive guide, free to access and available online with live links to information and resources


Access the Interactive Resource here

FoNS Blog

This week, Joanne Mohammed, a FoNS Inspire Improvement Fellow, talks about how she changed her ways of working and the impact this has had. Read more …

The Inspire Improvement Fellowship 2020 is open for applications

FoNS is looking for enthusiastic nurses, health visitors or midwives leading nursing and/or care teams at the frontline of clinical care, who have a desire to create more person-centred, safe, caring and effective workplace cultures for patients/residents and staff.

You could be for example a ward sister, community team leader or care home manager across any area of health and social care in the UK.

The Inspire Improvement Fellowship is a development programme for frontline clinical nurse leaders. It is a funded programme supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

We welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds in any health or social care setting.

Key features:

  • Designed specifically for clinical nurse/midwife/health visitor leaders
  • The twelve-month programme starts January 2020
  • Compulsory attendance at three two-day workshops in March, June and Sept 2020 in the West Midlands
  • A bursary of up to £3000 to support you
  • Individual workplace visits and telephone support from the programme leader

Why apply?

The feedback speaks for itself: this programme has a huge impact on the individual, on colleagues and on the people who receive care.

  • ‘The Inspire Improvement Fellowship has fundamentally changed how I practice on a day-to-day basis. My colleagues have commented on how much better they feel things are in the workplace. We are closer as a team, more cohesive, more supportive and more productive.'
  • 'We have now moved from 40% vacancy to predicted 9% vacancy rate in January which is very exciting.'
  • 'Given me the confidence to step back and ask staff how they can help rather than me fix it.'
  • 'I can’t quantify the impact it’s had on my life. The change I have seen in nursing and the culture of care is staggering. The unit has embraced this to such a degree it has changed lives: The lives of staff and service users.'

Please share! Closing date: 4th November 2019 (1pm) More information is available on the website.

IPDJ Focus

A scoping review exploring how the conceptualisation of resilience in nursing influences interventions aimed at increasing resilience by Gemma Stacey and Grace Cook

Joanne Bosanquet, FoNS Chief Executive Organisation: ‘This scoping study is timely for a number of reasons. Pressure on individuals to fix, mend, cope and juggle the multiple pressures in health and care is unacceptable and unsafe. We must not overuse the term resilience. We must, instead look at a shared governance model, with strong leadership across the whole system. NMC Revalidation is entering its second phase and it's time we explored the potential for revalidation to enable us to embed deep reflective critical discourse into our regular professional supervision conversations. Action or active learning is the key here. Keep learning, keep sharing and establish collaborative approaches within your communities of practice. This scoping study is additionally relevant to everyone, including commissioners, policy leaders, academics and researchers.’

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The British Heart Foundation has concluded its Care and Support Planning national project with the release of a final report and animation. Julia Coles (network lead) was part of the steering group which oversaw the adoption of the House of Care model across 5 localities for people with cardiovascular disease. The approach was very well received by patients, who reported increased confidence and knowledge in managing their own health, being prepared for consultations and able to discuss what was important to them. Health care professionals reported increased job satisfaction, team working and ability to deliver person centred care. Time and cost savings were also identified.


The SCN continues to work with all localities across TV in promoting and supporting the adoption of this approach to care for people with long term conditions.


View the animation through this link


 All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Later Life Age UK report


 Depression among older people in care homes report  


 Co-production: People-powered services in Oxfordshire


By Kate Pieroudis, SCIE Co-Production Development Manager


 Public Health England: state of nation’s health revealed


PHE has published a new Health Profile for England report giving the most comprehensive picture of the health of England today and into the future. People are living longer – life expectancy in England has reached 79.6 years for men and 83.2 for women and we’re healthier at every age group than ever before. However, stubborn inequalities persist – in the richest areas people enjoy 19 more years in good health than those in the poorest areas.



Dementia Resources


 Care in Mind courses at Buckinghamshire Mind


Buckinghamshire Mind has relaunched Care in Mind, a service to help those diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia (<65 years) and their loved ones. Care in Mind is a six week course, that is available free of charge across Buckinghamshire, funded by HEETV. The course will create a safe space for people with Young Onset Dementia to meet others with the diagnosis and share experiences, enhance their self-esteem, increase social contact and build a sense of purpose back in their lives.


Contact Lizzie Dick: 07944 309414 or       


 Hearing the voice of people affected by dementia in research


A journal, co-edited by Alzheimer's Society, has been published which includes 11 open access articles co-authored by researchers and people affected by dementia. This issue highlights just a few of the many different ways the voice of people with dementia can be heard through research.


 An Unforgettable Guide to Staying Out of Hospital When You Have Dementia


- is aimed at carers to understand common causes of hospital admissions, why each circumstance occurs, and practical steps to maintain the wellbeing of the person with dementia. Covers both conditions (urinary tract infections, delirium, pneumonia, malnutrition/ dehydration) and behaviours (delirium, distress). It has a section dedicated to advice for carers, including sources of information about dementia, self-care tips, and where to find support networks.


 Dementia UK animation - explaining dementia to children


'Let's Talk About Dementia' is a short animation, created by Dementia UK, to help explain dementia to children.


   End of life care resources


 Royal College of Physicians report asks why doctors find it so hard to talk to patients about dying


Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead - explores the reasons that doctors and other healthcare professionals find it hard to talk to patients about dying.


 Advance Care Planning in General Practice


Does policy match reality? 


 TIDE UK: Post-bereavement support




Rebuilding the learning disability workforce is crucial to end appalling injustice





Sarah Bellars

Director of Nursing and Quality - Professional Lead

Tel: 01753 636644 Email

Jo Greengrass

Associate Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety

Tel: 01753636816 Email

We plan to attend between us the education sessions and the forums to ensure that you hear what’s going on with nursing first hand and we hope to send out regular newsletters like this as heard from you that trying to navigate your way around courses and training is very difficult, we want to make this easy for you.Please feel free to contact any of us on above details if required.

Nurses Education and Development Monthly Newsletters


A quarterly Newsletter is sent out to all our practices sharing best practice and the latest developments in General Practice training in East Berkshire Primary Care. There are some really interesting and exciting opportunities coming up for your development. Please circulate this newsletter to all the relevant colleagues, who might benefit from it.

February 2018

January 2018 newsletter

November/December 2017 newsletter

October 2017 newsletter

August 2017 newsletter

July 2017 newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

 Newsletter June 2019

Newsletter August 2019