News

Fluenz Tetra allocations for GPs increased

Date: Nov 27 2019

Dear Colleagues, As of November 20th 2019, Fluenz Tetra allocations for General Practice have been increased to 40% of their eligible cohorts. Allocations will be increased further in the coming weeks, and notification of these increases will be placed on the Immform news item. To avoid disruption, please continue to only order for the forthcoming…

Practice Managers – Funded Coaching and Mentoring Opportunity

Date: Nov 27 2019

Following the success of the last coaching and mentoring programme, and significant positive feedback from those who took part, Practice Managers are once again being offered coaching and mentoring sessions as part of the programme funded by NHS England, to be taken between January and March 2020. Three 90-minute, one-to-one, tailored sessions with a professional…

2019/20 General Practice Annual Electronic Declaration (eDEC)

Date: Nov 27 2019

Thank you for your help and assistance to prepare for this collection. We are pleased to confirm that the collection opened yesterday on the 19th of November at 9am. GP  practices have until Tuesday 17th December to make a submission. All GP practices and commissioners in England who are registered on the Strategic Data Collection…

General Practice Indicators data set available within the primary care indicators website

Date: Nov 27 2019

The following General Practice Indicators in these groups have been updated (Quarterly or annual publication and period updated to in brackets): Mental Health (All Quarterly to end June 2019) % first choice generic SSRIs Select antidepressants ADQs/STARPU Medicines Management (All Quarterly to end June 2019) % Naproxen and Ibuprofen Oral NSAIDS ADQs/STAR-PU Antibacterial Items/Star Pu…

Accountable Officer and Frimley Collaborative Executive Team Update

Date: Nov 27 2019

Following an interview process, Dr Andy Brooks has been appointed to the role of Clinical Chief Officer for the Frimley Collaborative of East Berkshire, North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath CCGs, with effect from 1 December 2019.  Many of you already know Andy as Clinical Chief Officer for East Berkshire CCG and Surrey…

Free Blood Pressure and Pulse Testing in Slough Community Pharmacies

Date: Nov 26 2019

Free blood pressure checks are being offered at 17 local pharmacies across Slough for people over 40 with no known diagnosis of high blood pressure. Local health and care organisations, working under the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS), have teamed up with pharmacies to help identify people with high blood pressure and…

“Walking in each other’s shoes” Clinician Liaison Programme – Frimley ICS 2019 – 2020

Date: Nov 19 2019

On behalf of the Frimley Leadership & Improvement Academy –Please see the latest  “Walking in each other’s shoes” a clinical liaison programme.. This is an exciting opportunity for any clinician within the Frimley ICS to spend half a day with an “opposite” eg theatre nurse & community nurse (primary care to secondary care & vice…

Legionella infection in infants with domestic humidifier exposure

Date: Nov 19 2019

Background and Interpretation: A recent case of Legionnaires’ disease (Legionella pneumophila infection) in a neonate with exposure to domestic humidifier use has illustrated the risk of infection to infants. Humidifiers are a documented source of Legionella infection in infants. Further information can be found in the attached PHE document Briefing note template_Infant Legionella humidifer_07 11…

Physician Associates in Primary Care Event

Date: Nov 19 2019

The event is aimed at GPs and Practice Managers who are interested in finding out about how to support and recruit Physician Associates in Primary Care. The event will provide the opportunity to: Learn about the employment of Physician Associates so that you are better equipped to consider the PA role in your own practice…

Practices encouraged to use free NHS Jobs advertising to attract Nurses

Date: Nov 19 2019

GP practice managers can advertise nursing vacancies through NHS Jobs by using the new ‘bolt-on’ website, which aims to increase the supply of General Practice nurses. Potential applicants can quickly filter to find local roles as a General Practice Nurse, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Nursing Associate and Health Care Support Worker. The site…

NHS.uk Medicines A to Z needs clinician feedback

Date: Nov 18 2019

We’re asking for clinicians help to improve the Medicines A to Z on the NHS website (formerly NHS Choices). With two million visitors per month, this online directory offers patient-friendly information on commonly-used medications, with guidance on dosage to self-management of side effects. Its aim is to improve medicines adherence, while helping to reduce pressures on frontline…

Diabetes – The Silent Killer

Date: Nov 18 2019

The talk has been arranged jointly by the PPGs of Kings Corner and Magnolia House with the help of the Green Meadows and Ascot Medical in distributing the information. See poster for details Diabetes Talk HEI November 2019

Frimley Health news update

Date: Nov 18 2019

Switch to six-digit internal extension numbers Internal extension numbers at all Frimley Health sites will switch from four to six digits early in July. Current Frimley Park extensions will add the prefix 13 (e.g. 13****) Heatherwood extensions will be prefixed 14 (e.g. 14****) Wexham Park extensions, including those for Trust staff at St Mark’s, King…

Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (Fluenz Tetra) supply

Date: Nov 18 2019

Public Health England update can be found below 191114 Briefing_note_template_Fluenz supply

Removal of Fax Machines: ICE Process (EMIS System)

Date: Nov 18 2019

The ICE process for EMIS systems  is attached below EMIS ICE account for FHFT EMIS ICE referral to District Nurse EMIS ICE request for FHFT Please follow the guidance to ensure that you are prepared for the fax machine switch off. If any assistance, guidance or training is needed, please let me know as soon…

Claims and Receipts for GP Practices

Date: Nov 18 2019

Please use the spreadsheet below for claims and receipts for GP Practices. Claims and Receipts for GP Practices 2019-20  

HealthMakers New Year 2020 Course Dates

Date: Nov 18 2019

Latest HealthMaker dates below HealthMakers New Year 2020 Course Dates  

NHS HealthMakers free Pop In Cafe’s

Date: Nov 18 2019

NHS HealthMakers free Pop In Cafe’s run throughout the month across east Berkshire offering peer support sessions in a warm and friendly environment. Ideal for anyone wishing to know more about NHS HealthMakers, catch up with friends made while attending a self-management course or find information on local services available to people living with long…

NEW Self Care toolkit launched for residents

Date: Nov 13 2019

A Self Care toolkit has been launched to support Self Care Week 2019 which takes place next week (18-24). Click here. Please make your patients aware of this toolkit which contains an array of useful information which will be regularly updated even after Self Care Week itself comes to an end. A series of events…

Clinical Concerns process update

Date: Nov 12 2019

The CCG Quality Team have reviewed the Clinical Concerns process following feedback from GPs. We will no longer copy the reporter of the concern into the initial email to the provider. We will however inform the reporter of the response from the provider, however we will now only do this once it has been reviewed…

GMS contractual reminder to support improvements in the registration of individuals leaving the secure residential estate

Date: Nov 12 2019

In June 2019, NHS England and NHS Improvement issued information reminding clinical commissioning groups and GP colleagues of a contractual change in the NHS England Standard General Medical Services (GMS) Contract 2017/18 (see page 64), which means that people can now register with a GP practice prior to their release from the secure residential estate…

Getting the most from the NHS App – Webinars for General Practice Staff

Date: Nov 12 2019

6 dates are available for a 1 hour webinar specifically for practice managers, operational managers and lead receptionists. Click here to see the poster or register here

Improving identification of people with a learning disability: guidance for general practice

Date: Nov 12 2019

Improving identification of people with a learning disability: guidance for general practice     Please click below for the report. Learning Disability document. 101019 FINAL   Contact Blessing Godfree for more: b.godfree@nhs.net

Talking Therapies offers online support

Date: Nov 12 2019

Talking Therapies have online support programmes to support clients with: Heart Conditions Type 2 Diabetes Lung Conditions Health Professionals are welcome to refer clients online: https://www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk/forms/page_sa.asp?fldKey=223 Self-referrals are welcomed online  https://www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk/forms/page_sa.asp?fldKey=254 Leaflets will be coming to all surgeries to be handed out to patients with a long term health condition.

GP blood requests

Date: Nov 12 2019

Berkshire Healthcare (BHFT) Community Nursing have confirmed that all that all their staff have been trained and have access to ICE so GPs just need to send the referral to the Hub as per usual and state that the blood forms are on ICE.

Work with us to improve support for Carers

Date: Nov 7 2019

Slough Borough Council, East Berkshire CCG (NHS) and Slough Children’s Services Trust are updating the joint local Carers Strategy and plan for Slough. This is important as it says how we will support carers including young carers over the next three years. Please could you display the attached poster in your respective surgeries. EOI to…

NHS Grad Scheme event

Date: Nov 6 2019

Are you a current or ex-graduate of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme? If so, an alumni network in the Thames Valley and Wessex region has been set-up and you are being invited to attend its first event at the Local Leadership Academy next month. Click here for details and to register. For further information…

Winter Feeling Unwell? Materials have been delivered to you!

Date: Nov 6 2019

Please display the materials in reception and waiting rooms. Digital copies for websites and/or social media are here.

Pathway Flowcharts for Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Date: Nov 6 2019

Please take a moment to read through two pathway flowcharts for referral to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for the East Berkshire area. One flowchart is for adults (click here) and the other is for children (click here).