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This page contains news and updates relevant to our practice nurses and allied health professionals in the Vale of York. The most important and most recent news can be found on this page, for older updates please browse our previous editions of The Practice Nurse and Allied Health Professional Engagement Bulletin.

28 May 2020- Access to Immunisation Training

We have had a query regarding access to immunisation training – particularly as we need to ensure we are ready for the Flu Season. In case you missed it from bulletins sent direct to practices – attached and below is a summary of how e-learning can be accessed from Wendy Watson, Screening and Immunisation Coordinator. Hopefully this is helpful:

 It was announced in Vaccine Update in 2018 (page 6) and regularly in the vaccine fortnightly newsletter that  immunisers can access their annual update training via the ‘e-learning for Healthcare’ website, the training has been written and produced in collaboration from Health Education England and Public Health England, it was launched in March 18. The training covers all of the core standards required for annual update training (available through this link) Immunisers can still sign up to attend a face-to-face training update if you find one available as well as completing the e-learning.

Website details are below:

Registering with eLfH

The Training overview

 Also for your info we have recently had queries regarding initial training due to lack of face to face courses at the moment and the response has been as below which will be included within the next Vaccine newsletter

 Competence assessments developed by the RCN and PHE  to support the training and assessment of registered and non-registered health care workers who have a role in immunisation can be found through this link. The competences link to the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training (PHE, 2018) and the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers (PHE, 2015). These curricula describe the learning outcomes that should be covered by immunisation training courses.

The knowledge component of the assessment states:

1a. Can provide evidence of attendance at a specific, comprehensive immunisation training course (the course should cover all of the topics detailed in the Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training and/or provide evidence of completing an immunisation e-learning programme. (State the name of course/type of training attended.)

Face to face training provides the opportunity to discuss local issues and any recent updates which may not be in the existing guidance, therefore it is important if e learning is used that local issues and any recent changes to the immunisation schedule are identified and discussed as part of the assessment and mentorship

The responsibility for ensuring staff are appropriately trained is that of the employer so they have to ensured that any training the staff undertake reaches the national  minimum standards and they have a process for assuring the staff member is competent.

Some practices have devised their own training using the standards and a process of competency and mentorship within practice.

28 May 2020- Applications Process Open for Multi-Professional Advanced Practitioner

Due to the  Covid 19 Pandemic, Health Education England placed the recruitment process for Advanced Practitioner applications for 20/21 on hold. This process and the new deadline for applications is the 19 June 2020.  Please ensure you have sent your applications to by this date.  Those who submitted applications in March; they have been logged and you do not need to resubmit.

Application Form

ACP Principles

University Cohorts

Not all universities are offering a September cohort in 2020.  Above is information on which universities will be having cohorts for 20/21. The panel will now be meeting at the end of June to review applications and hope to inform employers of the outcome in the first week of July. The application form and guidance are attached.

28 May 2020- Functional Skills Offer Introductory Session

Health Education England’s Talent for Care team and primary care team have worked together and have commissioned BKSB who provide free online learning tools for functional skills to support access on to other programmes such as Apprenticeships.

They are hosting online session which is aimed at primary care to find out more about the tool, how to use it and to ask questions. Further information can be found through this link

 The session will take place on 9 June from 10:00-11:00, and can be accessed through this link.

07 March 2020- Caring For Children With Coughs (CHICO) Research Study

Practices using EMISweb are the target population.  This NIHR-funded CHICO trial is supported by NHS improvement and participating will align with current NHS England policies for Anti-microbial Resistance and antibiotic prescription targets.  The trial is evaluating the clinical effectiveness and safety of a clinical decision support tool used alongside information leaflets for parents in children aged 0-9years presenting to primary care with coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTI).  Please see attached for further information and payments to practices.

 If you are interested, please complete this expression of interest form.

25 February 2020- Diary of the Nurse Blog

 Please follow this link to an innovative blog from a newly qualified nurse applying for practice nursing. You might want to use this in some of your recruitment campaigns. 

07 January 2020- Physical Activity Clinical Champions Training

You may be interested in some training sessions delivered by Public Health England with a national network of expert Physical Activity Clinical Champions.  The network is delivering free, tailored, peer to peer 1-3 hours training sessions to groups of healthcare professionals at a time and location to suit local needs e.g. Vocational Training Schemes, lunchtime learning, etc.  You can find out more through this link.

07 January 2020- Guidance: Registered Nursing Associates Training in Cervical Sample Taking

 Please find through this link guidance produced by NHS England and Improvement, Health Education England and Public Health England regarding Nursing Associates undertaking Cervical Cytology. This has been created due to some confusion around supervision and training. Please note that this guidance is necessary because the Nursing Associates although on the NMC register are not able to perform cervical smears as they are not a listed professional on the TDDI legislation register. Those currently undergoing training and supervision have been captured in a national pilot to learn from how this legislation applies.

26 November 2019- Cervical Cytology Screening- Surepath Kit Disposal

You may be aware that Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust are taking over delivery of the NHS Screening Programme for the North East, and will be introducing new kits for smear testing. A Vale of York Lead Nurse has queried with them how to dispose of old surepath kit boxes, and it has been clarified that unopened kits can be returned to the trust through the courier who collects the samples. However GP surgeries have responsibility for disposing of opened kit boxes.

22 October 2019- Improving identification of people with a learning disability: guidance for general practice

NHS England and Improvement have launched a new set of guidance for general practice to help identify those with a learning disability. To view the guidance please follow this link.

22 October 2019- Your Path in Research

A new campaign to encourage more healthcare professionals to get involved in research has been launched by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Coinciding with the birthday of James Lind, a pioneer of clinical trials in the 1700s, Your Path in Research showcases a range of ways healthcare professionals can learn more about the research happening around them every day, as well as how they can take their first or next step in a research career with the NIHR. Find out more, and use our hashtag in social media: #yourpathinresearch

01 October 2019- NHS Futures Collaboration Platform

NHS England have established the NHS Futures Collaboration Platform, this is a workspace which makes it easier to share knowledge, resources and ideas to support delivery of the General Practice Forward View programme and the General Practice Nursing 10 point action plan. You can use the platform to:

•   Share knowledge, ideas and resources

•   Review frequently asked questions

•   Access key documents securely from one central hub

Relevant to our region there is a North East & Yorkshire Hub alongside a North West Hub – information can be accessed here about events, good practice and testimonials. A section of the platform that you may find really worthwhile is the GPN Data Tool, the Excel dashboard provides useful and relevant information which includes age profiles and GPN numbers broken down by ICS/STP and CCG. 

If you would like to access the platform and haven’t already done so please contact  to request access. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to Kerry Knox (Programme Manager) NHS England and NHS Improvement email: or mobile 07900715198

05 September 2019- Video: Trainee Nursing Associates

Please follow this link to view a video produced by Health Education England to show the opportunities available through the new role of nursing associate. The role is designed to bridge the gap between Healthcare Assistants and Registered Nurses, and is supported by a programme of work based learning.

27 August 2019- Join Dementia Research

JDR are pleased to announce that over 20,000 study participants have been involved in vital research thanks to Join Dementia Research. The innovative service allows anyone to register their interest in dementia research so that they can be matched to potential studies they may be eligible to take part in. Stats released on Monday 5 August 2019, show 20,167 participants in total have now been recruited to studies. This is wonderful news, and an important milestone for Join Dementia Research. Launched back in February 2015 in response to the Challenge on Dementia, the service has made it easier than ever for people living in the UK to take part in dementia research. If you haven’t already signed up and are keen to support Join Dementia Research please take a moment to log on and register

To view JDR’s research volunteer and study data please follow this link.


13 August 2019- What is a primary care network?

Primary Care Commissioning has published a slidepack Primary care networks: an overview for general practice teams. This pack collates some of the latest information about PCNs, covering the policy background to PCNs and explains where they fit in the wider integrated care systems. Zara Head is Lead Nurse for Primary Care Quality and Doncaster CCG, and also runs a blog about the role of nursing and latest developments. In her latest blog she discusses the introduction of primary care networks in her area from a nursing point of view, as well the opportunities for practice nurses to get involved in PCN’s. To access the blog please follow this link.

17 July 2019- Functional Skills Toolkit for Aspiring Trainee Nursing Associates

Health Education England have created a toolkit for employers of nursing associates, providing access to a variety of tools for assessment and diagnostics in order to assess learning levels. Once the assessment has been taken, employers will be able to signpost staff to the most appropriate provision and resources to meet their individual learning needs and timescales for progression. To access the toolkit please follow this link.

05 June 2019 - NHS England Interim People Plan

The NHS England Interim NHS People Plan, developed collaboratively with national leaders and partners, sets a vision for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver that care and identifies the actions we will take to help them.  To access the plan please follow this link 

05 June 2019 - Illustrated Guide to Quality Improvement

NHS East London Foundation Trust has produced a useful introductory guide to quality improvement, including how to initially identify a quality issue and how to engage a team in quality improvement.

To view the guide please follow this link

14 May 2019- NMC Social Media Guidance

The NMC has published guidance for nurses and midwives using social media stating: If used responsibly and appropriately, social networking sites can offer several benefits for nurses, midwives, nursing associates and students. These include:

• Building and maintaining professional relationships

• Establishing or accessing nursing and midwifery support networks and being able to discuss specific issues, interests, research and clinical experiences with other healthcare professionals globally

• Being able to access resources for continuing professional development (CPD).

14 May 2019 - Nursing Associate Workshop

Please find through this link, the slides from the workshop that took place on 8 May based around introducing the role of nursing associates into primary, secondary and voluntary sectors. 


17 April 2019 - Eligibility of Registered Nursing Associates to undertake cervical sample taker training

Through this link is a national message from PHE Screening regarding registered nursing associates undertaking.


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