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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.

26 November 2019- Rosalind Franklin Programme- Applications Open

The NHS Leadership Academy had64 funded places available on the Rosalind Franklin programme for nurses and midwives, with applications open until 13 December 2019

The programme is aimed at middle leaders and aims to help shape knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours into outstanding, compassionate and inclusive leaders, working at all levels across the health and care system.

The programme will support 64 mid-level nurses and midwives to be outstanding innovators, leaders and team members.  It will encourage participants to ask, and answer, fundamental questions that will support them to become an outstanding leader. The programme will also include three contextualisation days for STP specific material.  (For midwives on the programme there will be an additional two day module delivered by the CNO Safe Staffing faculty and a further bespoke midwifery day.)

The programme is nine months long and leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership.

For more information please follow this link. If you have any queries please contact

26 November 2019- Yorkshire and the Humber Screening and Immunisation Team Update

The latest update from the NHS England Screening and Immunisation Team for our area can be found through this link

Topics covered in this bulletin include:

The team contact for Vale of York is

26 November 2019- Hull York Medical School GP Nurses Update Course

Presented by the ANP and GP team at HYMS, this one day course focuses on the priorities relevant to nursing in primary care. The session is designed to help nursing colleagues on top of all the changes to guidelines and the latest research, and includes a full referenced book as well as 12 months access to the digital version. Lunch is provided for attendees.

To view the poster for the event and to book your place please follow this link. Alternatively, please contact Jackie Houlton on:

01482 464750 / 01904 321308 or

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.

30 October 2019- Meet the Apprentices

Skills for Health and HASO (Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online) are looking for insights into what it means to be a healthcare apprentice. By answering a few short questions, you could feature in their online series 'Meet the apprentice', and your feature could be shared on social media @SkillsforHealth and @HASOEngland

For more information please follow this link

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

16 October 2019- Infection Prevention Control Bulletin: September 2019

Please find the latest bulletin produced for general practice through this link. This bulletin is titled “Norovirus - are you prepared to stop the spread?” and contains guidance on how to prevent outbreaks and manage symptoms. Previous IPC bulletins cover topics including hand hygiene, antimicrobial resistance, UTI diagnosis, TB and nutrition and hydration. These are available through the IPC website.

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

01 October 2019- Apprenticeship Standards Consultation

Public Health England  have opened a consultation with employers of community-centred workers and front-line workers to better understand the duties, capabilities and current training opportunities of this workforce, as well as the extent of employer need and commitment to an apprenticeship standard at level 3. The consultation is available through this link and is open until 5pm on Friday 1 November:

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.

27 August 2019- Rosalind Franklin Programme for Nurses in General Practice

NHS England and Improvement have secured funding to run a second cohort of the Rosalind Franklin programme for GPNs and nurses working in primary care. The programme aims to help shape middle-level nursing leaders’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to help them become outstanding leaders, and for primary care, to develop inclusive and compassionate nursing leaders working at all levels across the NHS to help improve patient care, people’s health and their experiences of the NHS. To view the information brochure please follow this link. All applications must be completed online via

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.

30 July- 2019 Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study: Poster

The CRN Yorkshire and Humber are inviting practices to display the poster for their GLAD study. This will allow your patients to ‘self-register’ to this Mental Health study. There are no site payments involved however the accruals will be mapped to your site. Anyone aged 16 years or older who has experienced depression and/ or anxiety (including OCD, BDD, and other related disorders) can join this study to facilitate future research. Participants will also join a national Mental Health BioResource and contribute to the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression.

All enrolment takes place online at An online animation explains the consent process with more detailed information in text format. Once participants have provided consent and completed an online questionnaire, they will be sent a saliva DNA sample kit to enable genetic studies. All samples are managed by the study team.

There are no Service Support Costs allocated to this study. Accruals will be mapped to the GP site. In the case that the participants medical notes need to be reviewed at a later date the study team has provided confirmation that there will be funding allocated for this activity. 

If you would like to take part and display the poster please inform and the  to log your participation and to facilitate launching in your site, please fill out a brief online form to provide the GLAD team with your contact and practice details:

For the recruitment strategies section, please indicate that you will be using posters/leaflets and feel free to add any additional strategies you would like to implement. It will then ask you how many posters/leaflets you wish to have sent to you. We would prefer to send at least 200 leaflets, as they tend to run out quickly. You can skip all of section 4 asking about site considerations. If you aren’t sure how to respond to an item, please feel free to skip the question or reach out to the GLAD team at

24 July 2019- Last Week in #AdvancedPractice

Zach North (Advanced Practice Lecturers at the University of Hull) has created a webpage dedicated to advanced practice and designed to share evidence based information with advanced practitioners. To access the website please follow this link

24 July 2019- Infection Prevention Control Bulletin

Please find the latest bulletin for general practice from the community IPC team through this link. The team have introduced a new website with an inbuilt search function following feedback, and also available in the bulletin are details of a course for IPC leads taking place in October.

24 July 2019- Yorkshire and North East Allied Health Professions Workforce Briefing: June 2019

Please find through this link the June edition of Health Education England’s AHP workforce briefing. This edition includes information about new publications, training and development opportunities and upcoming events.

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.

17 July 2019- Campaign for the Reduction of Opioid Prescribing (CROP)

Many doctors and professional bodies are concerned about rising opioid prescribing in general practice. Much of this prescribing is for chronic non-cancer pain, which is often difficult to treat. There is little evidence for the effectiveness of opioids in chronic pain but accumulating research indicating that the harms of opioids to patients can outweigh benefits. As well as addiction, prescribed opioids are associated with higher risks of hospitalisation, psychosocial problems, and premature death. Additionally, 80% of patients taking opioids will experience at least one adverse effect e.g. constipation, nausea, itching, and dizziness. Therefore, we are undertaking a Campaign for the Reduction of Opioid Prescribing (CROP) across Vale of York CCG member practices to reduce opioid prescribing for chronic pain. The CROP team is working with your practice and CCG to help reduce opioid prescribing and lower the risk of preventable complications by creating reports for practices to review the appropriateness of their opioid prescribing. We encourage practices to keep reviewing their prescribing of opioids. Potential risks should be carefully balanced in relation to patient benefit, and alternatives to opioids should be considered where appropriate.

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

29 May 2019- Calling all Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) and Physician Associates (PA)

The Humber, Coast and Vale Faculty of ACPs and PAs aims to ensure ACP and PA capacity meets service needs across the HCV region.  The faculty has just published some very useful information about recruitment, training and projects. Click here or email

21 May 2019 - Diabetes Education York

A Diabetes Locally Enhanced Service is offered to Primary Care in York. To take advantage of this it is recommended that at least one nurse and one GP from each surgery attend one full day of diabetes education every two years as a minimum. The Community Diabetes Team in York to deliver workshops which will be offered in three-hourly sessions at regular intervals throughout the year. The content will be updated on a rolling annual basis which will run June to June. This will provide nine hours training annually – additional/alternative training can be made up through e-learning, CP supervision, multi-agency training, etc

The afternoons are free to attend and have been arranged specifically for local primary care health care professionals who have an interest in diabetic medicine. Meetings will be led by Tara Kadis, Lead Diabetes Nurse, York Hospital and specialist colleagues from the Community Diabetes Team.

For more information please find the poster through 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 - Medical Device Awareness Card

A new Medical Device Awareness Card has been launched, sponsored by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Airport Operators Association (AOA), which covers insulin pumps, CGMs and flash glucose monitoring devices including the Freestyle Libre. Due to potential damage, insulin pump and CGM manufacturers advise that the medical devices should not be exposed to x-ray screening or full-body airport scanners. Regulations allow passengers with these medical devices to ask for an alternative security screening process. The new card provides information for both the Security Officer and the passenger and can be downloaded directly from the CAA website. Campaign Organiser, Rachel Humphrey has had passport sized (8.5cm x 12.5cm) versions of the card printed and is providing them free of charge upon receipt of a stamped addressed envelope (UK only). For details please email or follow this link. Links to the posters can be found below:

Medical Device Awareness Card Poster v.1

Medical Device Awareness Card Poster v.2

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.

2 April 2019- New Cervical Sample Taker Training- Deadline Extended

A reminder the Haxby Group Training are offering theoretical training for new cervical sample takers involved in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, based on the guidance developed by Public Health England. The training is designed to provide practitioners with the latest evidence based knowledge to be able to confidently advise on, and undertake cervical samples. The basic training programme spans 1½ days and covers the following core topics:

This programme is classroom based and no practical work is involved. Further sessions of this training and being run in September. Please return this form as soon as possible if you wish to register.

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