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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 Engagement Bulletin.

06 January 2021- Advanced Clinical Practitioner Funding 2020/21

Health Education England have advised it may be possible to fund more ACP trainees in this financial year. Whilst they acknowledge this is very late in the day, if you do have colleagues ready and able to secure a place at an HEI starting before the end of March please complete the below application form.

For any applications or any queries please send these to who will co-ordinate with HEE.


24 December 2020- Merry Christmas to all our Practice Nurses and HCA’s

As we get to this time of year – we always look for a well-deserved break, fun times with our loved ones and reflect back on what has happened during the year.

Well, it’s hard to believe what everyone has been through, and none more so than our Practice Nurses. You have needed to adapt quickly, keep up to date with endless national updates and changes, prioritise a list of never ending priorities, keep yourselves and your patient safe, roll out the biggest flu vaccination program ever and to top it off – roll out Covid vaccination! And always maintaining compassion and kindness central.

So please ahead of what may be a short and different Christmas break – take a deep breath (or two!), give yourself the biggest hug and congratulate yourself on what you have achieved. We at the CCG are in awe of what you have done. And whilst this isn’t over, things do look brighter …but for now at least enjoy your break and smother yourself with a little self-care.

Take care of yourselves, let others care for you if possible, enjoy Christmas and hoping the New Year is a bright one

24 December 2020- Hot Topics Primary Care Nurse Live Webinar

When: Thursday 4 February 2021 9.30-5.00

Please view this flier detailing this one day course which has been funded by NHSE/I and is free to attend for nurses working in Primary Care.

The “Hot Topics” course consists of a series of short ‘TED-style’ engaging presentations blending evidence and cases, followed by discussion which may have an impact on your practice. The course comes with a number of extra resources.

Prior to the event your course reference book will be posted to your address.

The book is fully referenced with recent summaries of the evidence for approximately 150 clinical Hot Topics commonly seen in primary care. All of the material is up to date and the material is completely

100% independent from any external influence. There is also 12 months access to the on-line electronic version of the book which is instantly searchable.

 Please follow the link in the flier to book a place.

 If you have any questions at all please contact call 0191 5197293 or email

07 December 2020- Mindfulness Taster Sessions for Service Users

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation are offering Mindfulness Taster sessions for service-users with recurrent depression and stressed carers. These will be offered on the below dates:

They are encourage self-referral, so please ask your service-users/carers to book a place by emailing stating the preferred date and giving telephone contact details. A link to the on-line taster (Microsoft Teams) will then be sent out.

More information including on courses and activities can be found through this flyer, or by following this link

Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention to the present moment. When we’re tuned in to the present moment, the mind is less likely to get caught up in unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling. Mindfulness helps us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions and relate to them in a different way. We learn skills that can help us to:

Mindfulness can also help us learn to be kinder to ourselves and more accepting of how things are.

11 November 2020- Funded Support and Training for Primary Care Staff

The Humber Coast and Vale Primary Care Board are pleased to announce a programme of funded support aimed at Primary Care staff including practice nurses across Humber Coast and Vale.  They will be hosting a Practice Nurse Live Webinar during December to enable you to understand from the providers a little more about the aims, objectives, target audience and time commitment required. To view the full summary of courses including dates and content, please view this flyer. The courses and sessions covered are detailed below.

11 November 2020- Opportunity to be Involved in Student Nurse Recruitment

This is a real opportunity to raise awareness of primary care nursing and be involved in the future generation of nurses. Please consider whether you could contribute to the recruitment events.

All interviews will be conducted online this year and no prior experience is necessary - all practice partners will be buddied with an experienced member of academic staff.

Colleagues who are interested can fill in the Google form here to indicate their availability.

27 October 2020- How can we as CCG nurses support our Practices Nurses?

We want to know how we can support our Practice nurses.

In the first instance we would like to host a virtual session to answer any questions you may have around Covid and any additional support you may find helpful. We fully recognise the challenges and innovative ways you have been working.

It feels like there is so much information coming through emails – so a virtual get together can be a great opportunity to provide an update and share any concerns or questions. No question is a daft question.

12 October- Clinical Supervision Training for Supervisors One Day Course

NHS England and Improvement have made places available on several one day clinical supervision courses during autumn and winter 2020/21. For more information and to book, please access the training and revalidation page.

08 October 2020- The Courage of Compassion- Supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high-quality care

The Kings Fund have published a report aim to showing how to transform nurses’ and midwives’ workplaces so that they can thrive and flourish and are better able to provide the compassionate, high-quality care that they and those they serve wish them to deliver. The report examines the workplace stressors, organisational cultures, working contexts and leadership styles that impact on nurse and midwife wellbeing and mental health, both before and during Covid-19. It sets out how these can be changed to provide dramatically improved working environments and contexts for nursing and midwifery practice, thereby benefiting nurses, midwives, patients, women, families and communities.

The report’s scope covers all nursing and midwifery staff and students, including healthcare assistants and nursing associates. It spans all four UK countries, all types of employer (including the NHS, GP practices, local authorities and the independent sector), all areas of practice and all care settings where nursing and midwifery staff operate, including primary care, secondary care, mental health, community care and social care.

To read the summary version of this report please follow this link, and for the full version please follow this link.


25 September 2020- Flu Frequently Asked Questions from NHSE/I

Please find through this link an updated set of FAQ’s covering vaccine delivery, guidance, legislation and Covid topics.

This will be regularly updated and shared through Practice Nurse Engagement accordingly

21 August 2020- York St John University 20/21 courses

Please find below the key web links to the 20/21 offer from York St John University. Please note that the academic application has been separated from the funding application. Applicants are asked to:

Professional Health and Social Care CPD modules, PGCert and MSc

Leadership in Health and Social Care CPD modules, PGCert and MSc

Health and social care postgraduate modules

How to apply for Humber, Coast and Vale Funding



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.

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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