Last Updated 05 September 2019

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.


05 September 2019- Survey: Online Consultations

The Digital First Primary Care Team at NHS England and Improvement are asking health professionals if they would be happy to take part in a short prioritisation exercise. This help will help them get the information needed to evaluate the impact of and manage online and video consultations.The survey will close at 5pm on Friday 20 September.

More details about the background to the card sort and what will happen to the information generated can be found through this link.


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

13 August 2019- Resilience Training for Practice Nurses

What: Please find information through this link regarding this course, which is tailored to practice nurses and covers topics including burnout, the science behind good mental health and mindfulness techniques.

Cost: £1600 per session for 16 delegates. Additional delegates will be charged at £100 each.

Venue to be supplied by practice. For further information please contact


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- Digital Nurse Network: Webinar Three

If you wish to subscribe to the Digital Nurse Network please contact the new NHSx email address -

The recording from webinar three of the Digital Nurse Network please follow this link. If you would like to book your place on the webinar four, please check the NHS England events page


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:

  • The NHS Cervical Screening Programme – overview and background
  • Organisation of the programme
  • Equal access to cervical screening
  • Understanding the test results
  • Anatomy and physiology of the pelvic organs
  • Practical aspects and professional responsibilities

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.