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The next PN/HCA meeting will be on Thursday 27th September 6.30pm to 9pm with light refreshments from 6pm in the Russett room at HCCG. This is our opportunity to meet Helen Richardson, Chief Nursing Officer at HCCG. Her presentation will include STP and Hereford quality issues and cover mortality and accountability. There will also be a FLU update.

  • GSK have a Summer respiratory meeting to include COPD and Triple Therapy on Wednesday 19th September at Three Counties Hotel 12.30 to 4pm. Flyer attached.
  • Save the date-respiratory Day planned by GSK on 7 November to include spirometry. Details to follow.
  • Best Practice in Nursing Conference, free Nursing conference at Birmingham NEC.

Courses and useful resources

Access 2 Education-Several courses being offered for practice nurses and HCAs

Active Here  The sessions are tailored to take an inactive beginner from zero to 30 minutes of activity per week, and beyond. To learn more contact the Active Here team at or 01432 358232
Information can be found at or via the WISH website.

Anaphylaxis West Midlands anaphylaxis training


Health Education England have listed resources for patients to self-care and for carers. These are available via an on-line portal:

Chronic Diseases-E-learning provided by Omnia Med Ltd on AF, COPD, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and diabetes. At:

            Coaching Health Education England are offering a free ‘ Introduction to Constructive

            Coaching Conversations’ on 26 February (13:00 – 16.30). At Training and Education Dept.

            Evesham Community Hospital, Waterside, Evesham, WR111JT. To book your

        place please email

Contraception Intrauterine Contraception There is an excellent article in practice nurse on iuds. Available at:

Contraception Frankie Brown from BBO training has organised some contraception training in Chippenham. These days include a 2 day introduction to contraception on 28th Feb and 21st March, cost £190, a half day update on 22 March for £80 and a 6 month RCN accredited course. First two study days 24th and 25th Jan cost £875. For more details tel: 01844237302/07770696524 or e-mail;

COPD Free e-learning with Education for Health  

New formulary available at:

Cultural Competence free e-learning at: Two modules available.

Cytology Updates

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has launched a n e-learning resource for cervical sample taker 3 yearly update training requirements as set out in the NHSCSP guidance for the training of cervical sample takers. At : To access e-learning for healthcare you need a free open Athens account. You can register at To verify your account use your nhs or academic email address. If you need help ask Wye Valley library, tel 01432 364427 or e-mail:

There is also face to face training for 3 updates and for new smear takers at Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital. To book a place e-mail: or telephone:- 0300 422 2803

GPs and nurses are encouraged to read Public Health England’s screening blogs  

Dementia  - Free e-learning course designed to improve communication for people living with dementia and their families. Stand by Me is a FREE flexible online course for a wide range of professionals including nurses, domiciliary care workers, paramedics, primary care, GPs, dementia leads and many more. For more information: Email:

Dementia Awareness Training is being offered free by One Herefordshire from 1-4pm at  Ross Ryefield Centre on 16th May, Leominster Multi Agency Office on 6th June, Ledbury Community Centre on 12th July. To book search for dementia awareness training Herefordshire on Any queries call Sue Tomlins on 01452 894092

Dementia masterclasses and workshops 2017/18 at University of Worcester. For more details:


  • There are several diabetes study days at Hereford County Hospital for both nurses and healthcare assistants. For details contact: Education and Development Centre. Telephone 01432 355444 ext.5514.Email:
  • Prescribing in Diabetes


  • Diabetes infographics by resource centre, sponsored by the Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Diabetes Alliance.Please click here to access the resource centre:
  • The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation is a charity supporting research and education in diabetes. Funding is available on a competitive basis for clinicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals working in both primary and secondary care.

·         Funding for Diabetes-related education events. A bursary to help nurses access funding towards attending diabetes-related education events has been launched. The initiative has been launched by TREND-UK, a leading organisation for diabetes nurses.For those who would like to apply, click here.

Research Fellowships – Clinical Research Fellowships, up to 3 years duration (part time considered), are available for clinicians and nurses working towards a PhD or MD. Closing date: Friday 13th April 2018

Grant Awards – small research project grants up to £12,000 open to all applicants.Closing date: Friday 13th April 2018

Fund Awards – for nurses and allied healthcare professionals:

  1. Attendance at a national or international meeting up to £1,000
  2. A course of study up to £2,000
  3. Small clinical project up to £5,000

Closing date: Monday 30th April 2018

Further Information

For further information on the individual awards and application forms:

Jackie Shuttlewood Tel: 01293 762009


E- Learning for Healthcare is a Health Education England (HEE) Programme working in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce. Offer a wide range of courses including anaphylaxis, cervical cytology and mental health: There are also several statutory and mandatory courses available including infection control, safeguarding, moving and handling: To access e-learning for healthcare you need a free open Athens account. You can register at To verify your account use your nhs or academic email address. If you need help ask Wye Valley library, tel 01432 364427 or e-mail:

End of Life E-learning NHS Health Education England: 

Finding a Course A really useful resource to find an educational course. Several courses are free too. 

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Training Hub are offer training and signposting to other training resources. To book a course you need to register on: The new Facebook link is

Important Documents to be aware of. The General Practice Nursing Workforce Development Plan has just been released. Available at: 0WEB.pdf

Making every contact count updated e-learning resources for West Midlands 

Mims learning live are offering free one day updates to GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals in 2017: on dermatology, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, women’s health and gastroenterology. For more details: 

Ovarian Cancer Free online learning module  developed in partnership with Pulse Learning, RCGP eLearning and BMJ Learning.  


     Palm Training –wide range of courses.  For details:  

Prescribing Non-medical prescribing Updates and MSc Modules University of Worcester is offering several days for non-medical prescribers and interesting MSc Advancing Practice modules. The fliers for the non-medical prescribing are attached and details of the modules can be found at: You can just do a module or you can apply for the MSc Advancing Practice programme. To apply contact / 01905 855111

Respiratory-NICE Asthma ICS DOSE Update  guidance includes the position of fluticasone furoate. 

Revalidation Guidance 

Safeguarding courses in Herefordshire

Video about Adverse Childhood Experiences available at:

Scholarships - Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarships. Great opportunity for research/ travel. For details:.  

Sexual and Reproductive Health –free e-learning at:  Pre requirement for Nurse Diploma. FRSH. 45 modules Sexually Transmitted Infections- free e-learning at: Pre requirement for STIF courses 8-12 hours

Transition services 

The QNI has launched a new online learning resource to improve nursing care for young people who are in the ‘transition’ process from children’s services to adult community services. The learning resource can be viewed here: . It includes a short video recording the views of young people in transition and of practitioners working in the field.

Travel Health

Travel Update September 27th Birmingham by Palm training. Cost £99.


Practice Nurse have launched a new resource. ‘New to travel health? How to get started’. To access:

Hepatitis B vaccine recommendations during supply constraints:


Herefordshire and Worcestershire Training Hub

Child immunisation update on 6th September at Hereford County Hospital.

Immunisation training and updates

For immunisation enquires or incidents e-mail the West Midlands Immunisation Service:

  1. For a cold chain incident where vaccines have been stored outside the recommended 2-8oC temperature range-than those vaccines should be isolated (quarantined), clearly labelled and kept in cold chain conditions. Do not administer any quarantined vaccine until you have had confirmation to do so.
  2. For post-exposure prophylaxis or potential transmission of a vaccine preventable disease (e.g pregnant women exposed to measles) then telephone the Health Protection Unit on: 0344 2253560
  3. Accessing PGDS You have to have a log in for NHS networks then search for West Midlands Screening and Immunisation and then ‘apply to join’. Once you have applied to join the Screening and Immunisation Team will receive an email and will be able to accept your membership. Once you are able to access the West Midlands Screening and Immunisation Network page, the PDGs can be found by clicking on ‘Immunisation’ in the left hand menu and then ‘PGDs’. Recent revised PGDs that have been sent out  for the seasonal influenza vaccination programme, Infanrix Hexa and DTaP/IPV/Hib.
    Hep A/B PGD
    Expires Oct 2019
    Hep A/B PGD
    Expires Oct 2019
    Hep A PGD

Expires Oct 2019

Hep B

Expires April 2019

Typhoid IM

Expires Feb 2020

Hep A/Typhoid

Expires Feb 2020

Wound Care

Free Leg Ulcer Club Conference at Worcester 26-27th September

By wound expo. At Rugby Club.

Wounds UK e-learning available at:

Bursaries for Wounds UK conference 2018 on 5-7th November at Harrogate Convention Centre. To apply and view full event details please visit:

Wound Expo 2018  4 & 5 September at Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

 Wound Care Expo is free, CPD Accredited ensuring participants receive professional recognition for attending the 7 therapy specific zones focusing on wound assessment , wound infection, leg ulcer management, pressure ulcer care, wound exudate, healing chronic wounds and wound biofilm. For more information and to register your free place or your teams place visit

Published on 17th August 2018