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Practice Nurse and HCA Newsletter (October)

•    Herefordshire Diabetes Network Meeting
           Thursday 4th October 18.30 to 20.30pm at Gardner Hall, agenda attached.

•    Respiratory updates
           HCCG is organising a respiratory update on Tuesday 6th November. Details to follow.

GSK are offering a full day respiratory update to include spirometry on Wednesday 7th November at Three Counties Hotel. For details contact Ann Gowland. Email: 07786730038. Also a summer respiratory meeting to include COPD and Triple Therapy on Wednesday 19th September at Three Counties Hotel 12.30 to 4pm. Flyer attached.

    Chiesi are offering an educational meeting on Tuesday 20th November 6.30 to 9pm in
    Bristol, a mini conference including a dinner and overnight stay 23rd-24th November at   
    Bristol Marriott Royal (transport can be reimbursed). If interested contact Lee Farmer.
    Mobile: 07816325802. E-mail:

•    COPD clinics
    Chiesi are offering support sending a nurse in to surgeries to review patients called
  COPD+ Service. If interested contact Lee Farmer.  Mobile: 07816325802. E-mail:

•    New NHS resource for patients with Type 1 Diabetes
     Available at:
•    Wounds International Global webast
on the role of bacteria and biofilms on October 11 at 8am, 11am and 4pm. To register

•    Best Practice in Nursing Conference, free Nursing conference at Birmingham NEC.

•    Herefordshire Dementia Friendly Communities Conference

                 Thursday 22 November 9.45 to 4pm at Grange Court. Pinsley Road, Leominister.  
                  HR6 8N. Booking on GPnet.

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: ghn-tr.gloscervicalsampletakers@nhs.netor 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. Flyer attached. 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
•    SIGN Management of Diabetes guidelines updated November 2017.
•    Trend West Midlands free diabetes conferences. Dates Friday 5 October 2018 (West Midlands) and Friday 12 October 2018 (London). To book
•    Diabetes E-learning Primary Care Diabetes Society are offering a new series of CPD mini modules based on the content presented at the London 2016 PCDS Smart Update in Diabetes meeting.  To view the mini modules, please click here

•    Diabetes UK  Offers e-learning and signposting to courses and conferences

•    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

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:
a.    Attendance at a national or international meeting up to £1,000
b.    A course of study up to £2,000
c.    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.

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.

4.    WEST MIDLANDS SCREENING AND IMMUNISATION NETWORK daily 'files and links' alerts:
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Published on 2nd October 2018