Summary of all latest Primary Care Updates
15:11:49 - 15.09.2021
IPC Guidance for Spirometry
For your information, detailed IPC guidance that has been requested for restarting Spirometry.
15:08:43 - 15.09.2021
Women’s Health Matters Website Resource
For Educational training resources and access to educational webinars.
15:07:48 - 15.09.2021
Southern Health Foundation Trust are looking to recruit a GPSI to join their trust wide Community Eating Disorders Service. The service operates a Hub and Spoke Model with the Hub based at April House in Southampton and the spokes operating from the Bluebell Rooms at Kingston Crescent Surgery, Portsmouth and the Bridge Centre, Basingstoke. Further details about the role can be found in the link.
15:05:56 - 15.09.2021
New PSCP Website Content
Some of you may be aware that we have been reviewing the content and layout of our PSCP website, to try and make it more user friendly for busy practitioners. All of the subject pages in the Information for Professionals have been re-written to ensure they contain up-to-date information and that the layout is easier to navigate. We have also produced a One Minute Guide library for quicker reference and the Learning from Practice section has been revamped to hopefully make this information more accessible.
Please can you share this as widely as possible within your services and organisations to make staff aware of these changes. You may also need to update any quick links/hyperlinks you have created or saved to our website as these may no longer work.
Obviously we have strived to make the content as accurate as possible, but if you spot any inaccuracies please do let us know. We will continue to develop the website, so if there are any additional safeguarding issues or areas of practice you would like to see included in the future, then please do let us know.
15:04:18 - 15.09.2021
A collaborative workshop to share insights into Long COVID and the impact of the Living With COVID Recovery programme
Aims to connect clinicians already using the Living With COVID Recovery programme with those who are seeking to understand more about it and the pathway.
Find out the current picture in England, early insights into the data, the Long COVID pathway and the impact of the Living With COVID Recovery programme on services and patients.
15:35:15 - 14.09.2021
GP Practice Internal Communications Survey
After carrying out a practice manager engagement exercise across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (including Portsmouth) and a six-month internal communications review, it has been highlighted that there is a need to review the communications channels with practices to see if we are able to provide something much more intuitive and consistent.
Last week we opened a survey to get more information about what we use at the moment and what we want from communications going forward. The survey runs until next Tuesday 21st September.
The survey has five questions in total – and then two more asking for profession and locality – so hopefully not too time consuming.
08:02:00 - 14.09.2021
Child J Case Review Publication
The PSCP has published its Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review, Child J. Child J is a 17-year-old Looked After Child and was placed out of area in April 2018. He had a significant history of intervention from various Local Authorities and many involvements with the Police for his violence, drugs and criminality.
He was charged with and convicted of murder. This killing happened amid fears that it was related to Child Criminal Exploitation with major concerns around Child J’s involvement with gangs and County Lines and the significant, serious harm he had suffered.
You can view the overview report, as well as the PSCP response document and a short 7 point learning briefing here. Please can we ask that you disseminate this within your organisation, encourage teams to reflect on the findings and discuss the implications for your service or practice.
14:29:42 - 10.09.2021
LIFEPAK CR Plus AED - Replacement Charge-Pak shortage
Please read the attached comms.
14:28:39 - 10.09.2021
Southsea Parkrun – CQUIN 2021/22 Physical Activity
FAO Practice Managers and Social Prescribers
Please see the attached letter from the Southsea Parkrun Team regarding how to get involved, this will also meet requirements as part of the Physical Activity element of the 2021/22 CQUIN and the achievement of the Active Practice status.
14:25:41 - 10.09.2021
Ovarian Cancer Interventions
Target Ovarian Cancer are currently recruiting pilot sites for pilot work to develop and test primary care pathway interventions to improve early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
To find out more, please visit: https://targetovariancancer.org.uk/health-professionals/commissioners
13:05:34 - 09.09.2021
Meet the new IG Team
Please read the attached comms.
13:04:30 - 09.09.2021
Emergency Services Day - 9 Sept - A letter to say thank you
On Emergency Services Day (9 September 2021), Clinical Chair of Portsmouth CCG, Elizabeth Fellows, Executive Lead for Health and Care Portsmouth, David Williams, and Managing Director of Health and Care Portsmouth, Jo York, have written a thank you letter to all staff and volunteers within the NHS in Portsmouth. Please read the attached letter.
13:03:00 - 09.09.2021
Queen Nursing Institute – Personalised Care Innovation Projects
Personalised Care Innovation Projects in England! Apply by 29th October 5pm, please read the attached comms for more details.
12:47:29 - 08.09.2021
Portsmouth Breastfeeding Network Groups – September 2021
Please see the attached comms for further details on groups.
12:44:37 - 08.09.2021
An update on the Special Allocation Scheme
From 1 September 2021, the NHS clinical commissioning groups covering Hampshire, Southampton, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth have awarded a new contract for the provision of GP services under the Special Allocation Scheme (SAS).
Partnering Health Limited have been appointed to offer the service. They have delivered the scheme in Portsmouth and some areas of Hampshire for some time. In the initial period of operation, patients will be able to seek medical advice over the phone, with in-person appointments being offered at a number of locations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Online services will be available shortly.
Referral routes for practices remain the same via Primary Care Support England (PCSE). Please speak to your local team if you have any queries.
12:43:29 - 08.09.2021
Paediatric Long Covid Service reminder
Just a reminder that the paediatric long Covid service is live across Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The service encompasses a multi-disciplinary approach and is overseen by a paediatrician. It is not a paediatric referral and if there are aspects of a child's care that need a paediatric referral, then that may be more appropriate.
- Under 18’s Long Covid Pathway
- Paediatric Long Covid Service information for GP’s
- HIOW Childrens Long Covid Pathway presentation https://vimeo.com/555740089/4c53204190 presented by Dr Mark Alderton – Clinical Lead for the service and Carol Quint – Clinical Team Coordinator Solent
- HIOW Childrens Long Covid Pathway slide deck
- Referral form into the service ( please can this be uploaded onto EMIS/ Arden’s)
13:22:54 - 07.09.2021
Two Way Communication Process between Primary Care and Secondary Care
Please read the attached comms.
14:18:58 - 06.09.2021
All GP Practices in HIOW will shortly have access to the AccuRx Florey Plus service. This will be an addition to the current AccuRx offer.
The other additional templates included in Florey Plus are:
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Blood Pressure 7 Day Monitoring
- Health Check
- Depression PHQ-9
- Anxiety GAD-7
- Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill
- Progesterone-Only Pill
- Diabetes (Pre Appointment)
The Florey Plus surveys will operate in the same way as the existing florey provision, with patient text responses entering into the GP Record as free text, or as SNOMED coded data.
Please see embedded document document (14 KB) for further information.
13:50:53 - 06.09.2021
Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Services will be initiating patients on Sayana Press®; subcutaneous progestogen only contraception, which patients can self-administer at home every 13 weeks. Patients will receive counselling and training from Solent Sexual Health Services. Patients will be asked to contact their GP for prescription for subsequent doses of Sayana Press® and for supply of small purple-lidded sharps bin. For more information please see attached 'GP information sheet'
13:50:02 - 06.09.2021
NHS Health Checks - Universal or High Risk Check - Recording of Information
Please see the attached information regarding the recording of NHS Health Checks, both Universal or High Risk Checks.
14:18:58 - 03.09.2021
GP Survey - to help with new guidance
We have been receiving requests from GP staff via our help desks (both clinical and non-clinical) struggling to find the answers they need to direct patients for Covid pass, NHSApp and GP Online Services.
As you may be aware, there are already many guidance tools accessible to frontline staff and they will always remain available and regularly updated.
However, we would like to urgently provide the most helpful guide for GP staff that will provide answers they require.
In order to get this as accurate as possible we are kindly asking if GP staff can complete this very short survey by following the link.
13:12:34 - 03.09.2021
NHS DPP – Process for referring people aged over 80 years
Please see the attached comms.
13:10:52 - 03.09.2021
Change to the Pharmaceutical list
NHSE PCSE has advised of a transfer of ownership from Southsea Pharmacy to Laly’s Pharmacy. Please see attached for details.
18:26:46 - 02.09.2021
Updated and New PGDs for the Shingles Vaccination Programme
Updated and new authorised PGD.
- PHE Zostavax PGD amended to:
- renamed as the Zostavax PGD and replaces the previous PHE Shingles PGD
- reflect recommendations in the revised Green Book Chapter 28a and changes to the national shingles programme following the introduction of Shingrix® vaccine (see PHE Shingrix PGD attached)
- updated criteria for exclusion, cautions, actions if excluded, drug interaction and additional information sections
- NEW PHE Shingrix PGD to reflect the introduction of Shingrix from 1 September for the vaccination of individuals who are contraindicated to Zostavax
These PGD templates require organisational authorisation in line with HMR2012 before they are legally valid PGDs. Authorising organisations must not alter, amend or add to the clinical content of these documents (sections 4, 5 and 6); such action will invalidate the clinical sign-off with which it is provided. In addition authorising organisations must not alter section 3 ‘Characteristics of staff’. Only sections 2 and 7 can be completed within the editable fields.
Please could you ensure that these documents are made available to all staff who require them.
They will be available to download from the following link:
18:23:21 - 02.09.2021
GP comms regarding Care homes and Vaccinations
Please read the attached comms regarding Care homes and Vaccinations
18:19:22 - 02.09.2021
National Lower Limb Strategy Drop In Day
Please see details about a ‘Drop In’ day for National Wound Care Lower Limb Celebration on Tuesday 5th Oct 2021.
18:16:01 - 02.09.2021
Peristeen Product Change GP Letter
During the period between July and December 2021, Coloplast Ltd will be launching their new Peristeen® Plus transanal irrigation system; this will be replacing the current Peristeen® transanal irrigation system. This is a product upgrade; the new Peristeen® Plus system has improved connectors, a new dial design and more intuitive symbols on the control unit. There is no cost difference between the old and new system. Coloplast Ltd have been informing patients of the change since May 2021 by putting information in patients’ delivery boxes and providing an email update to those ordering through Coloplast Charter. Coloplast Ltd has also been informing practices of the new consumable codes to prescribe (as per table in the attached document) for when a patients switch from Peristeen to Peristeen plus
16:39:30 - 01.09.2021
Blood Specimen Collection - Supply Disruption
Please see the attached National letter on blood collection supply disruption.
Colleagues at PHU have advised that some Rheumatology patients have reported difficulty in accessing blood tests in relation to their conditions.
Rheumatology patients should still be able to access blood tests in view of the need to ensure safe prescribing of medication and ongoing monitoring of their condition. This is supported by the following extract from the attached letter:
Primary Care and Community Care
All primary care and community testing must be halted until 17th September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing.
Examples of clinically urgent testing include:
- Bloods that are required to facilitate a two week wait referral
- Bloods that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of medication or monitoring of condition
- Bloods that if taken could avoid a hospital admission or prevent an onward referral
Those with suspected sepsis or conditions with a risk of death or disability
Blood Bottle shortages – comms for website
Following on from yesterday’s notification, the national team has provided some suggested website patient communications, that you may wish to use on your practice website:
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it is safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
09:31:52 - 01.09.2021
Treatment Room Audits – Infection Prevention
Solent Infection Prevention team are now able to restart the annual treatment room audits.
If you would like to book one, please contact:
09:30:45 - 01.09.2021
Learning from Lives and Deaths - People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People
This document is to let you know more you about the Learning from Lives and Deaths – People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People (LeDeR) programme.
20:02:23 - 26.08.2021
Please see attached the amended Hampshire poster for Pharmacy Opening times.
13:48:57 - 26.08.2021
Infection Prevention event - Wednesday 20 October
Solent IPC Team will be holding another Practice Nurse link session in October. However, they are also holding the following event and would like to invite the practice nurse link advisors to attend the session if they wish. The event will be streamed live from Southampton Football Club, via Zoom.
To register your interest and to receive all further event information, please sign up via the link
13:45:41 - 26.08.2021
Hampshire Pharmacy Opening times
Please see attached the Hampshire community pharmacy opening hours for the 30 August 2021 - Bank Holiday Monday.
13:43:36 - 26.08.2021
Modern Day Slavery information
Please see attached the Hampshire and IOW Modern Slavery Partnership Strategy (MDSP) that has been updated including a new forward from PCC Donna Jones. Additionally, the MDSP is holding a webinar on sexual exploitation with a focus on supporting those in the commercial sex industry on 7th September. Information about this event and the link to register can be found below. Any queries should be directed to them through this page.
Please share within your organisation appropriately.
13:42:20 - 26.08.2021
e-RS overview sessions
There are further e-RS overview session dates available to book onto from the website.
We anticipate these being popular. If you have any staff members looking to undertake these session please ask them to book their places asap.
22:07:49 - 17.08.2021
Hampshire & IOW – people portal
Information website to provide people with links to what they need to be healthy and well in work.
22:06:49 - 17.08.2021
Alcohol Brief Advice in Primary Care: An invitation to stake holder workshop 11:00 - 14:00 Monday the 20th of September
You may have previously expressed an interest in or taken part in previous research around improving the delivery of very brief advice on alcohol in primary care. We are pleased to invite you to the final stages of the training’s development. Further details are on the attached.
22:05:17 - 17.08.2021
Guidance on NHS staff and student isolation
A letter has been issued for NHS staff regarding the change in guidance for self- isolation. Please see link Guidance on NHS staff and student isolation.
18:04:20 - 16.08.2021
Training opportunity from the Police anti-corruption unit
Earlier in the year the Anti-Corruption Unit within Hampshire Police held several short virtual training presentations on the subject of Police Officers/Staff abusing their position for sexual gain. This is a nationally recognised concern within policing that the imbalance of power is being abused by some officers and staff and there is a need to shine a light on this to educate and prevent further harm being caused. Whilst thankfully this behaviour is very rare within Hampshire Constabulary we would like to take this opportunity to explain more about the topic, the signs to look out for and importantly when and how to report any concerns. Details of sessions are attached.
18:01:12 - 16.08.2021
Hypo Awareness Week: 13th - 19th September 2021
Details and information on how to register for Hypo Awareness week.
17:57:48 - 16.08.2021
Please find attached a small update newsletter from Portsmouth CCG Safeguarding team.
17:55:12 - 16.08.2021
Wessex Public Health Practitioner Programme 2022- 'What is Public Health Practitioner Registration' Webinar
The Wessex Public Health Development Network are delivering a webinar on Wednesday 15th September aimed at professionals wanting to find out more about joining the Wessex Public Heath Practitioner Programme. Please circulate and share with colleagues who may be interested in applying for this programme for 2022-2023.
Please see the attached poster for more details.
This Webinar will take place on Teams and a separate email will be sent to you with joining instructions.
09:59:30 - 12.08.2021
PCCG - Quasar HCP Feedback GP Feedback Report
Please see attached Quasar Update report produced by HIOW on behalf of Portsmouth CCG. The report shows feedback from Portsmouth practices and the top 5 feedback themes across the Portsmouth and SE Hants area. This will be shared with practices quarterly.
09:44:51 - 12.08.2021
Deaf Awareness and Sign Language Workshops in Hampshire
This year, we are offering deaf awareness and sign language workshops in Hampshire and surrounding areas. This might be of interest to healthcare and/or non-clinical staff in their work with vulnerable service users, families and colleagues. We can come to you, or alternatively, we also offer remote learning via Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
Award-winning Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CHARGE FOR THESE COURSES – SEE ATTACHED FOR DETAILS
09:42:43 - 12.08.2021
Kooth National GP Webinars
Kooth plc are running webinars on 18,19 & 23 August for GPs, Practice Managers and any healthcare professionals interested in learning more about what the online mental health service offers. The webinars provide an overview and resources to signpost patients to the service.
You can see dates and register for the sessions here
09:41:26 - 12.08.2021
New Term Dates Triple P Discussion Groups and September Parenting offer 2021
Please find attached the next term dates for Triple P Discussion Groups along with the Parenting offer and Non-Violent Resistance (NVR)/Rebuilding Relationships (RR) information.
09:38:23 - 12.08.2021
GP IT Services
The new GP IT Services contract with HC and Arden & GEM CSU partnership began last month. If you would like more information on the services they provide please visit their website here: HIOW – Welcome to your new partner for GP IT services | Healthcare Computing . For information on IG and DPO it can be found here
14:50:38 - 06.08.2021
Changing the timing of the neonatal BCG immunisation programme to a 28-day immunisation programme letter.
Please read the attached comms.
16:19:19 - 05.08.2021
Hampshire Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Annual report for 2020/21
The Hampshire Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Annual report for 2020/21 has now been published on the NHS Portsmouth CCG website –
Please see attached for local data and narrative summaries.
16:16:57 - 05.08.2021
ADHD diagnosis service – updated advice for GPs
Portsmouth CCG commission a service from Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust (SABP) for ADHD diagnosis. If there is a concern about waiting times or choice then please be aware that we have commissioned additional capacity from a company called Solutions4Health to provide digital diagnostic assessments. The referral process for the service is being managed via SABP and therefore all referrals need to go to the Surrey service which will then offer a choice of provider. Both of these services have undergone due diligence to ensure they provide safe, effective and value for money services. This initiative offers choice and ensures waiting times for assessments will reduce significantly over the coming months. As a result the CCG will not support referrals to other providers. Details are attached.
16:15:04 - 05.08.2021
Surge planning for Paediatric Respiratory Viral Infections 2021-22
There is a surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection expected over the next few months (August to March), occurring earlier than usual and affecting a wider age range of children. We are also expecting an increase in other respiratory viruses due to the relative lack of exposure over the last 18/12. This will result in more children presenting to health care services with wheezy respiratory illness.
The attached guidance has been put together by colleagues at PHUT and across the system to assist Primary Care in the management of these cases.
16:13:43 - 05.08.2021
Acute Paediatric Assessment for Primary Care
Please find attached guidance on how to appropriately assess the acutely ill child using remote assessment and when face to face is appropriate.
13:58:20 - 03.08.2021
Hoarding OMG For Portsmouth GP Surgeries
Please find attached a One Minute Guide to Hoarding. This OMG includes:
- What is Hoarding?
- Self-Neglect or Diogenes Syndrome
- Hoarding Risks
- Subtle signs of hoarding or self-neglect
- Identifying the scale of the issue
- Useful Links
Risk management strategies & legislative remedies
13:55:03 - 03.08.2021
County Lines Resource guide
‘Unseen’ has produced a brief guide for parents, teachers, and those who work with children on how to spot county lines exploitation, and where to go for help. The guide outlines nine things you need to know to protect children from exploitation.
13:53:16 - 03.08.2021
JCVI children and young people announcement
We have been made aware that some practices are receiving calls and emails from parents asking whether their child or young person can book in a Covid-19 vaccination, following the national announcement that some children and young people will be eligible to receive it
The current guidance is for parents and young people is to wait until the NHS contacts them to book them an appointment.
To help you communicate this, please find attached a script which outlines the situation, but also website copy and FAQs document, which you can use to help communicate to the public.
13:58:29 - 30.07.2021
Change in Operating Hours for St Mary’s Urgent Treatment Centre
Due to significant staff shortages St Mary’s Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), run by Practice Plus Group (PPG), PPG have taken the difficult decision to temporarily reduce their opening hours. The service has historically operated 07:30-22:00 Monday-Friday, and 08:00-22:00 at weekends.
From the 02/08/21 the service will operate from 08:00-20:00 7 days a week. This will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
We are aware that all services across the health and care system are experiencing significant pressures at present and challenges continue to rise.
The decision by PPG has not been made without significant exploration into alternative options, and liaising with system colleagues for support.
At this juncture the alternative options for patients seeking urgent care during the affected hours include: Pharmacies, 111 Online (or alternatively the 111 telephony service), and the Gosport War Memorial Walk-in Centre.
Plans are in place to stabilise the service and revert to full operating hours as soon as is possible to do so.
13:57:03 - 30.07.2021
A new ICE 2ww Referrals Panel
A new ICE Panel for 2ww referral requests and another for the Rapid Investigation service requests have been set up on HHFT, IoW, PHU and UHS hospital systems. The use of this 2ww panel is not mandatory; it is to assist GPs request advisory 2ww referral tests, enable timely referrals and support the patient to be sent direct to investigation or avoid unnecessary investigations. These ICE panels should be used in conjunction with the relevant 2wwr form.
This ICE panel communication is not applicable to HIOW practices that refer into Salisbury, Dorset or Frimley hospitals.
During this project consultation, it was noted that some Wessex Cancer Alliance referral forms are due for review. The WCA will lead the review of Prostate, Breast and Colorectal 2ww referral forms and they will ensure that GP’s are fully engaged in the review process. The 2ww ICE panels align with current WCA referral forms; necessary changes to the ICE panel will be made in line with review outcomes if it results in changes to advisory 2ww referral blood requests.
13:54:56 - 30.07.2021
URGENT CASCADE: C1363 - Letter to Maternity and Primary Care Services on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
Please see attached C1363 - Letter to Maternity and Primary Care Services on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. This is for onward cascade.
14:23:09 - 29.07.2021
Changes to centrally supplied HPV vaccine
Please find attached information relating to the planned change to the vaccine supplied for HPV vaccination.
The vaccine supplied for the programme will change from Gardasil® to Gardasil® 9 during the 2021 to 2022 academic year. PHE will continue to supply vaccine for the HPV programme in the usual way (via ImmForm) and will issue the remaining central supplies of Gardasil® before the switch to Gardasil® 9.
14:21:34 - 29.07.2021
GP Fellowship programme
We are re-advertising the GP fellowship scheme which is due to start in September in order to attract anyone who has CCT’d since January 2020 and missed the opportunity to sign up last time and also to ensure it is open to anyone who is CCT’s this summer. All the information in how to sign up is attached.
If you have any questions about finances and logistics or the details of the programme, please contact below:
Fran White, ICS Programme Manager - Models of Care, GP Forward View and Personalised Care
14:17:58 - 29.07.2021
RVOC-6545: GP REAP 4 Letter from John Black
Please find attached letter from John Black, Medical Director, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Fionna Moore, Executive Medical Director, South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust & Vaughan Lewis, Regional Medical Director, NHS England & Improvement South East.
The letter details the Resource Escalation Action Plan (REAP) which has been escalated to level 4 with the likelihood of remaining at this highest level of escalation for several weeks.
Any issues, please email RVOC for assistance.
06:33:05 - 29.07.2021
Standard Operating Procedure for the Surgical assessment Ambulatory Care Unit (SAUA) at Queen Alexandra Hospital
Please see attached the imbedded Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document that provides guidance for the working process of the Surgical Assessment Ambulatory Care Unit (SAUA). It describes the criteria by which patients are identified as suitable for assessment in SAUA and also details of the referral process.
- Referrals from GP, SCAS and interdepartmental Clinical Nurse Specialists:
- 08:00 - 20:00 are accepted via the Surgical Emergency Nurse Practitioner (SENP) carrying Bleep 1407.
20:00 - 08:00 are accepted via the On Call SPR carrying Bleep 1055
06:31:29 - 29.07.2021
July 2021 Patient Safety Update
Note that all practices should now register for the new LFPSE service which has replaced NRLS. Details of how to do so are included in the update.
06:30:06 - 29.07.2021
BfN Summer Holiday Support Groups
Please find attached details of the Portsmouth Breastfeeding Network current Summer Holiday programme.
06:29:00 - 29.07.2021
Rowlands Pharmacy Consolidation
The CCG has received notification from NHSE PCSE of a consolidation between two branches of Rowlands Pharmacy in the city. Please see attached for details.
11:24:21 - 27.07.2021
Below are details of training opportunities available for GP practice staff.
Please bookmark this page and check regularly for updates.
You will also be alerted to new courses added via the GP Bulletin Primary Care Connect weekly newsletter.
Managing and implementing change and new process
Handling challenging conversations in the workplace
08:02:07 - 27.07.2021
Updated VITT pathway
Further to previous correspondence regarding the stand down of the current VITT Pathway please see attached the final version.
The pathway includes a requirement for practices to print off the embedded blood request form to accompany blood samples being sent to pathology at QA. This will enable the pathology department to easily identify the VITT requests from other routine blood samples and prioritise these for analysis.
Please also remember that the in-hours the pathology department will be using GP practice bypass numbers to contact practices with any positive results so that patients can be followed up.
The LMC are supportive of this change on the basis that the pathway requirements are followed. The CCGs will continue to monitor the situation so that if there is any feedback that is causing issues then the system will agree to look at this again. Please would you ensure that any concerns are immediately raised on Quasar.
07:59:07 - 27.07.2021
Weekly MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) Notifications
Details of a change to MARAC from fortnightly to weekly.
15:15:24 - 23.07.2021
NHS e-Referrals - User research into e-RS specialities and clinic types
The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) is reviewing the current list of specialties and clinic types. This survey is designed to understand how relevant they are in meeting your day-to-day requirements.
Your response will help us make ongoing improvements to e-RS according to your needs.
Please complete this survey HERE.
Thank you for your time helping with this important piece of work.
With kind regards
15:14:00 - 23.07.2021
Update on pressures in advance of weekend
Health and Care Portsmouth are asking local people to think about how community mental health services could look and feel very different. The project aims to make accessing mental health care simpler, smarter and more joined-up, so there is ‘no wrong door’ for getting support.
15:12:40 - 23.07.2021
National Diabetes Prevention Programme
Are you involved with referring patients to the Diabetes Prevention Programme? Join this webinar on Tuesday 3rd August at 1-1.45pm.
Register your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ingeus-and-the-ndpp-tickets-163032652051
- Although there is no upper age limit for the programme extra care is taken with patients who are over 80 to make sure the risk / benefit is favourable for referral to a programme likely to result in weight loss. The referral form will be changing with consent tick box for over 80s to reflect this. For people already on the programme or currently paused or deferred, no retrospective confirmation from General Practice will be required. New referral form will be uploaded to Ardens once available.
- Please see embedded comms for further updates & information.
15:05:15 - 23.07.2021
Microsoft update article – corrected link to instructions for manual installation - please share
It has come to my attention that the link (instructions for manual installation) in the following story from this week’s GP Bulletin, Primary Care Connect, was broken:
To address a critical security issue affecting Windows computers, Healthcare Computing is currently deploying a security update to all computers in practices.
To assist with this, we are asking practices to ensure all workstations are left switched on and logged out overnight on both Wednesday 21 July and Thursday 22 July.
Any laptops in the practice should be left switched on and connected to the practice network using a network cable. Laptop users at home can manually install the update by following the instructions.
Here is the correct link - https://www.healthcarecomputing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/HC_HIOW_Manually-installing-20H2.pdf
My apologies for any issues this has caused.
Communications and engagement manager
Working in South East Hampshire/Isle of Wight
NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG
19:49:18 - 22.07.2021
COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings
Final version of our Portsmouth process for exceptional requests for exemption from isolation for health and social care staff. This includes primary care commissioned by the CCG too.
19:48:06 - 22.07.2021
Please find attached the Portsmouth CCG Safeguarding Team July Newsletter. Included this month:
- Four important cases brought to the court of protection regarding Covid 19 vaccinations.
- New regional campaign aimed at children to build digital resilience
- What is a MARM?
- Target training – save the date
- 4LSAB multi agency fire safety framework training
- Stop domestic abuse – changes in Portsmouth domestic abuse support services
Supporting GPs with regard to child in nee/child protection plans
19:46:36 - 22.07.2021
DESMOND – Diabetes structural education
The Community Diabetes team is now able to offer Face to Face Desmond sessions. These session take place on Fridays at Buckland Community Centre, 9.00am – 3.30pm.
The team will continue to offer MYDesmond online for those who are not able to attend the face to face group session.
MYDesmond will also be offer as a follow up to Desmond face to face sessions.
13:36:42 - 21.07.2021
Cancer Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool general practice survey
Would you all be able to help cascade a survey among your primary care contacts to help us understand the use of Clinical Decision Support tools for Cancer within general practice. This is to help inform the commissioning decisions within the Wessex Cancer Alliance around CDS tools and whether existing tools are being utilised or not. So far we have had 21 responses across Wessex so we are really keen to increase this.
The survey has now been set live and it is available via this new story on Wessex AHSN site:
There is also attached a jpeg poster that can be shared out that shares the same information and a direct link to the survey (either via the QR code or web-link).
The survey will remain open until 5th August 2021.
Cancer Research UK
15:00:20 - 20.07.2021
Heat-Health Alert - Hot Weather Alert - Alert Level 3 20th July 2021
Please see the latest update.
14:52:11 - 20.07.2021
ENT – Rhinology Proforma
To support referrals to Rhinology, a new Rhinology referral form was developed by the ENT Department at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Please can you ensure that all patients referred with sinonasal problems, already had maximal medical treatment prior to the referral.
The new referral form will be available on Ardens Communication template in the next few days.
14:47:28 - 20.07.2021
On Demand Availability of Palliative Care Drugs
The ‘On Demand Availability of Palliative Care Drugs’ locally commissioned service has been renewed until the end of March 2022 with Laly’s Guildhall Walk and Drayton Community Pharmacy. The service specification is attached for reference.
12:28:13 - 16.07.2021
Heat-Health Alert - Hot Weather Alert - Alert Level 2
Hot weather alert from the Met Office.
17:09:45 - 15.07.2021
Your COVID Recovery Online Rehabilitation Platform – Provider Feedback Workshop (Experiences of Digital Rehabilitation)
The Clinical Policy Unit at NHS England and Improvement and the University Hospitals of Leicester are seeking feedback from service leads and clinicians of providers who are using the ‘Your COVID Recovery’ online rehabilitation platform as part of their delivery of post-COVID services.
Learning from your experiences, the team will be able to make informed decisions with how the platform could evolve to better support patient rehabilitation.
The Clinical Policy Unity will be jointly hosting and facilitating an invitation only Feedback Workshop on Tuesday 20th July 2021. 16:00 – 17:30.
Please pre-register at:
Bookings will close at 09:00 on Tuesday 20 July 2021. Please register with your NHS or work email address to avoid a delay in receiving the joining link. Microsoft Teams joining details will be circulated by 15:30 on Tuesday 20 July 2021.
17:08:32 - 15.07.2021
SE7344: General Practice Enhanced Service Specification for phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme
This has been circulated to all practices. Please find link to General Practice Enhanced Service Specification for phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
17:06:38 - 15.07.2021
Heat-Health Alert - Hot Weather Alert - Alert Level 2
Hot weather alert from the Met Office.
14:48:43 - 14.07.2021
Helping children develop key skills ready for Year R
Please help to promote this message to any professionals who work with families. This is a key part of recovery activity as we are hearing evidence of young children not being able to manage some fairly basic tasks when they start school, due to the disruption of family life and nursery and pre-school attendance during the pandemic.
With over 2,000 children due to start school in Portsmouth in September, local teachers and pre-school staff have developed 'Ten top tips for starting school' for parents and carers to help their children to develop key skills over the summer, ready for Year R in September. Please signpost any relevant patients to the website for ideas and support for each tip.
14:46:18 - 14.07.2021
Public Health England Advice - Afghan Scheme
PHE have produced the attached advice for primary healthcare professionals about supporting individuals who come to the UK under the Afghan Scheme once they are dispersed. More information to come but Portsmouth will receive Afghan families. The number is expected to be small and arrivals are due in July at some point.
14:43:58 - 14.07.2021
Kooth PLC - National GP Webinars
Kooth PLC, the nation's leading digital mental health provider, are running webinars on 18,19 & 23 August to highlight the benefits of Kooth.com (commissioned in Portsmouth for young people) and Qwell.io (for adult cohorts, not commissioned in Portsmouth).
These national information webinars are for all GPs, Practice Managers and Healthcare Professionals interested to find out more about the two services. You can see dates and register for the sessions here. There is also a document with further details on PIP.
16:26:26 - 09.07.2021
CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY NURSING (CNN) COAST TEAM
The acute hospital are experiencing a high level of demand in paediatric ED and CAU, some of which could be managed within the COAST service.
Please can we remind practices that the Children’s Community Nursing (CNN) Teams COAST service is accepting direct referrals from GP’s following a face to face consultation and have one of the following HRG’s –
- Chest Infection
- Viral induced wheeze
- Exacerbation of asthma
Attached is the amended referral form.
16:24:53 - 09.07.2021
Stand down of VITT Pathway
Further to previous e-mails regarding the stand down of the current VITT Pathway, please find attached the final version.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the pathway includes a requirement for you to print off the embedded blood request form to accompany blood samples being sent to pathology at QA. This will enable the pathology department to easily identify the VITT requests from other routine blood samples and prioritise these for analysis.
Please also remember that the in-hours the pathology department will be using GP practice bypass numbers to contact you with any positive results so that patients can be followed up.
The LMC are supportive of this change on the basis that the pathway requirements are followed. The CCGs will continue to monitor the situation so that if there is any feedback that is causing issues then the system will agree to look at this again. As such, once the revised pathway is operational from 00:01 am on Monday 12th July please would you ensure that any concerns are immediately raised on Quasar.
Transformation Manager, Unscheduled Care and System Resilience
Working in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire as part of the
Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG
Commissioning House, Fort Southwick, James Callaghan Drive, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 6AR.
13:48:26 - 07.07.2021
Stand down of VITT Pathway
Update & revised version of pathway.
13:45:11 - 07.07.2021
Medical Examiner Service - Extension to Community Deaths
You may be aware that we have been running a Medical Examiner service at QAH Portsmouth since November 2019, covering all deaths at PHUT. We have now been mandated to extend this scrutiny of deaths to the community with a target of April 2022. This is in line with the planned legislation to make the service a statutory obligation by the end of 2022. This is described in the recent letter from NHS England (attached).
We will start reviewing deaths at the Rowans Hospice on 1st July and are already in discussions with Solent and Southern Trusts. The plan is for a stepwise roll out of the service and as such I am keen to get in touch with a GP group in the Portsmouth area which would be willing to pilot a scheme. In addition, towards the end of this year I will be advertising for further Medical Examiners (we will ultimately need something like 10 doctors providing 40 hours of work) and would like to encourage applications from doctors working in Primary Care. Please contact me direct if you would like to be considered for the pilot.
Dr Sean Elliott
Lead Medical Examiner, Portsmouth
11:35:19 - 07.07.2021
GP Commissioning Meeting - 6th July
PowerPoint & recording from online commissioning meeting held on 6th July.
16:27:38 - 02.07.2021
Use of lateral flow devices for asymptomatic staff testing SOP and FAQs
Please see the attached FOR URGENT CASCADE to Primary Care.
16:24:50 - 02.07.2021
Rapid Investigation Service: Primary Care Feedback Survey and Service Information Re-Fresh
Firstly, many thanks to all colleagues in primary care who have worked with us to design, implement and utilise the Rapid investigation Service and non-specific symptoms pathway.
We have now reached the one year anniversary of the initial soft launch of the service and it feels timely therefore to re-fresh information given to practices and to also see if you have any feedback you would like to provide the service to help us to continue to develop and improve.
Please find attached some documentation with some key points and information based on feedback and interaction we have had with primary care during the last year, we hope you find that useful and please share with your teams.
Please could we invite you to complete the following survey which is estimated to take around 10 minutes to complete to help support the continued improvement of the service for our partners and patients: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CPLWBMH
21:08:23 - 01.07.2021
Stand down of VITT Pathway
20:58:16 - 01.07.2021
Change of provision for victims and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse in Portsmouth from 1st July
From 1st July there is a change to domestic abuse support services in Portsmouth. Please can you update your records and forward as appropriate.
20:54:30 - 01.07.2021
Child Exploitation Newsletter
Please find attached the quarterly professionals update from the HIPS Child Exploitation Group.
Included in this edition is information on:
- The Violence Reduction Unit—Six Key Areas,
- The Voice of the Child,
- Youth Commissioners’ update— The Big Conversation,
- Lurking Trolls launch update,
- Disruption Activity,
- Hotel Watch
20:52:17 - 01.07.2021
Online Consultation Supplier Events
The South East Region recently hosted two Online Consultation supplier ‘deep dive’ sessions providing an overview and roadmap of their systems followed by questions and answers, also practices shared their learning and experiences of the products.
Both sessions were recorded and can be accessed by clicking the links below:
Deep Dive Supplier Event – ASK NHS & Footfall
Deep Dive Supplier Event – eConsult and AccuRx
20:51:06 - 01.07.2021
We continue to work closely with primary and secondary care colleagues to support the 2ww pathway. Recent feedback has identified that there are some delays with patients having the pre-requisite blood tests required to support their onward safe pathway to early diagnosis.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust have agreed that due to the urgent time frame requirement for 2ww blood tests, the walk-in service at Queen Alexandra Hospital is available for 2ww patients requiring cancer specific blood tests, when this capacity is not available in the community phlebotomy clinic provision.
We appreciate that referrers are often extremely busy, and we value your support in ensuring the safe and timely investigation of your patients
07:27:37 - 29.06.2021
4LSAB Safeguarding Concerns Guidance
The multi-agency framework to support decision making in relation to adult safeguarding concerns has been published by the four local adult boards. The safeguarding team have produced this brief overview of the document.
07:25:37 - 29.06.2021
Asylum Seeker & Refugee Health Rapid Read
Please find attached the Asylum seeker and refugee health rapid read from NHS Safeguarding.
This edition includes asylum seeker and refugee definitions, the importance of being trauma informed & cultural competence and common health challenges of refugees and asylum seekers. There is also guidance on refugee & asylum seeker entitlement to primary care.
Additional links include the government paper on how many people are granted asylum in the UK and the British Medical Association toolkit for Refugee and Asylum Seeker patient health.
07:24:10 - 29.06.2021
Safeguarding Newsletter June 2021
June edition of PCCG’s Safeguarding newsletter.
07:23:15 - 29.06.2021
Guidance for healthcare professionals on return to work for patients with long-COVID
This guidance is aimed at managers and employers to assist them in facilitating the return to work of employees who may find this difficult because of long-COVID. To access this guidance: longCOVID_guidance_03_small (fom.ac.uk)
17:36:57 - 24.06.2021
Salts Medilink Stoma Nurse Team
Salts Medilink Stoma Nurse Team provides a bespoke stoma nursing service. This aims to enhance stoma patient outcomes and improve quality of life through ongoing patient-centred care and support for all stages of the patient pathway.
This service is available to anyone who has had the formation of colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy.
A referral may be sent to the nurse by a healthcare professional or a self-referral can be made.
For further information please see the attached leaflets:
Stage 3 leaflet – for patients who need help/advice
Stage 1 leaflet – for new post op urology patients
17:34:37 - 24.06.2021
Online Events - NHS S E Leadership Academy
The following free online events from the NHS South East Leadership Academy might be of interest to you:
Wednesday 30 June 2.00-3.30pm - Understanding trauma in healthcare - what leaders need to know about how to support their staff and themselves.
Tuesday 13 July 9.30-11.00am - Leading Hybrid Teams in Primary Care
17:33:45 - 24.06.2021
Help Shape NHSX's Data Strategy
NHSX’s strategy, Data Saves Lives: Reshaping Health and Care with Data aims to ensure the benefits and progress from using data and technology during the COVID-19 pandemic continue in the future. You can read a draft copy and have your say here
17:32:58 - 24.06.2021
Primary Care Workforce Wellbeing Survey
NHS England has commissioned the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to conduct a study of the wellbeing of the primary care workforce. The short survey is the third in a series that are being used to assess current wellbeing of the primary care workforce. NHS England have used the results of this research to continually improve the coaching support, such as increasing the availability of support. You can take the survey here.
17:31:57 - 24.06.2021
Referring Minor Illness Patients to a Community Pharmacist
The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) enables patients to be referred for a confidential same-day minor illness consultation with a pharmacist.
The attached briefing note provides more information.
16:05:43 - 23.06.2021
Standard Operating Procedure for the Surgical assessment Ambulatory Care Unit (SAUA) at Queen Alexandra Hospital
Please see attached the embedded Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document that provides guidance for the working process of the Surgical Assessment Ambulatory Care Unit (SAUA). It describes the criteria by which patients are identified as suitable for assessment in SAUA and also details of the referral process.
Referrals from GP, SCAS and interdepartmental Clinical Nurse Specialists:
08:00 - 20:00 are accepted via the Surgical Emergency Nurse Practitioner (SENP) carrying Bleep 1407.
20:00 - 08:00 are accepted via the On Call SPR carrying Bleep 1055.
16:03:32 - 23.06.2021
Management of Children presenting to Primary Care during the Covid Pandemic Guidance
This document aims to give clear guidance on how to manage the extra demand in paediatric presentation, ensuring children are seen in the right place at the right time in an environment that is safe to patients and staff. Please see embedded document for further detail.
16:02:08 - 23.06.2021
Enhanced Support to Care - June Newsletter
This first edition is primarily an introduction to the service and how it is currently working.
We would like to be able to demonstrate the impact the Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) model is having on both residents and the heath and care services caring for them. This includes sharing the perspectives of different teams involved in delivering the service and featuring relevant case studies.
07:03:52 - 23.06.2021
GP Complaints Training 2021
NHS England is hosting complaints training sessions for GP practices, taking place from September to November this year. Portsmouth and Southampton is in October 2021. Practice Mangers or GP’s wishing to attend can book a place, below:
- 21 October 2021 - Holiday Inn Portsmouth,
Pembroke Rd, Portsmouth PO1 2TA
- 22 October 2021 – Novotel Southampton,
1 W Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1RA
They will also be hosting further training sessions in different areas of the country in early 2021, which will be advertised in the coming weeks.
07:02:20 - 23.06.2021
Dealing with increasing demand for online consultations
The South East Primary Care Digital First Programme recently launched an online guide in order to support practices managing their online consultation demand. Alongside this, a webinar was offered to help practices identify the steps to successful implementation of their online consultation system and incorporate it as part of their total service provision, it also included top hints and tips to make this a seamless process for practice staff and patient.
A resource pack which includes the recording of the webinar and slides mentioned on the session can be found here
07:01:22 - 23.06.2021
CYP and MH difficulties as we emerge from lockdown
At national level, we are seeing some worrying signs that children and young people may be struggling with their mental health as we come out of this recent lockdown. We are asking all our services to be extra vigilant during this time. National colleagues have put together the attached resource pack to signpost to the support and help available. Prathiba Chitsabesan, NHS England’s Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, has written a blog on lockdown lifting which practitioners may also find helpful’.
17:21:35 - 22.06.2021
Please see attached updated TARGET programme for tomorrow’s TARGET event.
Unfortunately, the Pathology session has been removed from the programme. The NHS Resolutions talk will start straight after the Heads-up slot at 2pm, finishing the day at 3pm.
Primary Care Education Support Manager
12:57:46 - 18.06.2021
During the pandemic some patients were started on oral cyanocobalamin as an alternative Vitamin B12. Please review any patients who have been started on oral cyanocobalamin when they were unable to have hydroxocobalamin injection with a view to converting them back to hydroxocobalamin injection. Please note that cyanocobalamin is not on the Portsmouth Area Formulary and hydroxocobalamin injection is more suitable for Vitamin B12 replacement or pernicious anaemia as it is retained in the body for longer.
15:52:28 - 17.06.2021
Learning from a Maternal Death and a homocide
Hampshire, Southampton and IOW CCG has shared the attached learning for GP practices from two significant events which have identified learning for all Primary Care practices.
Please can you discuss these learning documents within the practice to identify:
- Could this happen in our Practice?
- What mitigations do we have in place to prevent a similar incident for occurring?
- Are there any actions we need to put in place?
Key actions from these events were:
- Document clinical sign-posting provided over the phone (this is a repeated theme from significant events)
- Instigate a documented system/ process for managing eConsults (clinically led; minimum standard for red/amber flags to be reviewed by a clinician)
- Reception/administration staff should receive formalised training in reviewing and escalating eConsult forms (supported by a formalised process)
- eConsult should be used to support clinical triage - it cannot be the sole source of clinical information
- Systems to fill eConsult appointments based on clinical triage outcome (not ‘first come first served’)
- Educate staff to provide VTE risk advice to new mothers who are COVID-19 positive/isolating
- Training and support to staff members on confidentiality processes and the difference between receiving information regarding an individual from a third party and giving information to a third party
- All mental health related discharge summaries to be sent to the named GP (or buddy) for review
There has also been a recent HSJ article which practices may wish to be aware of Coroners call for changes to IT systems after two suicides | News | Health Service Journal (hsj.co.uk)
15:49:56 - 17.06.2021
Workshops to inform the development of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and HIV
Please see attached an invitation to a series of regional workshops in July which are being run by DHSC to inform the development of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and HIV Action Plan.
15:16:38 - 16.06.2021
Online Consultation Supplier Events
REMINDER: the next deep dive supplier event will be eConsult and accuRX, please see details below on how to book on.
SE Region is hosting two Online Consultation supplier events in the region.
Open to: All General Practice and PCN staff, Commissioners, Digital First and CSU support teams.
Purpose: Further to the recent online consultation engagement sessions in Bucks, Oxford & Berks West, the South East Region invite you to supplier ‘deep dive‘ session to hear more from Online Consultation suppliers. Each supplier will provide a 15 mins overview and roadmap for their system then have time for Q&A. After the two sessions there will be time for practices to share their learning and experiences of the products.
Below are the links to register for these events. We would like as many practices and commissioners to attend this engagement event, so please share this within your networks
- Tuesday 15th June 12.30 – 14.00 Deep Dive Supplier Event – ASK NHS & Footfall
- Wednesday 23th June 12.30 – 14.00 Deep Dive Supplier Event – eConsult & accuRx
21:17:22 - 14.06.2021
Paediatric Long Covid Service
The paediatric long Covid service is now live across Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Although we do not anticipate large numbers of children and young people needing this service it is there to help with any long term symptoms which have resulted from Covid infection. The service will encompass a multi-disciplinary approach and will be overseen by a paediatrician. It is not a paediatric referral and if there are aspects of a child's care that need a paediatric referral, then that may be more appropriate.
We hope that referrers would recognise that a Hampshire wide service for a small group of children mean that the practicalities of prescribing outside a hospital base or without access to primary care notes is very difficult and hope that GPs would support this new service. Children will receive a course of MDT interventions and may be discharged with medication requests or ongoing referrals.’ –
Dr Kathryn Bannell Clinical Lead for Maternity and Child Health Programme group who was involved in the development of the Paediatric Long Covid Service
21:14:22 - 14.06.2021
IR(ME)R (Ionising Radiation Medical Exposure regulations) for non-medical referrers
Please can you share the attached information with any practitioner colleagues in your team who would are interested in IRMER training or would like to update.
To be eligible to request x-rays and complete IRMER training you must meet the criteria of an advanced practitioner as detailed in the scope of practice document (see attached).
14:54:44 - 11.06.2021
Primary Care Advisors - Practice Manager and Practice Nurse
Wessex Cancer Alliance has a team of GPs who work closely with their colleagues progressing the cancer agenda – with a particular focus on prevention and early diagnosis. Recognising the breadth of work carried out in primary care we would also like input from Practice Managers and Practice Nurses. Could you share the attached comms with your primary care teams.
08:32:36 - 10.06.2021
Personal protective equipment and heat: risk of heat stress
Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in warm/hot environments increases the risk of heat stress. Staff may require more frequent breaks and the frequency of PPE changes may increase, with a resulting increase in demand.
08:31:24 - 10.06.2021
e-RS update (Release 10.6 - Friday 18 June 2021 (subject to final testing)
- Referrer screen changes
Changes are being made to (initial) referring user screens starting from this release. This first phase will introduce a referral summary screen, which will provide a new screen detailing all the information that is relevant to the referral in one place. Some of the subsequent action screens will also be re-formatted.
As these changes will impact all (initial) referring users (for example, a GP), users should please familiarise themselves with these changes as soon as possible.
These changes will not impact provider users who refer on.
- Background technical updates
This release will provide further changes to support being able to access e-RS over the Internet. Further information on this will follow shortly.
06:00:07 - 09.06.2021
Community Localities in Portsmouth
Update on change that is happening to the Community Localities in Portsmouth.
05:56:30 - 09.06.2021
Suspicious Items in Practices
EPRR team have provided advice and guidance on how to deal with suspicious items following a recent incident.
05:54:27 - 09.06.2021
Guidance on re-opening of GP Receptions
Following the announcement that GP reception desks have to be open for walk-ins, some materials have been developed for primary care to help explain how patients can get support from your practice.
GP notice poster – reception desk open – Download/search for ‘reception desk open editable’
GP notice poster – reception desk closed - Download/search for ‘reception desk closed editable’
Social media posts - Download/search for ‘social media posts GP reception desk’
GP Practices open Facebook posts – Download/search for word file ‘Facebook posts GP receptions open’
GP access Facebook assets – Download/search for zip file ‘GP access Facebook’
GP access Twitter – Download/search for zip file ‘GP access Twitter'
08:20:34 - 04.06.2021
Kooth webinars for professionals
The Zoom sessions provide an overview of Kooth, alongside a live tour of the site demonstrating all the features which can support children and young people with their emotional health and wellbeing. Kooth is available for 11-18 year olds in the city or up to age 25 for care leavers or those with an EHCP. If you already know about Kooth, but aren't aware of all the features on the site or would like to know more to be able to signpost young people to this support, then please find a document containing details of the upcoming sessions and registration links on PIP.
08:17:13 - 04.06.2021
HPB update re Variants of Concern
We have now had our first confirmed cases of Delta variant (VOC-21APR-02, often referred to as 'the variant first identified in India'). These cases are being investigated by PHE in line with the normal procedures, and we are supporting them via our local services including Contact Tracing. There are currently no plans to introduce any additional measures e.g. surge testing. With the clear message nationally that the majority of cases in England are now Delta variant, we should increasingly treat all cases as potential Delta variant cases. The Delta variant although known to be more transmissible is not causing a more serious illness and vaccines are known to be effective in reducing infections and spread. Our efforts therefore still need to focus on preventing and slowing spread. We can do this by ensuring:
- we minimise infections through the vaccine programme;
- we encourage adherence to the current restrictions;
- that cases are identified quickly through encouraging regular testing and supported to isolate via local contact tracing;
- that key messages such as isolating when symptomatic are promoted by everyone.
We are grateful for the continued support of teams across the council, NHS and our partners in achieving this, and will provide a further update at the Health Protection Board on Friday.
15:17:58 - 02.06.2021
June 2021 Triple P Discussion Group Dates & Parenting offer
Please see attached next term’s Triple P Teen & Primary Discussion Group dates along with Parenting offer & NVR Handout.
15:10:35 - 02.06.2021
Guidance on Covid Vaccine Status
People can demonstrate they have had two doses of any Covid-19 vaccination in one of two ways:
- Via the NHS App
- Calling 119 and requesting a letter
Practices cannot give this status and the below messaging has been developed to support you to share the message with your patients:
- Vaccination Status – message to use on your websites
- Vaccination Status – poster for GP practices
- Vaccine passport information – Twitter assets for GP practices - Download/search for ZIP file ‘Covid vaccine status twitter’
Covid vaccine status posters – 119 or NHS App assets – Download/search for ZIP file ‘Covid vaccine status’
08:58:00 - 28.05.2021
Infection Prevention Workshop for Practice Nurses
Solent NHS Trust Infection Control Team are hosting an infection prevention workshop for practice nurses on the 8th July. Please see attached flyer for more information.
08:55:50 - 28.05.2021
Community Nurse Verification
We are aware of some recent episodes where there has been some confusion about the ability of Community Nurses to verify expected deaths. This may have resulted from the changes in the regulations around death certification and cremation during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please can we remind GP colleagues that the Solent Verification of Death Policy stipulates that a Registered Medical Practitioner i.e. GP would need to have visited the patient in the 28 days preceding for a Community Nurse to verify death. If there are any specific concerns about death verification we encourage contacting your Community Matron in the first instance who are happy to provide a point of contact for GPs.
Jonathan Lake & Julie Southcott
18:15:55 - 27.05.2021
Update for Long Covid Service
The Solent Long Covid Service, which is currently hosted within SystmOne in the Solent EAST MSK unit, will be moving over to its own SystmOne unit from 27th May:
TPP organisation name is Solent Long COVID Service
TPP organisation ID is 578708081100.
We have notified Ardens to ensure that they change the e-referral task button in the Communications – Portsmouth (eReferrals) template, to point the task to the new organisation ID, and we have updated the referral Word document to indicate that the new e-referral task recipient will be 1 Long COVID clinic eReferrals in this unit.
Patients will start to be migrated from the MSK unit from Wednesday 26th May and their current referral in the MSK unit will be ended, this may, depending on your Task settings result in you receiving an e-referral ended task, we will however add some narrative to this task to inform you that the patient has not been discharged from the Long Covid Service, but has been migrated to the new SystmOne Long Covid unit to continue their care with the service.
16:35:35 - 26.05.2021
Coronavirus Attitudes Survey
Public Health Portsmouth are looking to conduct research with residents who are hesitant to get the vaccine or reluctant to get tested/follow self-isolation guidance. The insights from this research will help to inform local campaigns. Your assistance in promoting on your social media channels/website would be much appreciated.
16:34:33 - 26.05.2021
New Healthwatch Portsmouth Provider
Please see attached update from our new Healthwatch Portsmouth provider, The Advocacy People. Please feel free to disseminate with your networks.
16:33:33 - 26.05.2021
National Learning Disability Week
Poster advertising Art and Creativity webinars
14-19 June 2021
07:13:24 - 26.05.2021
Sleepstation service update
GPs have previously been able to refer to Sleepstation a six-week online course for patients who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. Unfortunately funding appears to have been withdrawn for this service which is currently being investigated. In the meantime consider local resource Talking Change.
We will update Primary Care as soon as we have additional information.
07:12:36 - 26.05.2021
Dealing with increasing demand for online consultations guide
The South East Primary Care Digital First Programme recently launched an online guide in order to support practices managing their online consultation demand.
13:46:38 - 24.05.2021
Invite to share user feedback on NICE guidance
Please find attached some comms about a message sent on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
15:28:21 - 21.05.2021
SE7113: FOR ACTION: FOR CASCADE: C1288 - Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for general practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) – version 4.3
Please see attached C1288 - Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for general practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) – version 4.3.
15:27:24 - 21.05.2021
Update: The QA Hospital Hub for Covid Vaccination
The hub is now closed, having carried out 60K vaccinations.
There was agreement with the regional team that they would complete all 2nd doses; they have two clinics left to do this.
They are developing a process with Sarah Malcolm for cancer and at risk patients that will enable QA to obtain consent and then the patient can either attend St James or Oakley Road to have their vaccination.
15:21:10 - 21.05.2021
National Hoarding Awareness Week – A message from Portsmouth Safeguarding Adult Board
As you may be aware, this week is National Hoarding Awareness Week.
In addition to launching the new Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework earlier in the week, we also have Multi-Agency Hoarding Guidance which is also available on the PSAB website. The guidance aims to support practitioners to identify when to raise concerns regarding poor self-care or lack of care for living conditions and identify agencies who can provide support.
There is a range of resources to support Hoarding Awareness Week on the national website, including videos with personal stories, mythbusting, social media resources and information for medical professionals
The charity Hoarding UK provides a range of information and services for people who hoard, including a support line: Our Services | HoardingUK
The 4LSAB also has a Hoarding Forum. If any practitioners have current problems that they would like to discuss at the next meeting of the forum on 3rd June, they can contact Chris Bates
16:42:26 - 20.05.2021
National Patient Safety Alert - Urgent assessment/treatment following ingestion of ‘super strong’ magnets
NHSE have issued a National Patient Safety Alert on the need for urgent assessment/treatment following ingestion of ‘super strong’ magnets. This is a joint alert issued with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
The alert can be accessed via the following link https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/05/urgent-assessment-treatment-following-ingestion-of-super-strong-magnets/
16:41:35 - 20.05.2021
HIOW Digital Self Care and Self Management
The HIOW Digital Team and Wessex AHSN would like to share with you our findings from the recent Digital Primary Care, Self-Care Rapid Insights Workshop. The workshop was held with the purpose of seeking your viewpoint and ideas on the topic and use cases for digital self-care resources within Primary Care.
18:34:33 - 19.05.2021
Changes to MASH referral process
Please see the information attached from our colleagues within the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership. It is making all agencies aware that the interagency referral form for MASH has been transferred to a live document that is completed and replaces the previous word document. This document will be removed from Ardens. Can you please ensure this is shared widely with all staff.
18:33:18 - 19.05.2021
Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) in Suspected Bowel Cancer - FREE GatewayC Webinar
Tuesday 25th May, 1pm to 1.30pm
This webinar aims to explore the role and benefits of using FIT in patients with suspected bowel cancer. To register please click the following link:-
15:24:40 - 17.05.2021
Covid vaccine status
Social media assets, a poster, telephone message script & website copy for practices regarding the national announcement that from Monday (May 17) covid vaccination status will be available.
15:22:14 - 17.05.2021
GPs receptions re-opening
Social media assets, a poster & website copy for practices regarding the national announcement that from Monday (May 17) reception desks can reopen for members of the public to walk in.
15:11:09 - 17.05.2021
We are deeply saddened to inform you that Nicola Roberts, Community Diabetes Nurse with Seacole Team died suddenly on 14th May. Many of you may have known Nicola who had a particular interest in diabetic care. She was a skilled and committed nurse who will be missed by all knew her.
15:15:33 - 13.05.2021
New shared care guidelines on PIP
Shared care guidelines on atomoxetine, methylphenidate, methylphenidate MR, guanfacine and lisdexamphetamine for the management of ADHD have been produced by CAMHs and approved by APC. These guidelines have been produced to support the seamless transfer of prescribing and patient monitoring from secondary to primary care and provides an information resource to support clinicians providing care to the patient. These guidelines are underpinned by the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Area Prescribing Committee Shared Care Agreement: Licensed ADHD Medications for the Treatment of Childhood ADHD for Fareham & Gosport and South East Hampshire Patients. The shared care guidelines can be accessed via the following PIP link: http://nww.pip.portsmouthccg.nhs.uk/medicine-management/shared-care-prescribing/camhs-shared-care-guidelines
A shared care guideline on Sativex spray has been developed and approved by DPC and accepted for use by APC. The guideline supports the transfer of care for people with moderate to severe
15:11:16 - 13.05.2021
Responding to Domestic Abuse training 18th May
There are some spaces available on the Responding to Domestic Abuse course being held on 18th May 9.30-4.30. This training is open to all frontline staff working in Portsmouth and aims to increase awareness, understanding and response to victims of domestic abuse.
15:09:29 - 13.05.2021
May 2021 Bank Holiday Posters
Pharmacies which will be open during the two May Bank Holidays across South East of England for your information
Please find attached the May 2021 Bank Holiday Posters detailing which pharmacies will be open during the two May Bank Holidays across South East of England for your information.
You will see there are different poster for the eight areas; within these attachments there are several posters detailing the opening hours.
Also attached is a summary spreadsheet containing all of the opening hours within the South East area.
15:07:46 - 13.05.2021
Covid-19 Vaccine induced Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia (VITT)
Please see attached updated Covid-19 Vaccine induced Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia (VITT) pathway and an updated GP Standard Operating Procedure for accessing blood tests for patients at risk of thrombosis/thrombocytopenia following vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please note that a ‘VITT Screen’ option has been added to the GP Every Day page on ICE. Please ensure that you also include the blood test request in the Global Clinical Screen (please see attached for further information). Thank you.
16:51:38 - 12.05.2021
Flyer for Portsmouth Area Polypharmacy Action Learning Sets
'Polypharmacy Action Learning Sets - three half day online sessions organised by Wessex AHSN; aimed at helping GPs and prescribing pharmacists understand the complex issues surrounding stopping inappropriate medicines safely and will also help PCNs deliver the Medicines Optimisation
elements of the new Directed Enhanced Services contract. See attached flyer to find out more'
15:49:31 - 11.05.2021
Breastfeeding Network (BfN) Portsmouth Support
Please find attached our latest poster containing all our current offerings as we slowly move back to face-to-face support. Please note that these are all only available to prebook through Eventbrite at this time (Details can be found on our social media pages and groups).
13:10:58 - 10.05.2021
Job description draft for GPwSI in eating disorders
Please see attached a draft job description, produced for Dorset but which is to be adapted for the SHFT provided eating disorders service (EDS) covering Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Currently the EDS doesn’t have physical health monitoring as part of this other than a few hours of medical (consultant psychiatrist) cover to give advice. There is secured funding to expand the service to include more medical cover that is to come as 4 sessions/wk of consultant psychiatrist and an 4 additional sessions/wk which could be from a GPwSI or psychiatrist. They will work with the EDS alongside additional nursing and HCA staff to provide physical health monitoring for high risk patients and support for the monitoring of lower risk patients within primary care. Primary care is to receive additional resource for them to undertake this monitoring.
If anyone is interested in having a conversation with Adam Cox about the GPwSI role then please see his contact details below, do feel free to share this further with other colleagues who may be interested.
Dr Adam Cox
Clinical Director Southampton
Consultant Psychiatrist Southampton acute pathway /EDS
Tel: 07979 647892
15:37:52 - 07.05.2021
Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Referrals – Change of process
Please see the attached comms regarding a change in the process for Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Referrals.
16:08:11 - 06.05.2021
Your chance to inform staff training in primary care
Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement would like to hear from GPs, practice nurses, practice/PCN pharmacists, practice managers and administrative staff about their experiences of remote triage (navigating patients to the right person at the right time), online, telephone and video consultations in general practice. Your input will be crucial in designing effective training to support all primary care staff and trainees to confidently work with these approaches.
16:07:10 - 06.05.2021
Upcoming offers for Primary Care colleagues
We still have a few places remaining:
Leadership Restoration Group on 25th May 14:00-16:00.
Please share this with your colleagues within your organisation.
15:50:03 - 05.05.2021
Covid VITT Pathway - ADDITIONAL COMMS
Further to the circulation of the Covid VITT Pathway, feedback has been received regarding themes and trends for patients presenting with a potential risk of VITT following Covid vaccination. Please see attached.
16:08:36 - 04.05.2021
Portsmouth School Applications
School applications are down year or year and there is concern that parents/carers may not have received the reminders about applying, for various reasons related to the pandemic, such as non-attendance at early year’s settings and pre-school age clubs. We appreciate how short appointment times are but please could you check during these if parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, have applied for a school place for September this year?
It is not too late for families to apply and there are currently places available in schools across Portsmouth.
There is an 'Information for Parents 2021/22' booklet online with guidance on schools and the admissions process.
16:06:47 - 04.05.2021
Hand Hygiene Day
Wednesday 05 May is World Hand Hygiene Day 2021 Seconds save lives – clean your hands!
The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands global campaign, launched in 2009 and celebrated annually on 5 May (World Hand Hygiene Day) aims to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement around the world.
For World Hand Hygiene Day 2021, WHO calls on health care workers and facilities to achieve effective hand hygiene action at the point of care. The point of care refers to the place where three elements come together: the patient, the health care worker, and care or treatment involving contact with the patient or their surroundings.
16:40:03 - 29.04.2021
Covid-19 Vaccine induced Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia (VITT)
The PHE publication dated 7th April 2021 outlined that as of 31st March there have been reports of thromboembolic events accompanied by thrombocytopenia, between 4 and 28 days post vaccine, most notably a very rare and specific type of syndrome of blood clots in the cerebral veins, known as cerebral venous sinus thromboses (CVST) occurring together with low platelet counts.
Research is continuing, but as a response to this a VITT pathway has been developed and is now live. It was created in conjunction with LMC, PHU, Primary Care Alliances, Out-Patient Departments, GPs, Out of Hours Providers and Pathology, which is accessible via Ardens and is being rolled out across the HIOW area. For clarity this pathway relates to all CV19 vaccines administered as well as first and second doses.
As the recommended management of this presenting condition differs from the usual guidance, urgent advice has been cascaded to primary care to ensure GPs are on the alert for this syndrome. The pathway guidance outlines actions required from GP’s during the in-hours period which have been RAG rated. Please see the summary for more details.
16:56:15 - 28.04.2021
FYI - investigation of system issue UHSFT FW: Symphony SAN
The emergency department at UHS uses a system called Symphony to record patient attendances. This is provided by an external developer, EMIS, who sent a Safety Advisory Notice (SAN) to UHS 05/03/2021 regarding a national issue with the system whereby one or more expected actions are failing to trigger (on an intermittent basis) as a patient moves through the system. Subsequently some discharge messages are failing to generate which means that a discharge summary may not be sent to the patient’s GP. Therefore there is a risk that a patient may not receive the clinical interventions or follow up care that the ED clinician has requested that the GP arrange. EMIS have advised that this is an ongoing problem dating back to 2018.
In addition to the emergency department Symphony is also used:
- Currently within eye casualty at UHS. However as this department prints and sends copies of the discharge summaries to the GP there is no clinical risk.
Previously within the minor treatment centre at Lymington
16:53:31 - 28.04.2021
GP Fellowship information evening 19th May 7pm
Details and how to join on attached flyer
16:52:03 - 28.04.2021
Survey for primary care – eConsult, AccuRx and moving forwards to find the best digital solution for 2022 onwards
You may be aware that the contract for eConsult and AccuRx ends on 31st December 2021. To ensure appropriate provision after this date a review of what is available on the market is being undertaken.
The Digital Team would be really grateful if you could take the time to fill in and share the survey with the members of staff working at your GP practice/Primary Care Network. The survey closes on 14th May.
The survey is aimed at gathering practice requirements for digital solutions and remote triage, specifically the Online Consultation provision (eg, eConsult/Klinik) and the Video Consultation provision (eg, AccuRx).
The information and insight you provide via the survey is key to understanding what is required moving forward so we can ensure appropriate provision from 1st Jan 2022 onwards
The Digital Team are also reviewing feedback (studies, survey responses etc.) from people inside and outside the county both clinical and service users and are gathering information directly via patient engagement and through the survey above.
For further details, contact;
Digital Access Project Lead
NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG
Phone number: 07769 248493
16:48:52 - 28.04.2021
RCN Foundation Education Grants
The RCN Foundation has opened its spring round of education and career development grants. These grants aim to support those involved in nursing and midwifery to develop their careers and improve the care they give to patients. Grants can be used to undertake undergraduate degrees, postgraduate qualifications and professional training.
The RCN Foundation is an independent charity. Nursing and midwifery staff do not have to be an RCN member to receive their support. The education grants are for up to £5,000 and open to nurses, nursing associates, midwives and health care support workers who will begin their study between 01 September 2021 and 01 September 2022.
Applications close on 31 May 2021.
13:50:08 - 26.04.2021
Public Health Fingertips User Guide update
Public Health Fingertips User Guide has been updated to be more visible on smaller devices such as mobile phone. The large and separate horizontal toolbars at the top of the screen were replaced by a series of dropdown menus, please see the attached pdf for full information.
13:46:15 - 26.04.2021
May 2021 Bank Holiday Posters - pharmacies which will be open during the two May Bank Holidays across South East of England for your information
NHSE have updated the list of pharmacies open on the forthcoming bank holiday, please see the attached list.
NHSE are publishing this data to their own website. Bulletin readers may wish to bookmark the following link in order to always get the most up to date information:
10:34:10 - 26.04.2021
GPs to become a Medical Examiner
Sean Elliott talks through this in more detail in the attached comms.
10:30:48 - 26.04.2021
HIOW Digital Self Care Workshop
There are a few remaining spaces available on HIOW Digital Self Care & Self-Management workshop being held Wednesday 28th April at 6pm.
I would like to encourage you all to share the event details with your wider colleagues – the workshop is aimed at all members of the practice workforce including social prescribers etc.
Please see detailed communications attached and the event booking link;
13:50:50 - 23.04.2021
Tik Tok Advert - Urgent for awareness regarding 24th April
Reports of an alleged TikTok video showing men promoting 'National Rape Day' as 24/4/21 in the USA have led to a huge volume of content 'warning women to stay indoors'.
While the original clip is believed to have been pulled down, or even not existed at all, it has sparked panic and warnings online, with the hashtag #24April being viewed more than 62 million times and hundreds of thousands of videos.
TikTok believes the 'trend' began as a hoax, and claims no evidence has been found of the original video threatening a day of sexual violence. It may be in line with a storyline from “The purge” where crimes go unpunished
However, it's come to our attention that through this girls are being encouraged to protect themselves by carrying knives.
Please consider what action/ messaging you may wish to provide to reassure regarding this and also the dangers of carrying knives. You may wish to use the Op Sceptre resources from Hampshire Constabulary.
Lucy Rylatt I Safeguarding Children Partnerships Manager I Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership
Floor 4, Core 5, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2EA
Tel: 023 9268 8646
Mobile: 07506 566357
Follow us on Twitter at: twitter.com/PortsmouthSCB
09:13:54 - 23.04.2021
For response: Uniform consultation from Monday 12th April to 31st May 2021
For the attention of practice nursing teams
This consultation from NHS Supply chain launched on Monday 12 April and lasts for 7 weeks. It asks for feedback on the proposal of a national uniform for midwives, nurses and AHPs. We need as many nurses, midwives and AHPs as possible to be aware and share their views.
Can you please share this link with your teams with a call for colleagues to share and respond asap.
Acosia Nyanin, Regional Chief Nurse (South East)
Project Officer, Clinical Quality & Improvement
Nursing Directorate - South East
NHS England and NHS Improvement
m: 07818 542516
14:53:13 - 19.04.2021
Hydrocortisone Paediatric formulation letter
When corticosteroid replacement therapy is required in babies and young children requiring doses smaller than the proprietary available products PHU recommend using 'Hydrocortisone Acetate 1.12mg in 1ml oral suspension'; the Cardiff (St Mary’s) brand of hydrocortisone 1mg/1ml unlicensed liquid (see attached letter). This brand is the only one that has a reliable bioavailability, and therefore should be the only brand that should be prescribed.
14:52:14 - 19.04.2021
Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework
I appreciate how busy you all are, but if you get the chance it would be really helpful if you could complete the CSERQ4 survey by Monday 3rd May 2021.
Further details and survey available via the link;
14:51:04 - 19.04.2021
Support Children, Young People and Adults Living with Asthma
Making the most of video group clinics in asthma: free webinar Wed 21 April 12:30 – 13:30
Webinar on clinicians’ experiences of introducing video group clinics to provide QOF reviews and support children, young people and adults living with asthma
Further details and booking via the link;
09:15:53 - 16.04.2021
Practice Online and Video Consultation Survey
As you may be aware the contract for eConsult and AccuRx concludes at the end of December 2021. To ensure appropriate provision after this date we are performing a review of what is available on the market. Please take the time to fill in and share this survey with members of staff working at your practice/PCN. The survey is aimed at gathering practice requirements for digital solutions and remote triage, specifically the Online Consultation provision (eb, eConsult/Klinik) and the Video Consultation provision (eg, AccuRx).
You are not required to answer every question but the information and insight you provide via the survey is key to understanding what is required moving forward so we can ensure appropriate provision from 1st Jan 2022 onwards.
We are also reviewing feedback (studies, survey responses etc.) from people inside and outside the county both clinical and service users and are gathering information directly via patient engagement and through the survey.
09:14:44 - 16.04.2021
New Healthwatch provider
Portsmouth City Council welcomes The Advocacy People to Healthwatch
Following the completion of a competitive procurement exercise, from 1 April 2021, Portsmouth City Council have commissioned The Advocacy People to deliver Healthwatch Portsmouth and the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy.
The Advocacy People are a well-established advocacy provider who deliver a wide range of services across the south of England, including Healthwatch West Berkshire. They have the experience of a national provider whilst offering the specialist approach of a local voluntary sector organisation. They are committed to having an office base and local staff and are keen to understand the needs of our local communities.
Over the coming months The Advocacy People will be building on the good work of Healthwatch Portsmouth and making contact with local providers and organisations across the city.
For more information about The Advocacy People go to www.theadvocacypeople.org.uk.
Phone and email contacts for Healthwatch Portsmouth remain the same, as does their website www.healthwatchportsmouth.co.uk.
18:15:59 - 13.04.2021
County Lines Webinar
There is a County Lines webinar scheduled for 1st July 2021, arranged by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Please see details on the Eventbrite page at the link. Please direct any queries to the organisers through the contacts on the Eventbrite pages.
Please note this is for professionals working in the county and not for public distribution.
18:15:06 - 13.04.2021
Research Project from GP researcher in Newcastle
Invitation to take part in a short survey about GP Burnout, Covid and Spiritual Health. Details & HRA approval letter attached
18:13:17 - 13.04.2021
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Crimes Survey
KDay Consultancy are undertaking some research into how accessible and available information is around Domestic Abuse and Sexual Crime services across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.
We would like to invite you to take part in our research (this could either be individuals affected by Domestic Abuse/Sexual Crime or those who have committed offences of this nature). Participation is voluntary and be reassured that all responses are completely anonymous. Your participation will help us better understand how we can best provide service access to those who need it.
For further details and to access the survey please follow the link. The survey will close on the 30th April 2021.
18:59:39 - 12.04.2021
Sexual Health GP Newsletter
The latest edition of our GP newsletter is available on our website.
This edition includes updates and information on:
- Clinical Director
- Information for GP’s & patients
- Service Guides
- Vaccine info for people living with HIV
- Update on Levosert
- Implant Insertion
- Personal Health Record
- Contacting us
- Info for Transgender patients
- HIV Testing info for GPs
- Eastleigh Clinic
- TULIP Clinic
Our Professionals Pages on our website contain useful information, referral guidance, and previous editions of our GP Newsletters.
18:59:36 - 12.04.2021
Revised Portsmouth Threshold Document
Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership (PSCP) have published a revised version of the Portsmouth Thresholds Document. This has been updated to include a new section relating to Children with Disabilities (section 10, pg. 7) and the indicators of need table has been amended to include descriptors for children with disabilities and/or complex needs across all tiers of need. This is the version that Portsmouth Children’s MASH will now be using. If you have a previous version stored, please can you delete this and use the attached copy which is now available on PSCP website. https://www.portsmouthscp.org.uk/
12:52:13 - 09.04.2021
Kooth assets for GP practices
The Kooth online emotional health and wellbeing service has been commissioned for 11-18 year olds in Portsmouth (up to 25 years old for care leavers and those with an EHCP). Young people can access free, safe and anonymous counselling on kooth.com as well as a range of self-help resources, forums and wellbeing activities. Information about Kooth is being shared with young people and parents via schools, youth and family groups and services; it would be hugely beneficial to signpost the service via GP practices too.
07:21:12 - 08.04.2021
ME539 - CCPD Trading Ltd - COO - PO6 3BG - CAS-53008-B8H7J4
The CCG has now received official confirmation from NHSE PCSE about the change of ownership from Lloyds Pharmacy to Cosham Community Pharmacy. Please see the attached memo. PCSE confirmation of the Southsea Pharmacy remains pending.
07:19:34 - 08.04.2021
Better Security, Better Care
The national programme of DSPT support to CQC registered care homes and home care providers and information regarding the programme is available at Better Security, Better Care. - Digital Social Care
Within the South East region a number of providers have been commissioned to assist care providers to publish DSPT through webinars, training events and 1:1 support. Contact details for HIOW are:
07:18:11 - 08.04.2021
Digital Self Care Rapid Insights Workshop – 28th April at 6.00 pm
The HIOW Digital Team and Wessex AHSN would like to invite you to attend a Digital Self Care Rapid Insights Workshop, to be held on 28th April at 6.00pm. If you would like to help shape the future of digital self-care solutions in primary care across HIOW, then please attend this workshop and encourage your wider practice workforce to attend to share your thoughts and ideas.
Please follow the link to book onto the event
07:16:33 - 08.04.2021
Digital Health Leadership in the NHS
Health Education England through the NHS Digital Academy, and in partnership with NHSX, has launched Cohort 4 of the Digital Health Leadership Programme.
The Digital Health Leadership Programme is a 12-month, part-time programme that provides learning for 100 digital leaders – per cohort - from the health and care workforce in England. This programme aims to develop a new generation of digital leaders who can drive information and technology transformation in the NHS, who are capable of delivering change so that patient care can benefit from the many improvements and innovations modern technology has to offer. Applications are open and close on Friday 30th April 2021.
More information about the programme is available on our new NHS Digital Academy website
Further information is also available https://www.hee.nhs.uk/news-blogs-events/news/digital-health-leadership-nhs
07:14:16 - 08.04.2021
OptimiseRx Lunchtime Learning for PCN and practice teams
From 22nd April to 13th May, FDB are running a weekly online webinar about FDB OptimiseRx. The sessions are aimed at end users of OptimiseRx (e.g. GPs, PCN Pharmacists, Non-medical prescribers).
The session will cover:
1) How OptimiseRx has supported PCN and practice teams during the peak COVID-19 periods
2) Understand how OptimiseRx content reflects the latest national guidance and helps promote best practice prescribing
3) The integration within clinical systems, and what this means for PCN and practice end users of OptimiseRx
4) From the perspective of your job role, showcase how OptimiseRx can benefit and help PCNs and practices deliver value to their healthcare priorities
Follow the link to choose a webinar to join, approximate run time will be 45 minutes.
07:11:35 - 08.04.2021
Kooth online mental health service for 11-18 year olds - ongoing webinars for professionals
Kooth have been hosting webinars to introduce the service to professionals in our region and the feedback has been very positive. The sessions allow professionals to become familiar with Kooth so they are able to appropriately signpost young people to the service. Due to the popularity of the webinars, Kooth have scheduled further sessions in April to June. If you haven't already had the opportunity to attend a webinar and would like to, please find a document containing details of the sessions and registration links on PIP.
17:01:53 - 01.04.2021
TARGET Heads up 31st March PIP link
Please see the attached link to the recording of the Target Heads Up held on 31st March.
15:15:52 - 31.03.2021
Pharmacy change of ownership
Change of ownership of Lloyds Pharmacies in Southsea and Cosham – details attached
15:14:26 - 29.03.2021
Improving identification of learning disabilities document for GP's
The NHS Long Term Plan commits to improve the uptake of the existing annual health check in primary care for people aged over 14 years with a learning disability, so that at least 75% of those eligible have a learning disability health check each year.
Most GP practices have developed a learning disability register using clinical diagnoses to identify patients eligible for an annual seasonal flu vaccination and an annual learning disability health check.
However, some coded clinical diagnoses do not automatically result in a patient being included on the register. The most common example of this is Down’s Syndrome.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have undertaken a review of the diagnoses that are associated with a learning disability and have identified clinical diagnoses that should automatically ensure a patient is included on the learning disability register.
More information is in the document "Improving identification of people with a learning disability: guidance for general practice (england.nhs.uk)
15:13:01 - 29.03.2021
SE6611: FOR CASCADE: C1213 Information on supporting clinically extremely vulnerable staff
Please see attached information on supporting clinically extremely vulnerable staff for forwarding on to all GPs.
14:29:46 - 26.03.2021
SE6650: FOR URGENT ACTION: NHS response to COVID-19: Transition to NHS level 3 incident
Please see the letter attached: NHS response to COVID-19: Transition to NHS level 3 incident.
14:28:33 - 26.03.2021
Resource for staff
The training team have put together the 5C's poster which is informed by our Serious Case Reviews and is embedded in all our training. I thought this might be helpful for you to send out to GP Practices as it is intended to support staff with continued good safeguarding practice and as a reminder (when needed) of what is important
I also get frequently asked for a MASH poster, that can be displayed on notice boards to remind staff of what the MASH is and how to contact them. So please see the attached, that I have updated with the new email address.
09:56:20 - 26.03.2021
Healthier Together Questionnaire
Healthier together is a website developed by local healthcare professionals across Dorset, Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth
The website provides; -
Advice for parents, children, young people, pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals including standardised clinical pathways, consistent safety netting information, safeguarding guidance, and contact details for further advice
Locally focussed information
Links to nationally driven messages and campaigns.
Please help us to continue improving the website by telling us what you think.
09:55:03 - 26.03.2021
Next Term’s Parenting offer & Discussion Group Dates
Please find attached next term’s Triple P Discussion groups citywide along with Parenting offer and NVR/RR information.
09:53:47 - 26.03.2021
Paeds ED positive urine MCS pathway
Please be advised of the following pathway for children with UTI or possible contaminant result following discharge from paediatric ED or CAU. If antibiotics are required by a GP they will be informed by email and a telephone call and if other follow up is required such as a repeat sample tested an email will be sent to the practice.
09:50:00 - 26.03.2021
Alcohol Intervention and Brief Advice in Primary Care Project