Working Together to Effectively Safeguard Obese Children - Learning the Local Lessons
The PSCP have organised a workshop on safeguarding obese children. Dates and further details are on the attached.
Working Together to Effectively Safeguard Obese Children - Learning the Local Lessons
The PSCP have organised a workshop on safeguarding obese children. Dates and further details are on the attached.
Advice and information for GP practices -Breast Screening
We have been asked to liaise with primary care colleagues working in GP practices to ensure they are aware that women are sent their initial screening invitations sometime between their 50th and before their 53rd birthday. The screening helpdesk continue to receive queries regarding correct age of eligibility and GPs should give the appropriate messages on when screening commences. An e-learning module on the breast screening programme produced by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in collaboration with the NHS Breast Screening Programme is available to access for all primary care staff
Infant Feeding Support in Portsmouth Health Visiting Team
I am Laura Dearling: Infant Feeding Lead and I work with a small team consisting of Chris Mckenzie and Michelle Francis Dent (Infant Feeding supporters) who support the families in Portsmouth with breastfeeding and other infant feeding issues.
If you are seeing a mother/parent that requires breastfeeding/infant feeding support, you can task our infant feeding team directly on SystmOne or call our duty health visitor on 0300 123 6629 and we will aim to contact the family within 2 days prioritising those that may need support sooner.
There is Infant feeding information for all to access available on Portsmouth’s Family Assist and we are expanding and updating the information all the time.
Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme
The Early Help and Prevention Service run the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme in Portsmouth in partnership with the Breastfeeding Network.
We want families to feel comfortable to breastfeed in public. Although the law protects families to do so (The Equality Act 2010), feedback has shown that families are still feeling some anxiety around feeding in public.
We would like to invite your practice to become a part of the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme. Joining the scheme would show your commitment to making breastfeeding families feel comfortable in your practice.
It is completely free and easy to sign up. Stickers to display will be provided to you free of charge.
Scarlet Fever and Chicken Pox Briefing Note
We have seen a recent increase in scarlet fever notifications and GP consultations and GP consultations for chicken pox. Evidence suggests that chicken pox is the most common risk factor for IGAS (invasive group A streptococcal disease) in children. Whilst IGAS remains below average, important that scarlet fever and other presentations of GAS such as impetigo and sore throat are treated promptly with the appropriate antibiotics to limit spread and avoid complications.
Please see the briefing note for further details.
Health professionals should be reminded of the available guidance and the need to take the following actions if scarlet fever or other GAS presentations are suspected:
o thought to be part of an outbreak
o allergic to penicillin, GAS can be resistant to non-penicillin options such as macrolides and clindamycin. Determining antimicrobial susceptibility will facilitate an appropriate treatment change if required.
o in regular contact with vulnerable individuals e.g. health and adult social care workers. People who are vulnerable to invasive GAS include those who are immunocompromised, have comorbidities, women in the late stage of pregnancy, or those with skin diseases.
Please see a link to the new Survivor Hub created by Emily Vaughan and the Human Trafficking Foundation – a place for survivors to find opportunities for work and paid research participation, resources such as those on education, housing support, the NRM and mental health support and includes directories of support providers and legal advisors across the country.
Liberty Protection Safeguards - register your interest in lived experience consultation events
As you know, the Department of Health & Social Care are currently holding a consultation on the Liberty Protection Safeguards. As part of this consultation process, it is vital that we hear what people with lived experience think about the new system that we have designed.
However, we understand that not everyone will want to tell us what they think by responding to the Easy Read consultation survey. We are therefore going to be holding a number of online events where people with lived experience of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the Mental Capacity Act will have the opportunity to tell us what they think about the Liberty Protection Safeguards and what it might mean for them.
We expect that each event will be held online and will be roughly two and half hours long, including half an hour for breaks. The events will be run by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and led by Hilary Paxton, who has previously led events for people with lived experience about the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
If you or someone you know would like to attend one of these events, please fill in and submit this online form. Please make sure that a form is submitted for each person who is interested in attending.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could distribute this form within your local networks and communities to ensure that we hear from as many people with lived experience as possible.
Health Safeguarding Migrant Refugees and People Seeking Asylum Rapid Read
This rapid read is to support health care workers and partners who may be in contact with refugees and people seeking asylum living in the UK. As with any safeguarding concern, usual referral processes in your area apply and do not differ for any non-citizen of the UK. There are also local processes for unaccompanied minors and children travelling with kinship carers and trusted adults, which must be followed.
Helping to safeguard Ukrainian refugees
With Ukrainian refugees slowly starting to arrive into the country, please see link to a Safeguarding Poster that has been translated into the Ukrainian language (also in English) for sharing as appropriate within your organisation. The poster can be saved for printing by ‘clicking on the poster’ and pressing save.
The poster reads: ‘If you do not feel safe or your host does not make you feel safe, or you are in danger please call 0300 555 1386. If it is an emergency and you need help now please call 999.’
The ‘Pharmacy First’ minor ailments locally commissioned service from community pharmacies in Portsmouth has been renewed. Some pharmacies did not renew and a new provider has joined the list. Please refer to the published list of Pharmacy First providers which is regularly updated.
All pharmacies, however, continue to offer the nationally commissioned ‘community pharmacy consultation service’ (CPCS) as before.
This message has gone out previously but the cut off date for dual access routes has been brought forward from 30 June, to 31st May.
Practice Plus Group – Access to diagnostics via eRS
We would like to remind you that you are now able to access echocardiogram at Practice Plus Group via eRS.
Clinic titles as follows:
Echocardiogram – Practice Plus Group Diagnostics, Gosport War Memorial
Echocardiogram – Practice Plus Group Diagnostics, St Marys
Echocardiogram - Practice Plus Group Diagnostics, Havant
Emailed referrals for echocardiograms will continue to be accepted until 31st May (a month earlier than originally stated), after this date access will be via eRS only.
Practice Plus Group are also working to expand eRS access to X-Rays and Ultrasound, we will keep you updated on the progress.
INSULIN SAFETY WEEK is next week: 2nd - 8th May 2022
As usual CDEP is involved in this important national #ISW campaign.
CDEP has 2 award-winning insulin safety topics for staff working in an acute or non-acute setting:
The training can be done in ‘bite-sized’ chunks on a computer, mobile or tablet
It can take as little as 30 minutes to finish
Each topic completed generates a certificate, reflection document and CDEP rewards!
Sign up here: www.cdep.org.uk
It would be amazing if we could encourage as many healthcare staff as possible to brush up on their Insulin Safety Skills next week.
Please would you kindly circulate the attached flyer to staff.
Accelerated Patient Online Access – Safeguarding Considerations Webinar Thursday 14th April 1-2pm.
As many of you are aware, patients were due to have access to their electronic records from the 1st April, whilst this data has been pushed back, our named GPs across Hampshire are holding a webinar to support GPs in understanding what this means for practice. Please find the link below to the webinar –
Accelerated Patient Online Access – Safeguarding Considerations Webinar that we are holding on Thursday 14th April 1-2pm.
If you are unable to make the session yourself then please do share the link with one of your colleagues who can attend in your place. The session is relevant to all clinicians and practice managers.
Understanding of Transition in Primary Care
The PSCP, along with the Safeguarding Adults Board, are currently doing a deep dive to understand how effectively transition arrangements are working for young people with complex health needs and/or disabilities.
We would like to understand the current awareness of the transition process for young people in Portsmouth and if our GPs have any views on how well the process is working for their patients.
Information from the Miscarriage Association
Notification from the Miscarriage Association, the UK charity that offers support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy. The aim of the communication is to extend our reach to GPs, by providing details of the services we are able to offer to any patients in need of further help, support and assistance.
Please see attached letter which details the charity and the services they offer.
The Launch of Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) programme in Portsmouth April 2022
As you will be aware from the Primary Care Bulletin 3 February 2022 the Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) programme in Portsmouth is being launched this month with the first roll-out taking place this week with East Shore Practice followed by the rest of Brunel Health Network PCN. Practice Managers have been emailed directly and each Practice will be contacted approximately 1 to 2 months before their start date.
We have attached a GP pack which includes all the programme information, the roll-out schedule, along with a copy of the patient leaflet and Poster, a set of posters for display will be sent to each practice by PHU a few weeks before the start of your project.
Treetops SARC service
Treetops SARC is a sexual assault referral centre that covers Hampshire and IOW. We will accept referrals from the police or self- referrals.
We get a lot of people signposted to our service for counselling which we do not provide and often when we say that we are unable to provide that service but can signpost/refer on, they become distressed because they feel like they are being passed from pilar to post which is really distressing for them, especially after a rape or sexual assault.
Please see attached summary and service leaflets for Treetops SARC.
Violence Against Women & Girls – A Call For Evidence
The views and feedback received via this call for evidence will help to develop a problem profile for a VAWG Task Group. This will provide a clearer picture of the scale and impact of these crimes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (including Portsmouth) and the actions that need to be taken to prevent these crimes and better support victims.
Through this call for evidence we specifically want to:
Please can I ask you to take the time to complete the call for evidence and to share it with partners, clients and across your own communications channels where your feel appropriate.
Take part in the VAWG Task Group call for evidence by completing the most relevant online survey for you:
Local residents : http://s.alchemer.eu/s3/Public-VAWG-Survey-2022
Young people: http://s.alchemer.eu/s3/Young-People-s-VAWG-Survey
Professionals and practitioners: http://s.alchemer.eu/s3/VAWG-Practitioner-Survey-2022
This call for evidence is open for 6 weeks, from 8th March 2022 until 18th April 18th 2022 11.59pm
Update to HIPS Bruising and Other Injuries Protocol - Feb 2022
Please find attached a briefing which highlights the changes to the HIPS Bruising and Other Injuries Protocol that were made last month.
Please circulate as appropriate.
Develop your Skills & Knowledge in Having Healthy Conversations about Alcohol
See attached the latest flyer advertising the Alcohol Brief Advice in Primary Care training sessions that we are offering free of charge to Primary Care staff, volunteers & social prescribers from Southampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Hampshire. This training is subsidised by Health Education Wessex.
This is a three-hour online practical course designed to encourage and support participants to deliver Identification & Brief Advice (IBA) or Very Brief Advice (VBA) on alcohol.
The key link to find out more information and book onto the training is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alcohol-brief-advice-in-primary-care-tickets-187508973387
There are a number of sessions scheduled with more being added all the time (always the same link).
Suicide First Aid (Lite): Subsidised training to identify and assist people at risk: live-online, booking via link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/141271130755 (more dates will be added).
Connect 5: five ways to mental wellbeing: Free training available to help support community to look after their own, colleagues and clients mental wellbeing: live-online, booking via link: Connect 5 (Ports, IOW, Soton) – Havant & East Hants Mind
Debt and Mental Health Training for front line workers and volunteers: Free via link Debt and Mental Health training for frontline public, community & voluntary sector staff and volunteers. This training will improve your understanding of the connections between debt and mental health services and will help to reduce the suicide risk as a result of debt.
Information and resources on suicide prevention can be found on the Portsmouth City Council page, here Mental wellbeing - Portsmouth City Council.
Information on mental health and wellbeing can be found on : Adult mental health support - Portsmouth City Council
Counselling Aid: Management options for heavy menstrual bleeding & Survey
The Primary Care Womens Health Forum have produced this Counselling Aid: Management options for heavy menstrual bleeding to support you in effectively counselling patients with HMB using a ‘personalised care’ approach. It can be used with your patients to guide them in understanding the treatment they need. It is recommended only for use in women with no anticipated or proven pathology.
At the PCWHF, we are committed to creating the educational resources that will enhance the care that you provide to women in your clinics every day. We’re currently running a survey where you can have your say and help to shape our 2022 Educational Programme. We’d be grateful if you would let us know your ideas and views.
Once again – huge thanks to everyone who spares time to share their expertise to answer members queries on the PCWHF Facebook group – if you haven’t joined our wonderful community yet, join us today.
Let’s all make a difference this International Women’s Day
Update HPV PGD
Please find attached the recently revised HPV PGD which has been authorised for use by NHS E.
The HPV PGD amendments include:
Individual practitioners must be authorised by name, under the current version of this PGD before working according to it. Practitioners and organisations must check that they are using the current version of the PGD. Amendments may become necessary prior to the published expiry date.
The PGD will be available to download from the following link:
Electronic Referrals into Portsmouth City Council Adult Social Care:Occupational Therapy/Community Connector Service/Portsmouth Carers Centre
From Monday 4th April, there will be an updated Occupational Therapy referral form available via Ardens. From this date the SystmOne electronic referral will be directed to PCC Adult Social Care, there is no change to the actual service.
Aa a reminder, the aim of the Community Occupational Therapy service in Portsmouth is to restore, maximise or prevent deterioration in physical, psychological and social functioning through a defined, person centred rehabilitation and reablement programme. We also focus on preventative work and consider the long term needs of the client. This may include the recommendation of equipment, home adaptations, coping strategies and rehousing. Clients must be over 18 and a resident in Portsmouth and must have consented to the referral (or via consent of their advocate) and be willing to engage with the service.
There will also be new referral forms for the Community Connectors service and for referring into the Portsmouth Carers Centre.
Please see the attached for further information about these services.
Both will be available to refer into via SystmOne electronic referrals to PCC Adult Social Care
Easter & May Bank Holiday Posters 2022
Please find attached the Easter & May Bank Holiday Posters 2022 detailing which pharmacies will be open on the Bank Holidays across the South East of England for information. Portsmouth pharmacies are listed on the first page. Pharmacies are only listed on the posters if they are open on one or more of the dates within the poster.
Also attached is a spreadsheet containing all the information contained within the posters.
A map of the pharmacies that will be open on the Bank Holidays has been created. Anybody can access the map via the links below.
Easter BH Map: View Easter BH 2022 Map here
2nd May BH Map: View May BH 2022 Map here
SEROC-CASC-0285 FOR ACTION Updated dietary advice for smoked fish
Please see attached a letter from UKHSA in relation to updated dietary advice for smoked fish. NHS.UK has been updated with the information for pregnant and vulnerable individuals to reflect the risk of listeriosis from smoked fish by amending the ‘foods to avoid in pregnancy’ webpage, as well as the webpage on ‘listeriosis’, which also includes details on specific actions people can take when handling, storing and preparing foods to reduce their risk of listeriosis.
Request for GP practice space for funded youth counselling service
Off the Record have received funding to provide a free at point of access young person’s counselling service in Portsmouth as there is a growing need for in-person services to be delivered locally.
Off the Record have a successful outpost already operating at an Emsworth GP Practice, where the GP’s recognise the benefits to their patients of having a counsellor on site every week.
Kate Glasby CEO of Off the Record would like the opportunity to discuss this proposition with practices to see if this is something they would like to be involved with. Off the Record will require space each week within the practice for delivery of their service. This would be expected to take place after school hours and early evening.
SEROC-CASC-0275: FOR ACTION National PPE Acute and Primary Care Customer Insight Newsletter - 31 March 2022
Please see link to the latest National PPE Acute and Primary Care Customer Insight Newsletter (31 March 2022).
HIOW SIT 5 Minute Update April 2022 Edition
Please find attached the April 2022 Edition of the HIOW Screening and Immunisation Team’s 5 Minute Update. Please share with your practice staff members as appropriate.
We hope you find it useful and if you have any comments or queries then please let us know.