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H&F GP Federation Newsletter

Following the requests for minimizing the amount of emails going out from the Federation, we will be sending out a regular newsletter. 


Training Offer:

Londonwide LMCs and Londonwide Enterprise Ltd



Cytology update















Wednesday 23 September 2020 OR Thursday 3 December 2020

Training for Nurses and doctors who have completed their cytology training in the past and who require the three yearly update. 

The update covers all the requirements that are set by the NHS Cervical screening programme to ensure that the sample taker has met the guidance for continuing to take samples.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Discussion of the screening programme.
  • Influences in uptake of women.
  • Prior notification lists.
  • Anatomy and physiology in relation to sample taking and possible findings.
  • Cervical cancer.
  • HPV and its impact on care.
  • Responsibilities of the sample taker.
  • Colposcopy.
  • Female genital mutilation.
  • Disabilities.
  • Understanding test results.

To view more details and download the form, please click HERE.


In order to hold your reservation please complete the form and return it via email for the attention of Marie Vassallo at by Monday 21 September 2020.


Introduction to contraception

















Two-day online course Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 25 November 2020 Delegates must attend both days.

The aim of the course is to enable practitioners to have an understanding of the methods so they can give information to women to enable them to give informed consent and choice.

Following these two days the practitioner will be able to confidently conduct pill checks and give intramuscular injectable contraception.

These two days are also beneficial to staff who have completed the contraception course in the past but who want an update of all the methods.

After completion of the two days the delegates will be able to:

  • give up to date information to women about their chosen method of contraception.
  • be able to see women for repeat pill consultations.
  • give intramuscular injectable contraception.
  • have a greater understanding of contraception, the benefits, risks, side effects and safety.
  • feel more confident about giving advice regarding contraception methods.

To view more details and download the form, please click HERE.


In order to hold your reservation please complete the form below and return it via email for the attention of Marie Vassallo at by Monday 16 November 2020.

Update Education sessions

Please find HERE programme for update education sessions for all Nurses, ANPs and Nurse Prescribers.

These are being provided by UWL who have been commissioned by the training Hubs of NWL.

You do not have to sign up but just follow the links in the attached document to be able to join the session.

Sessions include:

  • Cervical Cytology update sessions 
  • Wound Care update sessions 
  • Infection Control update sessions 
  • Travel Health update sessions 
  • Asthma update sessions 
  • Immunisation update sessions. Including Flu.
  • Family Planning update sessions.

Macmillan’s Explore Primary Care course

Free, open to all Healthcare Professionals, Nurses and GPs. Please see attached flyer for details HERE, link to apply:

Macmillan Cancer Support is responding to workforce shortages in cancer care by offering a role development programme to support staff with an interest in specialist cancer practice.

The Macmillan Primary Care Explore programme gives you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the cancer journey and provide you with a strong foundation in cancer care to benefit your practice and the wellbeing of your patients.


Enhancing your impact in virtual spaces webinars Oct-Nov 2020

To view full document with details, please click HERE.

PHE immunisation update webinar series 2020

Primary care immunisation update webinar series 2020

PHE Flu Vaccination Webinar
Primary care immunisation update webinar series 2020








Please find attached a free training resource for immunisers in London Developed and provided by PHE London and funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement London


Imperial A&G webinars: latest dates


Planned programme          


Topic and speakers





Session structure                 

10 mins  - What is our service offering in the COVID recovery period for existing patients and new referrals

40 mins  -  A&G on cases referred in on RAS and opportunity for shared learning and questions


·         GPs  with a case to discuss should email by 1900 on the Wednesday before the webinar

·         Please put “GP  A&G” in the subject line

·         Include details of the case(s) you would like to discuss, being sure to include specific management questions. 


Education for Health
Supporting Health Improvement
Focus on Spirometry and Diabetes


















Interactive Blended Online Learning Spirometry course starts on 22nd September

The course is designed to enable participants to learn at a pace and style that is suitable for them; it is a truly interactive course which combines master classes, podcasts, and eLearning in several distinct chapters. The course is specifically designed to provide the knowledge and ‘know how’ to demonstrate competence in spirometry; enabling participants to assess patients with confidence and competence. Once signed up to the programme participants have six months to complete their studying; enabling them to learn at the pace that best suits them. 
The ARTP are releasing their new assessment process in the next few weeks, once they have released the details, we will post this on our website. 

In the meantime, places are available to be purchased at £350 per person, or at £580 including the ARTP assessment component. Click here to find out more.

If you have any specific questions please email or


Focus on Diabetes Week 12th -16th October

As people with LTCs are beginning to return to their GP practices we are conscious that many will need additional support in managing their health and wellbeing. To support HCPs, we are bringing together some of the trail blazers and leaders in diabetes.  Speakers include Professor Roy Taylor, Dr David Unwin, and Dr David Cavan. There will also be sessions on the importance of foot health and population profiling throughout the week.
More resources will be added over the coming weeks in the run up to 12 October. 

Places will be limited so please keep an eye on developments and register your interest here

Flu vaccines: 2020 to 2021 flu season

Poster showing the different types of flu vaccines available for the 2020 to 2021 flu season and the clinical risk groups that they apply to can be found at



Immunisation Guidance
from RCN and PHE

To view RCN- Practical and clinical guidance for vaccine administration, please click on the link below:


To view PHE- Immunisation training of healthcare support workers national minimum standards and core curriculum, please click on the link below:

Public Health England COVID-19: Infection Control - Latest Guidance: August 2020



Public Health England Guidance: COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings. Infection prevention and control recommendations.

To view the full document please click HERE.


QNI Fund for Innovation 
programme for 2021















We have been very fortunate to receive funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing to run a new programme specifically focusing on people with complex needs in Primary Care. Up to 10 community nurse-led projects across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man will be selected for funding and project leaders will receive a year-long programme of professional development to support them in delivering their project. We are actively looking to fund projects that are led by nurses from a BAME background.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 30th October 2020.
Please follow this link to download the guidance and application form

Please note, if shortlisted, the nurse leading the project will be invited for a virtual interview on either 16th or 17th November 2020.
Successful applicants are asked to commit to all workshops on the following dates:
Workshop 1: Tuesday January 12th 2021
Workshop 2: Tuesday February 16th 2021
Workshop 3: Tuesday February 23rd 2021
Workshop 4: Tuesday March 9th 2021
Workshop 5: Thursday April 15th 2021 (tbc)
Workshop 6: Friday April 16th 2021 (tbc)
We will also offer you monthly support meetings.

Case-based: Emergency contraception




Update yourself on the different types of emergency contraception available, when each type of contraception can be prescribed, how to advise a woman who used her normal contraception incorrectly and provision of emergency contraception in advance of its need. 

Click HERE to Start Module.


Care for people recovering from Covid-19

Understand the impact of Covid-19 on colleagues, the social and psychological implications of Covid-19, describe the normal recovery from Covid-19 as well as common complications and understand the the different support required for post-Covid-19.

Click HERE to Start Module


Restarting cervical screening clinics after Covid-19


Protect yourself from Covid-19 when carrying out a smear test, who to prioritize a smear test to, issues about cervical screening for trans men and managing a situation where a delayed smear due to Covid-19 means that a woman is now out of the age range for the screening programme.

Click HERE to Start Module.

1 CPD Hour

Nursing Practice Journal - August 2020


PHE downgrades PPE requirements for administering flu jabs.

SystmOne Training



















SystmOne Training Dates 

Training dates have now been released for Systm One Training. The training will be online (due to distancing rules making classroom courses untenable) and bookable through the NWL Learning Hub. Attached is a cribsheet on how to register to the learning hub and book Remote Training.

The Online training will be either on Microsoft Teams or WebEx so please download the Teams app prior to the event, and your trainer will send you a link two days before the event starts.

The following courses are now available:

SystmOne Basic Training

SystmOne for Senior Administrators

SystmOne Reporting

There is also a new NWL Learning Hub course which covers the following:

Signing on and re-setting Password

Assigned Mandatory Training by Job Role 

Profile and Job Assignments 

Using the hub Dashboard, Record of Learning, Team View (Managers), Reports (Managers, Find Learning, Resources, Training Video and Help Page.

Benefits for PCNs.

To download instructions on how to create an account and book training please click HERE

HEE Training Hubs & GatewayC












Please see attached information on GatewayC:

  • GatewayC June Update
  • Partner Pack- contains various marketing materials to help you promote GatewayC
  • e-Mailer : please feel free to circulate this document, see ‘Free online CPD’ PDF
  • Register with us – simply click the bottom left banner on my auto signature
  • Mailing List - just click the bottom right banner below, ensuring you click ‘yes’ to both notification options
  • Free webinar – Effective Telephone Conversations : you can sign-up by clicking the ‘register here’ button on the PDF attached.

In addition to the marketing pack they can also produce any bespoke content for THs in order to help with the uptake of GatewayC

To download GatewayC June Update Click HERE

To download the GatewayC Partner Pack Click HERE

Access the latest Training Hub Resources Repository


For the latest support, training and guidance on Covid-19 for Training Hubs in London.

Please visit HEE London Training Hub Resource Repository

To request access please email

SEPSIS Health Education England








HEE have created an e-learning module on sepsis in Primary Care, which is available free to NHS staff.

HEE has worked collaboratively across the healthcare system through HEE's Sepsis working group with several Royal Colleges, the UK Sepsis Trust charity, Public Health England and patient representatives to produce the learning materials.

Sepsis ToolKit RCGP



Education on Sepsis Awareness in Primary Care - The Royal College of Physicians













National Early Warning Score  updated (NEWS2) – an Online Training resource

The Royal College of Physicians has recently updated its National Early Warning Score (NEWS) 2.

The National Quality Board has endorsed its use as the standardised system for the assessment of acute illness in adults and communication between healthcare practitioners.

NEWS2 has also received formal endorsement from NHS England and NHS Improvement to become the early warning system for identifying acutely ill patients.


An online training resource is available for all health and social care staff to learn about the implementation and use of NEWS2

The MSK Knowledge Hub







New digital hub to support improvement in MSK services 

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), supported by NHS England, has launched a new digital knowledge hub to support improvement in musculoskeletal (MSK) and arthritis services. The interactive forum provides commissioners and STP leads with resources, good practice examples and data and research to support them in improving MSK services locally. Resources are aimed at those responsible for shaping services and include evidence and indicators on value, quality and cost of MSK services.

Please register to access the information and contribute to resources and discussion










The NG12 online educational tool for health care professionals in primary care.

The tool has been developed to aid primary care in referring patients for suspected cancer Including symptom criteria, direct access diagnostics and straight to test, safety netting, patient information and links to external educational resources. The tool includes quizzes and case studies to aid learning and is available here

or via the Healthy London Partnership Website

Frailty Core Capabilities Framework










Frailty Core Capabilities Framework

Register via the Link to access the Framework: The Frailty Framework of Core Capabilities

The Frailty Framework of Core Capabilities has been commissioned by HEE and NHS England, and developed with a variety of stakeholders. Frailty remains a new area for much of the workforce and work is now needed to position frailty as a long-term condition and underpin it with the upskilling of the workforce. This framework aims to identify and describe the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to deliver high quality, holistic, compassionate care and support. As well as being a standalone resource, it complements similar frameworks for person-centred approaches, dementia, end of life and musculoskeletal care to provide an approach to training and education which is holistic and person-centred care.

NW London Learning Hub













NW London Learning Hub - Providing training and education for Primary Care in North West London

NWL - eLearning Hub which has been set up for use by General Practice staff and is Currently Free.

The following is accessible on the site 

•   Access to all the courses which are on ELearning For Health

•   It has assigned mandatory training to all learners

•   The IT skills pathway – which includes Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint training

•   All booking of IT systems (S1 and EMIS )training is done through the site

This platform will allow practices to have a range of training materials available at their fingertips, but also the ability to learn new skills through an easy and practical tool. The eLearning hub will include; 

·  The ability for practices and individuals to create learning plans to support staff

·   A comprehensive reporting function to help ensure everyone is up to date with their training requirements

Online classroom course booking with manager approval

E-Learning for Health






E-Learning for Health -

To Register - Ideally you should provide a work email address so that your registration results in the most appropriate access to e-learning content.

NOTE: If you choose to use a personal email address the available e-learning content would only be sufficient for volunteers or for those registering for personal use.

NMC Website






The nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Link to lots of helpful advice:

REVALIDATION - Find out everything you need to know about revalidation including how you can meet the requirements by reading 'How to revalidate with the NMC'.

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of General Practitioners - Link to lots of helpful advice:

The impact of Covid on the BAME community





Please see these short youtube films that some of our TH teams have contributed to:

Retaining GP Nurses


Please see attached Guide for GP’s and Practice Managers, created from work in focus groups, including 81 General Practice Nurses (GPNs) from 75 practices across London.

To download the Retaining Practice Nurses Guideance please click HERE

Updates and Guidance for General Practice


Updates and Guidance for General Practice –NHS England and NHS Improvement Coronavirus

Link to web page:

Public Health England Guidance: COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)


Public Health England Guidance: COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Link to Documents , Guidance, Resources & Posters


Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding Adults: Level 3 Training




Future Learn - Safeguarding Adults: Level 3 Training

Learn how to ensure the successful safeguarding of adults with this training course from Health Education England.

This course contributes towards the achievement of Level 3 Safeguarding competencies, as set out in Safeguarding for Adults: Roles and Competencies

Safeguarding Child:  Level 1, 2 & 3 Training



E-Learning for Health - Safeguarding Children: Level 1, 2, 3 Training

To Register - Ideally you should provide a work email address so that your registration results in the most appropriate access to e-learning content.

ToolKit RCGP







RCGP Child Safeguarding Toolkit RCGP website


There is a new safeguarding hub on the RCGP website which is home to both the child and adult safeguarding toolkits:
The new RCGP supplementary guide to the Intercollegiate documents can be found under the 'National standards and policies' section on the safeguarding hub:

Healthy London Partnership Toolkit




Resource for primary care providers caring for children & young people

Primary care children and young people’s toolkit

Healthy London Partnership have created a toolkit for primary and community care providers involved in caring for children and young people. The toolkit features pathways for the top paediatric conditions, e-learning modules, information on group consultations, examples of closer working with pharmacy, communications resources, mental health and wellbeing information and more: Access the toolkit


Health & Wellbeing Resources

HEE Health and Wellbeing Support Offer








A reminder that the HEE Health and Wellbeing Support Offer for primary care staff is still available, with access to a group of over 100 volunteer trained coaches and counsellors, with the help of four known providers who could offer:

·         One-to-one sessions

·         Signposting to other sources of support as needed.

·         Training to run peer support groups, including a specific focus on the complexities of working during the COVID-19 crisis.

·         Help with setting up and running virtual peer support groups.

·         Help with other wellbeing innovation as you identify needs

Please contact Sharon Gomba via, detailing the needs of staff and the type of support they require and she’ll be able to put you in contact with the appropriate provider.

NHS hotline to support NHS staff




The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’ staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.

·         NHS hotline: 0300 131 7000 (Open between 7am – 11pm every day)

·         Text service available 24/7. (Text FRONTLINE to 85258)

Please see link for further details.

Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year, by calling 116 123



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