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Staffordshire Training Hub Bulletin
Issue 46, 2 August 2022
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Goodbye to Amanda Williams

This week we say goodbye and best wishes to the Staffordshire Training Hub Administration Manager, Amanda Williams!  Amanda joined the team in January 2021 and since day one, has been an integral part of the team. 

Amanda has wholeheartedly supported the GP First and Staffordshire Training Hub team, as well as our partner organisations and Primary Care workforce colleagues.  

Amanda is taking a little time out to enjoy her upcoming wedding and honeymoon in September, but we wish her every success with her future endeavours.

It has been a pleasure to have Amanda as part of our team and we look forward to the wedding photos!

If you wish to send Amanda a goodbye message, she will be with us until Friday, 5 August 22!
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Hot Seat

To take the 'Hot Seat' this month it's the turn of
Head of Primary Care Contracting and Transformation,
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading ‘My lies, your lies’ by Susan Lewis. 

What’s your favourite movie?
I am going to have to say Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek is incredible in it!
 How long
have you been working in primary care?
I've been in the NHS for 22 years and primary care for 18 years where I came into  Stoke on Trent PCT as the Clinical Governance Manager and have been known as the QOF Queen!!

Which person/people have inspired you in life?
I’m very lucky to have a husband, family, friends and colleagues that are supportive, motivational and want me to achieve.

What’s something you’re proud of in your professional life?
National and International recognition of the Quality Improvement Framework in Stoke on Trent for improving health outcomes

Are you a coffee or tea person?
I mainly drink water but if I had to choose, it would be a nice strong decaf tea

Do you have a pet?
I have a beautiful 12 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mikka and 12 koi carp

What’s a skill you’d like to improve on?
Playing the piano – I only started learning as an adult. I stopped playing during COVID but really want to start learning again to enable me to take my Grade 4

If you could have a career in anything, what would it be?
An author/novelist

Thanks to Tracey Cox for taking the Hot Seat!
If you would like to nominate a colleague or take part yourself, please e-mail
Wellbeing Corner

Quote chosen by Staffordshire Training Hub Manager, Nav Chappell
If you would like us to feature your favourite quote, please e-mail it to
National and Regional Opportunities

New to Partnership Payment Scheme

The New to Partnership Payment Scheme (N2PP) is a new commitment from the February 2020 ‘Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’, forming part of the suite of interlocking GP recruitment and retention initiatives.

The overarching aim of the scheme is to grow the number of partners – and individuals with equivalent status – working in primary care, stabilising the partnership model and helping to increase clinicians’ participation levels so that primary medical care and the patients it serves have access to the workforce they need.

The scheme gives eligible participants a sum of up to £20,000 plus a contribution towards on-costs of up to £4,000 (for a full-time participant) available to support establishment as a partner, as well as up to £3,000 in a training fund to develop non-clinical partnership skills.

In order to participate in the scheme, applicants will be required to ensure that they submit an application form and supplementary evidence to NHSEI and meet the eligibility criteria.


In addition, provider, Qualitas deliver an accredited Pathway to Partnership programme. The programme is structured around three key pillars:
  1. Leadership
  2. Strategy
  3. Operations
The programme is appropriate for experienced and new Partners working in General Practice looking to accelerate their professional development and help their practice thrive and succeed.

For further information, please refer to the website at GP Partnership development programme ( or watch the following 3 minute video at Pathway to Partnership development Programme from Qualitas - YouTube

Cancer Research UK Bowel Cancer Guide and FIT Resources


Primary Care may see more people coming forward with the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer in response to the efforts of the late Dame Deborah James to raise public awareness. 

To help Primary Care prepare for a possible increase in patient presentations, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has produced a new Bowel Cancer Resource Guide that signposts the free resources and clinical guidance available to support health professionals with the recognition, referral, and management of suspected bowel cancer, and to answer screening-related questions. 
Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) resources are also available to determine the key differences in the use of FIT for screening asymptomatic people through the bowel screening programme, compared to it being used to investigate symptomatic patients.
For further information click here: FIT Symptomatic | Cancer Research UK

Recipe of the Month

Tuna and Potato Salad

Why not try a quick, cost effective and satisfying salad, combining tuna, tomatoes, cucumber with home-made dressing and new potatoes: Tuna and potato salad - Recipes - Healthier Families - NHS (

 Nutritional Information:
 841kJ / 199kcal
 13.5g protein
 31.7g carbohydrate, of which 5g sugars
 1g fat, of which 0.2g saturates
 4.8g fibre
 0.3g salt
Recipe chosen by Staffordshire Training ARRS Facilitator and PCN Dietician, Carrie Eckersley
If you would like us to feature your favourite recipe, please e-mail it to
Awareness Dates for your Diary

Thursday, 4 August 2022

5 Facts about cycling that will inspire you to give it a try:
  1. Savings galore
    Bike maintenance is 20 times cheaper than car maintenance.

  2. Modern-day lingo
    When bicycles first went on sale to the public, they were called ‘velocipedes.’

  3. Big impact
    Bicycles save 238 million gallons of fuel each year.

  4. Heart-healthy
    To reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, doctors recommend cycling.

  5. Fast forward
    With the same amount of energy spent walking, humans can cycle three times faster.

To find out more about the Cycle Scheme please visit Cycle to Work Day is August 4th - Cyclescheme
ARRS Update 

The Staffordshire Training Hub (STH) are pleased to announce that funding is available for the STH Independent Prescribing Bursary for ARRS Roles’.
The purpose of this scheme is to provide a one-off payment of £2,000, to any Primary Care Network (PCN) towards either:
  • the cost of an Independent Prescribing (IP) course for an Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) Practitioner, or
  • 50% (45hrs) of Supervision costs for an ARRS Practitioner as they pursue their Independent Prescribing qualification. 
Please see below the eligibility criteria:
  1. ARRS Practitioner must be employed under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS).
  2. ARRS Practitioner must not be a qualified Independent Prescriber at the time of their employment (as they will have received supervision elsewhere).
  3. ARRS Practitioner already in post should have either completed, commenced, or have a confirmed place on an upcoming IP course since the date of employment.
  4. ARRS Practitioner has not already received the bursary from the STH.
  5. ARRS Practitioners not yet recruited should be employed with the expectation of commencing the IP course within the next 12 months.
  6. Pharmacists currently on the CPPE pathway are only able use Bursary towards 50% of supervision costs.
Please note that funding is limited, therefore the Bursary will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
If you are interested, and meet the above criteria, please kindly complete the Application Form and return the Staffordshire Training Hub Team at

NEW Inclusive Pharmacy Practice (IPP) Bulletin

Primary Care Pharmacists and Technicians, can sign up to receive the new bi-annual Inclusive Pharmacy Practice (IPP) bulletin, and read the first issue today, which highlights examples of community pharmacy and primary care good practice.

The IPP is a joint initiative by NHS England with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and 13 other national partner organisations. 

It is about engaging with local communities, helping to improve their health, and addressing the inequalities with a focus on making the workplace more inclusive for pharmacy professionals. 


Why not visit the Inclusive Pharmacy Practice FutureNHS page for more information, case studies and links to webinars about population health management.


Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS.  NHS Knowledge and Library Services are on hand to help with relevant information, tools and techniques to make sure any AHP can get exactly what they need for professional development and in their day to day work or research. 

This short animation describes just what kind of support is on offer to AHPs right throughout their career. Please do share this with your colleagues who may find this useful.

The aim of the NHS Knowledge and Library Services in partnership with Health Education England is that NHS bodies, their staff, learners, patients and the public use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time, in the right place, enabling high quality decision-making, learning, research and innovation to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement. To find out more visit Homepage - Knowledge and Library Services

Previous Bulletin Round-up

Please click here to view last weeks Staffordshire Training Hub Bulletin
which included the following:
  • Open to take Expressions of Interest for the Staffordshire General Practice Fellowship Scheme
  • How to become a Veteran friendly GP Practice - join over 1,300 GP Practices who are already accredited
  • NEW e-Learning for Healthcare Understanding Eating Disorders module
  • NEW Physical Health Care for People with Severe Mental Illness course for Primary Care staff 
External Provider Events

FREE Training Opportunities

for all Health Care Support Workers,

General Practice Nurses and Community Nurses

Exudate Management
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 at 1300-1400Hrs

Skin Tears
Tuesday, 6 September 2022 at 1230-1400Hrs

Non-Medicated Wound Dressings
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 at 1230-1400Hrs

Nutrition in Wound Care
Friday, 4 November 2022 at 1300-1500Hrs

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management (Stop The Pressure Week)
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 at 1300-1430Hrs

Wound Bed Preparation – TIMERS & Debridement
Wednesday, 7 December 2022 at 1300-1430Hrs

If you would like to attend one of these events, please e-mail or call or text: 07398139432

FREE Training Events

Autumn Programme

Do Kidneys really matter in Diabetes?
Thursday, 8 September 2022 at 19:00 - 20:00

Self-harm Awareness Training (Safeguarding)
Monday, 12 September 2022  at 19:00 - 20:00

Diabetes - NICE Guidelines
Tuesday, 13 September 2022  at 19:00 - 20:00

Combined Hormonal Contraception
Thursday, 29 September 2022  at 12:15 - 13:15

Emergency Contraception
Thursday, 29 September 2022  at 12:15 - 13:15

Patient Identification and Stratification in Diabetes and CKD
Wednesday, 12 October 2022  at 19:00 - 20:00

Lessons Learnt from Safeguarding for Healthcare Professionals
Thursday, 13 October 2022  at 19:00 - 20:00

Self-neglect and Safeguarding for Health Care Professionals
Tuesday, 18 October 2022  at 12:15 - 13:15

Emergency Contraception
Wednesday, 2 November 2022  at 19:00 - 20:00

Face-to-Face Chronic Disease Management - Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Wednesday, 9 November 2022  at 12:30 - 16:00

Face-to-Face Menopause and HRT
Wednesday, 9 November 2022  at 12:30 - 16:00

Face-to-Face Menopause and HRT
Wednesday, 23 November 2022  at 12:30 - 16:00

Diabetic Foot and Its' Complications
Tuesday, 13 December 2022  at 19:00 - 20:00

For further information or to book a place on any of the above courses:

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