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Staffordshire Training Hub Bulletin
Issue 40, 21 June 2022
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Staffordshire Training Hub Go Live!

General Practice Nurse Update on
Thursday, 16th June 2022

It was fantastic to see over 60 delegates at what has been our very first face-to-face event post-COVID.  We hope all participants enjoyed the day as much as we did!

Further face-to-face events planned for later this year, look out for the announcements in the Bulletin!


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The GP and the Veteran - Veteran Friendly GP Practice Accreditation

Armed Forces Day - Saturday 25th June 2022
Have you ever asked yourself how many veterans are part of your GP practice? Are military veterans a special patient group?

Through toolkits and an accreditation scheme the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is working to address issues related to specific health needs of ex-military patients.

Recognising that veterans have specific medical needs is the first step to providing healthcare to this group of patients.  The RCGP has produced a Veterans' Healthcare Toolkit containing guidance on how to manage veterans’ healthcare needs as well as advice on how to care for patients who may have been affected by their service careers.

The toolkit covers:

  • the duty of the NHS to the armed forces community, including the Armed Forces Covenant
  • services for veterans, provided by NHS and other groups
  • how to request a patient’s service medical records.

The RCGP is also working alongside NHS England to accredit practices as ‘Veteran Friendly’. This is a simple process where practices are required to meet specified criteria and provide evidence that they are supportive of veterans’ healthcare.

To find out more about becoming an accredited practice, please Click Here

Wellbeing Corner

Quote chosen by Nav Chappell, Staffordshire Training Hub Manager

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Denise has worked for the NHS for approximately 10 years and is a member of the Improvement Directorate EDI Group.  She is going to share her experience with IVF, miscarriage and beyond and how we can support our colleagues to break down barriers in allowing people to seek support.  She is passionate about how we can use lived experiences to learn from each other and how to be a more understanding colleague and friend.
To register click here

How Fit - Home Wellbeing and Fitness

FREE Small Steps to Feeling Good Booklet
‘How Fit’ – Small Steps to Feeling Good is a NHS approved website with lots of hints, tips and exercises to do for free in your own home.  There are three levels of exercises, so you can choose a level that suits your own fitness best!
Exercise makes you feel happy and healthy, so why not explore the website at Small steps to feeling good at or save a copy of the booklet

Support Resource for Ukrainians living in the UK
‘Ukrainians Welcome’ is a joint initiative of British organisations fighting slavery and human rights. The website is funded by the Freedom Fund and its purpose is to provide useful information on the safety and life of displaced Ukrainians in the UK as a whole.
The website, available in three languages (English, Ukrainian and Russian), offers advice and support to Ukrainians regarding health, travel, legal housing, finances and much more.
For further information or to save the website to your ‘favourites’, please click on the following link:

GP Update
Understanding Marginalised Groups Access to Primary Care

Doctors of the World (DOTW), an independent humanitarian movement working in the UK and abroad, is working with University College London and the NHS to gain a better understanding of the issues facing socially excluded and marginalised groups when accessing GP practices in England. 

We are conducting an on-line survey and interviews with GP staff (including reception staff, managers, clinical staff) across England to hear your perspectives on the challenges that socially excluded groups (including people experiencing homelessness, people with irregular or insecure immigration status, people who sell sex and members of the Roma, Gyspy, and Traveller communities) may experience when trying to access primary care.

Part of this work will feed into redesigning the
DOTW UK Safe Surgeries initiative, a training and toolkit for GP practices to support and provide accessible care and your answers will contribute to a better understanding and support the needs of these groups within your community and GP practice. 
Please complete our 5 minute survey
here by 1st July 2022. 
If you’re interested in participating in a short online interview, please contact Kerrie at to organise a time that is convenient for you. 

Nurses Update
New Royal College of Nursing Publication

Some of you will know this has been in development for some time!

Now published within the section on The role of nursing staff in public health

see; NMC standards aligned to the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF)

The main purpose is to help support more placements for pre-registration students in public health see this blog here Student Nurse Placements with a Public Health Team and help student nurses develop public health skills, not just against platform 2!

Staffordshire and National Activity

Keele Physician Associate Student Placements in General Practice

The Masters, Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate studies at Keele University is now firmly established and receives a large number of applicants, such is the success of our course.   This course is not the same as the North Staffordshire GP Federation Internship programme which is for post qualification PA's who have qualified from a course like Keele already.
One reason for the success is that students enjoy early clinical exposure in General Practice. We place students close to their home to reduce travel and keep them at the same practice for the two years of the course. This builds relationships and supports retention post qualification. Our evidence is that someone living and working locally is more likely to want to remain at the practice so an important part of this is a geographical spread of practices. We are working with the North Staffordshire GP Federation to support local PAs graduating from the Keele course into General Practice with the option to facilitate this through the ARRS route.

We want to gradually expand our numbers and therefore need more practices to take PA students across the whole Staffordshire Training Hub area for the January 2023 start. There is a medical student tariff attached to the placements.

The commitment required is:
  • Year one:   involves one day a week, a Tuesday for 22 weeks in 3 blocks
  • Year two:   a full time block of 6 weeks in the Autumn (year 1 and 2 don't overlap).

Can you offer a placement at your Practice?

The students are very keen and supervision is not onerous so if you're interested in offering a PA a place please get in touch for an initial discussion or meeting. It's a great way to develop your own PCN or practice PA for the future.
Please contact Dr Alwyn Ralphs for further information

Learning Disability Awareness Event

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare will be holding the annual Primary Care/GP event on Thursday 23 June 22,1830-2100Hrs. 

Please click on the links below for further event information:

A team’s link is located on the poster and attendees do not need to sign up to the event in advance.

Previous Bulletin Round-up

Please click here to view last weeks Staffordshire Training Hub Bulletin
which included the following:
  • Additional First Contact Practitioner (FCP) Roadmap Supervisor Verification Course Dates: Midlands Primary Care School have released further course dates for the FCP Roadmap Supervisor Qualification (RMSV) course in August and September 2022.
  • ACP MSc Funding Applications: Last call to make applications before the closing date of Thursday, 30 June 2022
  • Safeguarding Learning Together Week:  Courses open to all from Monday, 27 June to Friday, 1 July 2022 on the subject of Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • New e-LfH Programme on Breast Cancer Primary Prevention: The programme features one module which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is aimed at Primary Care staff including GPs, nurses pharmacists, and allied health professionals.
External Provider Events

Face-to-Face Event
Menopause and HRT

Speaker  Dr Joanne Ritchie, Consultant Gynaecologist

Date:  Wednesday, 23 Nov 22 at 1230-1600Hrs

 Venue:  Hadley Park House Hotel Hadley Park East, Telford TF1 6QJ
The following areas will be covered:

The diagnosis of the menopause
Understanding of premature ovarian insufficiency
Understand the different HRT preparations


Refreshments and light lunch provided
Click Here to Book
This is a ticket only event due to limited numbers  

You will need to use your NHS email address to register

FREE Training Events
Thinking Beyond the HbA1c
Thursday, 7 July 2022 at 19:00 - 20:00

Breast Cancer and Alternatives to HRT
Wednesday, 13 July 2022 at 12:15 - 13:15

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
Wednesday, 13 July 2022 at 19:00 - 20:00

Contraception for Specific Population
Thursday, 1 September 2022 at 12:15 - 13:15

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

Menopause and HRT
Thursday, 8 September 2022  at 14:30 - 16:00 

Self-harm Awareness Training (Safeguarding)
Monday, 12 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

Lessons Learnt - Safeguarding Adult Reviews
Thursday, 13 October 2022  at 19:00 - 20:00

Self-neglect and Safeguarding
Tuesday, 18 October 2022  at 12:15 - 13:15
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