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Telford & Wrekin GP Practice Newsletter
Issue 31


Practice Nurse and HCA Protected Learning Time Event 5th October 2016
Medway is Coming to University Hospitals of North Midlands - EPR Cutover weekend
Mentoring Opportunities for GPs
Knowing the Risks - Alcohol Awareness Week 2016
Salvation Army KiP Information Project
Online Safety Briefings
Queen's Nursing Institute Funding for Men's Health
Survivorship and Supported Self-Care (Living with and Beyond) - Free Course
Enhancing Primary Care Management of Osteoarthritis in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
Tackle Your Health - Free Health Checks for Men
Fast food outlet map published to help local authorities tackle obesity


Practice Nurse and HCA Protected Learning Time Event 5th October 2016

A protected learning time afternoon for practice nurses and HCAs was held on 5th October 2016 at The Whitehouse, Wellington. 

The afternoon’s main focus mirrored the event organised for the GPs and advanced nurse practitioners on the Hot Topic of ‘Improving Cancer Outcomes’, but there were also presentation on national nursing issues, therapeutic gardening referral scheme and tissue viability update.

A huge thank you to over 50 Practice Nurses and HCA’s who attended and participated so enthusiastically in this session. We were fortunate to able to have speakers from a wide range of areas including Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, Community Education Provider Network, Wolverhampton University, Solihull CCG and Tissue Viability lead.

Key messages from the Improving Cancer Outcomes session were;
  • Cancer survival rates are improving but Telford is below the national average and UK is below other comparable countries.
  • Early diagnosis is important so need to take every opportunity to raise awareness
  • Encourage participation in screening programmes to identify cancer early
  • Need to be mindful that more people are with or beyond cancer and need support with their ongoing physical and mental health needs.
Typical comments received about the cancer session included:
“Now more open to cancer diagnosis”
“ Excellent -  enjoyed the interactive game!”  
“ Very motivating presentation to improve local cancer outcomes”  
“ Worrying how many people present with symptoms and are not properly diagnosed ( lung cancer signs and symptoms presentation)
“Cancer messages need to be better addressed with patients”
“Thought provoking, lively and interesting how many lifestyles can contribute to cancer”
“Was really surprised to find out that 1 in 2 of us will get cancer and that 4 out of 10 cancers are preventable”
“ Need to encourage behaviour change at every opportunity ( to prevent and reduce risks of cancer)
Awareness was raised about supporting pre-registration nursing students in general practice placements and support for them via the University for Practice Nurses to become mentors.  Joy Tickle – Tissue Viability Lead discussed new products which could be used as an alternative to pressure bandaging for leg ulcers which patients found easier to wear and manage in the community.

Most people rated the session speakers as excellent or good.

Medway is Coming to University Hospitals of North Midlands - EPR Cutover weekend

The Trust has invested £12.5m in IT, much of this IT investment is infrastructure, but a significant amount, £6.5m, is being invested in Electronic Patient Records. The main system is Medway. Medway will bring huge benefits to the Trust, but before it can go live the Trust needs to switch all its IT systems across over one weekend in November 2016.
This will be referred to as the ‘EPR Cutover weekend’. The complexity of the task may cause some disruption to clinical services as they rely heavily on the Electronic Patient Records system. Once complete they will finally be able to allow the complete sharing of patient records and pathways across the two hospitals. The implementation of the Medway EPR PAS system will take place over the weekend 10-14 November 2016. The Trust will be in contact with you if you are directly affected.
Detailed plans are being drawn up, including rescheduling some elective patients. The Trust is working to ensure robust business continuity plans have been put in place over the cutover period to avoid disruption.
The EPR Cutover Weekend is a significant challenge for the Trust, but once complete will vastly improve access to clinical information.

Mentoring Opportunities for GPs

A reminder for all GP’s of the PAEAN mentoring service that is available:

For all of us there are times when we need support or a challenge to develop ourselves further.  A confidential chat with an empathetic colleague with no vested interest can make a huge, positive difference and keep us in control and enthusiastic. 

Mentors all follow the strictest code of confidentiality and provide an opportunity to share concerns and bounce off ideas.

They are also more than happy to mentor and buddy GP’s who are new to the area or returning to practice.

All mentors are:
  • Local GP’s with knowledge and experience to offer
  • Empathetic and good listeners
  • Appropriately trained and well-practised in mentoring skills
  • Continuously updating and developing their skills
  • Well supported in their role with regular clinical supervision
For further details please refer to the website:


Knowing the Risks - Alcohol Awareness Week 2016 

Alcohol Awareness Week (14th to 20th November) aims to get people thinking about their alcohol consumption and how it affects those individuals, families, communities and society.

Did you know that the use of alcohol is linked to over 60 medical conditions? Harms from alcohol go much further than the liver; it can cause high blood pressure and is also linked to diabetes, depression and cancer.

Alcohol Awareness week is a fantastic opportunity for many different organisations to take part, including GP practices.  Contact Lyn Stepanian (DAAT Co-ordinator) at  if you would like some resources to display in your waiting areas or if you have a plasma screen as a short input can be provided. 

Please take this opportunity to help us raise awareness of the harm caused by alcohol and signpost more people to appropriate help and support.

Salvation Army KiP Information Project

The building which The Salvation Army KiP informaiton project works from on Tan Bank is receiving some essential maintenance work.  This will have a direct impact upon the service.  KiP drop-in and all other services at the Tan Bank office will be closed for at least two weeks as of Wednesday 19th October 2016.
The floating support service will continue, but will be operating from a variety of alternate locations to ensure customers can access support.
Please do not send anyone to KiP on Tan Bank as they will be working on an appointment only basis.  Please email or call to arrange a homelessness support meeting. If when calling, the answerphone kicks in, please do leave a message and somebody will get back to you.
Tel:  01952 256007
Rough Sleepers Line: 01952 259204

Online Safety Briefings

The ever changing nature of online safety means that all practitioners have a need to refresh their knowledge in this key area of safeguarding children.

Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board have arranged some online briefing sessions to enable you to update your knowledge.  

Sessions are arranged for 1st February 2017 and 3rd February 2017.

To learn more about the course content and to find out how to book click here

Queen's Nursing Institute Funding for Men's Health

The Queen's Nursing Institute has announced a new funding opportunity for innovative projects in the community and primary care.

The funding is specifically for projects that aim to improve men's health. 

The deadline for applications is 24 November 2016 and projects will start in 2017. 

The Men’s Health Forum states that on average, more than one in five men is still dying between the ages 16 and 65, and more than two in five before the age of 75 – with death rates amongst men in the poorest areas of the country being even worse. Key areas of concern are heart disease, obesity, cancer, suicide, diabetes and poor lifestyle choices (Men’s Health manifesto 2014).

This is an opportunity for all nurses working across specialities including School Nurses, District Nurses, General Practice Nurses, Health Visitors and many other specialties to consider developing a new initiative to support male clients.

Nurses who would like to discuss their ideas in advance are encouraged to contact Anne Pearson, Director of Programmes, either on email or by phone at 020 7549 1409. 

Funding for this programme has generously been provided by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, which has supported the QNI's practical innovation programmes for a number of years. 

Click here to access the application form and supporting information.

Please let Jane Sullivan know if you have applied for this funding as the CCG would be happy to support you in preparing the application forms etc  and would like to be aware of what is being suggested.  Contact Jane at


Survivorship and Supported Self-Care (Living with and Beyond) - Free Course

This interactive day will provide participants with the practical tools to support people affected by cancer to live as well as they can for as long as they can. Topics will include: 

• Cancer survivorship and developments for supporting people to live well with and beyond cancer 
• Evidence base for and practical application of physical activity and nutrition for cancer survivors 
• Person centred approaches to support people to self-manage 

The course is open to patients, carers, volunteers who are interested in or currently involved in supporting people affected by cancer and people running cancer support and self help groups. 

The course is being held on Thursday 1st December 09:30 – 16:00 Meeting Point House, Telford

To book a place please call:  01904 756410 or email  

Enhancing Primary Care Management of Osteoarthritis
in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

This Practice Nurse Workshop – 2 day programme takes place on Tuesday 22nd November and Tuesday 29th November 2016 and aims to:
  • Provide high quality training on managing osteoarthritis (OA) in the context of chronic disease review clinics.
  • Support the roll out of the JIGSAW OA project across the CCGs, implementing best practice consultations and support for OA.
Full course information and details of how to book can be found  here:

Tackle Your Health - Free Health Checks for Men

Please display the attached poster from Telford & Wrekin Council in your waiting rooms to encourage men between the ages of 30-74 to take up a free health check.

Fast food outlet map published to help local authorities tackle obesity

A map showing the density of fast food outlets has been published by Public Health England (PHE) today, to help in the fight against obesity.

The map is accompanied by data, showing the number of fast food outlets including burger bars, kebab and chip shops within each local authority area and how this compares to the population in each area.  Read more here.

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