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Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) – June 2020 extraction reminder

This is a reminder that the next GP and PCN Workforce data extraction will be taken via the National Workforce Reporting System (NWRS) on 30 June 2020. Providing this crucial data enables workforce planners and trainers to identify when and where staff will be needed, and in the longer term, will serve to benefit your Practice/PCN and local area. Full details are attached.

Safeguarding remains a key priority for healthcare staff during the Covid19 Pandemic.

Attached guidance has been produced to support primary care practitioners in identifying safeguarding children and adult issues during ‘virtual’ consultations.

Safeguarding Week June 22nd to 28th June 2020

For a week beginning Monday 22nd June, Calderdale Safeguarding Adult Board and Safeguarding Children Partnership will bring safeguarding matters directly to you.  Each day will introduce a theme and deliver key messages using online resources:  Full details follow:

Prescribing Support Updated Summary

YH Screening and Immunisation Update – w/c 15th June

The latest Screening and Immunisation Update for W/C 15th June is attached.

Thoughts are turning to preparing for the flu season and we are aware there will need to be adaptations made to how the season is run. Please ensure that you are beginning to have discussions in practices and PCNs to consider ways in which the flu vaccination can be safely delivered this year. We will ensure that potential ways of approaching this are shared to assist with planning

Sleepstation – new web CBT course for sleep improvement and insomnia

Key points:

  • Sleepstation is clinically validated, web based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for sleep improvement and insomnia – designed to overcome insomnia without medication.
  • Provided free of charge to NHS patients. Non-NHS patients can purchase privately.
  • Accessed by the patient through their own smart phone, tablet or computer at a time )
  • Delivered over the internet, not an app.
  • Tailored to each individual, the course typically lasts 6-8 weeks, depending on the needs and circumstances of the patient
  • Consider referring to Sleepstation when a patient
  • complains of sleep problems lasting longer than 4 weeks with impact on next day function.
  • presents with low mood and associated sleep disturbance.
  • When it is desirable to taper a patient off hypnotic medications.

Referrals to be made electronically only: referral form is on Systm1 – to be emailed to tnu-tr.sleepstation@nhs.net   Further details – including patient eligibility and suitability, and a blank referral form, are attached.

How should General Practice consider respiratory issues in a time of COVID-19?

Webinar: Thursday 7 July 2020 : 19:30 – 20:30

Hosted by Primary Care Cardiovascular Society & Thrombosis UK, the webinar is open to all healthcare and allied professionals but will be of particular interest to those working in General Practice and the community, including care homes, and managing patients with a diagnosis or suspected history of COVID-19.

The live webinar will consider new challenges for primary care practitioners in the management of COVID-19 positive patients presenting with respiratory issues. Further details attached Registration FOC: https://thrombosisuk.org/findevent/hcp-events.php (1 CPD credit awarded)

Research Updates

There will be accessible, free content shared online in place of the SAPC conference throughout July. There will also be a limited number of free places made available to general practice staff who wish to attend SAPC 2021

Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Annual Conference

SAPC is “a group of primary care academics – clinicians, educators and health services researchers – championing expertise in research & education whilst driving improvements in primary care services” – https://sapc.ac.uk/about.  

SAPC 2020 was due to be hosted by the University of Leeds in July but this has now been postponed to 30th June – 2nd July 2021; however, the conference will still be marked virtually this year. A booklet of abstracts will be made available to access online, alongside videos and other resources. You can access this content from the week commencing Monday 13th July 2020 by searching #sapcasm or by following SAPC and the Academic Unit of Primary Care on Twitter.

Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial

The Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial is currently the third largest cancer trial in the UK. The study’s June 2020 newsletter is attached.

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