Nursing Team

Avon LMC offer support to all members of the nurse team including clinical queries, role mentor-ship and training requirements.

Exciting News!

The ALMC/ICS/BNSSG Training Hub has been honoured with the National Preceptorship for Nursing Quality Mark by the NHS England National Preceptorship Programme.

A massive THANK YOU to the dedicated Legacy Nurse team, led by Helen and Jenny! Their hard work and commitment in collating the evidence played a crucial role in achieving this prestigious award. ??

This accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without their tireless efforts.


Calling all new General Practice Nurses!

The 12-month programme is being run in conjunction with the Avon LMC, BNSSG Training Hub and the BNSSG Integrated Care Board, and is ideal for nurses who are transferring from other specialties (secondary care, community).  It includes:

Please email legacy.nurses@almc.co.uk for more information.


Revalidation

Revalidation is the process that all nurses and midwives in the UK need to follow to maintain their registration with the NMC, this came into effect from April 2016.

Revalidation is straightforward and will help you as a nurse or midwife demonstrate that you practice safely and effectively. All nurses will have to revalidate every three years to renew their registration.

You will need to submit your application for revalidation online, so it’s very important that you have an NMC Online account. If you haven’t already, you can set up your NMC Online account here.

The NMC also have a microsite which will take you through all the steps to complete.

 

The Requirements

Who can act as a confirmer?

It is for individual nurses and midwives to decide who their confirmer should be. However, we recommend that where possible, a line manager should act as the confirmer.

Where this is not possible, there are a number of alternatives. The NMC resources page can help to identify who.

If you need help or advice regarding revalidation, please get in touch with our nursing team at nursing@almc.co.uk.

Our nursing team can also conduct reflective discussions with you, especially if you are a nurse manager who prefers not to engage in this process with a member of your team.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children

Guidelines for training requirements for primary care staff are set out in the Intercollegiate Document: Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff. The document sets out the required competencies for staff but also gives recommendations for training which are more complex.

Safeguarding Adults

Information relating to Safeguarding can be found on the BNSSG remedy website. All GPs and primary care staff need to ensure that they have adequate training in safeguarding adults which is appropriate to the role. This is quite a complex area which often causes some confusion. The joint colleges produced and intercollegiate document on the roles and competencies for health care staff which gives definitive guidance.


CourseWhoCourse LengthCourse LinksMandatory or Not
Safeguarding Adults – Level 1All Practice StaffMinimum of 2 hours over a 3-year period e-LfH – Safeguarding Adults – Level 1Mandatory: Health Education England
Safeguarding Adults – Level 2This includes GP reception managers, GP practice safeguarding administrators, GP practice managers, clinic reception managers, healthcare students, health care support workers & phlebotomists.Minimum of 3-4 hours over a 3-year periode-LfH- Safeguarding Adults – Level 2

Training, education and learning opportunities should include multi-disciplinary/multi-agency and scenario-based discussion drawing on case studies and lessons from research and audit.
Mandatory: Health Education England
Safeguarding Adults – Level 3 Registered HCPMinimum of 8 hours over a 3-year periodfuturelearn – Safeguarding Adults: Level 3 Training

Training, education and learning opportunities should be multidisciplinary and inter-agency. It should be delivered in manner which encourages personal reflection and may include scenario-based discussion, drawing on case studies, serious case reviews, lessons from research and audit. This should be appropriate to the specialty and roles of the participants
Mandatory: Health Education England
Safeguarding Children – Level 1All practice staffMinimum of 2 hours over a 3-year periode-LfH – Safeguarding Children – Level 1Mandatory: Health Education England
Safeguarding Children – Level 2 This includes GP reception managers, GP practice safeguarding administrators, GP practice managers, clinic reception managers, healthcare students, health care support workers & phlebotomistsMinimum of 4 hours over a 3-year periode-LfH – Safeguarding Children – Level 2

Training, education and learning opportunities should also include multidisciplinary and scenario-based discussion.
Mandatory: Health Education England
Safeguarding Children – Level 3 Registered HCPMinimum of 12 hours over a 3-year periodGPs can request training from BNSSG CCG safeguarding team, please email bnssg.safeguardingadmin@nhs.net for further information.

BNSSGCCG – Level 3 Training for Primary Care Staff

The BNSSG CCG Safeguarding Team have developed an in-house Level 3 Learning Package, which is detailed and can be used to guide self-directed learning. They recommend this package to all practitioners to build safeguarding knowledge and competences.
Mandatory: Health Education England

CQC

CQC offer useful information on a range of subjects. Professor Nigel Sparrow OBE, CQC’s Senior National GP Advisor, clears up some common myths about CQC inspections of GP and out-of-hours services and shares agreed guidance of best practice.

A useful example of the myth busters articles is this one on Advanced Nurse Practitioners.

We also have a useful checklist of common questions asked of Nurses when CQC visit.

The Care Certificate

The Care Certificate is a set of standards that social care and health workers stick to in their daily working life.

It is the minimum standards that should be covered as part of induction training of new care workers, this includes HCAs and phlebotomists

For CQC regulated providers, the Care Certificate is expected of care workers joining health and social care since April 2015. The CQC Inspector Briefing that highlights how they look for evidence in their inspections.

Care Certificate supporting resources

The main materials developed with Health Education England and Skills for Health will be useful.

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with our nursing team at nursing@almc.co.uk.

Advanced Practice

The nurse role has developed within general practice in response to extended clinical and patient demand and workforce issues and have been evolving over the last 20 years. The advanced role is as yet not regulated and tis can cause confusion for nurses, employers and patients. The term ‘Advanced Practice’ defines the level of practice at which the nurse works. Advanced Practitioners are responsible for the safe delivery of a number of defined roles not routinely performed by nurses within primary care, and requires competence in specific areas of knowledge, technical skill, nursing expertise and clinical decision-making.

The RCP /RCN advanced nurse practitioner competencies states that:

“The ANP is an experienced and autonomous registered nurse who has developed and extended their practice skills beyond their previous professional boundaries. The ANP is able to use their expert knowledge and decision making skills, guided by The Code (NMC) in unpredictable situations. This may include managing patients with undiagnosed health care problems and is shaped by the context of their clinical practice”

Department of Health Advanced Practice position statement (2010)

This describes a level of practice, not speciality or role, that should be evident as being beyond that of first level registration.

This focuses on under the following four themes (as agreed by expert practitioners)

The expectation is that nurses working at advanced level will have achieved this during extensive clinical/practice experience and following completion of Master’s level education/learning or its equivalent (for example through Master’s level postgraduate certificates/diplomas).

For further advice please contact our nursing team at nursing@almc.co.uk.

Whilst this advice relates specifically to nursing, primary care has seen the development of advanced practitioners from other professional backgrounds in the past few years; notably Pharmacists, Therapists and Paramedics.

Each professional group should look to their own regulatory body for advice.

Nursing Associate

A Nursing Associate is a novel addition to the nursing team, responsible for providing care and support to patients and service users. This role, operational and regulated in England, seeks to fill the skills gap between Health and Care Assistants and Registered Nurses.

Acting as an independent role in its own right, the Nursing Associate also offers a pathway to graduate-level nursing.

Nursing Associates receive training to work with people across all age groups and in various settings. The aim is for this role to allow registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical tasks.

Once qualified and registered, Nursing Associates will deliver care in a range of health and social care settings. Similar to Nurses and other health professionals, they have the opportunity to broaden their scope of practice through further education and experience.

Nurse leaders in England have issued a joint statement emphasising that the role of Nursing Associates is to support, not replace, nurses. They highlight that having a more highly educated and skilled support staff should enable more effective utilisation of graduate nurse resources.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK sets out the standards of proficiency that all nursing associates must meet.

Non-Medical Prescribing

Independent prescribing by Nurses is an established part of General Practice, it has proved that it enhances safe and effective care.

Over the past few years other professional groups have also qualified as independent prescribers further adding value to the Primary Care team.

Our colleagues at Wessex LMC have kindly shared their guidance for non-medical prescribers in general practice.

Treatment Room Checklist

This section provides suggestions for cleaning schedules, emergency equipment, emergency drugs, fridges and cold chain. Please click on the link to view an example spreadsheet of what is required.

Cleaning schedules

As you can imagine the list in the excel spreadsheet isn’t exhaustive and you may need to add or remove items as appropriate to your Practice. Some equipment will not need to be cleaned as regularly and suitable cleaning products should be used, these will be listed in your IC Policy.

Emergency equipment

Practices need to ensure that they have undertaken a risk assessment to decide what equipment they have available and how this is maintained. They will also need to demonstrate:

The guidance below relates to Regulation 12 ‘Providers must make sure that the premises and any equipment used is safe and where applicable, available in sufficient quantities’

Emergency drugs

There is no definitive answer on what emergency drugs should be available. Practices need to ensure that GPs/Nurses have the training, knowledge and skills to manage emergencies. The list of emergency drugs on the spreadsheet is not “exhaustive and/or mandatory” contents and or omissions would however need to be justified.

Guidance relating to this can be found in the link below, including bags used for home visits.

Fridges

Here is a short list of what to be aware of:

Public Health England (PHE) have published guidance regarding ordering, storing and handling vaccines.

Cold chain

All staff involved in the ordering, delivery and administering of vaccines should be fully aware of the importance of the cold chain and have received training.

Only cool boxes specifically designed to transport vaccines should be used.

All staff should be aware of what to do if there has been a break in the cold chain and this should be recorded as a significant event.

Further guidance can be found:


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