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Practice Nurse Newsletter - April 2019 24th Apr 2019

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019 Dear All Hope this finds you well and you have enjoyed the sun over the Easter break. Attached is the April newsletter, if you would like to be featured in the next newsletter or would like to have something included please let me...

Wessex LMC Update 11th March 2019

Once again I would like to apologise for the number of emails I have sent you in recent days but there is quite a lot going on and all this information is important for you to be aware of. I am sure as time goes by there will be more information coming out about the GP Contract and also the NHS...

Business Continuity Plans

NHS bodies are required to have Business Continuity Plans to cover contingencies such as flood, fire, national disaster, flu pandemics etc. The LMC strongly recommends (whether or not you are an NHS body) that you should have a plan and we have created the following template that you may wish...

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

Please see guidance below that has been taken from the Dispensing Doctors Association (DDA) website in relation to the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): New FMD resources for dispensing & non dispensing practices have finally been published to support implementation of...

Flu 2020/21

Flu 2020/21 - PPE

Flu Clinics and PPE In August 2020, PHE published COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings Infection prevention and control recommendations. We would recommend that practices familiarise themselves with this document for all aspects of patient care....

Flu 2020/21 The Flu Calculator and Overview Guidance

As we know, this year the flu delivery is going to have the added challenges of Covid-19. With this in mind we have produced documents to aid and assist practices with suggestions on looking at the operational aspects of delivering the seasonal flu vaccination programme for 2020/21. This...

Hajj

The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca undertaken by Moslems from all over the world. It is the "Fifth Pillar of Islam" and there is an obligation on every able bodied Moslem who can afford to go, to undertake this pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. In 2008 over 3 million pilgrims visited. The...

HCA Competency Standards

We have received a number of queries from practices where HCAs have been informed they must have an NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification to enable them to be able to give flu vaccinations. This we believe is based on the HCSW Training Standards document 2015 which is attached for information...

Hepatitis B and Occupational Health

This is a complex area and one that keep cropping up. If in doubt after reading this then please contact the office. 1. Is there a requirement under the Regulations to prescribe and administer Hepatitis B vaccination for occupational health purposes? The Regulations requires GPs to manage...

HPV Vaccination

All girls aged 12 to 13 are offered HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. It's usually given to girls in year eight at schools in England. According to Cancer Research UK, cervical cancer is the...

Meningitis B Vaccination Programme

Update from NHS England - Meningitis B Petition and media coverage (19th February 16) Practice staff will be aware that there is currently media coverage regarding a petition to Parliament for all children under 11 to be given Men B vaccine. This has gained impetus following endorsement by Matt...

Patient Specific Directions (PSDs) and Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

Patient Specific Directions (PSDs) The Medicines Act 1968 does not permit nurses who are not qualified prescribers to administer or supply prescription only medicines (POMs) unless one of three types of instruction are in place signed prescription signed Patient Specific Direction...

Porcine Gelatine in Vaccines

The issue of acceptability of vaccines containing porcine gelatine was revisited during the 2013/14 flu season when the childhood flu immunisation programme and the use of Fluenz, which contains porcine gelatine as a stabiliser, was first rolled out. PHE made contact with a range of faith...

Rubella Immunisation for Women of Childbearing Age

From April 2016 antenatal screening for rubella susceptibility for all pregnant women ceased. 'The decision to stop screening follows a review of evidence by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) in 2003 and 2012 which on both occasions found that screening for rubella susceptibility...

Third Party Training & Events - The Nursing Team

The below training links may be of interest for the nursing team. Please do not contact Wessex LMCs about these training events & programmes. These are just being advertised here for your information. Please follow the blue links for information and contact info​​. Asthma & COPD - Education...

Travel Vaccinations

This is taken from and for more detail see: BMA's Focus on Travel Vaccinations Travel immunisations that must be given as part of NHS provision through GMS & PMS Additional Services (i.e. you cannot charge for the following vaccinations) Hepatitis A (infectious Hepatitis) first and...

Vaccines and Immunisations - Guidance for Practices

Patient Group Directions PGDs in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (Wessex) All PGDs can be found at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/south-east/our-work/info-professionals/pgd/wessex/downloads/ PGDs in Bath, Dorset, Swindon and Wiltshire South West -...

Varicella Vaccination

You cannot, as a practice, treat your NHS patients privately and although you could refer to another local practice it is frowned upon by the Competition Commission to have a sort of 'cosy arrangement' set up between you. This could be overcome by ensuring you offer a choice to patients which...