Archive of: 2015

  • East Midlands General Practice Nurse Training Programme – BOOK NOW

    In October 2012, the East Midlands BSc / PGCert in Practice Nursing was developed to address the challenges facing recruitment of General Practice Nurses (GPNs). The programme offers a ‘way in’ for nurses wanting to make the transition from other areas of nursing into general practice whilst also giving GP employers the confidence to employ nurses with little or no previous experience as GPNs.

    De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester currently delivers this competency based package of learning that takes just 40 weeks to complete. There are 17 taught, face to face days, with the majority of learning taking place in the workplace. Successful completion results in nurses being equipped with the knowledge and skills they require to quickly and effectively contribute to the general practice team. Evidence of training, supervision and competence ensures that standards and targets can be met with regards to CQC requirements, QOF and nurse revalidation.
    Every year around 50 nurses are offered places on the programme. Teaching starts twice yearly in January and September and the 17 taught days are delivered on site at DMU.

    The programme is subsidised by Health Education East Midlands – a contribution is required from the General Practice employer of £500 for each eligible student. The cost covers basic training in all aspects of general practice nursing and also includes cervical screening training, immunisation and vaccination, sexual health and contraception, wound care and basic management of long term conditions.

    For further information see links below:

    For further information see links below

    Nomination Form
    Developing you and your career
    Equipping Nurses for General Practice

    Please complete the nomination form and return to Gill Beardmore at or call 07860 757 408 to discuss informally over the phone.

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  • Controlled Drugs

    The Controlled Drugs regulations 2013 require that each NHS England region has a Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer.

    Samantha Travis is the Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer for NHS England – North Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire & Staffordshire).

    It is her responsibility to ensure the safe and effective use of controlled drugs within local organisations across NHS England North Midlands. In short, the Accountable Officer must ensure that;

    • A controlled drugs local intelligence network is in place.
    • Adequate destruction arrangements are in place for controlled drugs.
    • The prescribing of controlled drugs is monitored and audited and good prescribing practice is promoted.
    • Request periodic declarations from GPs and providers of dental, nursing or midwifery services.
    • Manage direct reporting of incidents relating to primary care.
    • Arrangements are in place to inspect premises, which are not visited by other regulatory bodies e.g. CQC, GPhC.

    The Accountable Officer also has an obligation to record concerns regarding individual’s management of controlled drugs, to assess and investigate those concerns and to take appropriate action if those concerns are well founded.

    ALL health care professionals have a statutory duty to report any incidents, errors or concerns, however minor, regarding the management of Controlled Drugs. In the first instance you are advised to contact Samantha Travis with all incidents, queries or concerns relating to controlled drugs management.

    Samantha Travis is supported in this role by:

    • Margaret Farrow-Johnson, Controlled Drugs Support Officer for Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire
      Tel: 0113 824 9774
    • Selina Utting, Controlled Drugs Administration Support (NHS England North Midlands)
      Tel: 0113 825 5479

    A Memorandum of Understanding between NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Safe Use of Controlled Drugs is in place.

    You can also contact one of your CCG Medicines Management colleagues who will also be able to help or signpost you:

    CCGs in Nottinghamshire

    • NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG, NHS Nottingham North & East CCG, NHS Nottingham West CCG and NHS Rushcliffe CCGCoral Osborn, Senior Prescribing and Governance Adviser.
    • Nottingham City CCGMindy Bassi, Assistant Director of Medicines Management
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