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Primary Care Nurse Forum

As a committee we are all very excited (as we hope you are) that the future holds an exciting platform for practice nursing teams working within Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to ensure the success of the forum. 

The organising committee are committed to the forum meetings being driven by what you want, so if you have any ideas please let us know.

Penny Sibthorp – penny.sibthorp@nhs.net
Mark Pears – mark.pears@nhs.net
Kate Allen – kate.allen17@nhs.net
Emily Reed – emily.reed1@nhs.net
Jackie Brumpton – jacqueline.brumpton@nhs.net 
Nicola Tipton – nicola.tipton2@nhs.net 

Primary Care Nurse Forum - Virtual

2 December 2020

Screening and Immunisation team - Introduction to the EoE screening and immunisation team with an opportunity to discuss issues ask questions regarding immunisation programmes including the current flu season.  

Social Prescribing - understand positive impacts social prescribing can have for our patients. An opportunity to meet the Connect for Health Leads. 
Society’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health. Ipswich & East CCG Connect for Health social prescribing programme assists individuals to find non-clinical solutions to improve their own health and wellbeing.

Respiratory support for Primary Care 

Virtual Group Consultations – what are they and how do they work? 

After the break, an opportunity to join main Educational event covering the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and The Diabetic Foot

Forum Agenda (2pm - 3.30pm)

If you are new to MS Teams, we recommend you join using a desktop or laptop computer with a camera. Being able to see everyone helps make the session a little more user-friendly and sociable.

A reminder that the nurse forum is open to all Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Nursing Associates, Assistant practitioners and Student nurses working in primary care in Ipswich and east Suffolk.

Primary Care Nurse Forum - Virtual

12 November 2020

My Annual Health Check Saved My Life’ - Supporting Access to healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

LD Liaison nurses Jerry Newman and Jackie Hammond joined us for an interactive overview of the importance of annual health checks, with examples of real situations, including hearing from people with learning disabilities about the positive impact on their health and wellbeing, and discussion about how the learning disability nursing team can support you.

Smoking & Covid 19 - The Impact of the pandemic on Smokers and smoking services

Public Health Suffolk's Emma Regan and Julie Newman from One Life Suffolk provided an update on the smoking cessation service and answered your questions.

Full agenda

Primary Care Nurse Forum - Virtual

7 October 2020

"Type 2-diabetes? Don't just treat it... try and cure it!" - Dr Chris Barclay

We also welcome Tabitha Griffin to consider the Mental Capacity Act and the importance of informed consent during flu clinics.

View Agenda for more information.

Virtual Nurse Forum

9 July 2020

As a community of nurses and the forum gives us the platform through which together we can support each other, reflect, learn and look forward. 

The ‘Virtual Forum’ (run via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 9 July as part of the CCG shutdown educational afternoon, followed the main educational meeting with Respiratory Consultant J Douse, discussing Coronavirus. The nurse forum programme continued from 3.15pm with a focus on sharing experiences, ideas and getting creative. Plus Debbie Watson founder of ‘Wednesday’s Child’ joined us to tell us about the service.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

Virtual Nurse Forum

6 May 2020

via MS Teams

Primary Care Nurse Forum

6 February 2020

Agenda (download)                     

Practical Mindfulness – Short introduction to Mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into every day activities - Amanda Bennett (Primary Care Nurse Educator Lead) 

Suffolk GP Federation Nursing update - Catriona McCullum (Clinical Lead Nurse Suffolk GP Federation)

Primary Care Networks overviewSally Harris (Primary Care Educator)                  

Showcasing and celebrating the Year of Nurse and Midwife and Leading the way in showcasing primary care nursing locally - Sally Harris and Amanda Bennett

Practice Nurse Forum - Wound Care and Respiratory

6 November 2019

Trinity Park

Agenda include respirstory update with consultant Dr Jonathan Douse, ESNEFT and Below the knee wound care with Emma Williamson, award-winning practice nurse from Bury St Edmunds.


Wound Prevention and Treatment: one-stop clinic for leg ulcers - Emma Williamson

Adult Respiratory Guidelines: Asthma and COPD - Jonathan Douse

Primary Care Nurse Conference

11 September 2019

Holiday Inn London Road Ipswich, 09.00 – 17.00

Take a look at Sally's summary of Your Key Reflections from the Conference.

Primary Care Nurse Conference from NHS North East Essex CCG on Vimeo.


Karen Storey addresses the Primary Care Nursing Conference from NHS North East Essex CCG on Vimeo.

Practice Nurse Forum - Dementia

20 June 2019

The educational training at our June Forum will be around Dementia.

When: 2pm - 5pm (lunch from 1pm)
Where: Trinity Park Events Centre

Dementia Together presentation June 2019

Hazel's Story

Practice Nurse Forum - Infection Prevention & Control

4 April 2019

When: Thurs 4 April, 2.15pm - 5pm
Where: Trinity Park, Nacton suite

Sharing together session followed by educational topic: Infection Prevention and Control.  Julia Shields is the CCG's lead nurse for infection control, giving an update on key messages.

Download presentation: Infection Prevention and Control

View Flyer and Agenda

Wednesday 13 February - Practice Nurse Forum

13 February 2019

When: Wednesday 13 February 2019
Where: Holiday Inn Orwell, Ipswich

AGENDA includes :

What does the CCG and NHS England General Practice Nursing 10 point action plan offer and mean?  Interactive session providing you with the opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of how the CCG operates in the local health care landscape and the positive implications of the General Practice Nursing 10 point plan in developing a confident and capable general practice workforce. 

One Life Suffolk - how can you use healthy lifestyle service to improve patient care? Update on the current services including Making Every Contact Count and the Diabetes Prevention Programme.

February Forum Agenda

Thursday 15 November - Practice Nurse Forum

15 November 2018

Wound care and dressings training - interactive session aimed to increase your confidence in wound care - Tralee Lashley, specialist nurse Download slides

Update on the NMC nursing standards - update of the changes to; proficiency, nursing and midwifery education, student supervision and assessment, standards for pre-registration programmes - Rachel Heathershaw, University of Suffolk Download slides

Student placements and Mentorship - how it works in everyday practice - Mark Pears, Practice Nurse Lead, Two Rivers Medical Centre

November Agenda

Wed 10 October - Practice Nurse Forum Conference

10 October 2018

We are delighted to have launched our Practice Nurse Forum with our conference on 10 October 2018 at Trinity Park, 2.15pm - 5pm.

Our agenda for October had an educational theme where we welcomed the Primary Care Development Manager Julie White from the Primary Care Training Hub and Louise Smith from Macmillan Cancer unit at Ipswich Hospital. The final session was aimed at thinking how we can be responsive and creative to help us develop and change practice!

October Agenda

Primary Care Nursing Today and Tomorrow - Training Hub Julie White slides

Feedback, evaluation and reflection

The aim of the  Ipswich and East Suffolk Primary Care Nursing Forum meetings is to create an environment where you feel supported to exchange best practise; share/learn together through access to relevant educational updates; as a resource for networking and peer support and serve as a platform to create a strong empowered practice nurse presence within Ipswich.

It is essential that we receive your feedback on the events, so we would ask you to please complete the paper evaluation document before you leave. 

In addition there is also a link to a personal reflective document, which reflects the requirements for your NMC revalidation.

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