Ginger Root November 30, 2020

Blog 14- A bit of Optimism

Dr Sonali Kinra is our ICS lead for GP Retention. This is her monthly blog series where she gives an insight into her role and more.

Optimism is  not the denial of the current state. It’s a belief that the future is bright. I have been listening to Simon Sinek’s  podcast  and would highly recommend it. With progress being made on  Covid  Vaccination there’s a bit of optimism and we must all play our part in delivering this mammoth task and continue to encourage and engage with our population to work alongside us to gain maximum coverage.  

2 big  funding  announcements this month. We have agreed our Transformation funding and I am delighted to see the system leadership wanting to invest in reducing health inequalities (Trailblazer fellowships) and  Mid career  fellowship schemes, Multi professional supervision scheme while continuing to invest in Roving PM and Trainee transition scheme amongst others. Some of these programme are already in progress and for  Mid Career  schemes we will be holding open events soon- get in touch with  Phoenix Programme  to register your Interest.  

The other announcement came from NHSE on  General practice  Covid  expansion funding.   Plans are being finalised urgently to ensure this funding reaches you in General practice and again due consideration is being given to extra resources required in those areas of need  (determined by indices of deprivation and ethnicity).  

We also came to the end (of the beginning) of our  CARE leadership programme  for our GP nurses, community and care home nurses. It was an emotional celebratory event with nurses who had been on a journey of discovery of the leaders in themselves and willing to take the next step forward. They have exciting projects planned on Makaton  training ,  Insulin delivery in Residential care home, Reasonable adjustments for patients with learning disability  & more- beaming with pride watching their  achievements.  Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hubs  will put these  nurses in touch with their respective Clinical Directors – These nurses are a crucial part of your MDT- please give them an opportunity to lead within PCN. We will continue to support them through action learning sets.  

I attended People and Culture board development session where  Nicole Atkinson  and  Rosa Waddingham  presented a paper on the direction of travel of clinical leadership in Nottinghamshire ICS. Work continues to ensure clinically led decisions continue to be made and in a collaborative fashion.  

I attended my first RCGP Council as Nationally elected member. Hussain Gandhi has been  producing his    summaries on RCGP Council  since he was elected 1 year ago-worth a read.  You  may also want to read Margaret  Mccartney’s  presented  motion on GP Appraisal  and all parts were passed.  I am keen to push for RCGP  engaging  more in a  2 way  dialogue  with  it’s  members and if you have any ideas please do get in touch.  

Every month I chair the Primary care Workforce Group (PCWG) meeting and this month we reviewed our workforce data from  NHS digital– thank you to our practice managers who continue to upload this data.  Our FTE GP Numbers and Nurses in  Nottingham  show we are retaining our workforce-  thanks to YOU and contributions from Phoenix Programme, NATH and our leaders.  However we are concerned  that lots of people are on the verge of burnout  please reach out for help and support-  resources on  NHS Practitioner health programme  and Nottinghamshire  LMC Wellbeing page.  

Locum  GPs  are concerned regarding access to  Covid  Vaccination.  Nottinghamshire LMC is collating details of all locums so drop them an email Also they have recently launched  Nottinghamshire  Medical chambers and you can join by emailing  

Action plan from 1st  Nottingham ICS Symposium on Racial Equity and Diversity is now available  here  for you to comment. We want to hear your feedback-  an action plan is only as good as the people who wish to take ownership and it delivers tangible outcomes. Please get involved in this discussion.  

Primary care racial equity and diversity  Whatsapp  group is now up and active, if you wish to be a part contact me. We will be out with advert soon for clinical and non-clinical leads-Please apply    

Taking forward our promise on History Months- we have organised Islam Awareness event for 1st  December. Booking  here  and you will be able to watch it  here  post event.  Also  to mark UK Disability History Month I want to hold Q and A event or interview- please get in touch if you can help us.  

We have 3 federations in our system (NCGPA, Partners in health and PICS) all in a different level of maturity but over the years have developed trusted relationship with their members. I spoke in my last blog about  People’s plan  and how we will implement it in Primary Care. The Federations have been instrumental in supporting and embedding the additional roles in Primary care Networks- I have organised to discuss  how  PCWG  can work with them building on  values and behaviours which impact Culture of our workplaces and directly impacts retention.  

I  attended  Nottingham CCGs AGM last month- listening to all that has been achieved is heart-warming. Rightly so the AGM was as much about accountability as it was about gratitude.  

Nottingham University Hospitals  is  hosting a leadership fellow,”¯Rebecca Jones  with a remit to scope, review and develop a framework for evaluating  Late career retention across the Integrated Care System. She  is holding a hackathon on  Late Career retention  for nurses(including primary care), midwives and AHP(including primary, community and social care). We will take learning from it and build on similar event for GPs and PMs.  

Nish  Manek  interviewed me for Next Gen  podcast  giving me an opportunity to share about my background, values and my hope for the future.  Always open to feedback.  

For all those celebrating  GuruPurab, Hanukah, Christmas,  Hogmanay stay safe.    

Take care of yourself and take care of each other.    

As always