Faye Wood February 4, 2021

Blog 15- Recovery of self and teams

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.

My last blog was 2 months ago. Not because there was nothing to update on workforce but every waking moment seem consumed by Covid Vaccination programme. With the Pfizer Vaccine gaining MHRA approval on 7th of December 2020 to just passing 10million mark of Covid vaccine being administered- its been quite a roller coaster. Thank you to everyone who continues to play a part in the roll out of the vaccination programme as well as core general practice– those in frontline and those behind the scenes. If any frontline health or social care worker have not received their first Covid vaccine dose yet please book thru link here. 

Both Phoenix Programme and Nottinghamshire Alliance of training hub(NATH) have been busy over the last 2 months in delivery of retention initiatives.  

For the Trailblazer fellowship scheme successfully recruited 5 new GPs in Nottinghamshire practice with high deprivation index and the fellows are busy deciding on their project of work and action learning sets- you can find out more about Deepend GP project by contacting Phoenix programme and  if interested in health inequalities listen to Fairhealth podcast and check out the website too For all the GP Trainee in Nottingham and Mansfield training scheme approaching the end of your training please get in touch with Phoenix programme enrol on the New to Practice Scheme– a scheme that helps with smooth transition from AiT to independent practice. 

The Return to Work GP Survival Series begin on 10th February aims to provide a four session programme packed full of top tips to get back into your role during COVID and help you make General Practice sustainable for the long term. Those on maternity leave, each session starts with a 30 minute baby class which will roll into the main ‘GP Survival Session’. 

In my last blog I mentioned about Mid Career PCN fellowship(1 fellow per PCN for 1 session/week)-  PCNs/practices/CDs will be invited to input into the design of their fellowship for innovative projects that would benefit their local population. Please register your interest with Phoenix programme while they conduct local engagement with formal roll out of programme in April. 

NATH has been leading on Multi professional supervision programme for pharmacist and engagement with 3 ICPs. Events also available to book through Eventbrite for NMC supervisor preparation and assessor trainingNATH coordinates student placement as well CPD funding available for nurses and AHP- If you have identified a learning need then please get in touchFurther details available soon on coaching and personal resilience programmes for wider workforce including nurses, PM and AHP.  Anna Davis has set up General practice nursing forum- please contact if you wish to join in. Our aim is to have 1 GPN lead nurse for each PCN. 

Care4Notts website is the new Nottinghamshire ICS Careers Academy Representing Everyone across health & social care for Nottinghamshire. This will be the system’s ‘one stop shop’ for work experience, careers advice and apprenticeships for people wanting to join the health and care sector 

We will be hosting Next generation GP 2021 programme for East Midlands– collaborative programme with  Derbyshire General practice taskforce, Lincolnshire training hub and Leicestershire LMC. 

The Independent Review into Gender Pay gap in medicine in England, chaired by Dame Jane Acre and published in December 2020, identified a pay gap of 24.4% for hospital doctors, 33.5% for GPs and 21.4% for clinical academics. There is much work on this to do nationally alongside terms and conditions for all employees but locally we must build these into our discussions too. On Monday 8 March, Prerana Issar, NHS Chief People Officer and Samantha Allen, chair of the NHS Confederation’s Health & Care Women Leaders Network, will co-host a virtual celebration to mark International Women’s Day(IWD) 2021. #EverydayCourage 

I had the opportunity to meet with the 3 federations to discuss about Local people Plan from primary care perspective and they have been extended an invite to system wide HR and OD collaborative meeting- to provide input from the primary care providers- more on this later. 

Recording of locally held Islam Awareness month is now available – we did not have an opportunity to hold a history month in the last 2 months but we are now building a calendar for the events to follow over a period of next 3 months raising awareness on LGBTQ+  IWD and Disability- get involved! 

Job advert is now out for 2 co- leads and 1 senior administrative lead for Nottingham Primary care Racial Equity and diversity group. Closing date is 19th February- find information here if you wish to find out more then– feel free to contact me if needed 

Individual coaching support is available for all staff delivering frontline primary care services to maintain their psychological wellbeing during this time, offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing and be supported in developing practical strategies for dealing with this. There is also a  new #LookingAfterYourTeamservice will create an opportunity for individuals who lead, manage or organise teams, groups, services or networks, to access coaching about their team. Coaching support is centred around compassionate and collaborative team leadership.  

Also recommend this article by Michael West and Suzie Bailey– Recovery and then renewal– as we look to address the huge backlog of non Covid Work, but first provide the space and support to heal.  

To all those celebrating Chinese New Year 12th February – Year of the Ox – best wishes to you and your loved ones. 

As always