PSNC News for pharmacy staff

Free access to for community pharmacists  (


Community pharmacists increasingly need quick access to current clinical guidelines when they are dealing with prescription queries, conducting MURs or providing new clinical services.

Access to provides:

  • all guideline summaries from the Guidelines handbook
  • the complete archive of articles from the Guidelines in Practice monthly journal
  • the latest QOF indicator tables and links to guidance from NICE, SIGN and DH
  • a video section aimed at healthcare professionals and for sharing with patients
  • the option to receive emails from regarding new content, events, webcasts, and product updates
  • events listings (free workshops and pay-to-attend events)
  • additional educational resources, including CPD action points and horizon scanning.

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Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing

Department of Health

Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing
This vision and service model builds on ‘Compassion in practice’, the national vision for nurses, midwives and care staff. It was developed by a strategic partnership of the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board Authority, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, alongside district nurse leaders and practitioners. It sets out the foundations of district nursing services, the developments and innovations that ensure services can meet current and future needs, and the district nurse-led team contribution to providing care and support in the community, including peoples’ homes. It aims to be a resource for those designing and providing local community health services, including nurse leaders, health and wellbeing boards, clinical commissioning groups, and others with an interest in developing integrated care for older people.

Primary Care Commissioning: News, events and elearning opportunities

primary care commissionExtract from the website of Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) … “provides trusted, practical support to commissioners and providers of health and care services including training, development and expert advice.

Our events, elearning and information services enable better value for the NHS, better business processes, better informed healthcare strategies and better outcomes.

We are a community interest company, a form of not-for-profit social enterprise.”

NEW Resources featuring ‘The Productive Series’

The Productive Series: Releasing Time to Care™ – is a programme developed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to help front-line staff spend more time on patient care, reduce waste and improve efficiency. The Government aim to introduce the Productive Ward methodology into 100% of Acute, Mental Health, Community Hospital wards and Community Services teams by 31st March 2014. The Productive Series programmes have already been adopted by a high percentage of organisations and front line teams are using the tools and methodology to improve care, increase the time spent with patients, deliver process efficiencies and financial savings.

See for more information

Community News

Visit our Community News page at http://

There’s something for community nurses, health visitors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, dental teams, and those who work in mental health areas and with drug and alcohol patients.

Steve Collman is the Community Outreach Librarian so please contact him if you have any literature search requests or would like some training in this area.  Steve can be reached by email at

If you feel there are any topics that could be added to this page please let us know. You can add your comments at the foot of this post.

Making it real: marking progress towards personalised, community based support

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Making it real: marking progress towards personalised, community based support
This programme sets out what people who use services and carers expect to see and experience if support services are truly personalised. They are set of “progress markers” that can help an organisation to check how they are going towards transforming adult social care. The aim of the programme is for people to have more choice and control so they can live full and independent lives.

Pritchard E, Gidman J.; British Journal of Community Nursing, March 2012

Br J Community Nurs. 2012 Mar;17(3):119-2, 124.

Effective mentoring in the community setting
by Pritchard E, Gidman J.

Source: East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield, Cheshire


As nurses, we are expected to demonstrate the linking of theory to practice, undertake continuous assessment and to facilitate reflective practice. Literature suggests that the majority of mentors feel unprepared for the role and lack confidence in their ability to support students (Duffy, 2004). The main challenges facing mentors are understanding the needs of each individual and adapting and developing strategies in order to support them effectively. Whilst there is a major cognitive / intellectual component to mentorship both student and mentor often experience difficulties with these aspects of their roles (Moseley and Davies, 2008).  By recognizing the need to gain insight into the students individual needs mentors will be able to identify any concerns and develop action plans in order to alleviate them.

Available in fulltext at EBSCOhost 

Infection: prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

This guideline provides a blueprint for the infection prevention and control precautions that should be applied by everyone involved in the care of people who are having treatment or care either in their own home or elsewhere in the community (for example, in a care home, a GP surgery, health centre, school or prison and by the ambulance service) where NHS healthcare is provided or commissioned.

NEW Journal Watch

If you visit our Community page, you will see the latest newsfeed to be added, entitled Journal Watch, put together by Richard Leman.  Thirty years ago Richard became a general practitioner in Banbury.  “For the last ten years he has written down personal comments on the main general medical journals, first of all for his immediate colleagues, soon after for the Oxford University Department of Primary Care, and over subsequent years for an ever-growing readership throughout the world.”

Under the CEBM banner, Richard continues to regularly look at individual journals like The Lancet and BMJ, then summarises some of the most interesting articles. This should be of particular interest to GPs.

Extract from CEBM at

Community pain staff move to a new location

Extract from The Staff Communications Bulletin

The Community Pain Service are moving on 20 January 2012
The Community Pain Service are moving from Weston Clinic on Friday 20 January 2012 to Waters Green Medical Centre on Monday 23 January 2012.

New address and contact details:
PCT Room 3, 3rd Floor, Waters Green Medical Centre
Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6JL

01625 264181