Spirometry in Primary Care: Guidance on reinstating spirometry

Restoration of spirometry is a key step in managing respiratory disease, ensuring the correct diagnosis and therapeutic / referral interventions. Regrettably due to COVID provision of spirometry in primary / community settings has greatly reduced or ceased. This needs to be addressed with a matter of urgency to limit patient harm, whilst talking opportunities learnt from COVID to deliver better care. Attached are two documents, one from the Association for Respiratory Technology and...

GPNI Webinar – Ophthalmology webinar

Resources Ophthalmology Referral Pathway - https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/pdf/Ophthalmology%20Referral%20Pathway%20Poster%20for%20N%20Ireland%20Sept%202020.pdf  BERT score: managing patients with flashes and floaters https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/pdf/BERT_score.pdf  General Resources https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/2485.htm   NI Pears Scheme http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/eyes/ Accredited NI PEARS Practices - https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/nipears.htm   PAEDIATRIC...

Principles for COVID-19 Vaccination in Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology for Clinicians (Version 2, 27th January 2021)

​ All patients should be encouraged to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines. This is regardless of their treatment regimen or underlying diagnosis. The benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks and by having the vaccine, this will reduce the risk of developing severe complications due to COVID-19. Vaccinations will be offered in line with the prioritisation criteria from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) (please see the prioritisation section below)....

NORTHERN AREA URGENT CARE SERVICES DIRECTORY

 NORTHERN AREA URGENT CARE SERVICES DIRECTORY Direct Access for GP Practices: Same-day Advice, Assessment & Treatment Plan  Urgent Care : An illness or injury that requires urgent attention but is not a life-threatening situation  ​[divi_wpfd_single_file _builder_version="4.9.4" _module_preset="default" file_params="{%22selected_file_id%22:24131,%22selected_category_id%22:113,%22selected_file_name%22:%22Directory of Urgent Care Services Antrim Version...

Long Covid Guidance for AHPs

Click on the link below to view the range of webinars and resources currently available for AHPs. You can view the webinars and also download the presentation slides. The topics include fatigue, sleep, chronic pain, respiratory implications. AHP Webinars - Long Covid Webinars (pagetiger.com)

HSCQI- Learning from Covid

Staff psychological wellbeing has been a major concern during the pandemic. Dr Claire Loughrey will be one of the speakers at this "share the learning" event. She will be speaking on "Peer support in Primary Care". The session is hosted via ZOOM and you need to register to join the event. For more information contact [email protected]

Inclusion Health NI

In September 2020, an Inclusion Health Research Group was established at Queen’s University Belfast.  They have been building relationships with those interested in this work in Northern Ireland and wish to create a learning platform to engage a wider audience both in Northern Ireland and further afield.  For more information, and to view their seminar series video recordings, click on the link below. This is open to all health care...

GPNI Webinar – Social Inequalities & COVID-19

Dr Sarah Donnelly, Co-Director of Professional Masters in Social Work and Assistant Professor in Social Work, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD.  Start time - 02:28Mary McManus, East Belfast Independent Advice Centre Start time - 20:15Ann Friel, Health Care Coordinator & Assistant Project Manager, Donegal Travellers Project  Start time - 36:05Gavin Davidson, Professor of Social Care & Claire McCartan, Research Fellow, School of sciences, Education and...

Protected: LAUNCH OF COVID RECOVERY TOOLKIT

The Regional Workforce Wellbeing Network is delighted to close MH Awareness week on Friday 14th May 2021 at 11.30-1pm by launching the Covid-19 Staff Recovery Toolkit. We are delighted that Minister Swann will launch the toolkit and very grateful to  Professor Michael West (Kings Fund) for joining us for a webinar on “Staff Recovery & Wellbeing – Transforming HSC for the Future.” The webinar will be hosted by Project ECHO NI on the link https://echo.zoom.us/j/97264868571 and all staff...

GPNI have brought together a large multi-disciplinary working group to generate and collate the most up to date and relevant information for Northern Ireland Primary Care.  Below you will find important updates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic along with primary care specific guidance.  This is a developing resource which will be updated as new information and guidelines become available.

If you would like to contribute to GPNI you can email our editorial team on [email protected] we are a multi-disciplinary team and welcome contributions from all elements of primary care.