SEHSCT – Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Training Directory 2021-2022

This directory outlines a variety of training programmes available to those living and working in the SE area. The learning and development opportunities in this directory are provided by a range of statutory, voluntary, community and charity providers. In addition to taught courses we provide links to a number of apps, online resources and training programmes that you may find useful.[divi_wpfd_single_file _builder_version="4.9.4" _module_preset="default"...

The Help Kids Talk basic awareness training – Dates in May and June 2021

You may have seen recent press coverage on the negative impact of the pandemic on Childrens speech and language development, we would like to share information on free awareness training from ‘Helping Kids Talk’ The Help Kids Talk basic awareness training is suitable for all early years staff and serves as a good basis and also as a refresher on speech, language and communication development. The training describes the link between infant mental health and speech, language and...

PHA – COVID-19 Vaccination & Thrombosis – NI Update 22/4/21 – Dr Claire Corrigan & Dr Gary Benson

This is a professional education video by the Public Health Agency and Consultant Haematologists at the Belfast Trust for GPs.  It provides background information and advice on the optimal management of patients who may present with symptoms suggestive of a thromboembolic event after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. This is a professional resource and not intended for public use. A series of Question and Answer Sessions are planned – if you have any questions please submit...

Tinnitus Support service

Tinnitus Support service provides:   • confidential, one-to-one support • information on tinnitus causes • tips for dealing with stress and anxiety related to tinnitus • tinnitus management strategies • tinnitus management courses and awareness events    Support service is available across Northern Ireland. Courses are currently being delivered online.    028 9592 6095 [divi_wpfd_single_file _builder_version="4.9.4" _module_preset="default"...

GPNI Webinar – Safeguarding young people

The session will be led by Dr Mary Larkin a GP Partner with a special interest in Safeguarding and Ms Charmaine McNally a Social Worker Primary Care Lead in Derry MDTw with a special interest in childhood sexual exploitation.[divi_wpfd_single_file file_params="{%22selected_file_id%22:23909,%22selected_category_id%22:113,%22selected_file_name%22:%22Child Sexual Exploitation presentation for GPNI%22,%22categoryPath%22:%22HSC Updates%22}" _builder_version="4.9.4"...

Rollout of lateral flow testing devices for COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic patient-facing staff in primary care.

 Asymptomatic staff self-testing using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) will be offered to all general practice staff in the next 4-6 weeks on a voluntary basis . This type of testing aims to find asymptomatic cases of COVID 19 by testing patient facing practice staff regularly twice a week. Due to the relatively decreased sensitivity of LFDs compared to PCR, twice weekly testing is required. LFDs are point-of-care and deliver a result in 20mins. This approach to testing has been agreed with...

COVID-19 vaccine (Astrazeneca) and thromboembolic events with concurrent low platelet counts – 20/4/21

 I am writing to you following the CMO letter HSS(MD) 28/2021 (dated 8th April 2021) to outline the operational procedures which should be followed for any patient reporting symptoms suggestive of a blood clot more than 4 days and within 28 days from receiving a dose of Astrazeneca vaccine. The following symptoms suggest the need for urgent medical investigation:   new onset of severe headache, which is getting worse and does not respond to simple painkillers   an unusual headache which...

GPNI Webinar – Vertigo

We are delighted to be joined by the BHSCT ENT team to present a GPNI Clinical Update on the frequently problematic presentation of vertigo in the primary care setting. Extra Video Resources: - https://vimeo.com/543483296 - https://vimeo.com/543483379[divi_wpfd_file_category _builder_version="4.9.4" _module_preset="default" category_id="{%22categoryId%22:%22117%22,%22categoryPath%22:%22ENT Update - Vertigo%22}" hover_enabled="0"...

GPNI Webinar – Stable Angina in Primary Care & RAAC update

The Rapid Angina Assessment Clinic (RAAC) was implemented in 2019 in response to a significant event and to implement NICE CG95 criteria for the investigation of stable angina. This session hosted by Dr Aaron Peace, Consultant Cardiologist, WHSCT and Alana Laverty, Cardiology Network Co-ordinator, HSCB will provide an update for GPs on the service and a clinical update on the management of angina in Primary Care

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.

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