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NewsAudit Department Latest News  16 Jan 2018


SNOMED – Systematised Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terms
Primary Care will be using SNOMED CT from the 1st April 2018. The new browser replaces our familiar coding systems Version 2 and CTV 3. The change will benefit both patients and clinicians and enhance the already available Electronic Shared Record. This is the only coding system suitable for all Health Organisations that deliver Health Care and is used Globally opening up the doors for further research.
I have now completed the six planned “Overview” sessions. 167 delegates attended and the feedback was really positive. Here is a small sample of the positive comments:
“Very helpful. It made the transition a lot less scary, thank you”.
“Found this very helpful and gave us more information to take back to our practices”
“As always explained very clearly, excellent”
“Another very good and informative presentation thank you”
“We now have the knowledge to be able to plan ahead the work required to update own searches, protocols and templates, thank you”
If there is enough demand we will consider delivering another session at Witham, please register an interest
GDPR – General Data Protection Requirements
Having attended a conference in Manchester earlier this month and with practices rightfully having concerns about the change, we are in the process of organising an initial training session for January/February to give a general overview of requirements.
 A second follow-up session will be delivered by myself in April to ensure you have covered all the requirements.
These updates include Data Security. The following document is available on website which may also help
If you wish to register an interest please email myself on
Seasonal Influenza Programme
Please remember all patients who you consider to be at risk, but who do not have one of this year’s clinical risk Read codes in their clinical record, will require both the 9OX4. Read code along with the vaccination within the reporting period (the month of vaccination). I would suggest you enter them both together.
Practices have had issues with the following patients not being picked up so you may wish to add the 9OX4. Read code to their Clinical Records too: -
Pregnant women
Asthmatics who have not had steroid inhalers or meds in the last 12 months
Patients who have a BMI >40 (Vaccinated opportunistically)
Patients who are newly registered require the vaccination to be entered on the day after their registration is complete. (On the same day it will not be picked up)
Cancer patients who have not had their treatment recorded
This could be the reason for CQRS having a different number achieved to your own in-house searches.
I have received an increasing number of queries about the Enriched Summary Care Records that GPs are to discuss and offer to patients and/or their carers who are severely frail. Many practices have commented that it is not possible to have a discussion when the clinicians are not aware of the difference between both an Enriched Summary Care Record and the Summary Care Record.
NHS Digital has documentation which may help Clinicians and Practice Staff understand what the difference is:
Q&A link
Due to a new very exciting EQUIP website, expected to be launched in late January, I am not able to upload new documents containing answers to the queries I am receiving. Please continue to email me your queries as I am able to share the answers I send direct to you with other Primary Care staff as they contact me.
Jill Warn

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NewsNEW EQUIP Website Coming Soon  15 Dec 2017


We are currently having a new website developed and hopefully it will be on target to go live in January.
Once it is up and running all of our courses and events will be booked and paid for online.
This should make things easier and a smoother process once up and running. The delegate should have more control of their booking.
We are planning lots of new courses for 2018, so please do check our website regularly.
Practices will also have the facility to load their own job vacancies, these will go though a quick mediator process before they go live.
Obviously with anything new it may take a while to settle, therefore, we ask you to bear with us in the ensuing process.
Shirley Gair

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NewsHuman Traffiking 28th February 2018, Hylands House  15 Dec 2017

Funded by NHS England we will arrange two half day sessions on Human Traffiking on 28th February 2018.

The course will be free of charge

For application form email


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NewsLots of New Courses to Come  15 Dec 2017


We are busy arranging lots of new courses  
For a list of all courses that have already been arranged click here

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NewsCourses facilitated by Darius Ferrigno  15 Dec 2017


By popular demand we will be providing seminars facilitated by Darius Ferrigno and the first two are already organised as below:
· ‘Legal Aspects of Nursing’ for Practice Nurses & Practice Managers
Tuesday 15th May 2018, Witham—for further details email
· Employment Law Update
         Wednesday 6th June 2018, Witham– further details available soon.

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NewsHRT & Menopause Update for Nurses 20th Mar 2018  15 Dec 2017


Two Half Day Sessions available

10am-1pm OR 1.30pm-4.30pm

For application form and further information please

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NewsCare Navigation Training  14 Dec 2017


Care Navigation Training
With the introduction of the Care Navigation ‘Health Education England Care Navigation Essential Competency Domains’ it is important that non-clinical staff are provided with the knowledge and skills they require to direct patients and their carers to the most appropriate professional or organisation dependent on their needs. This will enhance the patients’ experience and has been shown to reduce the need for clinician appointments.  See Pulse article
In order to upskill staff so they can effectively signpost patients EQUIP will be delivering a new exciting 2 day workshop ‘Care Navigation training’ in 2018 for all non-clinical staff (receptionists, administration staff, dispensers) working in GP practices. The two days will be a mix of theory and practice with taught sessions, discussion and group work. This is also a good opportunity for practice staff to network, share experiences and learn from each other. The course will be delivered by Lucy Archer, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Jill Warn, Audit and IT Lead.  
Lucy Archer & Jill Warn

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NewsDermoscopy For Beginners 23 May 2018, Hylands House  28 Nov 2017

GPs and Nurse Practitioners: A date for your diary, further details to follow

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NewsTravel Health Conference 15th March 2018  15 Nov 2017

Holiday Inn, Colchester

for application form


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NewsEssex EQUIP Ltd… and ready to go!  28 Oct 2017

Essex EQUIP Ltd… and ready to go!

Thank you all for bearing with us whilst we moved homes and hosts in August, we are settled in to our new premises now.
We have two lovely training rooms and look forward to providing more events here in 2018. The larger courses and conferences will still be held at outside venues.
Currently we cannot upload application forms to our website , so please contact the organiser of the particular course you are interested in for further details..We have been aware of this for a while now and we are excited to announce a new website is currently being developed. There will be online booking & payment facilities for our events and lots more to make life easier for all. We anticipate the new website will be up and running in the new year… this space!

Please take note of our new address & telephone numbers on the last page of this newsletter.

Shirley Gair


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NewsThe CPD Certification service   27 Oct 2017


Essex EQUIP Ltd has been accepted as a member of the CPD Certification service, see link for more information
The CPD Certification service is an independent continuous professional development accreditation centre.
Essex EQUIP submitted 10 courses for accreditation:
Practice nurse development
HCA in general practice
Ear care course
Introduction to cytology
Cytology update
Immunisations and injection technique for HCAs
The management of CVD in general practice
The management of diabetes n general practice
Introduction to family planning
Introduction to venepuncture
All of the above were approved for CPD accreditation. The feedback from the assessor panel was excellent; the courses were described as ‘very detailed, logical and practical’ and ‘of a high standard’.
If you are interested in registering your interest for any of the above courses please email
Lucy Archer

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NewsEssex EQUIP GP Locum Deck  27 Oct 2017



Essex EQUIP LocumDeck

Have you signed up to our new online locum booking service yet?

EQUIP LocumDeck, is completely free for practices and as part of EQUIP’s collaboration with the National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP), free NASGP membership will be offered to Essex locum doctors who sign up.
To find our how it all works and how to sign up simply visit


Dr Kamilla K Porter, Clinical Lead 

Essex EQUIP LocumDeck

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NewsNew Governance and Ownership of EQUIP from August 2017  09 Aug 2017

EQUIP has recently been operating as a department of Mid Essex CCG and the CCG decided in late 2015 that it should no longer host what is in reality a provider organisation. The Governance of EQUIP had also gradually eroded to the extent that there was no established accountability to practices or stakeholders. The CCG therefore entered into talks with the LMC, with the consent of the other CCGs, about transferring EQUIP and establishing it as an appropriately governed organisation.

The Board of the Essex LMCs Ltd (operational company of the GP representative bodies, the North and South Essex Local Medical Committees) therefore approved negotiations into the business transfer of EQUIP from the CCG. For operational reasons it was decided that the new host should be placed under the umbrella of Supporting Health (Essex) Ltd (SHEL) which was set up by senior LMC members 6 years ago to provide clinical governance support to general practice. Essex EQUIP Ltd is therefore incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of SHEL. This transfer includes the ¨Deducation¡¬ part of the business, with the NHS Audit function transferring to NEE CCG.

Essex EQUIP Ltd will soon establish a new Board which will include LMC, practice and education representatives, the first duty of which will be to stabilise the organisation, support the staff, and continue the good work of the past years. There has been no opportunity to recruit or replace staff over the past two years and the remaining staff have done an admirable job in managing an increasing workload.

Linda Grimstead, the Business Development Manager of EQUIP, resigned early in 2017. The continued high performance of EQUIP, and the likelihood that this change will be something of a surprise to most practices, is entirely due to the dedication and hard work of the staff.

The current EQUIP premises are to be sold by the NHS to the private sector and the office must be vacated by September 2017. EQUIP will therefore be moving to new and larger premises in Witham approximately 300 metres from their current site. The new premises have significant additional capacity and will allow for more in house training. Essex EQUIP Ltd plans to move on August 17

The EPIC Workforce Development project will continue to be hosted by EQUIP until the end of September 2017. Talks are on

It has been a time of considerable flux and change is never easy for any organisation or its staff. SHEL has worked hard to ensure the transfer retained the current EQUIP team as one unit, namely Shirley Gair, Elaine Chapman, Jill Warn and Jill McHale, supported by their Clinical Lead Dr Kamilla Porter and Nurse Training Lead Lucy Archer, and facilitated the continuation of Karen Morris’s role in the EPIC Project.

Please be reassured that we will continue to communicate regularly with practices and stakeholders during this transition and we plan to build on the success of EQUIP. Furthermore there will be opportunities to expand into new areas in the future with the help and contribution of members, practices, CCGs, CEPNs (Community Education Provider Networks) and Health Education England.

Essex EQUIP Ltd is looking forward to a bright future ahead and the team have set to work already on preparing a packed programme for Autumn 2017 and into 2018.

Dr Brian Balmer 1/8/17

Essex EQUIP (Education and Quality in Primary Care) was established over 25 years ago to provide education and training support to general practice in Essex in order to improve the quality of care experienced by patients.

The organisation has been hosted by a number of NHS organisations during this period and has managed to both maintain its standards and build an enviable reputation for quality and consistency through constant NHS re-organisations.

The staff of both parts of EQUIP will continue to work together and to share premises. The LMCs and NEE CCG have an excellent working relationship which it is hoped will strengthen through this arrangement. th. -going about the future of EPIC but it has been recognised by all 7 CCGs that via its multi-professional website and other initiatives EPIC can provide a vital role in supporting delivery of the workforce elements of GPFV and as a workforce information hub for Essex.

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NewsApplying for our Courses- Criteria  05 May 2017


Important Notice – Applying for our Courses


When applying for any of our courses we requirethe completed application form. Without this we cannot guarantee your place!

Often applicants phone through or send a few lines in an email, this should always be followed up by the application form. We will hold the place for 7 days, after which the place will be open to those who do send in the correct documentsand payment details.

With one member of staff down (Linda Dempsey) we have shared the workload between us and it is         extremely time consuming if we have to chase payments and application forms.

Your application form should accompany either a cheque payment or, if paying by BACs, we require the completed BACs Remittance Advice form, stating the date you will be remitting the fee, plus full name of the account it is being paid from.

Do ensure the correct name and an ACTIVE EMAIL ADDRESS are entered CLEARLY on the application form. We ALWAYS send confirmations to the email address given on the application form even though we may have a different email in our address book for you.

Many give their email addresses but then do not check them and so miss vital information           regarding the course they have applied for!
DOT or NO DOT: We receive many applications where the delegate does not know their own email        address and will omit a crucial dot or a number etc. This causes us extra work, when the emails bounce back to us.

WHO ARE YOU?: The name on the application will be the name used throughout the course AND on your Certificate of Attendance.


Shirley Gair, Elaine Chapman, Jill McHale, Karen Morris

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NewsFOLLOW US ON TWITTER @essexequip  02 May 2017




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NewsEQUIP Course Cancellation Policy  02 Feb 2017


The fee for an EQUIP course is calculated to cover the cost of the venue, catering and tutor/speakers.  EQUIP is self-funding and has to cover ALL  overheads.  Compared to commercial organisations our course fees are extremely competitive. 
The venues we use require course attendance numbers 7 days prior to a course or conference and we are charged for the submitted numbers.   Therefore our cancellation policy reflects this, if you cancel 8 days before the course we will give you a full refund.  If you cancel 7 days or less before an event we are unable to refund the course fee. 

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