Since the NHS formed 70 years ago, the population of Wolverhampton has grown and residents are living longer. Some are managing one or more complex health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and asthma or need support with mental health and wellbeing.
Our aim for the future is to provide you with a seamless journey across organisations closer to home, making sure you, your family and carers have the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
That’s why GP practices are working with each other, and with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services so you can receive the right help you need from your local health and social care services.
These are called Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Working together means there are bigger teams of staff, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists and mental health professionals. It also means services can stay open for longer to provide you, your family and carers with improved access to health and social care services in Wolverhampton.
In Wolverhampton there are six PCN sites:
- Unity East Network
- Unity West Network
- Wolverhampton Total Health
- Wolverhampton North Network
- Wolverhampton South East Collaborative
- The Royal Wolverhampton Trust PCN (Vertical Integration)
The networks of GPs working together in the six PCN sites are below:
This means if you’re registered at one of the practices above and you cannot get an appointment with your normal GP, you will be offered an alternative hub appointment at one of the other GP practices within the group. The appointments include evenings and weekends.
For further information please speak to your practice or visit your practice website.
To find out more about Primary Care Networks, please watch NHS England and NHS Improvement animation by clicking here
Practice Makes Perfect
Booking now open for Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) sessions 2020
Booking is now open for the first three PMP sessions:
9th January – COPD and Cancer Referral Pathways: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practice-makes-perfect-copd-and-cancer-referral-pathways-tickets-65782915471
13th February – Pain Management: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practice-makes-perfect--tickets-76218199687
12th March – Wound care update: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practice-makes-perfect-wound-care-tickets-76218917835
The rest of the dates in 2020 are as follows:
9 April 2020
14 May 2020
11 June 2020
9 July 2020
10 September 2020
8 October 2020
12 November 2020
Immunisation and Screening Updates
It is recommended that vaccines are kept at a cool temperature at all stages of production, distribution and storage - this is known as the ‘cold chain’.
Not all vaccines that have fallen outside the recommended storage temperature need be destroyed - some vaccines can still be used. However, if they are used, they are described as being ‘off-label’ vaccines.
You can download the doxcuments available here.
The following link provides all the information you may need around the childhood immunisation programme including useful resources for the practice, vaccine schedules, training slides and standards, links to uptake data and parent surveys. There is also a useful section on vaccine handing (including cold chain) and incident reporting:
The local West Midlands Screening and Immunisation Team contact details including incident reporting can be found below:
Please find a link below to the Green Book:
The link below is for WM Patient Group Directions – please ensure that you only use these PGDs:
To sign up for the monthly Vaccine Update newsletter and review previous editions please click below:
The link below is for the annual flu vaccine programme and contains information and resources to use in the practice:
In addition to this please see a link to the Wolverhampton Flu Programme website with information on the school programme:
Training and development:
All Our Health - e-learning sessions
E-learning for Healthcare
Cancer Research UK Essential in Smoking Cessation module
Cancer Research UK Behaviour Change and Cancer Prevention Course
NHS Leadership Academy
NIHR Clinical Academic Programme
Skills for Health Skills Platform
The NHSE WM Screening and Immunisation Team now have a new website where information about programmes and PGDs can be accessed. Click here to go to the website.
University of Wolverhampton
RCN professional development
Safeguarding information and training:
Domestic Violence Forum training:
Coercive Control and Domestic Abuse (please note the staff member needs to have completed the above session on DV before booking onto this one)
Domestic Violence, Risk Assessment, MARAC, Safety Planning and Support
Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence
Female Genital Mutilation: Awareness Raising
Rape and Sexual Violence
Supporting Male Victims