Welcome to the February 2018 News letter


The last few weeks have been very busy with us training over 200 delegates on various courses


We had a great day in North Devon on the 31st Janaury 2018 where we provided some great Diabetes Foot Health Training as well as other interesting topics around Diabetes.   Thank you to all the Practice Nurses and HCA's who attended, we received some great feed back and we look forward to seeing you all again in April.  Please do not forget to go to our website to book your place.

North Devon Shut Down Practice Nurses April 26th 2018
North Devon Shut Down HCA's April 26th 2018

We also had a great training session with Red Whale on the 7th February at the China Fleet Club in Saltash for the GP Update


We will be looking at working with Red Whale again so please do watch out for further details

Please remember to visit our website and check out all the courses currently available.

This is the place where all our future courses will be available for you to book on.

Up coming dates for Training


Just click on the links above to take you to the page where you can book onto the course and all the full details of the course.

We also have lots of resources and the latest news to view


Save the Date!!!

Our annual conference Better Together will be held on the 15th May 2018 at Exeter Race Course  

The Devon CEPN is delighted to be hosting the first annual Devon Excellence in Nursing Awards on the 15 May 2018 at Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel as part of the Devon Better Together Nursing Conference.
The Awards are open to all primary care and community nurses working in Devon. Nominees must have led or initiated changes in practice within 12 months of entering the competition.

The awards categories are:

Individual awards

Lady Patricia Smith Award  Lifetime Achievement

Supporting Education in Practice

Rising Star

Inspirational Leader

Practice Nurse of the Year

Community Nurse of the Year

Team award
Better Together – Integrated Team Working

Who can nominate:

Any individual, including patients, may nominate a candidate for these awards.

Nomination forms and criteria for each award will be available online very shortly!!


Enhanced Care Navigation Training
CEPN are proud to be able to offer Enhanced Care Navigation Training.
Enhanced Care Navigation Training is a course aimed for those who have completed the Essential training or for those who may have achieved the essential competencies through their work or other achievements.
This training aims to help delegates support and enable healthier behaviours and self-care. Individuals will be able to build on their communication skills whist learning new skills such as case management, motivational interviewing and knowledge in regards protocols for long term conditions as well as information about how to access and find out about local health, community and social services.
This training has been designed by Devon CEPN and fulfills the HEE Health Navigation Competency Framework for the second stage of training (silver/enhanced).

Dates Available Now to book on through our website in various areas

East Devon 26th February 2018 AM
East Devon 26th February 2018 PM
Exeter Practices March 6th 2018 AM
Exeter Practices March 6th 2018 PM
Mid-Devon Practices March 6th 2018 AM
Mid-Devon Practices 6th March 2018 PM
Exeter Practices March 13th AM
Mid-Devon Practices March 13th AM
North Devon Practices March 15th AM
North Devon Practices March 15th PM

Plymouth Dates will be available to book on line shortly but will b on

16th, 19th and 20th March 2018

This was a great banner produced by Rolle Medical Partnership to help with Care Navigation in their practice

Practice Manager Training

 Practice Manager Training Available for All Practices in the Devon Area, one person per surgery per course.  All courses will be held at Exeter Race Course which has great facilities, easy to get to and free parking

Booking available through the links below

Red Whale - Lead, Manage Thrive  27th April 2018
Maximising Incoming and Minimising Costs - Lentells Accountants 9th May 2018
Emotional Resilience - Thornfields  AM Session 13th June 2018
Emotional Resilience - Thornfields  PM Session 13th June 2018
Managing Patient Feedback SDTCCG  AM Session 18th July 2018
Managing Patient Feedback SDTCCG  PM Session on 18th July 2018




An exciting opportunity has arisen for a specialist respiratory nurse to join a friendly rural surgery based within Tavistock serving surrounding local communities.
No previous primary care experience required-would suit a respiratory nurse currently based in secondary care seeking a new challenge.
You will work as an autonomous practitioner within nurse-led clinics responsible for the provision of clinical nursing services for respiratory patients in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.
A good understanding of national guidelines for COPD and Asthma, including diagnosis and evidence-based interventions is required as well as providing ongoing support, treatment and review.
Further education, training and support will be offered including enrolment on the Practice Nurse Foundation course if necessary or desired.


For further information or to apply contact Darren Newland at enclosing your current CV or telephone on 01822 611650

Nursing 10 Point Plan

We have recently been informed that we will be getting some funding for the Nursing 10 Point Plan 

Full Details of Nursing 10 Point Plan

We are already working with the CCG, and the Universities to look at how we can increase the number of mentors and placements, to ensure on-going peer support of mentors and look at hub and spoke models of student placements.
To help with retention we offer on-going training and opportunities to up-skill which are are a good way of retaining staff, along with clear career development plans. We are exploring the viability of the various apprenticeship schemes within general practice. We are also looking at how we can harness and utilise the skills, knowledge and experience of those nurses who are retiring, or retired, and use them to support nurses new to general practice, and in their first few years as a GPN.
We have been working with Plymouth University on Return to Practice programmes.  But with extra funding we can look at developing this more.

Happy to help.

The Devon CEPN team would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

If you need any help with the website, courses which have not been advertised or just want some advice please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.  We look forward to speaking with you.  Best Wishes
Lucy, Nicci, Kathy and Paddy

February 2018 -  Newsletter 
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