As some of you may know Tricia has retired and her last day was Wednesday 21st December 2017.

We all of course will miss her her so very much, she devoted so much of her life to the education of Nurses and Hca's.  We all wish her the greatest fun in her retirement and she can now spend some
quality time with her family. 


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

CQC - What to Expect 18th January 2018

Red Whale GP Update Wednesday 7th February 2018 

Non-Medical Prescribing Update 8th February 2018

Ear Care Update for Practice Nurses 15th February 2018

Sign Off Mentor Training 28th February 2018

Ear Care for Nurses  new to Ear Care 6th March 2018

Contraception Update 21st March 2018

Menopause Update 21st March 2018

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


Christmas Joke!!

What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?

Save the Date!!!

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

This will be followed by a Gala Awards Dinner.

The categories for the awards will be announced in the January 2018 Newsletter, so if you know someone who you feel deserves an award for their hard work and commitment to Primary Care watch this space!

HEAD 376  Diabetes Mellitus – degree level, starting on 16th April 2018
The module  will explore care issues and complication prevention as well as increasing your capacity for evidence based enquiry in disease pathways relating to diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance.
This module is based upon the new competencies and explores core knowledge and care issues relating to diabetes mellitus, pre-diabetes, management issues and complication prevention.
To apply for a funded place, please contact us for the relevant  form at

Christmas Joke!!
Why did Santa go to the doctor?
Because of his bad "elf"!

There are still places available on the Motivation Interviewing Training which is scheduled for the 20th & 21st February 2018 
What is Motivational Interviewing?  What is involved?
 Lay definition
MI is a co-operative way of talking. MI empowers clients in their own motivation to change their behaviour.
Definition for therapists
MI is a client-centred therapeutic method. MI is suitable for treating the frequent problem of ambivalence against behaviour change of clients.
Therapeutic craftsmanship
MI is a co-operative, goal-oriented communication form with special attention for the language of change (change talk). This method is designed to empower the individual motivation and self-commitment to a specific aim. MI elaborates the clients motives of change in an atmosphere of acceptance and sympathy.
Rollnick and Miller describe MI as 'a directive, client-centred counselling style for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence'. MI has been used across various conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cardiac rehabilitation. Eighty per cent of studies have found that MI has superior outcomes when compared to traditional educational approaches.

If you would like to book onto this course please contact: 
 Matthew Lund
Therapy Team Lead Persistent Pain Team
Seamoor Offices
Level 1
01271 337820

We are very pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Red Whale | GP Update to deliver the GP Update course to our lovely colleagues 

This is not just for GPs it is also suitable for Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics and ST3s
All details can be found below but before you delve into these, why not test your knowledge on some of the subjects we’ll be covering with a little quiz?
It’s just 10 questions, and they’re all multiple choice so it’ll only take a couple of minutes - but we promise it’ll be fun and insightful!
It’s hosted on the FourteenFish platform so you can get an immediate response to your questions, and save any of the subjects you would like to cover in more depth directly to your learning diary. How handy is that!

If you find some of the questions a touch challenging, then fear not, all these topics plus a whole lot more will be covered on the GP Update Course where you will also get:

  • Practising GP presenters who face the same daily challenges as you!
  • 5 CPD credits to help you with appraisal and revalidation whilst bringing your practice up-to-date.
  • Interaction, humour and video clips, to keep you focused and awake!
  • The Handbook – comprehensive and fully referenced, covering all the most recent research and guidelines pertinent to primary care, but interpreted for real life General Practice.
  • – 12 months' FREE access so you can continue your learning when it suits you. FREE linkup to the FourteenFish learning diary app.
  • Coffee, snacks and lunch - plenty of breaks to fuel your mind.

Delivered in an engaging lecture based format, with plenty of time for cases, interaction, humour and video clips, it will keep you focused and awake, however tough the week has been. Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Heart failure: update on SIGN guidelines – demystifying HFPEF, where does sacubitril/valsartan and ivabradine fit (and how on earth do you pronounce them!)
  • Stroke and TIA – why we should feel confident about early aspirin.
  • Sepsis: How to spot it (NICE guideline)
  • Asthma: The battle of the guidelines BTS/SIGN v proposed NICE guidelines – what should we do?
  • COPD: Drug dilemmas, practical tips for choosing inhaler devices.
  • Diabetes: Which drugs when?
  • Acute kidney injury –what to do with all those alerts!
  • MSK: Gout, back pain (NICE guidance, use of gabapentinoids)
  • Cancer: Changes in colorectal cancer screening and a simple blood test that is more predictive of a cancer diagnosis than a breast lump or haemoptysis.
  • Older people: Multimorbidity, frailty and polypharmacy, delirium
  • And many more besides

Plymouth CEPN GP Update Course 

7th February 2018

China Fleet Country Club
PL12 6LJ


09.30 Registration for 10.00 am Start   Finish:  16.00

Cost:  Devon CEPN Members £140   Non-Members £180 (Devon CEPN Membership is only £25)
To book your place on the course go to: Book Now

There is a job vacancy for a practice nurse position at Peverell Park Surgery. 20 -25 hours a week, preferably with an interest in Diabetes management and a mentorship qualification.  All applications can be sent via email with current CV to either myself or our Managing Partner Teresa Nation ( ). Interviews are planned for 11th January 2018.

Advanced Health Navigation
Following the successful roll out of the Essential Level Health Navigation Training, Advanced Level training will begin in February 2018. We have been working closely with Devon and Plymouth councils to develop the Directories of Services (DoS) and the Advanced Level training will include a session on how to use the DoS effectively. Training will consist of a 1/2 day session and is aimed primarily at reception team leaders, dedicated health navigators and sessions will be multi-disciplinary, with other attendees from voluntary and social care organisations. Practices are also invited to ask a member of their PPG to attend the training to enable them to explain the services to patients. 

First Set of Training Dates are as follows:

12th February 2018 
26th  February 2018

These will be held at Flybe Training Academy in Exeter  for further details email the team at


1. What Christmas Ballet is the most famous of all?
Rudolph's Surprise
The Nutcracker
Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Frosty Goes to New York
2. Where was Mommy kissing Santa Claus?
On the Corner In the Bedroom
Under the Mistletoe
In a Dark Alley
3. Who wrote the song "Here Comes Santa Claus"?
Michael Jackson
Gene Autry Persy
Douglas Leroy Jones
4. What does Alvin want for Christmas?
An iPod
A Bottle of Rum
A Hula Hoop
A New Car
5. What should little children leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve?
Cookies and Milk
A Bottle of Wine
Chewing Gum
Chedder Cheese
6. What is Frosty the Snowman's nose made of?
A Carrot
A Potato
A Button
A Rock
7. Who is Ebenezer?
The Milk Man
The 23rd President
The Scrooge
Mrs. Claus's Secret Friend
8. What colour is the Grinch?
9. Which reindeer's name starts with a "B"?
10. Which reindeer does not belong below?

First person to send all the correct answers to the team on  will receive free membership until 31st August 2018


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

December 2017 -  Newsletter 
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