Monthly Archives: April 2019

QHS Bulletin – 10 April 2019

In this issue:

NEW: Southwark eHub pilot
NEW: Remote consulting from EPCS
New provider of Point of Care Testing (POCT) machines – NHS Health Checks
QHS supporting latent TB screening
Members’ meeting 3 April 2019 – Primary Care Networks


Programme Updates

Southwark eHub pilot

Now that most of our practices are live with eConsult we have been asked by the CCG to pilot the eHub model in our Extended Primary Care Service. We would like recruit a few practices to take part in this pilot. This would mean that the eConsultations submitted by your patients on Saturday and Sunday would be dealt with by one of our clinicians at EPCS over the weekend, completing this work for you before Monday! For more information see this presentation and contact Ryszard Stepaniuk to express your interest in the pilot.


Remote consulting from EPCS

Can we please remind all staff who book appointments at EPCS to follow the new process, as per the attached guide. The booking process is much quicker for you and this allows us to add consultations directly to your system without the need to send discharges. Over the course of next few weeks we will be changing the slots properties in our appointment books to ‘disallow any unregistered patients’, which means you will have to select a patient in your system to book an appointment and will not able to write in a patient’s name manually. Please share this update with all your staff.


Contract updates

New provider of Point of Care Testing (POCT) machines – NHS Health Checks

This letter from Southwark Council Public Health Division concerns the notification of the contract award for new POCT Machines. It is the intention of Public Health Division to make available the new POCT machines to all GP practices and they will be in contact with further details in the near future.


QHS supporting latent TB screening

We would like to remind practices that QHS has been commissioned by Southwark CCG to support the screening of the eligible cohort for the population of north Southwark. The call-recall process has begun and we are in the process of contacting individual practices. The plan is to screen patients at EPCS, Spa Medical Centre and the screening results will be delivered to the practice to follow up accordingly.

Please let Freddie Cheal, know if you would like to be included in the first group of practices to start the recall. A copy of the draft invite letter is attached for your information.


Member engagement

Member’s meeting 3 April 2019 – Primary Care Networks

QHS would like to invite all members to a meeting on Wednesday 3 April 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Cambridge House to discuss, in collaboration with the LMC, the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNS).

We would like all member practices to be represented and input their views, so please do sign up here.Refreshments will be provided from 6:30pm-7:00pm. If you would like to know more about the GP contract and PCNs please read this document or speak to one of the QHS team.

The Primary Care Network Handbook is now available for further guidance. 


Community Update – April 2019

Issue content:

PCN Updates
Link Age Southwark
Old Kent Road – Museum of Us
The Listening Place
Imagining Futures
Time & Talents – Stroke Club


PCN Update

Just a reminder, that there is a template available on EMIS for PCNs to record discussions with patients. A guide for how to access this is available here. Use of the template is completely optional but it is helpful for capturing all of the great work being done by PCNs in north Southwark!


Link Age Southwark

Dulwich Community Hospital, East Dulwich Grove, London, SE22 8PT

Link Age Southwark is a small, local charity working across Southwark to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people over the age of 60, and people living with a diagnosis of dementia. They provide a volunteer befriending service, a range of 25 activity groups including seated gentle exercise and 3 specialised dementia groups, which take place in community settings and sheltered housing across the borough. Their volunteers also provide help with transport and light in-home practical tasks. They currently support over 600 older people and a team of over 400 fully screened and trained volunteers.

Link Age Southwark’s team of service co-ordinators conduct a full in-home assessment of the needs of each older person before they enrol into their services as well as completing a SAIL Assessment, linking them to other local services.

You can make a referral to Link Age Southwark here at or call 020 8299 2623 for more information. Visit their website here.


Old Kent Road – Museum of Us

 231 Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5LU 

231 Old Kent Road is a new community space for Old Kent Road. It’s a place where local residents, businesses and community groups can share ideas and get involved in the plans for the area’s future. The aim is to bring together the whole community to help shape development of the Old Kent Road over the next 20 years.

231 Old Kent Road will open on Friday 5 April, starting with free exhibitions and a programme of events titled Museum of Us. It is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm (8pm on Thursday and Friday).

There will be events from a Smart-Phone Photography workshop by acclaimed photographer Suki Dhanda, to walking tours of historic pubs in the area and tea coaster making! Please visit their website for a full list of event details.


Listening Place

 3 Meade Mews, London SW1P 4EG

The Listening Place offers a warm and welcoming environment; somewhere that individuals can talk openly about their feelings without being judged or being given advice. They provide on-going support from trained, non-judgemental volunteers, which can continue over a number of weeks, if this is appropriate.

The Listening Place is not a drop-in centre – all visitors are seen by appointment. Anyone aged 18 years and over can be referred to The Listening Place.

The Listening Place is open for appointments between 9.00 and 21.00 – 7 days a week.

You can visit their website here.


Imagining Futures

Referrals sought for new arts and wellbeing programme for young women with emotional difficulties and a history of self-harming or attempted suicide: the national and specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services at the Maudsley hospital are collaborating with Ovalhouse, a well-recognised creative arts centre in South London, to deliver a community-embedded service innovation for young women in Lambeth and Southwark.

The Imagining Futures project is currently recruiting young people to its 2019 round of free skills groups and is encouraging referrals from GPs. Weekly groups will combine expert mental health provision with front-line arts participation in a ten month programme for young women aged 14-18 years with emotional difficulties/dysregulation, who have a history of self-harming or attempted suicide. Priority will be given to individuals who are currently unable to access routine clinical services for whatever reason.

Please see their website for further details. To refer to the programme, email Imagining Futures programme team or call 07493 272 294.


Time & Talents – Stroke Club

The Old Mortuary, St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JE 

Join the Time & Talents Stroke Club, held Wednesday’s, 1-3pm. On 3 April, the group will be going bowling at Surrey Quays! On 10 April, it’ll be a World of Sport! Where possible, each group incorporates a short physical and brain gym exercise.

If you have any questions please contact Ollie by calling 0207 232 5668 or by email.

Please note, there is no group on 17/24 April – but it’ll be resuming again on 1 May with an exercise class!



  • Please see the flyer for the events being held in April by South London Cares. From film clubs to Morris dancing workshops – there’s something for everyone!
  • Blackfriars Settlement hosts many Positive Ageing events. Pleasee see their flyer for more information on their poetry clubs, craft afternoons, reading groups and more!