The Pharmacist has launched a new website

The Pharmacist has launched a new website with an impactful and user-friendly design, with new functionality.

Readers can now access the latest pharmacy news and updates on a fresher and faster-loading site, explore revamped clinical categories, and vote on the most important issues of the week in a new online poll feature. 

As well as informative news, analysis and clinical content, written by expert journalists and practising pharmacists, The Pharmacist has also refreshed the Clinical Ambassadors services zone, where community pharmacists can learn about delivering clinical services from the UK’s most forward-thinking pharmacy contractors.

Carolyn Scott, editor of The Pharmacist, said: ‘We are proud to launch this exciting new website – and hope our pharmacist readers like it just as much as we do. Our plan for this project was not just to refresh the look and feel of the site, but also to improve the user experience and make it easier for readers to access the information that’s important to them.’

Pulse: The hospital GPs

This month, our new look Pulse magazine focuses on the health secretary’s plan to have GPs working under hospital trusts. We look in detail at how this has been implemented in various pockets of England, how it has affected patient satisfaction and recruitment.

The March issue of Pulse magazines provides an analysis of what is happening with the GP contract in England, plus look behind the headlines at a claim GPs are not referring enough suspected cancer cases. We also feature our new Pulse Checker page – a not-entirely-serious news page.

In the clinical section, as we enter spring, we answer key questions on Lyme disease, provide a guide on remote consultations for orthopaedic presentations and avoiding a clinical clanger around thrush.

Elsewhere, in conjunction with Pulse Intelligence we give guides on starting and refining electronic repeat dispensing and appointing a non-clinical QOF lead.

Pulse: End of the road for overmedicalisation?

This month has seen a complete redesign of Pulse magazine. We have redesigned the magazine to make it more digestible, and showcase everything we are doing online on our various publications. We will continue to provide the same award-winning investigations and analysis, hard-hitting news, clinical CPD and support for readers in running their practice.

The Pulse cover feature focuses on overmedicalisation, and asks whether the Covid pandemic has given us a chance to reassess our reliance on medicalising so many patient problems. We also look at how the £250m winter fund has been spent.

The redesign has brought some new features, including ‘Mythbusters’, which looks at dubious claims around GPs (this month on them issuing DNRs to teenagers with learning difficulties) and ‘Pulse Checker’, a light-hearted look at general practice.

In our clinical section, we have a casebook on complex asthma presentations, we look at the new Covid therapeutics available, a Clinical Clangers piece looks at the potential for misdiagnosing hallucinations in the elderly.

Pulse PCN wins ‘Launch of the Year’ at the BSME Awards

Pulse PCN has won ‘Launch of the Year’ at the prestigious British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) awards.

Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash and Pulse PCN editor Victoria Vaughan scooped up the award at yesterday’s ceremony, which celebrates ‘editorial excellence’ among the top consumer, professional and customer magazines and websites. The judges commended the Pulse PCN team for identifying a ‘genuine need in their audience’ and getting them ‘involved in shaping and providing content from the outset’.

They said: ‘The team did not just identify a genuine need in their audience, they also reached out to that audience and got them involved in shaping and providing content from the outset. ‘The result being a rare print launch that tapped into its readership so well that it resulted in significant new revenue for the brand.’

Pulse PCN was launched in print with Pulse’s May issue alongside a new section on the Pulse website and a weekly newsletter. It aims to provide a community and up-to-date news and resources for PCN clinical directors, recognising how important PCNs will become with plans to concentrate future funding on networks rather than practices.

Pulse PCN also hosts events for clinical directors, roundtables and a podcast series.

Pulse was also shortlisted in three further categories: ‘Editor of the Year (Trade and Professional)’ for Jaimie; ‘Art Director of the Year (B2B)’ for James Depree; and ‘Cover of the Year (B2B)’ for both Jaimie and James.

Pulse has won a number of awards in recent years, most recently scooping up two gongs in November when Pulse was named ‘Business Publication of the Year’ and Jaimie was named ‘Editor of the Year’ at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards.

Jaimie was also awarded ‘Editor of the Year (trade and professional)’ at last year’s BSME awards, when the judges praised Pulse’s response to the Covid pandemic.

Secondary care congress coverage services

To support our audience of healthcare professionals stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments in science, Hospital Healthcare Europe and Hospital Pharmacy Europe are committing to a range of congress coverage services, sharing more congress review content from key therapeutic areas together with our partner HOPE.

A recent audience survey on how habits and requirements have evolved during the pandemic demonstrated how engaged our community is and highlights an appetite for more congress related content delivered directly and online.

As such, we have newsletters scheduled in and around key congress dates and limited congress coverage opportunities to engage with our audience directly. Further, considering the ongoing challenges, the pandemic has caused in travelling to congresses and meeting with healthcare professionals, we are launching a range of options designed to help you reach and engage our community of specialists digitally to ensure your key messages are disseminated and land with the right audience directly and efficiently.

 

  • Haematology ASH*
  • Radiology ESR March 
  • Pharmaceutical EAHP March 
  • Rheumatology EULAR June 
  • Oncology ASCO June 
  • Allergy EACCI July 
  • Cardiology ESC August 
  • Respiratory ERS September 
  • Gastroenterology UEG October 

*2022 dates to be confirmed

Please email edwardburkle@cogora.com discuss our range of congress coverage packages to help amplify your messages and engage our community of healthcare professionals.

What’s coming up in 2022 from our events team?

After the successes of 2021, our events team are well underway with plans to deliver the most comprehensive educational programme we’ve ever compiled with the launch of our brand-new education platforms Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365. Find out what’s coming up in 2022 from our events team.

Last year, we were delighted to be able to return to holding face-to-face events and seeing our healthcare professional  community and clients in person once again. We also continued to provide virtual programmes due to their success during the pandemic and the positive feedback we received. Our events calendar welcomed over 5,000 delegates, which was a fantastic response given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and the pressures that our healthcare community faced.

Our events team look forward to the launch of Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365 this year, centralised learning hubs that combine all the educational content from our events and learning brands in one place, offering our community a single access point for all their professional development needs.

The 2022 calendar will include a selection of CPD-accredited, face-to-face events as well as live and on-demand virtual programmes, spanning our Pulse, Nursing in Practice, Management in Practice, and Pulse PCN brands. Offering a variety of formats, dates throughout the year, at locations across the UK, we’re sure to have an option to suit you.

We also have a fantastic schedule of e-learning modules for 2022, covering a great range of clinical and professional topics. And last but certainly not least, the General Practice Awards will be back for its 14th edition, celebrating the outstanding work taking place across primary and community care.

Our portfolio offers unique and tailored solutions to maximise your investment and help you achieve your goals. For further information on how to participate, please contact Cogora on 020 7214 0573 or email nickhayward@cogora.com, and if you are an HCP interested in attending our events or signing up for our new platforms, please contact events@cogora.com.

 

 

 

Nursing in Practice: Keeping it moving

The latest issue of Nursing Practice looks at how the demands of the lengthy Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a huge backlog of care in the UK, which could take years to clear.

While the national focus is most often on workload stresses in secondary care, teams in primary care – including nursing staff – are also facing significant problems. An anonymous nurse from London, also a PCN director, told Nursing in Practice they were annoyed that the situation in general practice wasn’t being highlighted as much, saying: ‘Not only are we dealing with our own backlog, but the fallout from secondary care as well.’

To make matters worse, Bradford-based practice nurse Naomi Berry is concerned that workload in general practice is now so high that many nurses have been suffering burnout. She shared that she has was working weekends at another practice giving vaccinations, alongside her usual work. ‘And yet patients don’t seem to understand how busy we are,’ she says.

Despite this, the challenges of Covid-19 have been met with swift action from nurses and their colleagues to improve access for patients, provide more efficient care, and to make every contact count.

Practice nurses across the country have been working hard with limited resources to improve patient access – for example, to make every face-to-face contact more efficient, as well as to support patients to access care remotely by phone or video. Ms Berry commented: ‘We’ve changed clinics around to fit more people in, created more appointments for them; changed timings so it’s easier for them.’

Practice nurses have been focusing on people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, where usual arrangements for care have been disrupted by the pandemic. Nurse-led cervical screening has been in focus, amid the backdrop of current concerns about delayed cancer diagnosis.

Kat Darby-Walsh, nurse and clinical director of Yeovil PCN, described how a young adults diabetes clinic set up to allow young adults to access care, including mental health support and social prescribing.

The Nursing in Practice team have also been working to connect with hard-to-reach groups during the pandemic. ‘There’s a load of people out there who need support and may not have been seen during lockdown. Nurses are on the frontline of that,’ she said.

With no immediate end in sight to extra work and challenges posed by Covid, we continue to applaud the work being done by practice and community nurses around the UK.

Private eyes on the prize

This year, Pulse looks at the private health companies who are thriving due to the pandemic. The January issue looks at how their marketing strategies are focusing on the increase in waiting times, and potentially creating a two-tier health service.

Elsewhere, Pulse‘s investigation reveals the damaging effects that the removal of MPIG funding has had, and we have a look at the new NICE depression guidelines and how this year’s health bill will affect GPs.

Our bloggers gaze into their crystal balls to give their predictions for 2022, while Copperfield and Nabi both cover the distressing case of the GP who was sued for not advising folic acid to an expectant mother.

The clinical section features a casebook on sports injuries, and we launch our new ‘clinical clangers’ feature.

Emergency response project, Covid Protect, wins GP Team of the Year!

On Friday 10th December the winners of this year’s General Practice Awards were announced at a gala dinner hosted by comedian and actor Tom Allen.

As always, our judges had the unenviable task of choosing winners from hundreds of worthy and deserving submissions. We say every year how truly valuable it is to have a night like the Awards where we recognise those who have gone above and beyond, but in the current climate, these words have never been more appropriate. 

This year our finalists, and all healthcare professionals, have had no choice but to go beyond their normal duties.

From delivering covid vaccination programmes with little notice, doing more remote consultations, to endeavouring to treat vulnerable and elderly patients who are shielding, scared and isolated, they have had to think quickly and innovatively about how to better protect patients and staff.

And all this against a backdrop of the usual challenges; getting to grips with primary care networks, tackling staff shortages, the dumping of workload from secondary care. We are truly in awe.

So without further ado, here are the 2021 General Practice Awards winners:

Clinical Improvement Award: Chronic Conditions
Winner:
Newton Medical Centre, SSP Health

Clinical Improvement Award: Mental Health
Winner: Ansh Pal Singh, Lynwood Medical Centre

Clinical Improvement Award: Public Health and Prevention
Sponsored by Atrumed
Winner:
Dr Maggie Kirk and the HealthBus Team

Technology or Digital Solution Provider of the Year
Winner: X-on

Extended Practice Team Member of the Year
Winner: Liz Rose, Social Prescriber, Gillingham Medical Practice

GP Trainee Rising Star of the Year
Sponsored by Atrumed, supported by Pulse
Winner: Dr Devina Maru, National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, GP Specialty Registrar, London

General Practitioner of the Year
Sponsored by mjog by livi, supported by Pulse
Winner: Dr Christopher Griffin, Chief Executive Officer, Milton Keynes Urgent Care Services

GP Team of the Year
Sponsored by X-on
Winner: Covid Protect – Norfolk and Waveney

HCP Education Programme of the Year
Winner: Inspira Health and Medtronic

Medical Supplier of the Year
Winner: Dene Healthcare

Pharmacist or Pharmacy Team of the Year
Winner:
Mr Viral Doshi FRPharmS, Consultant Pharmacist – Public Health

Practice Manager of the Year
Sponsored by PSUK
Winner: Stephanie Tedstone, Management Partner, Compass House Medical Centres

Practice Nursing Award
Winner: Maggi Bradley, General Practice Nurse, Aughton Surgery; Nursing clinical lead Sefton Training Hub; Queens Nurse

Receptionist or Reception Team of the Year
Sponsored by Premier Patient Line
Winner: Jill Nicholls, College Lane Surgery, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Staffing Agency of the Year
Winner: Menlo Park Recruitment

Telecoms Provider of the Year
Winner: EVAD

Huge congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to our judges and sponsors – without you the General Practice Awards simply wouldn’t be possible!

If you are interested in entering the 2022 General Practice Awards please contact generalpracticeawards@cogora.com to be added to the mailing list.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2022 General Practice Awards or would like to nominate your company, team, or colleagues – please get in touch today: nickhayward@cogora.com.

Hospital Healthcare Europe: Haematology

Hospital Healthcare Europe: Haematology is the fourth supplement from the 2021 issue, covering the latest clinical education and developments in healthcare across Europe. 

Our latest supplement covering Haematology is now available. Read this to:    

  • Learn how technology around CBC testing is evolving by leveraging innovative digital microscopy in blood diagnostics 
  • Access guideline summaries and recent key research in the fields of sickle cell disease, reducing relapse after transplantation in AML, and how using precision medicine improves progression-free survival in haematological cancers.   

Hospital Healthcare Europe, in association with HOPE, continues to provide high-quality, clinical education and detail the latest developments in healthcare in 2021. Previous supplements released this year include: 

  • Radiology and Imaging: Learn how innovative technologies have transformed the standard of care in high level disinfection in ultrasound  
  • Emergency Care: Learn how an AI-driven triage tool leverages routine clinical data collected at the point of care to rule out COVID-19 within an hour of patients arriving at hospital EDs 
  • HOPE: Get an accurate, up to date picture of healthcare within the EU member states before the pandemic, including the situation in long-term and ambulatory care 

Coming soon, the Diagnostics supplement, the final in this year’s series.

Hospital Healthcare Europe: Diagnostics

The final supplement of Hospital Healthcare Europe 2021 covers diagnostics and is available to read online now. 

The Hospital Healthcare Europe: Diagnostics supplement is now available. Read this to:    

  • Learn how pioneering technology is expanding decentralised healthcare by providing lab-grade CBC testing at the point of care  
  • Access guideline summaries and recent key research covering potential biomarkers for cognitive decline, the 100,000 Genomes project and the diagnosis of certain rare diseases, and the potential of whole genomic sequencing in diagnosing mitochondrial disorders.   

Hospital Healthcare Europe, in association with HOPE, continues to provide high-quality, clinical education and detail the latest developments in healthcare. Previous supplements released this year include: 

  • Radiology and Imaging: Learn how innovative technologies have transformed the standard of care in high level disinfection in ultrasound  
  • Emergency Care: Learn how an AI-driven triage tool leverages routine clinical data collected at the point of care to rule out COVID-19 within an hour of patients arriving at hospital EDs 
  • HOPE: Get an accurate, up to date picture of healthcare within the EU member states before the pandemic, including the situation in long-term and ambulatory care  
  • Haematology: Learn how technology around CBC testing is evolving by leveraging innovative digital microscopy in blood diagnostics 

We look forward to publishing further supplements in our 2022 issue! 

Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365

Launching in early 2022, Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365 are our new education platforms, bringing together our face-to-face events, virtual events, CPD learning platforms and our community – the first of its kind.

A positive learning to come from the Covid-19 lockdowns was the discovery of the convenience and effectiveness of online learning. A ‘hybrid’ offering for events and online education has been universally welcomed by our audience and this is where Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365 comes into its own.

Both platforms will deliver an extended programme of virtual events to meet this new need as well as promoting the live events you have supported so well over the years. As the requirements for GPs, practice nurses and community care nurses continue to evolve and unprecedented challenges arise, our community are looking for quality professional education that is conveniently accessible.

Having delivered over 130 face to face and virtual events over the past five years, to over 37,000 delegates, we understand your audience and their educational needs better than anyone else. Designed to provide GPs, practice nurses and community care nurses with a holistic approach to their learning, Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365 are centralised hubs for our community to fulfil their learning requirements. Choosing from a mix of bite-sized, interactive and longer-form content spanning over 20 clinical areas, our users can choose content to consume depending on their preferences and time.

Relevant and constantly updated, the content is presented in a variety of formats: CPD modules, virtual seminars, on-demand content, live events, handbooks, directories and articles; with tools to help them plan throughout the year.

We offer a series of solutions to maximise your investment and help you achieve your goal. For further information please contact Cogora on 020 7214 0573 or email nickhayward@cogora.com.

Nursing in Practice – the market-leading brand serving a highly engaged audience of 28,000 nurses in primary and community care, delivering a daily dose of incisive news, features, opinions, clinical advice and CPD.

Pulse – launched in 1960, Pulse sits at the heart of a highly engaged and loyal audience of over 41,000 GPs. Over our long history, we have evolved our offering to provide an indispensable and comprehensive range of trusted content that meets the needs of all GPs, and never more so than during Covid-19.

Secondary care media consumption

The healthcare industry has gone through some significant changes in the last year and half, affecting how secondary care healthcare professionals consume news and educational content.

Earlier this month, a survey was sent to our secondary care community of healthcare professionals via our media brands Hospital Healthcare Europe and Hospital Pharmacy Europe.

Taken by hospital healthcare professionals across the UK and Europe, the survey sought to understand how our audiences’ habits have evolved during the pandemic in order for us to provide the most accurate, and reliable information across the most important topics.

Results

  • 89% of our secondary care audience spend at least an hour or more weekly reading clinical content
  • Just under 80% of our audience prefer to consume content digitally
  • 95% prefer to be notified about new content via email, showcasing how actively engaged our community are with our brands
  • Almost half of the audience sample are interested in participating in more regular discussions on a range of topics, demonstrating the relationship we have with our audience as a trusted source of medical information
  • 44% of our audience are interested in congress review content

For further information about how Cogora can help you reach your target community, please contact Michael McConaghy at michaelmcconaghy@cogora.com.

Hospital Pharmacy Europe serves a growing community of senior clinical and hospital pharmacists across Europe and the UK, delivering a potent combination of timely news, opinion pieces, original research and concise, authoritative clinical articles in every issue.

Endorsed and supported by the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), Hospital Healthcare Europe is an indispensable resource for best-practice information, pan-European guidelines and case studies from key opinion leaders at centres of excellence in clinical care and specialist services across Europe and the UK.

Pulse wins two PPA Independent Publisher Awards

Pulse have scooped up two awards at this year’s PPA Independent Publisher Awards, with the judges noting ‘a morale boost for GPs’ among the team’s achievements.

Pulse was named ‘Business Publication of the Year’ at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards, while Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash was also named ‘Editor of the Year’ at Friday’s ceremony.

The judges said they ‘were so impressed by the strong story of how this magazine not only survived the pandemic but actually grew readership figures and revenues with a reduced staff’. 

‘The achievements of this small team were nothing short of outstanding during an extremely challenging time for the sector. The combination of reporting hard hitting health stories while also providing a morale boost for GP’s was particularly notable.’

The judges also said Mr Kaffash is ‘a great example of a leader; innovative and highly effective’. ‘Jaimie hasn’t sat still, and has led the team expertly in doing what they all love with reduced resources but not reduced passion for the brand’, they said.

And they added that ‘Jaimie is a shining example of how one can look at adversity through the lens of opportunity rather than defeat’.

Pulse was also shortlisted in three further categories: ‘Team of the Year’ for the news team; ‘Media Brand of the Year’; and ‘Launch of the Year’ for Pulse PCN.

Pulse also won a PPA award in June this year, when deputy editor Sofia Lind was given the ‘Unsung Hero’ award for her work in leading the news team during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hospital Healthcare Europe: HOPE

The third supplement from the 2021 issue of Hospital Healthcare Europe covers the work of HOPE.

Our latest supplement on the work of HOPE allows our audience of hospital healthcare professionals to: 

  • Get an accurate, up to date picture of healthcare within the EU member states before the pandemic, including the situation in long-term and ambulatory care  
  • Hear from HOPE Governors on their national Covid vaccination programmes and delivery, and the consequences of the pandemic on physical and mental healthcare provision to non-Covid patients 

Hospital Healthcare Europe, in association with HOPE, continues to provide high-quality clinical education and detail the latest developments in healthcare in 2021. 

Radiology and Imaging was our first supplement, released in July, and covered topics including how innovative technologies have transformed the standard of care in high level disinfection in ultrasound. This was then followed by the Emergency Care supplement, released earlier in November, which covered news of an AI-driven triage tool leveraging routine clinical data collected at the point of care to rule out Covid-19 within an hour of patients arriving at hospital emergency departments.

Further supplements will be published through 2021, so keep reading to keep updated!

Pulse PCN Podcast series

Pulse PCN is proud to announce the release of its new podcast series, the first aimed completely towards PCN clinical directors. You will be able to hear editor Victoria Vaughan discussing the big issues facing networks with other clinical directors and experts.

The first five podcasts from the Pulse PCN Podcast series have already been released, with discussions around setting up a network, working on a larger scale, the additional roles reimbursement scheme and how the enhanced care home scheme is working.

Launched in April, Pulse PCN contains news, views and analysis specifically for primary care network clinical directors, though of course, is free to any GP who is interested, the first of its kind.

Four BSME award nominations

We’re thrilled to announce that Pulse has been nominated for four awards at the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors) Awards.

The four BSME award nominations include James Depree as Art Director of the Year, Cover of the Year for our February 2021 issue, Jaimie Kaffash as Editor of the Year and Launch of the Year for Pulse PCN.

The awards event takes place on Thursday 13 January 2022 in London. 

The BSME is the only society in the UK exclusively for digital and print editors, and follows two award wins at the BSME Talent Awards in July.

Hospital Healthcare Europe: Emergency Care

The second supplement within the 2021 issue of Hospital Healthcare Europe covers Emergency Care. 

Our latest supplement covering Emergency Care is now available to our audience of healthcare professionals, allowing them to:   

  • Learn how an AI-driven triage tool leverages routine clinical data collected at the point of care to rule out COVID-19 within an hour of patients arriving at hospital EDs 
  • Access guideline summaries and read about recent key research in the field.  

Hospital Healthcare Europe, in association with HOPE, continues to provide high-quality, clinical education and detail the latest developments in healthcare in 2021.

Radiology and Imaging was our previous supplement, released in July, and covered topics including how innovative technologies have transformed the standard of care in high level disinfection in ultrasound. 

Look out for further supplements in 2021 covering the work of HOPE and national COVID vaccination programmes and delivery across the EU, and developments and innovations in the fields of haematology and diagnostics. 

Human albumin: Focus on liver disease

Hospital Pharmacy Europe (under the Hospital Pharmacy International brand) is delighted to release its latest educational handbook. Human albumin: Focus on liver disease (Chinese language version).

Cogora through Hospital Pharmacy Europe has been supporting CSL Behring since 2013 to address the important unmet educational needs of clinicians worldwide around human albumin in fluid resuscitation.

Albumin is the most abundant protein in the plasma, and is responsible for a number of physiological functions, mainly around maintaining oncotic pressure. Its use is indicated in a number of clinical scenarios, such as in sepsis and cardiac surgery, but particularly in liver disease (alcoholic and non-alcohol related, cirrhosis, ascites etc). The medical education activities undertaken have centred around the development of regional specific handbooks and digital resources, authored by key opinion leaders for each country, and translated into the local language of each target country. To date medical educational resources designed specifically for Europe, China, and the US have been developed and disseminated, with a further project addressing human albumin and the liver in India, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines, authored by KOLs in those countries, currently being prepared.

Sponsored by CSL Behring and focusing on the use of human albumin in liver diseases, the handbook is presented in Chinese and written by key opinion leaders across China and Vietnam. The handbook, Human albumin: Focus on liver disease, is complementary to an English language version and is intended for a wide distribution across China and other Asian markets. 

For the rest of 2021 and early 2022 we have more exciting projects around the brand. We’ll be working with a new client on a concurrent series of handbooks on biosimilars in COVID, oncology and diabetes by EU, Asian and US KOLs.

 

Javid’s Draconian ‘Support’

The Pulse November magazine is a special issue on the NHS ‘rescue’ plan for general practice.

The Pulse November issue features five pages on the implications of the plan for GPs, including funding, the move to face-to-face appointments and the potential for league tables. We also provide a ‘mythbuster’ to challenge many of the claims in the unpopular plans. We also look at the increased numbers of GPs seeking counselling.

In our clinical section this month, we focus on the key questions around cow’s milk protein allergy, plus cognitive impairment from long Covid and on performing remote consultations for adult respiratory conditions.

We also focus on increasing list sizes, we highlight a campaign set up by a GP to speak to patients more widely and Copperfield explains why GPs are so great – sometimes.

Pulse LIVE & Nursing in Practice London

This year we have combined our Pulse LIVE and Nursing in Practice events, bringing our GP and nurse community together for the first time. On 30 September we held the first of these combined events in London, where almost 700 healthcare professionals shared the challenges they are facing in primary care and gained topical and practical advice from our expert speakers.

Pulse LIVE & Nursing in Practice London offered a great opportunity to hear the different perspectives from our audience, and for the different roles to learn from one another.

Topics covered this year included:

  • Virtual assessment of people presenting with neurological symptoms
  • Liver disease in primary care
  • Wound hygiene: Four simple steps to progress hard-to-heal wounds
  • Cardio-renal-metabolic multi-morbidity
  • Is it long covid?
  • Scoliosis
  • Tackling the cholesterol challenge: An innovative approach to lipid management in primary care
  • ENT in general practice
  • Urology in primary care

The four-stream agenda allowed delegates to pick and choose which sessions to attend, tailoring the event to their individual learning needs. We were joined by Marilyn Eveleigh, registered nurse, midwife, health visitor and advisory board member, Nursing in Practice; Dr Joe McGilligan, senior GP partner in Surrey and former chair, East Surrey CCG; and Dave Munday, lead professional officer (mental health) at Unite the union, health visitor and registered nurse; who each chaired a stream and encouraged delegates to take part in the Q&As.

In the exhibition hall, delegates were able to network with our clients including Benecol, Chiesi, Glenmark, Lantum and Novartis, to discuss their needs and those of their patients.

The event has proved popular with over 97% of attendees recommending it to a friend*. Here’s just some of the great comments we’ve received:

  • Energising to be back at a live event. Great to see friends and engage with learning.”
  • As good as ever. Have really missed the in-person learning.”
  • Since the pandemic, a refreshing change to see exhibitors and speakers delivering updates. Excellent, concise topics presented by good speakers.”

Our team are busy working on the final event in the series for 2021: Pulse & Nursing in Practice Birmingham – 11 November 2021, The National Conference Centre. If you are interested in being there as an attendee, speaker or sponsor, do get in touch: events@cogora.com for more information.

Implementing a clinical pharmacy service in a rural hospital

In this issue of Hospital Pharmacy Europe, we publish the results of an original international collaboration to determine which types of Clinical pharmacy services (CPS) are needed at a small rural hospital in Austria and assess the physicians’ acceptance rate of the pharmacists’ suggestions.

Implementing clinical pharmacy services (CPS) in a rural hospital has been shown to enhance patient safety and provide cost efficiencies. However, in countries such as Austria, few hospitals have a dedicated pharmacy department, and even fewer offer CPS.

Vaccine hesitancy is a complex issue that affects hospital pharmacy staff receiving the influenza vaccine. In this issue, Ryan Hamilton and Adam Baker of De Montfort University, UK discuss the drivers for uptake and hesitancy and propose interventions to address this.

In the first of a short series, Alistair Gray details how the creation of a Fluid Stewardship Committee at Royal Blackburn Hospital in the UK has led to better systems, processes and innovations to support effective intravenous fluid prescribing and management.

Our recent face-to-face events

We have had a fantastic response to our return to face-to-face conferences, with over 1,300 healthcare professionals joining us so far at events across the UK. With further events scheduled this year in Birmingham, London and Newcastle where we are looking forward to welcoming GPs, nurses, Practice Managers, PCN clinical directors, and administration and reception teams.

Our recent events have covered a great range of topics and given attendees an invaluable space in which to learn, connect and collaborate. At the combined Pulse LIVE and Nursing in Practice conferences our experts gave their professional guidance on clinical pathways and an introduction to innovative digital tools; at Management in Practice London discussions focused on post-pandemic telephony, remote consultations, and how to manage inbound demand; whilst at our brand-new Pulse PCN forums delegates shared their views on how to respond to post-pandemic healthcare challenges.

Our attendees have greatly enjoyed returning to events in person, telling us that they ‘have really missed in-person learning’ and that it was ‘energising to be back at a live event’.

Here’s what we have coming up for the rest of 2021:

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at our remaining 2021 live events, please contact nickhayward@cogora.com for further details.

Five nominations at PPA Independent Publisher Awards

Pulse are thrilled to have five award nominations at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards 2021.

Pulse is nominated for Team of the year (news team), Business publication of the year, Media brand of the year, Editor of the year and Launch of the year (for Pulse PCN), after what as been a very busy year and a half for the team, continuing to support GPs through the pandemic.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Friday 26th November 2021.