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GP News - 06 March 2020

Additional support for Primary Care

Dear All,

I am writing to share with you news of additional support for Primary Care in response to the additional pressures and concerns being raised by the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have heard your concerns about the lack of available supplies, concerns for your workforce, and the need for additional clarification around issues such as swab results and deep cleaning your premises.

We are also aware of issues around QOF and have passed on these concerns and are awaiting national direction and guidance.

Guidance and advice

All of the latest COVID-19 guidance and advice can be found on the following website:

This includes Standard Operating Procedures for Primary Care, flowcharts for the management of a suspected case of novel coronavirus, and patient facing materials, such as guidance on self-isolation and posters for your practice.

This website is updated on a daily basis, we therefore recommend checking back on a daily basis and review the latest versions of all documents and guidance online rather than referring to copies you may have downloaded previously.


We have received confirmation from our regional NHS team that our local GP Practices will all receive 300 fluid resistant surgical masks, 300 gloves and 400 aprons in the first wave of PPE supplies to be delivered directly to practices. These deliveries will commence on Monday.

This will be the first delivery, and the regional team are mindful that larger practices will require more PPE, and these additional supplies will be delivered in a phased manner. We will of course keep you updated with any further information we receive on this front.

Use of PPE Standard Operating Procedures

Your staff may need to be trained, or refresh their training, on how to put on and remove PPE appropriately. You can find the updated SOP for Use of PPE and further guidance here:

This guidance applies to patients who are not possible cases of covid-19 according to the case definition. Any patient meeting case definition should be either triaged away from the practice or if they present in person isolated and 111 phoned for advice. Please note this guidance may be updated in light of new information and we will share accordingly.

Pathway for swabs results

We have heard that the pathway for how patients receive test results hasn’t been communicated clearly enough. We know you want to clearly understand who swabs, how patients are informed of results and when GPs are notified.

Patients will be followed up whether they test negative or positive, and as their GP you will get a copy of the result directly from the lab as per normal results.

Potential practice closure

If you have any concerns around potential practice closure due to contact with a potential case of either a patient or member of staff please do contact the CCG Primary Care team at capccg.primarycare@nhs.net for advice.

Cancellation of GP Education event

With all of the additional pressures on the system and Nikki Kanani sadly having to step down from speaking at the event, we have postponed our next GP Education Event which was due to take place next Thursday 12 March at Huntingdon Racecourse. We will let you know when the event is rescheduled.

Please continue to email any comments or concerns that you have about our system-wide Covid-19 response to this GP Gateway email address. We will collate queries and respond as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continued hard work during this busy and challenging time.

The BIG conversation with Primary Care: feedback

Please find attached the feedback summary following the BIG conversation with Primary Care. We have heard your feedback are working on a plan for the future with the LMC, which we shared in draft form at the last Members' Event. We will share details with you all as soon as this plan is finalised. On specific area or practice issues, our team are working hard to resolve them. If you raised an issue please expect to hear more from us soon. We want to thank everyone who took the time to share their views.

Please continue to contact our Accountable Officer, Jan Thomas, via capccg.ao@nhs.net with any queries or concerns.

General Practice Improvement Leads programme

Spring 2020

Applications for the General Practice Improvement Leads programme Spring cohort is now active on the NHS England website.  

There is a cohort for Midlands and East of England regions starting on 06 May (the regions are paired with the intention to give more opportunities to join cohorts during the year).

Please find the programme flyer attached and the email contact for applicant queries is england.icbd@nhs.net

Vacancy: Primary Care Information Governance and Data Protection Facilitator

The CCG Information Governance Team is looking for an enthusiastic, efficient and motivated new team member who will focus on primary care. This new key role will work as part of a small team within the wider Corporate Affairs Directorate. The post holder will be a point of contact for general practices and primary care staff for day to day information, support and advice. It is essential for applicants to be able to work independently, using their own initiative and within tight timescales, although the wider IG Team will be on hand for support and guidance as and when required. Good communication and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise are vital. The successful applicant will ideally have some IG experience in an NHS (or equivalent) organisation and will be familiar with NHS Data Security and Protection standards and guidance. The role will include the ability to investigate IG related incidents and the post holder will need to be capable of reporting feedback to key users to ensure standards are met and maintained.

  • Closing date for applications: Wednesday 18 March 2020
  • Interviews will be held: Thursday 16 April 2020 at Lockton House in Cambridge.
  • Details of the post are available on NHS Jobs

For further information, please contact Lynn Carter, Corporate Services Support Manager, Information Governance on 07814 770232, or email Data Protection Officer at capccg.dataprotectionofficer@nhs.net

Data Security and Protection Toolkit 2019/2020

Please remember that your Data Security and Protection Toolkit is due for publication by March 31 2020.  

Annual submission of a ‘Standards Met’ Toolkit Assessment demonstrates to the Information Commissioner’s Office that your Practice complies with its legal obligations. The CQC will also be able to view whether a submission has been made by your Practice.

Please check that your Data Protection Registration has not expired.

So far, 21 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough practices have published their 2019/2020 Assessment. Please remember that to enable you to publish a ‘Standards Met’ Assessment, all assigned mandatory evidence items must be responded to.

DSPT useful links:

The CCG IG Team will run regular uptake reports until the end of March and reminders will be sent to you as in previous years.

Please use the following email contact details if you have any questions:

Central Alerting System (CAS)

You can view all alerts on the MHRA website: https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts

Novel Coronavirus - 05 March

This alert updates the advice issued on 25 February 2020. Changes from the previous version are highlighted in blue font. There is a change to the geographic component of the case definition.

The flowchart issued on 25 February remains in force and is attached here for ease of reference.

Emerade 150 Micrograms Solution For Injection In Pre-Filled Syringe

  • Class 2 Drug Alert, Action Within 48 Hours, Patient Level Recall, Ceska Republika S.R.O. (An Affiliate Of Bausch And Lomb Uk Limited)

Pharmaswiss Ceska republika s.r.o. (an affiliate of Bausch & Lomb UK Limited) is recalling all unexpired batches of Emerade 150 microgram auto-injectors (also referred to as pens) from patients due to an error in one component of the auto-injector believed to cause some pens to fail to activate and deliver adrenaline. More information is provided in the attached alert.

Healthcare professionals (GP Practices, Pharmacies) should, contact patients and carers with Emerade 150mcg pens, to inform them of the recall information contained within this alert. Additional advice has also been provided for patients with Emerade 300mcg pens and Emerade 500mcg pens, which are not currently subject to a recall due to insufficient supplies of alternative brands of pens. 

Specific letters for patients can be found in the attachments below.

No further supplies of Emerade will be available on the UK market until the issue has been resolved, therefore patients and carers should be appropriately trained to use other brands.

Full details of the drug alert are included in the attached PDF file. Please forward to listed recipients. This information is also published on the MHRA website https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts.

Tetrabenazine 25mg Tablets

  • Class 2 Drug Alert, Action Within 48 Hours, Aop Orphan Pharmaceuticals Ag

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG is recalling all unexpired stock of the above batch of Tetrabenazine 25 mg tablets (from pharmacies and wholesalers) as a precautionary measure due to out of specification results for the assay, obtained during routine stability testing.

Full details of the drug alert are included in the attached PDF file. Please forward to listed recipients. This information is also published on the MHRA website https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts.

Additional information:

  • GP Practices: please note this alert is for Dispensing GP Practices only.
  • You can view further details of this alert by clicking on the following link: View Alert

Careers and Recruitment Fair 1st April 2020

Its not too late to register your practice for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Primary Care Careers and Recruitment Fair. Complete the information form  and send in to canptraininghub@nhs.net asap.

Calling all our GP First Fives – Appraisal and Revalidation demystified – Top tips and your questions answered

Come and join us at the Huntingdon Marriott Hotel on 12 March at 19:00  where Dr Paula Newton, a local GP and senior appraiser, will help demystify the process of revalidation and appraisal. Hot food and refreshments available from 19:00. Click here to book:

New “Shapes” Courses for 2020

Do you want to beat the burnout? Are you a GP who wants to thrive at work, feel calm, competent and love what you do again? Do the demands of the job, the workload and long hours make you feel overwhelmed, is it possible to do a great job under such pressure? 

Come to our masterclass and find out how the “Shapes Toolkit” can help you beat stress, increase wellbeing and productivity and take back control of your work life.

Run by Dr Rachel Morris, a GP coach, specialist in resilience at work and host of the podcast for GPs, ”you are not a Frog”

Join us for an evening buffet, and book your place on either:

Monday 23rd March

19:00 – 21:00

“Shapes Beat the Burnout” Masterclass

Holiday Inn, Peterborough West

Click here to book now

Thursday 2nd April

19:00 – 21:00

"Shapes Beat the Burnout” Masterclass

Holiday Inn, Impington, Cambridge

Click here to book now

Shapes Tolkit courses will be held

GP Educators and Training Practices Meeting – Room G93, Oak Tree Centre, 1 Oak Drive, Huntingdon PE29 7HN.

The meeting on 12 March at 19:00 will give an opportunity to improve understanding of the tiered Primary Care Educator structure and the approval process for both Primary Care Educators and Practices.

The process and the Approval Forms will be demystified and there will be a Q&A session with Dr Andrew Wright. Click here to book your place.

Registered Clinicians

We still have places available on the following courses for Registered Clinicians

Wednesday 18 March


Information Governance

Hemingford Pavilion, Huntingdon

Click here to book now

Wednesday 01 April


Communication Skills

Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon

Click here to book now

Wednesday 13 May


Sepsis Simulation

Hemingford Pavilion, Huntingdon

Click here to book now

Practice Managers

There is still availability on the following courses for Practice Managers

Tuesday 31 March 


Managing Conflict and Complaint Handling

Wood Green, Godmanchester

Click here to book now

Thursday 23 April 


Coaching for Practice Managers

Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon

Click here to book now

North West Anglian NHS Foundation Trust

New Neurophysiology Service at Peterborough City Hospital

NWAFT has reopened ERS from 28 February 2020 for referrers who are unable to access ICE.

  • Please see attached communication for more details.

Cambridgeshire County Council

Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

Cambridgeshire County Council are consulting on the draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which outlines priorities and how local councils, the NHS and community organisations would like to work together to improve people's health and reduce health inequalities that exist across the area.

The strategy is one of the key responsibilities of both the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWB) who are working jointly to improve the health outcomes of local communities. The Health and Wellbeing Board is the place where politicians, health and social care professionals and other leaders across the system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Communities we live in are fundamental to our health, and the HWB are taking a ‘Think Communities’ approach. We all play a role in improving health and the views of communities, local organisations, councils, the NHS and providers to help us shape a strategy that can help meet future challenges to health and wellbeing that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough face, from climate change to the lifestyles we lead are very welcome.

Local training opportunities

Local events are now being collated on the Training Hub website, we recommend you check this link for the latest training available for practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk


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Tier 2 Visa Sponsor Reimbursement scheme

The Tier 2 Visa Sponsor Reimbursement scheme via NHSE/I will end on the 31 March 2020. Attached is a flyer which explains the benefits of becoming sponsors.  Please direct any enquiries to capccg.primarycare@nhs.net


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GP News - 06 March 2020