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GP News 14 February 2020

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New to Practice Fellowship

The Training Hub is pleased to launch our New to Practice Fellowship two-year programme available through practices to newly qualified GPs and nurses.


  • To support new clinicians in the transition from training to full clinical roles. 
  • To encourage staff to take up substantive posts (salaried or partnership)
  • To reduce the risk of burn out in the clinical workforce
  • To provide practices with a flexible range of resources to support newly qualified clinicians.

The key elements of the fellowship:

Time to Learn Funding contribution to the practice to support 1 session per week (wte pro rata) protected learning and development time. This time will include mentoring, attending monthly regional education sessions and in-practice development projects.

Induction and Mentoring

  • Induction guidelines and support plus funding to provide in-practice mentoring. 
  • Career coaching available through Akeso. 

Education programme

  • Bespoke GP monthly education regional programme with a dedicated early careers GP team.
  • New to Practice nursing training packages, regional nurse educator/tutor support.
  • Access to the training hub’s multi-professional New to Practice skills-based development programme.

If you are interested in the NtP Fellowship programme please email The Training Hub for our detailed practice information pack or our information sheet for newly qualified clinicians

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough General Practice Career’s Fair

Now is the time to register your Practice interest for the Careers Fair on 01 April 

To register your interest or to find out more information, please contact us at candptraininghub@nhs.net 

Exciting courses at your request

Sepsis Training

Wednesday 18 March                      13:00 – 16:30                    Peterborough 

Wednesday 13 May                          13:00 – 16:30                    Huntingdon 

Please click here for more information. 

Social Prescribing

To understand how Social Prescribing Link Workers can work in partnership with Receptionists who are Signposting, we have organised an event “Social Prescribing, signposting and everything in between” on 24 March 2020 at Wood Green 09:30-16:00.

Please click here to book your place.

Locums Nest 

New free app launched to connect GP locums to GP Practices in Cambridge and Peterborough. 

If you are a GP locum, you can download the app for free from all app stores. If you are a practice wanting to upload shifts for free to GP locums to fill, please contact ben@locumsnest.co.uk who will set up an account for you. 

Book now: Dr Nikki Kanani - Medical Director of Primary Care, NHSEI coming to talk to primary care  

Join us at our next GP PCN education event at Huntingdon Race Course on Thursday 12 March, 12:30–15:00 (buffet lunch provided) to hear how other PCNs in our region have been developing new models of care. We have some great speakers lined up including:

  • Dr Nikki Kanani – Medical Director of Primary Care, NHE England & Improvement
  • Mani Dhesi - Transformation Director, SDSmyhealthcare Federation
  • Dr Jeanine Smirl - Clinical Director of Norwich PCN

To book visit the Training Hub website to book this free event

Coronavirus - updated advice

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has now confirmed that as of 14:00 on Thursday 13 February, a total of 2,521 tests have concluded, of which 2,512 were confirmed negative and 9 positive. DHSC will be publishing updated data on this page on a daily basis at 14:00 until further notice.
  • Earlier this week the Secretary of State announced new regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.
  • PHE materials have been updated to reflect the latest case definition and are available on the CRC . There are a range of translated materials on the site
  • Any change to public health advice will be published here first.
  • A new blog on contact tracing plus revised FAQs have been produced today:
  • Latest information and advice for the public is here.
  • Updated guidance for healthcare providers has been published here.

RSVP: Members Meeting – Thursday 27 February

Our next CCG members meeting is on Thursday 27 February 2020, 12.30–15:00. The venue is, as usual, the Kings Suite at Woodgreen in Godmanchester, PE29 2NH.

This event will provide the opportunity for us to share with you the feedback we have received through our current BIG Conversation with Primary Care and discuss the proposed actions for how the CCG can support and improve Primary Care for the future. Full agenda will be shared next week.

There will be a buffet lunch served at 12:30. The meeting will start at 13:00.  To confirm your attendance please email capccg.gateway@nhs.net 

Have your say - BIG conversation with Primary Care

We have launched the BIG conversation with Primary Care to find out how the CCG can support and help improve Primary Care for the future. We’re keen to hear your feedback and there are a number of ways you can do this. All practice members, including receptionists and other administrative staff, are encouraged to complete our short online survey that is available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CCG-BCwPC.

We will also be holding events over the coming weeks that will provide the opportunity to have a face to face decisions about what you’d like from the CCG and how we can work together better in the future: 

  • Ely – Wednesday 19 February – 15:00, Conference Room at Prince of Wales Hospital
  • St Neots – Friday 21 February – 13:30, Priory Centre

Events are open to all practice staff and will last an hour and a half. To reserve a place at any of the above please email CAPCCG.AO@nhs.net. Please share this information with your colleagues in administrative roles at your practice - we are keen to get their feedback and input too.

Your feedback via the survey and our events will help to shape our local vision for Primary Care going forward and ensure that we – at the CCG – are providing you with the right support at the right time. We will be reporting your feedback and our proposed actions back at our next Members Event taking place on Thursday 27 February.

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Disruption to GP services? - Clarification of process of notification  

We thought it would be helpful to clarify the process GP practices should take, should there be any unexpected disruption to services which will effect patients accessing the practice either in person or via the telephone.  For example, when internet or phone lines are down.

In the event of an emergency situation, practices should refer to their business continuity plans and are required to notify the commissioner by e-mailing the NHS England local team at england.gpeast@nhs.net and cc’ing and Communications Team CAPCCG.contact@nhs.net. This will ensure all relevant stakeholders can be notified accordingly.  The CCG communication team can also provide any additional communications support required for patients. 

Correction: Surgical Assessment Unit

Telephone number

Last week we told you about the Surgical Assessment Unit opening at Peterborough City Hospital but unfortunately we had been given the wrong number. Please update your records with the correct number, which is 01733 678690

Surveillance Protocol for patients who have had treatment for 'low risk' Colorectal cancer

Following the release of the recently published East of England Cancer Alliance guidelines, the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Peterborough City Hospital are planning to introduce a new protocol from 01 March 2020. Please find explanatory letter attached.

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

GDPR breaches in 2019 led to €402.6m in fines – the 3 highest fines imposed make up nearly 90% of this figure, issued to British Airways, Marriott International and Google. Closer to home, the ICO have prosecuted a number of individuals for breach of the Data Protection Act, as well as organisations. https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/enforcement/

Ensuring staff member’s Data Protection Awareness training is kept up to date is key to avoiding breaches of the Data Protection Act. For advice and guidance, please contact your Data Protection Officer at capccg.dataprotectionofficer@nhs.net

Central Alerting System (CAS)

Class 2 Drug Alert, Action Within 48 Hours, Accord-Uk Ltd, Gliclazide 40mg Tablets (Northstar Livery)

  • Accord-UK Limited is recalling all unexpired stock of the batch listed in the alert (in Northstar Livery) from pharmacies and wholesalers as a precautionary measure due to out of specification results for dissolution, obtained during routine stability testing.
  • You can view further details of this alert by clicking on the following link: View Alert

Class 3 Fmd Drug Alert, Action Within 5 Days, Glaxo Wellcome Uk Ltd T/A Gsk, Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray

  • Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd T/A GSK has informed us of an issue related to error in the decommissioning of a specific batch of Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray. Upon decommissioning at the pharmacy and when scanning the serialised 2D code, the status of packs may report as `DESTROYED' Although there is no risk to product quality, any remaining stock should be quarantined and returned.
  • You can view further details of this alert by clicking on the following link: View Alert

Class 4 Drug Alert, For Information, Accord Healthcare Ltd, Atrolak Xl Prolonged Release Tablets, All Strengths, (Quetiapine Fumarate - See Alert For More Information)

  • Accord Healthcare Ltd has informed the MHRA that the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for specific batches of Atrolak XL Prolonged Release Tablets (quetiapine fumartate) are missing the side effects identified from post-marketing experience that are documented in Section 4. (Possible Side Effects) relating to Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) syndrome.
  • Healthcare professionals are asked to ensure that patients are aware of the missing information and the current PIL should be included when dispensing the the batches listed in this alert, (https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/search?q=Atrolak&filters=attributes%5bpil%5d&offset=1&limit=50&orderBy=product&refreshFilters=true).
  • You can view further details of this alert by clicking on the following link: View Alert


Partner news

NHS RightCare

Cambridgeshire County Council

For Baby's Sake

  • Covering South Cambridgeshire, City & East Cambridgeshire

Pleaes find attached an information flyer about an organisation called 'For Baby's Sake' which supports mothers and fathers to bring an end to domestic abuse and give their babies the best start in life.

Armed Forces Covenant

Please find attached information on the Armed Foces Covenant including how too become a veteran friendly accredited practices. Also attached is a poster for Forces CONNECT for  dispalying on your patient notice board.

Guide to Independent Living

The Guide to Independent Living in Cambridgeshire 2020 booklet, has  been published. Printed copies are being sent out widely across all health, social care and VCS partners. Below is the link you might also find helpful to link to on your website or to download: https://www.carechoices.co.uk/publication/cambridgeshire-guide-to-independent-living/ 

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Courier Fraud

Please find attached a poster on Courier Fraud, for information.

Living Sport

Walking Sports

The popularity of walking versions of sports is growing and Living Sport are looking to help establish further opportunities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with local partners. Living Sport are organising two walking sports activator workshops. As walking sports do not have the high impact or strenuous level of activity that standard versions of the same games require they are an ideal opportunity for older people looking to return to sport, recover from injury or simply play the sport they loved at a slower page. Please see attached Walking Sports Festival poster and visit the Living Sport website event calendar for details of the workshops.

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


GatewayC – is an online educational tool which can help primary care staff detect cancer at the early stages.

This was initially launched across Greater Manchester; following its success additional funding was received from HEE to make the tool available to all primary care staff across England. The site currently contains 16 modules across a variety of cancers focusing on early diagnosis. All modules are based on patient experience and include advice from experts. In addition to this, there are 5 courses currently in development, including Ovarian and Oesophageal. These will be released during 2020. Please see attached for further information including how to sign up.

Frail/Elderly with Diabetes workshop event

  • Organised and funded by Novo Nordisk
  • Tuesday 24 March 2020 | 18:30
  • The Holiday Inn, Cambridge CB24 9PH
  • Topics: 
    • Diabetes and frailty
    • How to assess fraily in your pracice
    • Case study workshop
    • Treatment options for frail older people requiring insulin.
  • If you would like to attend, or for more information, please contact KSZY@novonordisk.com

Coaching Skills for Leaders in Primary Care

East of England Leadership Academy

Coaching has become a vital and powerful tool for anyone that wants to get the best out of their team.  This session has been developed to provide Primary Care staff including Practice Managers, Practice Nurses, Business Managers, Admin Leads, GP’s with coaching tools and techniques which will improve effective communication in  teams.

You will see how as leaders you can improve performance, confidence and job satisfaction in team members by simply changing the way you communicate with staff.

Please click on the links below to be able to reserve your place on the workshops. This is a one – day programme.

Rosalind Franklin programme

NHS Leadership Academy

The Rosalind Franklin programme is for clinicians or managers leading from the middle of health and care systems, aspiring to lead large and complex programmes, departments, services or systems of care. Further information is available here

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GP News 14 February 2020