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GP News 21 February 2020

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Careers and Recruitment Fair | 01 April  13:00–1700

Sign up your practice now for this great opportunity to meet and gain new recruits.

For more information or to register your practices interest in having a stall, please contact the Training Hub on 01733 666670 or candptraininghub@nhs.net


GP Development Update | BringBaby | Peterborough

BringBaby aims to provide educational updates to GPs on parental leave, career breaks or recently returned to work. This is a fantastic opportunity is available for free for those with or without babies.

Fri 28 Feb | 09:45–14:30 | KingsGate Conference Centre

Please click here to book now.

MCA and DoLS: An Advanced Course for GPs and Nurses

Weds 06 May |13:30 - 16:30 | Sawston Medical Centre, Cambridge

Thurs 10 Sept | 09:30 - 12:00 | Boroughbury, Peterborough

Tues 03 Nov | 13:30 - 16:30 | Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon  

MCA and DoLS for HCAs

Tues 19 May |14:00 - 16:30 | Sawston Medical Centre, Cambridge

Thurs 16 July | 09:30 - 12:00 | Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon

Thurs 01 Oct | 09:30 - 12:00 | Boroughbury, Peterborough

Please click here to book your place.

Clinical Awareness and Coding

Weds 25 March 10:00 - 16:00 |Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough 

Please click here to book your place.

Training Events aimed at helping to induct new staff

Weds 04 March

Clinical Systems - SystmOne

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Weds 04 March

Clinical Systems - Emis

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Weds 18 March

Information Governance

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Weds 25 March

Clinical Awareness and Coding

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Weds 01 April

Communication Skills

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Weds 22 April

Safety and Significant Events

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Weds 29 April

Managing Uncertainty

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Weds 13 May

Motivational Interviewing

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Weds 20 May

Effective Consultations

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New: ‘For a greener NHS’ – share your ideas

The NHS recently launched the ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign to support the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, and to deliver on the UK’s commitment of reaching Net Zero by 2050.  As part of the campaign the NHS has launched a call for evidence inviting staff members from across the country to submit their ideas on how we can make the NHS more sustainable. The deadline for submissions is 22 March 2020, and ideas can be submitted here

You can also find out more about the campaign and how to get involved by visiting: https://www.england.nhs.uk/greenernhs

Dermatology Service at Cambridge University Hospital

The Dermatology Service at Cambridge University Hospital (CUH) is currently unable to accept general GP referrals from a number of GP practices outside of CUH’s District General Hospital footprint.

The Trust will remain open to two week wait cancer and tertiary referrals. The Trust has been forced to restrict access outside of the agreed area for all routine GP referrals. However, it is not the intention to disadvantage practices within the C&P STP area, and so the community dermatology service available at the Buckden surgery has been extended, and this will support C&P patients to receive as timely a consultation as possible.

Patients referred to CUH are currently experiencing extended waits for first appointments and treatment. This is due to a 12% increase in the number of referrals compared to the previous year, and vacancies within the consultant and middle grade doctor staffing. Plans are in place to recruit more staff.

In order to ensure that we prioritise the most urgent cases, we need to restrict referrals numbers for the time being and the Trust and CCG are reviewing any clinical risks on a monthly basis and will review the restriction again, as soon as the referrals are safely manageable.  For patients that choose to book their own appointment, they will need to be informed that CUH is not currently an available choice option. CUH has updated their e-RS Directory of Service to reflect this. Practices should refer to Buckden via e-RS. This service accepts routine referrals and can be found by selecting the speciality ‘Dermatology’ and the appropriate clinic. Thank you for your patience and we will keep you updated with progress with the service at CUH.

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 also check to that your Data Protection Registration has not expired.

So far, only 4 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 contact details if you have any questions:

Addenbrooke’s Hepatology Referrals

Reminder from Dr Bill Griffiths Consultant Hepatologist

Please use up to date referral forms for Hepatology and Fibroscan  referrals:

Remember that there are helpful referral guidelines and FAQs which include Abnormal LFTs, NAFLD, raised ferritin etc

All forms and guidelines are on the Clinical Support Tool (SystmOne)  and the CCG website and GP Connect.

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Updated Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

The following PGDs have been updated:

*Please note that the PCV PGD V02.00 should continue to be used until 27 March 2020 for individuals born on or before 31 December 2019 and less than 12 weeks of age.

Also attached is aPGD List and Expiry dates for GP Practices.  All PGDs can be found on the CCG website here: Health Professionals/Prescribing Information/Patient Group Directions

NHS General Practice Multidisciplinary Team

More healthcare professionals including Clinical Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Physician Associates, Mental Health Therapists and Social Prescribing Link Workers are being recruited nationally to work alongside GPs in wider networks of practices. This is part of the NHSLong Term Plan to offer people further choice and more joined-up healthcare. Materials for practices to help raise awareness and understanding of the roles can be downloaded here.

Whirlpool Corporation

Washing machine recall programme

Please find attached a letter regarding the Whirlpool washing machine recall programme. If you are able to display any information regarding this on your patient noticeboards, advertising materials can be obtained by emailing matt.palutikof@ketchum.com.

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

The inclusion of external courses and events within GP News does not imply endorsement by NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG or any association with their operators.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to check external links are from a reliable source please be mindful when requested to input personal information into third party links.
GP News 21 February 2020