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GP News - 1 December 2017

GP recruitment hits record level

A record number of doctors have signed up to train as GPs, Health Education England has said.

Figures released by Health Education England show the highest ever number of people entering GP training in NHS history. This year’s figure of 3,157 establishes a new record for the number of GP starters, beating what was the previous record set last year by 138. Read more on the HEE website at https://www.hee.nhs.uk/news-blogs-events/hee-news/record-breaking-number-doctors-entering-gp-specialty-training

Reminder: Clinical Policies Website (CAMBSPHN) closing

Please note:  the Clinical Policies Website (CAMBSPHN) has.

All documentation and policies relevant to the Joint Prescribing Group and Clinical Policies Forum is now available on the CCG web site:    https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/

We would be most grateful if you could advise if you notice any discrepancies in the documents (i.e. incorrect versions) in order that this transition goes as smoothly as possible.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Please find attached a letter regarding the Information Governance Alliance’s (IGA) delay in publication of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) advice material and their first edition of GDPR FAQs. Further information on GDPR can be found on the Healthcare Professionals pages of the website.

CCG Research Updates

Please see below the latest developments from the world of healthcare Research and Innovation 

  • 2017 NIHR CLAHRC EoE Fellows’ Showcase Join us at The Belfry Hotel, Cambourne, on 7 th  December 2017 (9am – 4pm) to celebrate the fellows and their fantastic work. The event is an opportunity for our current fellows to present their research project and reflect upon their experiences of the fellowship programme. 

Partner News

Alerts and recalls for drugs and medical devices

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Lipitor (Atorvastatin) 80mg film-coated tablets / Atorvastatin 80mg film-coated tablets, Almus livery

Pfizer is recalling the above batches as a precaution due to an out of specification result for microbiological testing during routine stability studies on a batch of the product which was not released to the market. (EL (17) A/12)

For further information on this published alert:


Service info: YMCA counselling service closure

Please find attached a letter regarding the closure of the Local Authority funded YMCA Counselling Service. 

Due to the upcoming closure of the free counselling service offered by the YMCA as of 31st December 2017, they are writing to ask that all promotional material that you may have within your surgery to now be taken down and to no longer signpost to this service.

Public Health England

These new PGDs are issued by PHE:

  • Hep A PGD for hepatitis A vaccine to individuals considered at high risk of exposure to hepatitis A or post exposure to hepatitis A virus.
  • HepA/B vaccine PGD, for HepA/B vaccine to individuals over one year of age requiring pre-exposure immunisation against hepatitis A and B virus.
  • HepA/B vaccine (Temp) PGD, which has been issued for use during the global shortage of hepatitis vaccine affecting UK supply. This PGD supports the administration of HepA/B vaccine to individuals requiring pre-exposure or post-exposure immunisation against hepatitis A or B virus in accordance with PHE temporary dose sparing advice, to preserve and prioritise monovalent hepatitis vaccine stock for those with the greatest ability to benefit and highest immediate need.

They are available on the CCG website at: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/prescribing-information/patient-group-directions/

Events and Training    

GP Cancer Masterclasses - reminder

The next GP Cancer Masterclasses are as follows:

  • Cambridge 
    Tuesday 23 January 2018 / Education Centre, Arthur Rank House / 6.30pm supper / talks start 7.00pm
    The educational evenings will begin at 6:30 pm with supper, and the talks commencing at 7pm. 
    Places are limited, and we are currently restricting the events to GPs only. We look forward to meeting you at the events.
    To register a place at a Cambridge Masterclass please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-cambridge-tickets-37059239182
  • Peterborough 
    Wednesday 29 November 2017 / Thorpe Hall  / 6.30pm drinks & snack / talks start 7.00pm
    The educational evenings will begin at 6:30 pm with drinks and a snack, and the talks commencing at 7pm. Places are limited, and we are currently restricting the events to GPs only. We look forward to meeting you at the events.
    To register a place at a Peterborough Masterclass please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-peterborough-tickets-37692988744

Doppler training - Cambridge

Doppler assessment skills training

12 January 2018, 1.30-4.30pm

Sawston medical practice

Book by emailing contact@sknurses.co.uk 

Health Education England

East of England Primary Care Leadership Collaboratives programme - apply by 18 Dec!

The NHS Leadership Academy has launched its Primary Care Leadership Collaboratives. Details are enclosed on the attached flyer and application form. Please note: the training is funded by HEE, but there is no backfill funding available. The programme involves four contact days in addition to local networking in project groups and will run between January and May 2018.

Health Education England are looking for up to three collaboratives from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP area. Each collaborative has three members, likely to be a practice manager, practice nurse and GP/GDP but potentially including other senior colleagues in practices or federations.

Working as a group of three from your practice, federation or CCG within your local strategic transformation plan (STP) footprint, this funded course will empower you to enable innovation and service transformation. In addition to leadership development sessions with a mix of group work and input from senior colleagues from the NHS and universities, participants will be able to access individual coaching and other resources through the East of England Leadership Academy and the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

We anticipate each collaborative will already be working together to improve health and health outcomes for communities, perhaps through the delivery of new models of integrated care. Our goal is to enable improvement and innovation across STPs through the collaborative, sharing a common purpose and vision of primary care and future outcomes for communities.

Applications must be received by 10am on Monday 18th December. Please send programme queries and applications to leadership.eoe@hee.nhs.uk. You can also watch our promotional video from 2016/17.

RCGP East Anglia upcoming events

Please find attached a list of upcoming RCGP East Anglia upcoming events. The courses are available to book through the RCGP East Anglia website, www.rcgp.org.uk/eastanglia 

Joint and Soft Tissue Injection Course Thursday 18 January 2018

A one day course on Joint and Soft tissue Injection for General Practitioners (with clinical assessment & conservative management). Reduce your Referrals to Secondary Care.
This course expands on the “fire and forget” content of the original RCGP injection module in the minor surgery course by involving the delegates in joint assessment techniques and examining the evidence behind joint and soft tissue injections.
Start date18/01/2018
Duration1 day
Basic Life Support Friday 19 January 2018
Do you need to get your Adult and Paediatric Basic Life Support training up to date? Here is your chance.
Start date19/01/2018
DurationHalf day
Child Health Study Day Wednesday 31 January 2018
Children are a significant part of a GP’s clinical practice and require a different approach from adults. This study day is aimed at clinicians who work in Primary Care, including General Practitioners, Trainees and Advanced Nurse Practitioners and will cover topics including making paediatrics a child centred experience, hypermobility and childhood arthritis, the differential diagnosis of fits, faints and funny turns and the interdisciplinary needs of children with brain injuries.
Start date31/01/2018
Duration1 day
Dermoscopy for Beginners Wednesday 7 February 2018
This one day introductory course run in association with the PCDS and is suitable for those with little or no previous knowledge as well as those for whom the early stages require reinforcement and reassurance.
This course is aimed at GPs and VTS registrars primarily but would also be appropriate for specialist nurses involved in skin care. Indeed anyone involved in examining and advising patients about their skin lesions would benefit.
Start date07/02/2018
Duration1 day
Minor Surgery Update Thursday 15 March 2018
This is not just any minor surgery update course, this is the update course which presents the most recent evidence, guidance and examples from recent medicolegal cases to advise, warn and encourage GPs and GPwSIs in minor surgery towards necessary, appropriate, safe, skilled and fun skin surgery in general practice. We have a programme for you that is suitable for education, appraisal, accreditation and revalidation with certificates for CPD and DOPS assessment
Start date15/03/2018
Duration1 day
Location Norwich

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