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GP News - 03 November 2017


Reminder: 'Time for Care in General Practice'  showcase event - 08 November 2017

Don't forget to register for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s  ‘Time for Care in General Practice’ showcase event at the Huntingdon Marriot Hotel on Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please register online here. 

Further information is available in the attached invite letter and flyer. If you have any queries please contact Fiona Holloway-Parks, Cambrideshire and Peterborough CCG via email fiona.holloway-parks@nhs.net or call 01223 725343.

School Nurse Q&A

Peterborough School Nurses have agreed to hold a question and answer session for GPs in the area at Bretton Medical Practice on 14 November at 12:00.

As space is limited, please can you let Natalie Fenton know if you wish to attend as soon as possible, email: natalie.fenton@nhs.net    

Reminder: ‘GP Cancer Masterclass’ education evenings

As advertised previously Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG has co-ordinated with Macmillan to  hosting a series of full funded ‘GP Cancer Masterclass’ education evenings.   

  • 16 November in Cambridge (second workshop)    
  • 29 November in Peterborough (second workshop)
  • More information is available here   

To book onto the Cambirdge workshops follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-cambridge-tickets-37059239182    

To book onto the Peterborough workshop follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-peterborough-tickets-37692988744    

For any queries please email Laura Millman on laura.millman@nhs.net or Jane Steward  jane.steward1@nhs.net 

Updated PGDs

The following Patient Groups Directives have been replaced on the website:

Td/IPV (Revaxis) PGD

Available here. Amended to:  

  • include vaccination in line with recommendations for the management of diphtheria or polio
  • remove exclusions regarding timing of previous vaccination (see dose section for schedules)
  • remove exclusions relating to neurological conditions, encephalopathy and Guillain Barre/brachial neuritis and relevant advice moved to the cautions section 
  • update off-label section in relation to amended indications
  • update dose section with management of cases and contacts of polio and diphtheria


Available here. Amended to:

  • include vaccination in line with recommendations for the management of diphtheria or polio
  • remove exclusions regarding timing of previous vaccination (see dose section for schedules)
  • remove exclusions relating to neurological conditions and encephalopathy and relevant advice moved to the cautions section
  • update off-label section in relation to amended exclusions
  • update dose section with management of cases and contacts of polio and diphtheria

Shingles PGD

Available here. This replaces the version currently in use.  Please replace this with the new version attached.  This PGD reflects the new service specification for this year, accommodating the changes to the eligibility and allowing for vaccination on or after the 70th or 78th birthday.

Research updates

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

  • Simple preventive actions by parents linked to fewer child injuries Children under five years are especially at risk from unintentional injuries in and around the home. The annual cost of emergency admissions related to such injuries was estimated at £36 million! A recent study by Kendrick et al. found education and provision of safety advice to parents to be highly effective in tackling the scale of these avoidable injuries.    
  • Carefully managed antibiotic use could halve antibiotic-resistant infections Promoting the appropriate use of antibiotics (antibiotic stewardship) could halve the number of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria compared with unguided prescribing. Combining this with hand hygiene, such as washing hands with soap and water and using alcohol-based hand-rubs, could reduce antibiotic resistance further.  
  • NIHR Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC)The Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) has just been launched by the NIHR to support early stage researchers to spend time in other parts of the NIHR. It is specifically designed to foster collaboration and enhance the researcher's early career. Deadline for applications is 1pm, 5th December 2017.    
  • Knit a neuron! The School for Primary Care Research hosted a science engagement activity on 29th September 2017 where members of the public crafted neurons which they attached to create a giant neural network of ‘memories’. Members of the public from aged 4 years and upwards sat with scientists to learn about healthcare research, and how they can get involved in the future as participants or public contributors    

Partner news

Diabetes UK

Diabetes Public Engagement Event - Cambridge    

  • Thursday 23 November 2017 - 6.30-8.30 pm
    Cambridge United Football Club, Abbey Stadium, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8LN    
  • Flyer attached for more information.

Diabetes Public Engagement Event - Peterborough

  • Wednesday 29 November 2017 - 6.30-8.30 pm
  • Peterborough United Football Club, ABAX Stadium, London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AL
  • Flyer attached for more information. 

External events & training

NHS England 

Improving Access to General Practice Webinars *new

NHS England have announced some additional dates to the webinars they have been running on the next steps for improving access to general practice. The webinars repeat content covered through earlier webinars, including the seven core requirements and what this means for those working in general practice, key messages and FAQs, and will provide an update on resources available nationally to support rollout. Dates of webinars are as follows:

NHS England will also be hosting a number of inequalities in access focused webinars as follows.  The content of these webinars will focus on the recently published inequalities resource pack and allows an opportunity to ask the team any questions you may have:

General Practice Transformation Champions event – 22 November 2017, London

Following the success of NHS England’s event in March 2017, NHS England are running another General Practice Transformation Champions event on 22 November 2017 in London. The conference is for anyone involved in leading improvement and transformation in general practice in the NHS, from GPs, practice managers and other primary care professionals, to commissioners and STPs.    

A packed programme includes national primary care updates from Dr Arvind Madan (Director of Primary Care and Deputy Medical Director) and Dominic Hardy (National Director of Primary Care), practicalities of using the 10 High Impact Actions, and leadership sessions from the frontline of transformation. Book your free place online here

Launch of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service

Working in collaboration using The Balanced System™ framework to deliver evidence based, timely support for children with speech, language, communication and swallowing needs across the county

  • Monday 15 January
  • Hinchingbrooke Country Park.
  • 1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • short presentation at 3:00 pm.

There will be coffee served and information stations so please drop in and find out about our exciting new service!

To book onto the event please link on the link in the attachment. Tickets will be on a first come first serve basis so please register at the earliest opportunity to secure your place.

Practice nurse training

Free half day cytology updates

  • Funded by Public Health England
  • Suitable for practice nurses who have previoiusly completed a two day cervical cytology training course meeting the NHSCSP Standards
  • Various dates and venue - see attached flyer for details and course content.

Free half day immunisation updates

  • Funded by Public Health England
  • Suitable for practice nurses who have previously completed a two day immunisations course meeting the National Standards for immunisation training.
  • Various dates and venue - see attached flyer for details and course content.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Services Conference

You are invited to the Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference taking place on 30 November 2017 at Burgess Hall, St Ives from 09.30am to 3.30pm). Burgess Hall is located on Westwood Road, St Ives and has plenty of onsite car parking facilities.

Please RSVP to Helen Gregg, Partnership Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Councils at helen.gregg@peterborough.gov.uk or call her on 01733 863618 by Monday 06 November. The conference agenda is attached here.

FREE Diabetes Education Online Training (CDEP)

We are pleased to have secured funding to enable our clinicians FREE access to the Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP).

The new registration key code is: CambsPboroCCG. Details for how to register can be found in the attached flyer. We would encourage as many clinicians to register as possible, and this will support achievement of the Diabetes LES.

If anyone has any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sally Berry, Diabetes Programme Manager sally.berry1@nhs.net, or Candice Ward, Lead CDEP Educator candice.ward@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.

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