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GP News - 06 October 2017

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

You are cordially invited to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s  ‘Time for Care in General Practice’ showcase event at the Huntingdon Marriot Hotel on Wednesday 8 November 2017.
This event is open to General Practitioners, Practice Managers and other key stakeholders involved in delivering change. Please register online here. 

Lunch and registration will be available from 12.00pm with the event starting promptly at 1.00pm. The event will finish at 5.00pm.

GP practice delegates will explore opportunities to learn how practices around England, including some within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are:

  • Freeing up time and developing themselves to become productive and efficient general practices
  • Exploring the practicalities of making changes yourself and consider together how you want to sustain and improve care in general practice 
  • Accessing information and case studies, including local examples of success
  • Increasing knowledge of the High Impact Actions and a deeper understanding of the practicalities of using them in practice, in addition to renewed confidence in your own ability to manage workload better.

Hosts and Facilitators

  • Hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, and is being organised in partnership with NHS England.  
  • Facilitated by Dr Robert Varnam, Director of General Practice Development at NHS England.   
  • Breakout sessions will be available where attendees can learn more about the High Impact Actions:
    • Online Consultations – Dr Murray Ellender will be presenting eConsult
    • Document Management – Jaivir Pall will be presenting Workflow Optimisation

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.

Reminder: ‘GP Cancer Masterclass’ education evenings

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

Cambridge masterclass

The Cambridge Masterclass will be held at the Education Centre, Arthur Rank House.  To register please click here

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.

For any queries please email Laura Millman on laura.millman@nhs.net

Peterborough masterclass

The Peterborough Masterclass will be held at the Thorpe Hall.  To register please click here

The educational evenings will begin at 6:30 pm with drinks and a snack, and the talks commencing at 7:00pm.

Places are limited, and we are currently restricting the events to GPs only. We look forward to meeting you at the events.

You can attend either Peterborough or Cambridge.

We hope that every GP will be no more that 30 mins from a venue.

The speaker details will be updated as they become available and any changes notified.

For any queries please email Jane Steward:

Research updates

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

  • Tailored messages almost double the odds of medication adherence Automated telephone and text messaging interventions almost double the odds of adherence to medication when compared to usual care, according to a systematic review of research studies, published today by Dr Kassavou and Professor Sutton. The review set out to assess how well automated telecommunications (including voice messages and text messages) can support medication adherence. 
  • The Clinical Research Network's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is running again this November and is now open for registration. The MOOC is a four week online course and is free of charge. The course, which is delivered by FutureLearn, works alongside online materials and an online community of learners, and aims to answer some pertinent questions including, 'How are treatments and cures discovered?', 'What is the impact of clinical research?', 'How do we undertake clinical research?' and 'Why do we do clinical research?'. The fifth MOOC is entitled 'Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’ and will run from 6 November 2017
  • Research Skills Course 22nd & 23rd November 2017, Papworth Hospital. This two day course will give you a useful introduction to the practice, methods, theories, regulations and key resources which clinical researchers can use to plan, design and conduct clinical research projects in the NHS. It is suitable for clinical researchers, clinical fellows, research nurses, research coordinators and research allied health professionals. This course awards 12 credits from the Royal College of Physicians (UK) external CPD scheme.

Partner news

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published its report on an Outstanding GP practice in Cambridge.

Congratulations to the Cambridge Access Surgery on this achievement. The practice was found to be providing an exemplary service to its patients when it was inspected in August. The full report can be read on the CQC website here

NHS England

Personal Dental Service Orthodontics procurement

NHS England are intending to carry out a procurement process for personal dental service orthodontics delivered in primary care. The stakeholder brief can be found here

NHS England to help tackle rising costs of GP indemnity with £10 million 

NHS England has announced plans to help strengthen out-of-hours GP services during the winter period by making £10 million available for indemnity costs. Full article here.

More information about the scheme and how it can be accessed can be found on the NHS England website here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/investment/indemnity/winter-indemnity/

Campaign to end loneliness

Push Back Against Loneliness opens up the conversation about loneliness in later life to all interested parties in each district of the county (plus an additional event in both Peterborough and Cambridge). Details attached. Please share with your networks. All are welcome to attend.

A Vision for Change - Combating Loneliness in Later Life is a workshop event hosted with NDTi on Thursday 26 October at Wood Green Animal Sanctuary in Godmanchester. Details attached.Please feel free to share within your professional networks. This event is for professionals only.

External events & training

Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Programme is offering a series of FREE webinars

The Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Programme is offering a series of FREE webinars over the coming months.  FGM is child abuse and illegal and all statutory professionals play a crucial role in caring for and safeguarding those at risk.

We have VERY limited numbers at each webinar and we are offering sessions FREE of charge. In the current climate, you will be aware that this is a valuable offer, and we would ask for cooperation in using places appropriately. Each webinar is for 1hour:

  • If two people or more people from your organisation would like to attend a session, please book one space and arrange for a meeting room/office in which you can use a speaker phone to all join the session whilst only taking one place.  
  • Please also make sure you are definitely able to attend any sessions you book.
  • If you need to cancel, please let us know with as much notice as possible, so we can offer it to someone else.

WEBINARS: Female Genital Mutilation and Safeguarding - how healthcare professionals can make a difference

Healthcare professionals play a crucial role in safeguarding girls from FGM when they understand how and when to ask questions and the risk factors to look at for.  This session will cover practical advice about safeguarding assessments in healthcare settings.

Upcoming dates:  

  • 17 Oct  17  @ 1500hrs
  • 09 Nov 17 @ 0930hrs
  • 23 Nov 17  @ 0930hrs

WEBINARS: Introducing the Female Genital Mutilation Risk Indication System (FGM RIS)

Find out about the FGM Risk Information system, which is being rolled out across maternity settings in England. Learn about what the system is; how it supports information sharing among health professionals; the safeguarding of girls against FGM, and what is involved in implementing the system in your organisation.  


  • 16 Oct 17 @ 1300hrs
  • 30 Oct 17 @ 1200hrs
  • 08 Jan 18 @ 1300hrs

WEBINARS: The Female Genital Mutilation Enhanced Dataset - data about patients with FGM and how it can help

This session will discuss the NHS Digital FGM Enhanced Dataset, and how it is being used at a national level. It will demonstrate how the data can be used at a local level to support commissioners and providers.


  • 21 Nov 17 @ 1400hrs
  • 17 Jan 18 @ 0930hrs

WEBINARS: Tackling FGM in Mental Health Services

This session is to help you to recognise the potential impact of FGM on psychological health and how to care for and support girls, women and families affected by FGM. It will refresh your knowledge of the FGM, safeguarding and the mandatory reporting duty.


  • 25 Oct 17 @  1300hrs
  • 14 Nov 27 @ 1200hrs
  • 08 Feb 18 @ 1300hrs

Opioid Aware Webinars

Opioid Aware Webinar – 1 of 2 – Dr Ruth Bastable  - 13 October 2017, 1pm – 2pm

To register visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1263899996008112387

On 13 October 1-2pm we'll be welcoming Dr Ruth Bastable for her Opioid Aware webinar. Opioids have a very limited place in the management of chronic pain. This webinar will provide an introduction to the topic and some of the material on the British Pain Society website 'Opioids Aware': (https://www.fpm.ac.uk/faculty-of-pain-medicine/opioids-aware).

Opioid Aware Next Steps Webinar – 2 of 2 – Dr Ruth Bastable – 18 October, 1pm – 2pm

To register visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/779879584298417411 

On 18 October 1-2pm we'll be welcoming Dr Ruth Bastable for her Opioid Aware Next Steps webinar. Opioids have a very limited place in the management of chronic pain, yet there has been a 450% risk in the amount of opioids prescribed in the last 10 years. Most of this is for chronic pain. During this webinar we will look at what can we do about this? How can we help patients with chronic pain? How can we recognise patients at risk of problematic opioid prescribing? As usual there will be time for a Q&A session at the end. 

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