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GP News - 10 May 2017


CCG News

Members' Meeting

The next Members' Meeting will be held on Thursday 18 May 2017 1-3pm at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester. Please RSVP to capccg.gateway@nhs.net. The agenda is available here.

Safety Issue 19: Safe use of Lithium

Think Medicines! Safety issue 19 is now available on the health professionals section of the CCG website here, also attached here.

In this issue:

  • Lithium prescribing
  • Monitoring of Lithium in Primary Care
  • Monitoring Packs
  • Drug interactions
  • Discontinuing Lithium
  • GP Prescribing Support Document
  • Information.

Choice Poster

NHS England produced a number of materials and resources here to help CCGs and GPs to encourage patient choice.

We have attached a version of the choice poster for practice video screens here. If you require the poster in a different format please let us know capccg.gateway@nhs.net.


Partner News

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust       

Catch up on #CUHnightshift

Last week Addenbrooke’s hospital was live tweeting using the hashtag #CUHnightshift. Running from 7pm until 7am the following morning, #CUHnightshift provided a fascinating insight into what goes on in a hospital after dark.  During this time #CUHnightshift reached 2.1M people across social media and Addenbrooke’s twitter account gained 1,000 new followers.  You can catch up here

NHS England

Updated Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times

There have been some amendments to the Bank Holiday opening times in May and August for Community Pharmacies in the Cambridgeshire area. Please could you disregard the poster that was previously sent and replace with the one attached here.

Please find: 

Posters for all areas are available here.

Prenatal Pertussis Vaccination PGD

Version three here replaces the current PGD for use when giving prenatal pertussis vaccination to pregnant women and contains the following amendments to the previous version:      

  • Reflects the service specification for vaccine eligibility ‘from 16 weeks of pregnancy’ rather than ‘from 20 weeks of pregnancy’
  • references the protocol for ordering storage and handling of vaccines
  • updates wording regarding authorisation in line with agreed PHE PGD template changes and multiple practitioner authorisation sheet.

Please could you ensure your practices nurses have access to this document.

PGDs are held on the health professionals section of the CCG website here.

If you have any queries please e-mail England.ea-phsi@nhs.net

Alzheimer's Society

Dementia Awareness Week - 14 - 20 May 2017

Please find here a link to some excellent Alzheimer’s Society resources to print for Dementia Awareness Week from 14 – 20 May.

Should you have any further queries at all, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jo Pugh, Project Support Manager jo.pugh1@nhs.net

Many thanks for your help and support with Dementia Awareness Week

Cambridgeshire County Council

Making an appointment to register a death online.

Whilst most people will book their appointments themselves, we are aware that you may have discussions with people when issuing a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) or when dealing with families after a death. Residents that live in the Cambridgeshire County Council area can now make appointments to register a death, confirmed by a medical certificate, via the online booking system.

See attached letter here for further information. 


External courses and events

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.

Cambridgeshire LSCB

Neglect in the New Age

The LSCB is launching the Road Show over the next few months to coincide with the Graded Care Profile training. All practitioners from the statutory and voluntary sector, working with children and families, are welcome.

The Aims and Learning Outcomes are for practitioners at the end of the workshop are to:

  • Understand what is ‘Child Neglect’
  • Know what the signs of neglect are and how to identify them
  • Know what neglect assessment tools are available for Cambridgeshire practitioners
  • Make informed child protection referrals to the MASH.

Dates and times

  • 1 June 2017 Ely - Diocesan Office 9.30 -11.30
  • 30 June 2017 Histon Football Association 2.00 – 4.00
  • 6 July 2017 Huntingdon Football Association 9.30 -11.30
  • 10 July 2017 Doddington Hospital – Recreation Hall 9.30 -11.30
  • 17 July 2017 Hinchingbrooke Hospital - Training Room. Time TBC.

To book a place click here.

British & Irish Hypertension Society in association with University of Cambridge

Understanding Hypertension Diagnosis and Management
Friday, 30 June 2017   9.20am – 4pm
Deakin Centre, Cambridge University Hospital’s, Addenbrooke’s

Key Topics

  • Accurate BP Measurement
  • Who needs Ambulatory and/or Home BP Measurement?
  • Interpretation of Home and Ambulatory BP Results
  • Promoting Medication Adherence & Meds Optimisation
  • Promoting Lifestyle Change
  • Risk Factors for Hypertension in Young People
  • The Kidney, Blood Pressure and Salt
  • Hypertension in Pregnancy

Read more here.

North West Anglia NHS

Diabetes Study Day

Wednesday 17th May 2017 9am - 4pm Partnership Suite, Education Centre, Hinchingbrooke Hospital

We still have spaces available on next week’s Diabetes Study Day.   We have some excellent speakers amongst whom are Dr Anitha Mathews, Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Dr Arun Aggarwal, GP of Rainbow Surgery, Dr Suzanne Hamilton, Consultant Obstetrician & Clinical Medical Director of Medicine and more.

We are also delighted to have the IAPT Team along to present on Improving Access to Psychological Treatments specifically aimed at diabetes patients.

Dr Aggarwal has kindly prepared a pub style diabetes quiz for the more competitive amongst you!

Food will be provided along with refreshments throughout the day.

Last year’s Diabetes Day was a huge success.  I look forward to receiving your registrations via email to sallylephard@nhs.net .
Please find attached a registration flyer with more information along with a Draft Programme which will be fine-tuned by the end of the week.

To book your place please email sallylephard@nhs.net with the following details:

  • Attendees Name (s)
  • Name & Practice address
  • Special dietary requirements

Your place will be confirmed by return email. See flyer here.

Primary Care Respiratory Academy

Respiratory Academy Roadshow

The Primary Care Respiratory Academy is an educational initiative that aims to improve respiratory care through learning and sharing of best practice.

Dates have now been released for this year's respiratory academy roadshows…and there’s one in Cambridgeshire.

Anyone can also register for free to join the academy and access CPD modules, see the website here or the flyer here for further details.

The Academy has been developed and is produced by Cogora, the publisher of Pulse, Nursing in Practice and Healthcare Leader working in partnership with PCRS-UK and is funded by Pfizer. See attached flyer or the website for further information.

Addenbrookes Postgraduate Medical Centre

The GEMS (GP Evening Meetings) Programme

Tuesday 13 June 2017

The GEMS (GP Evening Meetings) Programme is aimed at GPs and Nurses in Primary Care and is FREE - including a light supper from 7.00pm with the seminars beginning at 7.30pm for an hour and a half. We ask that you pre-register so we know how much food to order! If too many people just turn up on the night there will not be enough to go around – so please do book if you would like to eat.

The GEMS programme runs three times a year.

The seminars are on the subjects of Diabetes, Elderly Care Group, Women’s Health, Substance Misuse and a First Five group (for those in their first five years post GP training).

For further details and booking please click here.

West Suffolk College

Learning at work week 

What is Learning at Work Week?

Learning at Work Week is an annual event in May organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. It aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work. This year Learning at Work Week 2017 takes place from 15 -21 May on the theme 'Curious & Creative'.

Who can take part?

The good news is that ANYONE can take part and we are offering all of our workshops for FREE. 

Why not come along and see what the College has to offer.

What opportunities does it provide?

Learning at Work Week offers an opportunity to engage in new topics or simply use sessions as Continual Professional Development (CPD).  All sessions will be delivered at our main campus in Bury St Edmunds. Please see below for our offer.

with Julie Towns
Monday 15 May 4.00pm - 6.00pm

How to apply Jung Personality Preferences in a practical way.  Julie will provide you with an insight into how you can find out more about yourself and how your behaviour impacts on your relationships at work. 

with Kath Howell from the Terrier Group
Tuesday 16 May 10.00am - 11.00am

Kath will introduce you to some lean management techniques which could assist you to improve business performance and eliminate waste. 

with Sophie Ransome from Solicitors Birketts
Wednesday 17 May 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Sophie will be providing an employment law update on recent legislation and case law developments in the employment law arena and key things to look out for in the next 12 months.

with Julie Towns
Thursday 18 May 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Julie will talk you through what Emotional Intelligence is and how it could help you be more in tune with your staff and engage with them more effectively. 

with Gary Willis
Friday 19 May 9.30am - 11.30am

Gary will provide you with his unique insights into how you can engage with your audience and control your nerves when giving presentations. 

To book any of the above FREE workshops please email training@wsc.ac.uk with your name, employer and contact details. Further information here.

West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3RL