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GP News - 11 August 2017

In this issue:

  • CCG News
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG Annual General Meeting 2017
  • Partner News
  • Latest innovations
  • External events and training

CCG News

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG Annual General Meeting 2017

You are invited to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 19th of September at the Council Chamber, Ely. Please find an invitation and reply slip below.


Reply Slip

Partner News

It’s Official! - Our STP is making ‘Advanced’ progress

Progress in delivering the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP has been assessed as ‘advanced’ by NHS England and NHS Improvement.  The assessment, published on 21st July, took account of health and care service performance and patient-focused change across the county in areas such as emergency care, cancer care and prevention.

The STP Progress Assessment provides headline ratings for STPs in four bandings:

  1. Outstanding; 
  2. Advanced;           
  3. Making Progress;           
  4. Needs Most Improvement.

For more details see attached Implementation Briefing

New Patient Group Directives - updated list

Please see list of updated PGDs:

You can find all other PGDs at


New home test kit for bowel cancer screening: what GPs need to know

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer by detecting disease before symptoms appear when it is easier to treat and there is a better chance of survival.

Infograhic showing the words information for GPs. The programme will introduce a new improved home test kit for screening from April 2018. It is called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) and it will replace the guaiac faecal occult blood test (gFOBt).

It’s important that GPs and others working in primary care understand this change to the screening programme and its implications for their patients, so here is a brief summary. More information here: https://phescreening.blog.gov.uk/2017/08/04/new-home-test-kit-for-bowel-cancer-screening-what-gps-need-to-know/

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) national campaign

Public Health England (PHE) will launch a national campaign on October 17th across England to support the government’s efforts to reduce inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics.

The campaign’s key aims are to:

  • Alert and inform the public to the issue of AMR in a way that they understand and increase recognition of personal risk    of inappropriate usage
  • Reduce public expectation for antibiotics by increasing understanding amongst patients about why they might not be given antibiotics, so reducing demand
  • Support healthcare professional (HCP) change by boosting support for alternatives to prescription

To be notified about the campaign and be informed when resources are available to pre-order, register with the Campaign Resource Centre and select to receive Antimicrobial Resistance communications. If you are already registered, update your email subscription preferences in Your Account area.

To register for updates: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/user/new

To order resources: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/58

New drug campaign launched

A new campaign is being launched to try and reduce the levels of county line criminality. A “county line” is the method used by an urban organised crime group to extend their drug dealing into new locations. They will exploit young and vulnerable people, recruiting them to deal drugs by using financial incentives, intimidation, violence and grooming.

For more details see- http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/GetCloser/DrugNetworking/

Take part in a survey or interview to improve genetic test reports

The East of England Genomic Medicine Centre is looking for healthcare professionals to improve genetic test reports. Have your say and be entered into a prize draw for a £100 Amazon voucher or take part in an interview, costs and expenses paid.

Full details- http://eastgenomics.org.uk/healthcare-professionals/a-guide-to-a-genetic-test-report

Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist

Please see the letter below from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dementia Action Alliances about how GP practices can sign up to the dementia friendly recognition process. There is also a checklist for making environments dementia friendly.

More information about DAAs within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is on local pages at : http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/east_of_england

Northamptonshire County Council – current consultations

1.    Commissioning Healthwatch Northamptonshire 2018-2021 Consultation

Northamptonshire County Council are re-commissioning their Healthwatch services and we would like to hear your views to help us explore and shape how Healthwatch in Northamptonshire will look from April 2018 onwards.

You can have your say in a number of different ways:

This consultation closes on 1st September 2017.

2.    Commissioning Support for the Voluntary and Community Sector 2018-2021 Consultation

Northamptonshire County Council’s Voluntary Sector Support contract ends on 31 March 2018 and the Council are seeking views from Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, volunteers and individuals who access services both from the Council’s currently contracted organisation (Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire) and other non NCC funded support organisations that provide similar services to communities and organisations.

If you currently work for, volunteer or access services from Voluntary and Community Sector support organisations, then we would like to hear your views to help shape the development of the next Voluntary and Community Sector support contract.

You can have your say in a number of different ways:

This consultation closes on 1st September 2017.

3.    Commissioning 0-19 years Public Health Nursing Services Consultation

Northamptonshire County Council is responsible for making sure that all children (aged 0-19) are safe, as healthy as they can, and that any health or development problems are identified as early as possible and the right treatment and care offered. We want to make access to this service as easy as possible for parents and their children.

You can have your say in a number of different ways:

This consultation closes on 8th September 2017.

Latest innovations

  • More patients accessing new treatments, as clinical research participants increase to 665,000 in record year More people than ever before are being given access to new and better treatments through participation in clinical research, according to latest figures published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
  • Public health interventions may offer society a return on investment of £14 for each £1 spent News from the NIHR. A systematic review of 52 studies has shown that each £1 invested in public health interventions could offer an average return on investment to the wider health and social care economy of £14. Read more via the link above. 
  • Pioneering projects receive first Medtech Accelerator awards News from the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. In a boost for NHS innovation, three pioneering innovations from the East of England will share £200k in the first stage of this new financial awards scheme.

External events and training

Cervical Screening Update Training

For attention of all cervical sample takers, Public Health England NHS Cervical Screening Programme, Guidance for the training of cervical screening sample takers, 2016  recommends sample takers should undertake a minimum of one half day’s update training every three years which should address the following issues:

  • Current developments in the NHS cervical screening programme, both nationally and locally
  • Recent literature relevant to sample taking, sampling devices, Human Papilloma virus (HPV) and individual’s needs
  • Changes to screening policies and procedures
  • Identification of personal learning needs
  • A qualitative assessment of 20 recent consecutive samples produced by the sample taker, looking at reflective practice, positive pick up rates, and ideally transformation zone sampling
  • Learning from incidents in the programme

Details and booking forms are available at http://www.eastenglandtraining.co.uk/

For more information and to book please go to: http://www.eastenglandtraining.co.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.