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GP News - 13 April 2017

Launch of first Time to Care Testbeds

The Time to Care Testbeds is a pilot scheme aimed at creating capacity in general practice and improving access for patients to an appropriate Health Care professional.

The initiative is in  response to issues raised by local practices at workshops last summer, where practices described challenges that impact their delivery.

Through the Testbeds pilot, practices are looking to implement some of the Ten High Impact Actions recommended in the GP Forward View, or other innovations of their choosing. The Ten High Impact Actions are innovations that have released GP time elsewhere in England, including active signposting, new consultation types, altering the skill mix in practices and partnership working.

The Testbed practices will be given funding to backfill GP and Practice Management time out of the working day to develop ways to work at scale across the group and share best practice. In a series of workshops in April and May, the Testbeds will plan the innovations they will pilot over the coming year.

The CCG wrote to all practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough inviting expressions of interest. We were delighted to receive 11 detailed applications from groups of practices to take part.

Three pilot sites have been selected for the first phase and are ready to launch for the second half of April. The pilot sites include groups of practices in central and north Peterborough, south Fenland and Cambridge:


South Fenland



Cornerstone Surgery

Arbury Road

Botolph Bridge

Fenland Group Practice

Bottisham Medical Practice


George Clare Surgery

Bridge Street


Mercheford House

Cherry Hinton

Orton Bushfield

Riverside Surgery

East Barnwell


Ramsey Health Centre

Firs House

The Grange

Rainbow Surgery

Newnham Walk


Moat House Surgery

Nuffield Road

Thorpe Road


Waterbeach Surgery

Welland Medical






We anticipate three waves of Testbeds in total over the coming three years which will include all Cambridgeshire and Peterborough practices.

If you have any questions, please contact the Project Manager Michelle Rigozzi at michelle.rigozzi@nhs.net.

Members Meeting

Apologies for any confusion caused by last weeks GP News. The next Members' Meeting will be held on Thursday 18 May 2017 1-3pm at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester. See the events calendar on the website for further dates.

Latest innovations

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

  • The iQuit Study team are looking for practices to take part - Does your practice have an in-house Smoking Cessation Advisor? Would you like to support the I-Quit study- a tailored web and text message-based intervention for smoking cessation? Your team could make a difference! To learn more contact sara.stearn@nihr.ac.uk       
  • 'The Art & Science of Clinical Problem-Solving' George Dock, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, will give this special lecture on clinical problem-solving. Wed 5 July 2017, 17:30 – 19:00, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0RE
  • Health Enterprise East’s Finance for NHS Innovations- Friday May 12th 2017 is the next application deadline for the Medtech Accelerator Awards Committee who meet on a quarterly basis to review all applications. Shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to pitch to the Awards Committee on Friday 16th June at Milton Hall, Cambridge. More info here

The Acorn Partnership

Merger Project Manager

The three GP practices in Huntingdon are working towards merging on 1 April 2018, subject to NHS England’s approval. We are seeking an experienced Project Manager to be responsible for the planning, management, coordination and financial control of the merger. Based at the practice premises in Huntingdon the successful candidate will be required to work closely with the merger Executive Working Group (EWG) and the Practice Managers, liaising with NHS England and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Charlotte Goodson at capccg.huntsgrouppractice@nhs.net with “Project manager post” in the subject line.

Applications are via detailed CV with covering letter to the above email address.
Closing date – Monday 17 April
Interview date – Wednesday 10 May

See further information on NHS Jobs.

Partner News

NHS West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Lymphoedema clinic move   

Lymphoedema clinic will be moving from the Robert Horrell Centre at PCH to the Outpatients Department in Stamford in June.

If you need any further information about this, please contact Caroline direct: Caroline.goodliffe@pbh-tr.nhs.uk, Telephone 01733 678561.      

Centre 33

HERE : NOW    

Here:Now is a safe, friendly and confidential service for advice and information on Health and Wellbeing for young people aged between 13 and 25.  No appointment is required, they can just turn up to chat about how they are feeling. There are a variety of workshops and activities available to help reduce anxieties, make informed choices, and develop coping strategies to support positive mental health and wellbeing.

The service is available in Huntingdon and Peterborough. Please see flyers below for practices in these areas.

NHS England

Don't miss out campaign   

A new campaign and set of resources about the Learning Disability Register, Annual Health Checks, and Summary Care Records have been produced by Mencap in collaboration with NHS England. This is all about encouraging people with a learning disability to get better healthcare, by letting people know that doctors and other healthcare workers can provide extra support and advice. The main message is to make sure that patients with a learning disability tell their GP so that they can added to their their GP’s learning disability register.

The campaign is called ‘Don’t miss out’ www.mencap.org.uk/dontmissout and the hashtag for social media is #dontmissout

The direct link to the guides and resources is: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/dont-miss-out/dont-miss-out-guides

The resources include:

  • main guide about joining the learning disability register and why it's so important;   
  • guide for supporters of people with a learning disability about the register, Annual Health Checks, and Summary Care Records;   
  •  template easy read letter to complete and give to your doctor about joining the learning disability register;    
  • easy read guide about joining the learning disability register and why it's important.   

There’s also a really snappy animation (on the Mencap website): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gANZupyBHM 

See the full press release here.                    

NHS Digital

Statistics to be brought together in accessible format with launch of General Practice data hub

Health care professionals, charities, journalists and patients will be soon able to view a wide range of statistical information on GP practices from across England in one place with the launch of a new data hub.

NHS Digital’s GP Data Hub will pull together published official figures in an easily accessible format and will publish them over the next six months. 

The first stage of the launch will enable users to view statistics showing the number of patients registered at each practice and the number of people working at each practice.

The figures also chart Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) data, which contains information on the percentage of people suffering from different health conditions at practice, regional and care commissioning group (CCG) level.

The statistics also measure how well each practice is performing in managing chronic conditions and public health concerns. 

The project will also feature statistics surrounding health and care of people with learning disabilities.

Figures in a recent report on the health and care of people with learning disabilities found people with learning disabilities have poorer health and shorter life expectancy than people without.

The GP data hub will now mean 77 different indicators linked to people with learning disabilities will now be available at the click of a button and will help public bodies to easily monitor performance in identifying and addressing these issues.

The data hub will allow patients to gain important statistics relating to their practice and allow them to compare it to neighbouring or former practices. 

To access the data hub visit: https://www.digital.nhs.uk/GP-Data-Hub

Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board

Strengthening Families an approach to working with families in neglect cases    

  • 10am - 12pm/ 2pm - 4pm
  • Monday 8 May 2017
The Strengthening Families training is being offered to practitioners across Peterborough to support them in dealing with cases of neglect . See flyer here for further information. Application form here.

Cambridge & Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership

New county wide sexual violence service      

Cambridge & Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership (CAPRCP) will be delivering a countywide service for survivors of sexual violence from 1 April 2017. All referrals in to the service are to be made through an online referral system on the new partnership website:- www.caprcp.org.uk

The website currently includes information on the partnership, the services available, how to contact plus links to self-referral forms and professional referral forms however more information will be added to the website as the service beds in.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership.

Adults Domestic Abuse Service

Peterborough City Council’s contract for domestic abuse services with Peterborough Women’s Aid (SASP) came to an end on 31 March 2017. The adults domestic abuse staff have moved through TUPE transfer to Peterborough City Council but are managed as part of a joint team with Cambridgeshire colleagues. The adults independent domestic violence advocate (IDVA) team are now co-located with staff at the Victim and Witness Hub at Copse Court in Peterborough.

The team will only be responding to MARAC referrals (so 14+ (or professional judgement) on the DASH). These referrals will be accepted by the team via email in the usual way. IDVAs will continue to attend and support the MARAC process, as is currently the case. For information on MARAC referral pathways, please visit: www.cambsdasv.org.uk

Children's Domestic Abuse Service

Children's Social Care

Service criteria: The service is for 'high end' children in need or child protection cases, where a child or young person has been the victim or exposed to a domestic abuse incident. The case MUST be open to a social worker.

Referral process: Social workers will need to complete a DIS referral form and send to Eleanor Carey.

Contact information: Eleanor Carey, 01733 864338 Email: eleanor.carey@peterborough.gov.uk 

Early Help Service

Service criteria: This service is for children and young people who have been the victim or exposed to a domestic abuse incident and who are being supported through Early Help. Support from this specialist service can be requested by all partners supporting families through Early Help, including professionals from early years settings, schools and further education establishments, health services and the Police. In order to access the service, there will need to be an open and active up-to-date Early Help Assessment that details why the professional feels this is the most appropriate service. 

Referral process: In order to ensure that those children and young people most in need of this specialist service can access it, referrals will only be accepted through the three locality based Multi-Agency Support Group (MASG) panels. This will ensure there is a comprehensive multi-agency discussion about the most appropriate support based on the needs of the family. Requests for cases to be heard at MASG is through the use of the Peterborough City Council web-based Early Help Module previously known as eCAF.  Only partners who have been trained in the Early Help Module will have access to the system. Partners requiring training to access the system or needing support in activating the MASG workflow on the system should email earlyhelp@peterborough.gov.uk or telephone the Peterborough City Council Early Help Service on 01733 863649.

Direct access to the Early Help Module can be found on the Early Help pages of the Peterborough City Council website at www.peterborough.gov.uk/healthcare/early-help/ under the heading of Multi Agency Support Groups.

​Should you need any further information on the above communication, please do not hesitate to contact me.  For more information on the services available please visit ​www.cambsdasv.org.uk.

External events and training

Royal College General Practitioners

2017 East Anglia Faculty Annual Symposium

  • The shifting sands of general practice
    Wednesday 10 May 2017
  • Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds


  • RCGP Members £90
  • Non members £110

This full day RCGP Conference is open to all GPs (members and non-members), Practice Nurses, Practice Managers, GP Trainees and ALL members of the Primary Care Team.

The programme will feature address by keynote speakers:

  • Dr Arvind Madan, NHS England Director of Primary Care 
  • Professor Roger Neighbour OBE, GP and expert on communication 
  • Professor Amanda Howe, President WONCA
  • Plus a variety of workshops to choose from including:
    • Developing a multi-professional workforce within the practice – 4 Ps 
    • How experience in Global Health can make you a better doctor 
    • Resilience and working smarter in primary care 
    • Career Pathways and options in General Practice 
    • Changing Nature of patient Interaction: New Models of Care
    • Exploring range of career opportunities for end of First 5 
    • Super Practices, eroding the essence of General Practice.

This year's James Dundas Simpson Lecture will be given by Dr Tony Pearson.

Register here

Palliative and end of life care study day

  • Wednesday 17 May 2017
  • Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR
  • 09:00 – 17:00       


  • RCGP Members £50
  • Non members £65

Caring for people in the final period of their lives is a challenging and rewarding part of our work as Health Care Professionals.

This one day course will be convened by Dr Stephen Barclay, University Senior Lecturer in General Practice and Palliative Care, General Practitioner and Honorary Consultant Physician in Palliative Care.

The course covers some of key issues in Palliative and End of Life Care in the community, including symptom management, prescribing and holding the difficult conversations. Combining presentations, interactive sessions and the opportunity to discuss recent or difficult cases in groups, it is designed for GPs and nurses at all stages of their careers. 

Register here

Joint and soft tissue injection course

  • Thursday 22 June 2017
  • Holiday Inn, Norwich
  • 09:30 – 16:30


  • RCGP Members £200
  • Non members £250

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.


  • A guide through the published evidence on what, when, who and how to inject.


  • Clinical examination techniques for a 10 minute consultation.
  • Injection Technique with mannequins (shoulder, elbow, hand/wrist and knee).

Programme Directors:

  • Dr Soon Lim FRCGP; Education Lead of the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care

Register here

Basic life support course

  • Friday 15 September 2017
  • Sawston Medical Centre, London Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3HU 
  • 12:30 – 14:30     


  • RCGP Members £50
  • Non members £50

Do you need to get your Adult and Paediatric Basic Life Support training up to date? Here is your chance.

Sessions will run for a maximum of 2 hour and will provide plenty of opportunity to practice. Sessions are for GPs and General Practice Nurses.

Mrs Jennifer Aston, Nurse Practitioner will be running the course and is a Resuscitation Council trained trainer.

The session explores the following topics:

  • Safe approach to a victim
  • The assessment of a collapsed victim
  • The technique of chest compressions
  • The technique of rescue breathing
  • How to turn on an AED
  • How to attach AED electrodes
  • The assessment of Cardiac rhythms using AED
  • The technique of performing defibrillation safely
  • The care of an unconscious breathing victim
  • The care of a choking victim.

Please contact Keri Platt, keri.platt@rcgp.org.uk

Contraception technology update with Professor John Guillebaud, Emeritus Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, UCL

  • Wednesday 20 September 2017
  • Downing College, Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DQ
  • 12:30 – 17:00      


  • RCGP Members £60
  • Non members £75

Professor John Guillebaud consults nationally and internationally on environmental sustainability, population and contraception. He is author/co-author of c 300 publications on these subjects, including Contraception Today (2016) and Contraception Your Questions Answered (2012) and seven other books in a total of 10 languages.

The educational session will cover the practical management of contraception in primary care and is suitable for GPs, Aits, Nurses, and Practice Nurses.

Topics to be discussed include Population, contraception, new concepts and new methods, emergency contraception, the LARCs, female sterilisation, vasectomy, interacting diseases, adolescents, diagnosis of menopause.

Delegates are welcome to join Professor John Guillebaud between 12:30 – 13:30 for a networking lunch.

Register here

Ophthalmology: Enhancing Skills for Primary Care

  • Thursday 8 December 2016
  • Rowley Mile Conference Centre, CB8 0TF
  • 08:30 – 17:00


  • RCGP Members £190
  • Non members £215
  • AiTs/Nurses £140

This practical one day workshop is convened by Dr Andrew Partner, GP with a Special Interest in Ophthalmology and Ms Stella Hornby, Ophthalmology Consultant and is focused towards GPs, ST3s, Opticians and Primary Care Nurse Practitioners.

The emphasis is on practical teaching: how to get the most out of your ophthalmoscope, pupil examination and visual fields.

Register here