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GP News - 13 October 2017

Slides from 10 October Members meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to the CCG member practices meeting on Tuesday, we had a really good turn out. The password protected slides can be found on the website here.

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.
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.

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.

Quick final reminder...

- Places are nearing full capacity for 17 October Masterclass, and your co-operation is appreciated!

Registration and hot supper from 6:30 - 7pm, with the Cancer Masterclass talks starting at 7pm.

Cambridge Masterclass:

Please click on the link to register for the https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-cambridge-tickets-37059239182

If you have already registered and have special dietary restriction, or wish to cancel your place, then please email Laura Millman on laura.millman@nhs.net

Peterborough Masterclass:

Please click on the link to register for the

If you have already registered and have special dietary restriction, or wish to cancel your place, then please email Jane Steward: Jane.steward1@nhs.net


Congratulations to Abbie Davies for winning Apprentice of the Year at the recent Fenland Business Awards. Abbie is an apprentice in the Care Navigator Programme at Cornerstone Practice and says she would like to train as an HCA.

Congratulations also go to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough First Response Service for winning the Mental Health Acute Crisis Mental Health Service award.  Emma Tiffin said:

"We were thrilled to receive the National Positive Practice Mental Health Acute Crisis Services award last night for the C and P First Response Crisis Mental Health Service. Members of the team (including CPFT, CCG, police and MIND representatives) travelled to Blackpool for a wonderful black tie dinner and ceremony,  a good time was had by all until the early hours!"

FRS is a 24/7 community based crisis mental health service and includes Sanctuaries (non health based places of safety) provided by MIND and an Integrated mental health service situated in the police control room. |See photos 

Congratulations also go to the CCG Medicines Management Team who entered the 2017 Annual PrescQipp Innovation Awards for the CCG’s work around self-care. The self-care work was entered in to the ‘best interface’ category. The competition was very high and the self-care project came a very, very close second and was highly commended in the best interface category. Congratulations to everyone involved in supporting the self-care work!

Be Aware: False Representation and Medication Incidents

Through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Controlled Drug Local Intelligence Network the CCG Medicines Management Team have been made aware of an incident in the Thames Valley Policing area. It is does not seem that CDs were involved but we wanted to make you aware so that you can be vigilant.

A female managed to gain entry to the volunteer team of medics at Blenheim Horse Trials, Oxfordshire. She falsely claimed to be an A&E nurse and a doctor and administered drugs via a previously applied cannula to a patient.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Joint Adult Safeguarding Board Procedures launched October 2017

Empowerment, Prevention, Proportionality, Protection, Partnership, Accountability

To ensure professionals know what to do and what to expect from others when they encounter an adult safeguarding concern, a set of procedures covering the safeguarding adults process has been issued by the sab for professionals in cambridgeshire and peterborough.

A set of easy to navigate Procedures and Guidance is now available for professionals and the public working in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It will outline what you are expected to do and what will follow. Alongside it on the websites is a Joint SAB Safeguarding Policy that summarises the roles and responsibilities of professionals and agencies.



These procedures will be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure they remain up to date and relevant. If you have any comments on potential changes to content please send them to lscb@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or pscb@peterborough.gov.uk

Research updates

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

Partner news

Pathology Service Desk closure

We have been advised that the pathology service desk will be closed for one hour on Thursday 19 October between 1-2pm for essential staff training as part of service improvement.

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT)

NWAFT has produced new referral guidance for their Virtual Dermatology Service, commencing on 9 October, please share this with all referers at your practice.

North West Anglia Hospital Trust Dermatology Service

A Change To The Way Dermatology Referrals Are Managed

The Dermatology team at North West Anglia Hospital Trust are piloting a new service, which involves a redesign of the way dermatology referrals from GPs are managed. A Virtual Triage Service is being introduced as a three month trial, in an attempt to modernise and streamline the referral system for patients referred for general adult and paediatric skin problems. This activity will be audited and if this system appears successful, we hope to consider implementing the service full time and expanding its use to cover all referrals to our service.

The attached letter contains more information. Also attached is a  patient information leaflet.

We hope to run this pilot for 3 months. User feedback during this time would be very useful. Please email janet.sidwell@pbh-tr.nhs with any comments you have, to help us streamline the process to improve the care of your patients.

Department of Health

Social prescribing fund to help deliver General Practice Forward View

The Department of Health has launched a new £5 million fund, supporting local health and care partnerships to develop social prescribing – one of the General Practice Forward View’s (GPFV) 10 High Impact Actions. The aim of the fund is to realise the GPFV vision to reduce health inequalities by building and sharing evidence around good practice in social prescribing, which enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to local and non-clinical services including volunteering, arts activities, gardening, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports. A total of £300,000 is available this year. Find out how to apply before the deadline of 21 November 2017.

NHS England

World Mental Health Day 10 October

NHS England has published a report showing an increase in the numbers of people referred to, and taking up IAPT, to mark World Mental Health Day. The CCG’s IAPT recovery rate has improved to 51.1% in August, above the 50% target. Patients can refer to CPFT’s IAPT service, more info here http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/help/iapt.htm

NHS England have also launched their Old People’s Practice Primer, developed in partnership with Age UK. This is intended for primary care professionals, particularly GPs, to highlight symptoms often attributed to old age but where a mental health diagnosis and follow-up is more appropriate.  

What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist? – patient leaflet published

The General Practice Forward View made a commitment to improving the current interface between hospitals and general practice to provide more seamless care for patients and to reduce the number of occasions where patients are sent back to their GP unnecessarily following a hospital appointment. The aim is to improve patients’ experience of care, whilst also freeing up GP time. In order to achieve this, new measures have been introduced into the NHS Standard Contract and a system-wide national working group has been established to drive action for improvement. 

Members of the national working group and, specifically, NHS England, British Medical Association (BMA) and the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), have come together again to produce a patient-facing leaflet, so that patients know what they can expect to happen if they are referred by their GP to see a specialist or consultant at a hospital or a community health centre. An electronic copy is available at: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Documents/What-happens-when-you-are-referred.pdf

SUN Network

SUN Network undertake Mental Health engagement on behalf of the CCG and Cambridgeshire County Council and are seeking views from as many people as possible on the direction of growth it should take.

Please take five minutes to complete this short survey and share where possible.

East of England Ambulance Service

Patient Eligibility Screening and Healthcare Professional Calls

Please find attached information regarding the provision of non-emergency patient transport for patients in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Luton.

NHS Digital   

Electronic Prescription Service saves NHS £130 million over three years

The transformative electronic prescription service (EPS) has managed to save the NHS £130 million over three years.

By allowing GP surgeries to send prescriptions directly to pharmacies, the EPS system, which has been developed by NHS Digital, has helped to save patients time and money when collecting their medications...

Over the past three years the system has saved patients almost £75 million and has meant patients need to make fewer return trips to pharmacies as a result of their medications being out of stock.

To read the full press release visit: https://www.digital.nhs.uk/article/7791/Electronic-Prescription-Service-saves-NHS-130-million-over-three-years

External events & training

Improving Access to General Practice: Next Steps Webinars

NHS England is hosting two further webinars on the next steps for improving access to general practice, aimed at general practice staff and commissioners. These will repeat content covered through earlier webinars, including the seven core requirements and what this means for those working in general practice, key messages and frequently asked questions, and will provide an update on the range of resources that have been made available nationally to support rollout.

The next webinars, repeating the same content, are taking place on:

Save the date

Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Conference
09:30 – 15:30, Thursday 30 November 2017
Burgess Hall, St Ives

The conference will celebrate and focus on the new and improved services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The conference will provide opportunity to learn about the new services and improvements; ranging from the delivering of advice and support to those providing specialist mental health services.

The conference will provide a range of presentations and interactive workshops and is aimed at anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Further booking details and agenda will be sent in due course

Communicating about FGM in Healthcare and NHS settings

In recent years there has been a lot of learning about how best to talk about FGM in healthcare settings and this session will share some of the lessons learnt.

It is important that communication about FGM is clear, accurate and effective whether it is with individual patients or running local or regional campaigns.


  • 06      Dec 17 @1300hrs
  • 28    Feb 18 @ 1500hrs

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.


  • 17 Oct 17 @ 1500hrs
  • 09 Nov 17 @ 0930hrs
  • 23 Nov 17 @ 0930hrs
  • 12 Dec 17 @ 1500hrs
  • 04 Jan 18 @ 1000hrs
  • 29 Jan 18 @ 0930hrs 
  • 12 Feb 18 @ 0930hrs

Please use the following link for further information and to register https://www.england.nhs.uk/events/upcoming-events/upcoming-webinars/

Early diagnosis of cancer

A *free networking educational day for the early diagnosis of cancer is available for primary care teams, on 1 December 2017, being held in Nottinghamshire.

If any of the primary care team professionals at your practice wish to attend, please can they fill out the form, making sure all details are provided.

If there are any queries, please email: contact@nfhconsultancy.co.uk

NB - *This is a sponsored event and attendees may attend free of charge as long as the form is filled out appropriately. If delegates fail to attend a charge will be incurred.

We hope to see you and your colleagues in December.

Youth Mental Health Awareness for General Practice Nurses

General Practices Nurses are invited to attend a free 1 day course on ‘Youth Mental Health Awareness Training’.

This training is open to all general practice nursing staff in Huntingdon and the Fenlands who would like to develop their mental health awareness skills.

The training dates listed below –


The Riverside Practice, 23 Marylebone Road, March, PE15 8BG


29 November 2017


9:30am to 4:30pm

Please see the attached flyer for more information. We would be grateful if places could be booked by Monday 20 November.

If you have any queries please contact CAPCCG.CPDPrimaryCare@nhs.net.

Youth Mental Health Awareness for General Practice Nurses

General Practices Nurses are invited to attend a free 1 day course on ‘Youth Mental Health Awareness Training’.

This training is open to all general practice nursing staff in Cambridge and Ely who would like to develop their mental health awareness skills.

The training dates listed below –


Woodlands Surgery, 48-49 Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR


5 December 2017


9:30am to 4:30pm

Please see the attached flyer for more information. We would be grateful if places could be booked by Monday 27 November.

If you have any queries please contact CAPCCG.CPDPrimaryCare@nhs.net

APM Neurological Palliative Care Special Interest Forum

in collaboration with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
  • Monday 6 November 2017 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • VENUE: Education Centre, Arthur Rank Hospice, Cherry Hinton Road, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge, CB22 3FB
  • This Conference has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits.
  • PRICE: £110 includes Refreshments, Buffet lunch and Delegate pack.

Please Register Online via Eventbrite using the link at our website http://www.arhc.org.uk/pro-education.asp

For further information contact: The Education Team education@arhc.org.uk 01223 675801 www.arhc.org.uk

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

The Medical Lecture this month will be A Journey through the Kidney part 2 – Dr R Moshy, Consultant Radiologist.

The Lecture will commence at 12:45 in the Learning Centre, 4th floor, Peterborough City Hospital with a cold buffet available from 12:15 in the waiting area of the Learning Centre.

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