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GP News - 15 September 2017

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A thank you re the National Diabetes Audit 2016-17

A huge thank you and well done to practices for your help and support with the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). The participation report for the 2016-17 NDA shows a 97% participation rate for our CCG! This is a great achievement and we would like to thank practices for their continued involvement.

CCG members meeting

The next CCG member practices’ meeting is on 10 October at Woodgreen. Please could you rsvp to capccg.gateway@nhs.net if you are planning to attend. The agenda will be available shortly.

Hold the date: 8 November 2017, 1-5pm

We are organising a Time for Care in General Practice: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Showcase Event. We are currently planning this event which will be a chance to hear about local and national examples to enable you to share practical ideas on how your practice can release time for care. The event will be on Wednesday 8 November 2017. Further details will be available in the next few weeks, but please hold the date if you can.

Reminder - changes to GP IT Support from 18th November

The CCG Primary Care IT Team have emailed practices to inform them that the CCG has been working to re-provision IT support from a single provider for all member practices in line with a new specification for the service. 

After an extended procurement process, Egton is the provider that has been selected to replace the GP IT Support currently provided to practices by SERCO, Hinchingbrooke and ITS Digital, i.e. the technical support of networks, PCs, printers, etc.

The start date for the new arrangements will be Saturday 18th November.

Further details about the service provision, the switch over, how to log calls, etc., will be provided in the coming weeks.

Please send any queries to CAPCCG.PrimaryCareIT@nhs.net 

Job opportunity

NHS Diabetes Prevention Nurse Lead

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is part of Wave 1 of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP).  This is a nationally-funded behaviour change programme that aims to delay or prevent people from developing Type 2 diabetes through education about healthy eating and lifestyle changes, as well as bespoke physical activity sessions.

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified and experienced Practice Nurses interested in supporting the CCG programme for an initial period until 31 March 2018.

Remuneration will be £140 per session (plus travel expenses). The role will be subject to an employment contract with the CCG.

To apply for the role please use the attached Expression of Interest Form and email to the CCG HR Team at CAPCCG.HR@nhs.net    

The closing date for expressions of interest to be returned is 5pm on 24 September 2017. 

You can find the advert for the position here and the  Job Description and Person Spec here

For an informal discussion please contact:
Sally Berry, Diabetes Programme Manager (sally.berry1@nhs.net)

Self-care communications toolkit for Autumn

A new self care communications toolkit for autumn is now available for GP Practices on the Healthcare professionals’ areas of the CCG website HERE.  This provides background information on the campaign and provides links to resources such as posters, Jpegs for waiting room screens, articles for websites and suggested social media activity  that GP practices can download to help raise awareness within their practice and with their patients.  To make it as easy as possible, most of this you can just copy and paste and use it without editing it.

For autumn the campaign will focuses on the following:

  • Back to school - minor childhood illnesses
  • Starting or returning to university/college 
    Stocking up your medicine cabinet

The autumn campaign is part of the CCG’s ongoing self care awareness campaign.  In November the CCG will share its winter communications toolkit that will focus on coughs/colds/flu, stocking up for winter and being prepared for the festive season (repeat prescriptions). You can also keep up to date on CCG campaigns by following the CCG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at: 

  • Follow @CambsPboroCCG on Twitter
  • Follow @CambsPboroCCG on Instagram
  • Search for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG on Facebook or look for the username CambsPboroCCG

Please do follow us and we’ll do the same back!

For any further information on campaigns please contact the CCG communications team at capccg.contact@nhs.net

Survey on a New Community Drug & Alcohol Service

Could you spare 5 minutes to contribute to the consultation for a new community drug & alcohol service?  On behalf of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Public Health Joint Commissioning Unit I have put together twelve very short questions online at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Q899HKS. Thank you for your help.

Dr Melanie D'Souza,
GP at Cambridge Access Surgery & GP Advisor to CPJCU

Research updates

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

  • September is World Alzheimer’s Month and the NIHR are running a campaign highlighting how research is the only way to beat the disease. Each week throughout September they will be focusing on a different theme. For more information click on the link above.  
  • My Signals – Public Health In this collection, Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health at Doncaster Council, explains the role of research evidence in public health, and highlights NIHR Signals of particular interest to people working to improve public health.
  • Government publishes life science strategy Published on 30th August; the strategy sets out the Government’s plans to make the UK a world leader in the life science sector. The strategy aims to build on the UK’s strengths in life sciences to both improve health and wellbeing of its population.

Partner news

For information: Lorenzo update from East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Electronic discharge summaries and ERS

As you know, we went live with the Lorenzo system on Sunday.  Our staff are working extremely hard to get used to the new ways of working but, as with all major changes, we have experienced some teething issues and we are very grateful to you for bearing with us as we work our way through them.

Discharge summaries and TTOs
Currently, discharge summaries are not reflecting fully the existing medicines, newly started medicines and discontinued medicines a patient is on.  All medicines on the discharge summary are currently appearing as newly started. Please be assured that the TTO prescription does reflect medicines accurately.

We have also been made aware by NHS Digital that, nationally, there have also been isolated occasions where the drug frequency does not appear on discharge summaries.  We are mitigating this risk by sending both the discharge summary and the TTO prescription to GPs. Please note that discharge summaries and TTO prescriptions may arrive at different times, depending on when they are completed. 

Work is underway currently to ensure discharge summaries are accurate, and we expect a full resolution shortly.

Electronic referral system (ERS)

We are working to reinstate the ERS system and will update you as soon as it is available.  Please continue to use existing paper processes for the time being.

NHS England

Launch of New GP Forward View Bulletin

NHS England has launched a new bulletin bringing the latest news on how the plan to sustain and transform general practice is being delivered in Midlands and East. Through this quarterly bulletin NHS England aims to keep stakeholders up to date with plans to help struggling practices, reduce workload, expand the workforce and invest in technology and estates, as well as the national development programme to speed up transformation of services.

If you have any questions or would like further information please email midlandsandeast.gpfv@nhs.net

GP online services

New guides to help those with disabilities to access GP online services have been launched, in order to keep GP services accessible to all.

The new guides can be downloaded here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/patient-online/support/

You can order collateral free from: https://www.orderline.dh.gov.uk/   

For action: North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Bleeps - There have been lengthy discussions with all specialties at Hinchingbrooke Hospital about not answering bleeps from GPs. If you have bleeped a member of staff at Hinchingbrooke and not had it answered, please write this at the top of the referral when made.

Coil referrals to ED - coil removal should only be referred to ED in emergency situations not general issues.

Fraud alert

Bogus Royal Mail delivery cards

Please see the attached Fraud Alert notice from tiaa for details

External events and training

NHS England

GP High Impact Action Webinars

To take part in a Webex, there is no need to sign up, you should just click the 'Join as Guest' button at the time when the webex is live.   

NHS England has announced forthcoming webinars for GPs and others working in Primary Care, on the 10 High Impact Actions as part of the GP Forward View. These start from 12 September and run until December 2017. The 10 High Impact Actions are a collection of ways to improve workload and improve care through working smarter, not harder. In each webinar, delegates will hear about a specific action from people with first-hand experience and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Webinars will be as follows:

Healthcare Support Worker Conference

  • (Clinical & non-clinical staff)
  • 10 November 2017 - 08.45-16.30
  • The Deaf Blind Conference Centre, Peterborough PE7 8FD
  • To book contact sallyann.woodthorpe@nhs.net 
  • This event is a collaboration between Papworth Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Primary Care, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, North West Anglia Foundation Trust

Primary Care Paediatric Allergy Study Day  

  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  • Date: Saturday 23rd September
  • Location: Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough. 
  • Limited places. See poster here for further details. 

Royal College of General Practitioners - East Anglia Faculty

Palliative and end of life care study day

ST1 Visit to RCGP Headquarters, London

Essential Dermatology Series 1 in association with PCDS

Ophthalmology: Enhancing Skills for Primary Care

  • Wednesday 6 December 2017
  • Rowley Mile Conference Centre, CB8 0TF
  • 08:30 – 17:00
  • RCGP Members £190
  • Non members £215
  • AiTs/Nurses £140
  • Register here  

Cervical Screenng Training - East England Training

Foundation courses for novice sample takers

  • Designed to meet NHSCSP requirements, and that of the practice, to ensure a competent sample taker within a short time-frame.
  • Course information sheets and booking forms (3 pdf files) are under the "Courses, Foundation" tab at www.eastenglandtraining.co.uk

Cervical Screening Update courses for all experienced sample takers 

  • Public Health England NHS Cervical Screening Programme, Guidance for the training of cervical screening sample takers, 2016 recommends all sample takers should undertake a minimum of one half day’s update training every three years.
  • Details and booking forms, under the "Courses, Updates" tab, are available at www.eastenglandtraining.co.uk

Open Exeter Call and Recall explained

  • This course covers the Open Exeter Call and Recall process, how it all ties in with QoF, improving uptake, HPV Triage and Test of Cure. The course links administrative areas with the clinical process,providing clarity of the entire NHS cervical screening process.
  • It also provides the practice with annual leave cover for the PNLs and e-notifications, and succession planning.
  • Details and booking forms, under the the "Courses,   Administration" tab, are available at www.eastenglandtraining.co.uk         

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