General election on 8 June and extension of ‘purdah’
Parliament voted yesterday to agree a snap election on 8 June. This means that the CCG and all NHS organisations will need to adhere to the pre-election guidance (also known as ‘purdah’) for an extended period until 8 June.
During the pre-election period, communications either in the form of announcements or activities by NHS organisations should be avoided if they could influence, or be regarded as influencing, the outcome of local elections. This includes announcements, publicity and social media activity. External communications should remain factual.
New service launches and public consultations should not be publicised during the pre-election period. Consultations that began before the start of the pre-election period can continue to run during purdah. However, we should not announce a new one, advertise an existing one or announce the results of one that has ended during purdah. This relates to all forms of external communications including social media. There is no problem with continuing to issue general health advice via social media during the election period.
Dr Julian Huppert to step down from CCG Governing Body
Dr Julian Huppert has announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming general election on 8 June, and has therefore resigned his CCG role as lay member on the Governing Body with immediate effect.
Dr Gary Howsam said, "I would like to thank Julian for his dedication and contribution to the CCG. I would also like to wish Julian all the best for his future projects."
Dr Julian Huppert was previously the CCG’s Lay Member for Audit & Remuneration. There will be a formal process to appoint a new Lay Member in due course. Our Vice-Chair for Audit, Ian Maddison will be taking over this role in the meantime.
Please see below the latest developments from the world of healthcare Research and Innovation
- New ‘Research Codes for Primary Care’ manual - Clinical coding of patient consultations is standard practice in general practice, however the use of codes for research purposes tracked to individual studies has to date been variable. This ‘Research Codes for Primary Care’ manual incorporates the work the former Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) Read Code Working Group undertook to enable research activity to be coded in general practice computer systems in a clear and consistent way.
- ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ reinforces role of Academic Health Science Networks to drive innovation Last week NHS England published ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ which sets out how the NHS will deliver practical improvements – while transforming the way that care is provided to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives. News from Eastern Academic Health Science Network
- The National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) has published its March news update
Clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries
Nearly six million more people in England to benefit from clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries
The General Practice Forward View committed to over £100m of investment to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21.
NHS England launched the clinical pharmacy roll out on 22 December 2017. The first wave of applications have been assessed and around 220 clinical pharmacists will work across 730 GP practices which means 6 million more people will benefit from their knowledge and expertise. This builds on the 490 clinical pharmacists already working across approximately 650 GP practices as part of a pilot, launched in July 2015.
The list of sites taking part in the roll out programme is available here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/workforce/cp-gp/clinical-pharmacists-in-general-practice-supported-sites/
Applications are considered on an ongoing basis and the deadline for the second wave of applications is 12May 2017.
Practices can find out more about applying for funding here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/workforce/cp-gp/ Webinar: Routine frailty identification in the GP contract
The GP contract for 2017/18 introduces a requirement for routine identification of frailty and targeted key interventions from July 2017 to support people living with frailty. To help with implementation, NHS England is hosting an introductory webinar on Friday 28 April 2017 to discuss the reasons for the change and answer questions on it.
The webinar will be hosted by Dawn Moody, a GP and NHS England’s Associate National Clinical Director for Older People, and is aimed at anyone working in general practice with an interest in frailty and/or how to introduce this change to the contract.
To register please email ENGLAND.email@example.com.
External events and training
The East of England Clinical Network
Diabetes Prevention Programme workshop
The East of England Clinical Network will be holding a Diabetes Prevention Programme workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday 26th April in Cambridge.This meeting is intended to support CCGs not yet signed up to the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and those at Wave one and Wave two stage to share learning and insight.
We strongly suggest that there is representation from the following CCGs to support application for the Wave three process:
- West Norfolk
- West Suffolk
- Ipswich and East Suffolk
- Great Yarmouth and Waveney
- Basildon and Brentwood
This workshop will cover:
- Learning and sharing from Wave 1 and Wave 2 sites
- Developing bids
- Implementation of the programme
- Learning from local lifestyle pilots
Location: Hallmark Hotel, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8EU
Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017
Time: 13.30pm – 4.30pm (with registration and lunch from 13.00pm)
Please see the agenda here.
Cambridge University Hospitals
Women's and Men's Health Update
This full day update will renew your Gynaecology and Urology knowledge over ten full sessions. From a general overview, to cutting edge technology and innovations that is on the cusp of transforming the field.
The event starts at 8.45am at the Deakin Centre (Level 1), Addenbrooke's Hospital, CB2 0QQ
Lunch and all refreshments are catered for during your learning experience with us, so you can focus on the thing that matters... your development.
See flyer here for further information. Book here.
Peterborough City Hospital
Time: 12.45pm -1.45pm
Location: Learning Centre 4th Floor, Peterborough City Hospital
- Tuesday 25 April 2017 - Update on AKI and CKD
- Tuesday 23 May 2017 - Colorectal Cancer and advanced laparoscopic techniques in colorectal surgery
- Tuesday 20 June 2017 - Examination of a Dizzy Patient
- Tuesday 26 September 2017 - Lies, damn lies and statistics
- Tuesday 31 October 2017 - A Journey through the Kidney part 2
See attached flyer here for further information.