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GP News - 22 December 2017

Reminder: Updated ‘be prepared – festive season’ communications toolkit available

An updated version of the ‘Be prepared – festive season’ communications toolkit is now available for GP practices on here. 

The latest toolkit focuses on:

  • Being prepared - ordering repeat prescriptions, stocking up medicine cabinet  
  • Guide to NHS services available over Christmas and New Year
  • Keeping well and warm - cold weather, slips, trips and falls 

The toolkit includes resources such as posters, jpegs for waiting room screens, articles for websites, and suggested social media activity that GP practices can use. If you have any feedback on the toolkit or need guidance on using any of the materials please contact the CCG communications team at capccg.contact@nhs.net

National role for Dr Emma Tiffin

Award-winning Peterborough GP Dr Emma Tiffin has become a National Adviser on the Expert Reference Group for the development of the National Community Mental Health Pathway.

Dr Tiffin, who recently won the Healthcare Leader of the Year award at the General Practice Awards, said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed to this National Adviser role and I will be working hard to ensure that the new pathway makes the patient journey through mental health services as smooth as possible. As a local GP I see many patients who have mental health needs and I am committed to making sure that they, and their carers, receive effective support from mental health services”.

The National Advisers are provided jointly by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. Commissioned by NHS England, the National Advisers will support the development of resources for the Community Mental Health Care Pathway. Further information can be found at http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/nccmh/howtogetinvolved/nccmhrecruitment.aspx

CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey 

The annual CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey forms a central part of the statutory annual assessment of all CCGs. The survey is a valuable source of evidence that allows both the CCG and NHS England to monitor how our relationships with members and stakeholders have continued to develop over the last year and will help inform our continuing organisational and leadership development. Our relationship with our members is central to our success and we would therefore we would greatly appreciate your participation in the survey if you receive an invite from Ipsos.

Reminder: Clinical Policies Website (CAMBSPHN) closed

Please note:  the Clinical Policies Website (CAMBSPHN) has closedAll documentation and policies relevant to the Joint Prescribing Group and Clinical Policies Forum is now available on the CCG website:   https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/

CCG Research Updates

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

  • Mistletoe and (a large) wine: seven-fold increase in wine glass size over 300 years Our Georgian and Victorian ancestors probably celebrated Christmas with more modest wine consumption than we do today – if the size of their wine glasses are anything to go by. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that the capacity of wine glasses has increased seven-fold over the past 300 years, and most steeply
  • Diabetic patients need more time with their own doctor To understand how GPs can support diabetic patients more effectively, Dr Hajira Dambha-Miller and colleagues from the University of Cambridge interviewed a number of long-term diabetics to find out what aspects of care they most valued. It was clear that face-to-face contact, more time with their GPs, and continuity of care with them were most highly valued.
  • SEMINAR - The supermarket food environment and the promotion of healthier purchasing behaviour Dr Adrian Cameron discusses several international audit studies of the supermarket food environment undertaken over the past five years as well as a number of controlled trials that we have conducted in Australia to use marketing techniques to promote healthier purchasing behaviour in the supermarket setting. Thursday 04 January 2018, 12:00-13:00 - Meeting Rooms 1&2, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Level 3, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QQ.
  • Low FODMAP diet may improve irritable bowel symptoms more than other diets An NIHR review of five randomised trials shows adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who followed a low FODMAP diet had fewer symptoms than those who followed standard dietary advice. They scored their symptoms about 50 points better on a 500 point scale.

You can now follow the R&D team on Twitter https://twitter.com/CPPrimaryCareR1​ 

The R&D team is located on floor 4 at Lockton House. If you want to get in touch about our weekly research updates, please contact Emma Giles on emma.giles3@nhs.net.

Partner News

Pharmacy opening times over the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays

Information about pharmacy opening hours over the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays can be found on NHS England's website at https://www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/our-work/pharm-info/ the information is also on the CCG's website.

Influenza Season 2017/18: Use Of Antiviral Medicines

With surveillance data indicating an increase in influenza cases in the community, GPs and other prescribers working in primary care may now prescribe antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense. Hospital clinicians should continue to prescribe antiviral medicines for patients whose illness is confirmed or clinically suspected to be due to influenza, in accordance with PHE guidance for the treatment of complicated influenza. Please see the attached alert for further information.

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust in National Paper Switch Off Programme: Referrals to be sent via e-Referrals System (e-RS)

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is part of the national programme whereby all referrals should be sent via the e-Referral System. This programme will commence from February 2018.

There will be exclusions to the programme and these will be communicated to practices before the February 2018 start date. The process for dealing with referrals if the e-Referral System is down will also be communicated before February 2018.

Advice and Guidance should continue to be received via e-RS. There is no change to practice in requesting advice prior to referral.

Active+ Programme - Huntingdonshire

Active+ is a new model for low-cost, community-based, and life-long rehabilitation programmes for people diagnosed with long-term conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease. It uses exercise classes delivered by qualified but non-medical staff, supported with self-care technology, education, and training in a peer-to-peer supported programme developed in Huntingdonshire.

Active+ came about as the result of a collaboration between Huntingdonshire District Council, Huntingdonshire Community Cancer Network, enabled with Aseptika’s innovative Activ8rlives health platform, and supported by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. 

For more information please contact Jessica Auton on jessica.auton@aseptika.com 

Events and Training    

GP Cancer Masterclasses - reminder

The next GP Cancer Masterclasses are as follows:

  • Cambridge 
    Tuesday 23 January 2018 / Education Centre, Arthur Rank House / 6.30pm supper / talks start 7.00pm
    The educational evenings will begin at 6:30pm with supper, and the talks commencing at 7pm. 
    Places are limited, and we are currently restricting the events to GPs only. We look forward to meeting you at the events.
    To register a place at a Cambridge Masterclass please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-cambridge-tickets-37059239182
  • Peterborough 
    Tuesday 30 January 2018 / Thorpe Hall  / 6.30pm drinks and snack / talks start 7.00pm
    The educational evenings will begin at 6:30pm with drinks and a snack, and the talks commencing at 7pm. Places are limited, and we are currently restricting the events to GPs only. We look forward to meeting you at the events.
    To register a place at a Peterborough Masterclass please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-peterborough-tickets-37692988744

Adult Safeguarding Training

This free training for GPs, Practice Nurses and Practice Managers is available following a successful joint funding bid to NHS England by the Safeguarding Adults’ Teams of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Norfolk CCGs.

Target delegates: GP’s, Practice Nurses, allied qualified health staff and Practice Managers  

We will be running half-day workshops across the three counties in January, February and March 2018.

 Date County   Venue  Time

22 Jan 2018


West Suffolk House, Weston Way, 
Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3SP

 1.00 - 5.00pm

26 Jan 2018


Holiday Inn, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9PH

 1.00 - 5.00pm

30 Jan 2018


Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SG

 1.00 - 5.00pm

05 Feb 2018


No 2 Exchange Tower, Post Office Lane,
Wisbech, PE13 1HG

 1.00 - 5.00pm

To book a place enter this enter this URL into your browser (may not work in internet explorer) https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/p/16079/adult-safeguarding-training

Registration for Fully Funded GP Personal Coaching Sessions

Following the earlier success of the national coaching programme, NHS England is offering a fully funded one-to-one tailored coaching for GPs. You will gain three 90-minute confidential sessions by highly experienced and qualified coaches to help you think through where you are and where you want to be in today’s challenging and changing environment. This forward-looking, action-orientated, positive and personal approach will help you identify goals for the next steps that can give you satisfaction and fulfilment, and support you to make them happen. Places are limited on a first-come-first-serve basis by 31 January 2018. Register your interest here.

Applications for Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management

Applications for February starters are being accepted for the National Association of Primary Care’s (NAPC) Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management, run in partnership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Capsticks.

This is a one-year diploma to develop the skills and competencies for managing primary care at scale within the NHS.

The course costs £2,800 + VAT
Registration fee: £200 + VAT (payable as a deposit on notification of candidate acceptance, non-refundable).

Government consultation launched on children and young people’s mental health    

The Government has published a green paper on children and young people’s mental health. This is now out to consultation, which will run until midday on Friday 02 March, 2018. You can read the full green paper here and respond to the consultation here

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