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GP News - 28 July 2017

Fertility services consultation

Our consultation on proposals to stop funding specialised fertility treatment in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough closes at 5pm on 31 July 2017.

GPs, practice staff, patients, and the public are encouraged to take part in the consultation and to give us their views on the proposals.

The consultation document and link to the online survey can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/consultations/ivfconsultation/  

Please give us your views if you haven’t already done so. Thank you.

Research round-up

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

Concerns over side effects of statins stopping stroke survivors taking medication-Negative media coverage of the side effects associated with taking statins, and patients’ own experiences of taking the drugs, are among the reasons cited by stroke survivors and their carers for stopping taking potentially life-saving drugs, according to research published recently. News and comment from the University of Cambridge Primary Care Unit.

Developing a measure of appropriate polypharmacy in primary care: the first steps-Dr Jenni Burt, Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research talks about a programme of research, which aims to develop a means of measuring polypharmacy which takes account both of the numbers of medications someone has been prescribed, and of whether these medications are clinically appropriate.

Are hospital admissions for palliative patients avoidable and unwanted? - Prof. Merryn Gott, Professor of Health Sciences, University of Auckland, will present research on how 'avoidable' and 'unwanted' hospital admissions are for people with palliative care needs. All welcome. This event is free and open to all, but booking is essential. Tea and cake will be served at 3.30pm, followed by Prof. Gott’s talk at 4pm.

First Care Certificate in Primary Care

Congratulations to Christy Martin, Moat House Surgery, Warboys
Christy is the first learner to complete the Care Certificate in Primary Care in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Despite the hard work she’s put in, she is making the transition from Receptionist to Health Care Assistant look easy!
“Christy is professional, caring and thorough in her new role and I believe this is reflected in her Care Certificate work. It’s been great to see someone with aspirations to be a nurse, that didn’t think they’d ever be able to achieve it” Jan Gower, ANP
Christy joined the Practice with AS Levels five years ago as a very shy, receptionist. She has grown in confidence and has become popular with patients. Christy is now following the HCA pathway, with the option of Nursing through the Apprenticeship route. Christy said,
“Patients respond differently to me in my HCA role and I enjoy being part of the patient facing team.”
As the Care Certificate is now mapped to the Level 3 Health Care Support Worker, Christy has already made a solid start on her Level 3.
Study is a combination of blended learning evidenced in the following methods: face to face, online study, observation, reflection, Q&A, scenarios, work records and testimonials from patients.
For more information please contact sallyann.woodthorpe@nhs.net 

Partner News

Amendment to Denosumab Local Enhanced Service level agreement
It has been brought to our attention by Addenbrooke’s Hospital that the contact phone number listed on page 3 of the Denosumab service level agreement has changed.

The new contact number is: 01223 254933 (Advice Line: dial options 3, then 2) and should be used for the following reasons:

Discontinuation of Denosumab therapy in patients suspected to have an AFF should be considered pending evaluation of the patient based on an individual benefit risk assessment. If AFF is detected, stop Denosumab, minimise the patient's mobility and contact the Metabolic Bone Team. The Osteoporosis Helpline at Addenbrooke's Hospital is 01223 254933 (Advice Line: dial options 3, then 2).

The Denosumab LES Service Level Agreement will be updated accordingly and a revised version will be available on the website in due course. 

Great Staughton Surgery ranked amongst 10 best across England

Out of 7,000 surgeries surveyed in England, Great Staughton Surgery has ranked 7th with 100 per cent of patients giving the surgery a ‘good’ experience rating. The full story can be read at the Cambridge News website. Congratulations to Great Staughton Surgery!

Children’s Centre Consultation – Now Live

Cambridgeshire County Council are consulting on proposals to offer services at a more local level, and to a broader age range. The survey is running until 22nd September. If you have any questions or comments, please contact: ask.childrenscentres@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

You can also view the full consultation and take part in the survey here: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/childrenscentreconsultation 

CQC The safer management of controlled drugs annual report 2016

The update for 2016 highlights CQC’s activity in relation to their controlled drug responsibilities, including their role with controlled drug intelligence networks (CD LINs), the National Group on Controlled Drugs and the Cross-Border Group for safer management of controlled drugs.

It sets out key changes to legislation, provides an overview of prescribing data and prescribing trends for controlled drugs across England in the primary care sector and also makes three recommendations to strengthen existing arrangements.

You can find the update here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/major-report/safer-management-controlled-drugs 

External events and training

Clinical Open Session for GP ST3s, new GPs and Nurses (Herts Urgent Care)

§  ThursThursday 3rd & Monday 7th August, 6pm - 9pm
New Urgent Treatment Centre (Clinic 9), Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

§  Tuesday 15th August 6pm - 9pm
Peterborough City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DB

Details are available on the website  https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/easysiteweb/getresource.axd?assetid=9446&type=0&servicetype=1 

HCA Nursing Pathways – Apprenticeships September 2017

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) are launching new Nursing Apprenticeships starting on 18 September 2017. They offer a route to the Registered Nurse pathway through the Higher and Degree Apprenticeships combined, for Child, Adult and Mental Health, at their campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford, and Adult only in Peterborough.

This route requires the HCA to be released from practice for off-the-job learning 1 day per week only and keeps the apprentice in their area of practice for 20 months to ease pressure on smaller practices. This one day will be split between theory lectures on campus, and practical work-based learning.

Learners embarking on the FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) route in September will complete in April 2019, and have the opportunity to step straight into the BSc (Hons) Nursing to complete the Degree Apprenticeship and register with the NMC.

A pre-requisite for the course is a Level 3 qualification or equivalent, but length of experience will be considered as an alternative. You must have Maths and English at Level 2. More details about the Entry requirements can be found on ARU’s website.

The 20-month FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) is £12k per apprentice, and the remaining 22-month RN top up is £15k. The fees include an Apprentice uniform but not Travel expenses.

If any practices want to access the Apprenticeship Levy via the co-investment model (90% Govt funded) please contact the email address below ASAP:


Tel: 01245 686707

ARU will then provide you with all the information you need about the course, application links and guidance through the process.