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GP News - 28 September 2017

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Diabetes LES 2017-19 - Reminder to Practices

Thank you to all Practices who have returned their sign up forms to deliver the Diabetes LES 2017-19. Further to our original Comms, we thought it would be helpful to send a quick reminder to say the deadline is Friday 29 September (today) if you wish to provide it.

Please contact Sally Berry, Diabetes Programme Manager if you have any queries regarding the LES or the Diabetes Programme. Sally’s email address is sally.berry1@nhs.net, or call 07967 835226.

Reminder: Members meeting

Don’t forget to RSVP to capccg.gateway@nhs.net for the member practices’ meeting on 10 October, 1pm – 3pm at Woodgreen, Godmanchester, PE29 2NH. The draft agenda is here. Thank you very much.

Class 2 medicines recall

Xarelto 20 mg film-coated tablets (Rivaroxaban)

Your practice should have received the following drug alert, Class 2 medicines recall: Xarelto 20 mg film-coated tablets (Rivaroxaban), on the 28th September 2017. Please ensure that this drug alert is shared with all relevant healthcare professionals. 

Reason for recall: 

Strathclyde Pharmaceuticals Ltd has received a report of a rogue blister strip of 15 mg tablets within two packs of 20 mg tablets and has decided to recall this batch. The labelling on one side of the blister strips reflects the correct strength of the tablets. 

To be actioned within 48 hours by: 

  • Wholesalers
  • Pharmacies
  • Dispensing practices
  • Patients

Please note the drug alert does contain further information for: 

  • healthcare professionals
  • patients, which may support you when responding to any concerns or queries. 

Thank you
Medicines Optimisation Team

Breach letters    

We have had some queries from practices asking who in the CCG to report hospital contract breaches to. The reporting system for this is through our Soft Intelligence Line (SIL) CAPCCG.SIL@nhs.net.

The reports go through to the CCG Quality Team who will also share the details with the CCG Contract Team and then follow up through conversations with providers. The reports into SIL are then collated to see if any trends exist which can also be picked up with individual providers or specialties.   

The SIL form and the process can be found on our website here. If you have any questions please get in touch with the patient experience team on 01223 725555 or Freephone 0800 279 2535, or by emailing CAPCCG.SIL@nhs.net. 

Using digital to enhance flu update

Attached is a presentation (plus ID verification guidance) on how you might consider using digital technology to boost your patient flu uptake.  A webex has also been produced which you can view here: Play recording (33 min)

If you have any questions or would like extra support please contact GP online services engagement lead Tracey Whittingham  traceywhittingham@nhs.net or talk to your CCG comms team capccg.contact@nhs.net which is already planning communication messaging around winter.

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Newsletter

The September issue of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Newsletter is available on the website here.

Drug and Alcohol Service Newsletter

Please find attached the September issue of Dr Melanie D'Souza's Drug and Alcohol Service Newsletter which you may find informative.

REMINDER: ‘GP Cancer Masterclass’ education evenings

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG has co-ordinated with Macmillan to  hosting a series of full funded ‘GP Cancer Masterclass’ education evenings. 

The first masterclasses are being held in a few weeks, so don’t forget to book:

  • Tuesday 17 October for Cambridge
  • Tuesday 31 October for Peterborough
The Cambridge Masterclass will be held at the Education Centre Arthur Rank House.  To register please click:


The Peterborough Masterclass will be held at the Thorpe Hall.  To register please click:

The educational evenings will begin at 6:30 pm with drinks and a snack, and the talks commencing at 7pm.

For any queries please contact Laura or Jane on laura.millman@nhs.net or jane.steward1@nhs.net    

Research updates         

Please see below the latest developments from the world of healthcare research and innovation:

  • Latest NIHR Funding Opportunities. A number of National Institute for Health Research Public and Global health research programmes are outlined. Featuring a wide range of topics such as: Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health, Household or community resources: impact on health, Prevention of unintentional injury in the home in under 5s & Community-wide interventions for physical activity
  • Future of Health: Findings from a Survey of Stakeholders on the Future of Health and Healthcare in England In January 2017, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a survey of experts from across the health and science fields. The outcome of these surveys will be used to inform NIHR’s future strategy and priorities with a rational view of the future.
  • Associations between sexual orientation and diagnosis of cancer: evidence from two national patient surveys in England - Blog by Dr Katie Saunders, Senior Statistician, Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research. In this new analysis, published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, general practice patient surveys were used to understand health related quality of life and patient experience among sexual minorities and to explore the prevalence of self-reported diagnosis of cancer in the last 5 years among sexual minorities compared with heterosexual women and men.

Partner news   

Winter indemnity scheme for GPs – 2017

As part of a broader General Practice Forward View commitment to address the issue of rising indemnity costs and to assist with winter resilience in primary care, NHS England will be running a winter indemnity scheme for GPs, beginning on 01 October 2017 and concluding on 02 April 2018 (to include the Easter bank holiday).  It is designed to meet the costs of personal professional indemnity for any additional out of hours work undertaken by GPs this winter to enable the freedom to work additional sessions without having to pay additional subscriptions to their medical defense organisation (MDO).

If you are a GP who would be interested in accessing the scheme, please make initial contact with your local out of hours (OOH) provider to check what extra sessions are available to work and whether individual cover will be required. OOHs providers include all those services providing clinical care to patients other than to registered patients of that practice where limited or no access is available to the patients care records. This can include services provided by NHS 111, integrated urgent care services and unscheduled care sessions in traditional general practice settings.

This scheme has been developed with the MDOs and you can find information on how to apply for the scheme via your MDO website at:

Further information, including FAQs, can be found on the NHS England website here.


Mental Health in Older People: a Practice Primer


‘Mental Health in Older People: a Practice Primer’, jointly published by NHS Improvement and NHS England, was launched at NHS Expo on 12 September.


This is a document for colleagues working in primary care, in particular GPs.  The document highlights symptoms often attributed to ‘old age’ but, where a mental health diagnosis and follow-up is more appropriate.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership

The September newsletter from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership can be found here

Cambridge University - research news

Local research led by Professor Martin Roland (Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge, Rand Europe) has just been published in the BMJ. This research was evaluating the use of telephone triage in primary care. This showed that whilst telephone consultations can deal with many problems, the research team found no evidence to support claims that the approach saves money, or reduces the number of hospital referrals. Telephone triage does not necessarily decrease the amount of time GPs spend consulting and may, in some cases, increase it.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG  are delighted to have supported this research  since its inception, it looks at a practical service problem and helps members to do the best thing for patients and themselves. For further information on the findings please see:


New community drug & alcohol service

This is the final week of a 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

Inclusion have provided the service but Cambridgeshire County Council are now recommissioning it. I know primary care clinicians don't have enough time, but this is a chance to influence the design of the service for the next five years. 

Best wishes
Melanie D'Souza

External events and training    

APM Neurological Palliative Care Special Interest Forum

- in collaboration with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
  • An update on progressive neurological disease
  • Monday 06 November 2017 - 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Education Centre, Arthur Rank Hospice, Cherry Hinton Road, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge CB22 3FB
  • A one-day conference for doctors and other healthcare professionals with an interest in the provision of palliative care for those with neurological diseases. More information on the attached flyer here.       

2nd Bedford Diabetes Study Day    

  • Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
  • Thursday 18 January 2018
  • King's House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ
  • This meeting has been approved by the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits (CPD code 111003).
  • The programme and further information can be found in the attached flyer here.

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust 

The lunch time end of month multi-disciplinary postgraduate Tuesday lunchtime lectures restart Tuesday 26 September 2017 and thereafter, on the last Tuesday of each month except December.

Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Programme is offering a series of FREE webinars

GEMs (GP Evening Meetings)

  • Tuesday 10 October 2017
  • The Clinical School, Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Free Course with a light supper from 7pm and seminars beginning at 7.30pm

Further information is available on the attached flyer or via their website: http://www.cam-pgmc.ac.uk/courses/gems-gp-evening-meetings-10th-october-2017 

The inclusion of external courses and events within GP News does not imply endorsement by NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG or any association with their operators. 

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