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GP New - 30 June 2017

New GP Health Service

Attached is an update summary about the new GP Health Service. The service is available to ALL GPs of whatever grade and position working in East Anglia. Please make your GP colleagues aware of the service and how to access it.

It would be particularly helpful if any GPs working in CCGs, GP Federations, LMCs, or as Senior Appraisers, could ensure it is embedded in newsletters sent out to GPs individually or to practices. And add appropriate links to your websites and contacts information for GPs.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more, or arrange a telephone discussion, a meeting or présentation in your area, or if you are interested in taking on a role as a Consulting Clinician yourself.

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Reminder: Diabetes Training Needs Survey

If they haven’t already could you please ensure that the GP and Practice Nurse Diabetes leads in your practice return the Diabetes Traning Needs Survey which can be downloaded from the website here. Guidance is available here

As you are aware Diabetes is one of the priority areas which forms part of the STP programme. Through our work with stakeholders over the past few months we have identified a number of themes to improve outcomes for people with Diabetes: Patient Education, Staff Education, Patient Support, BP/ MI/ Stroke Reduction and Support in Primary Care. We recognise that the skills and confidence in managing diabetes in primary care varies from practice to practice. One of our key aims is to support primary care to manage diabetes in a more consistent and person centred way. However in order to develop a training programme for primary care we need to understand the needs of primary care.

If the form is electronic, please send it to:EDEN@uhl-tr.nhs.uk  Hard copy forms should be posted to: EDEN Team,
Magnolia Room, Air Ward, Leicester Diabetes Centre, Leicester General Hospital Gwendolen Road, Leicester

Queries should be directed to Dr Mark Brookes - Interim Diabetes GP Clinical Lead mark.brookes@nhs.net, or
Sally Berry – Project and Service Improvement Manager (Primary Care) sally.berry1@nhs.net.

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Participation Report No 1 for the National Diabetes Audit 2016-17

This report provides details regarding the submissions received from GP practices within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG and details any outstanding queries that have been raised with the GP practices.

The data for SystmOne practices is collected via a bulk extract and sent directly to the NDA audit team. SystmOne practices are therefore are reminded to tick the box before 5pm on 10th July.

Any practice that have not yet submitted data to the 2016-2017 audit need to do so before Friday 21 July 2017. For information on how to submit data please refer to the NHS Digital website here.

The NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG NDA Participation Report for 2016-2017 can be found here

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Conflicts of Interest

The CCG has refreshed its Conflicts of Interest Policy to ensure the CCG meets the revised NHS England Managing Conflicts of Interest Statutory Guidance published in June 2016. This policy applies to NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) employees, Governing Body members and members of Committees, and Member Practices of the CCG including GP partners and practice staff. The Policy is appended to the CCG’s Constitution, a copy of which is available on the CCG’s website.

A briefing note on the refreshed Conflicts of Interest Policy can be found on the website here and a declaration form can be downloaded here

For further information the Conflicts of Interest policy can be found on the website here:

The latest version of the CCG’s Constitution which reflects recent changes to the CCG’s internal structures and has now been signed off by NHS England is on the CCG website here

If you have any queries please contact Sharon Fox sharon.fox3@nhs.net

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MenACWY vaccination campaign

A regional Public Health England campaign aimed at increasing vaccination rates amongst young people for the Meningococcal ACWY conjugate vaccination (MenACWY) is underway.

The vaccine helps protect against meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia.  These conditions can kill in hours and those who recover may be left severely disabled.

Letters to secondary schools and GPs will be issued this week, with social media activity starting from next week (w/c 3 July).

80th anniversary of the 999 service

Friday marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the 999 service. National media activity is planned.

Inspectors praise counselling support for SEND pupils in Cambridgeshire

A fantastic article (link below) highlighting the CCG’s positive SEND report. It is well deserved for all the great work put in to support Children and Young people. Well done to all involved and keep up the good work!


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Partner News

I-CaPP Programme- focus groups

The Public Health team at Cambridgeshire County Council have been asked by I-CaPP to request participation from Health professionals - particularly in primary care who deliver NHS Health Checks - to take part in a research programme.  This is focused around the experience of working with individuals to motivate people to change their lifestyles to reduce their risk of cancer.  It is part of the I-CaPP programme which is funded by Cancer Research UK - Cancer Prevention Fellowship to form focus groups which will inform some prototype interventions.  

Information about the proposal is attached

Green shoots - Investigator award for commercial research Deadline 17 July

Clinical Research Network Eastern are advertising a fund for those who are interested becoming a new Principal Investigator for National Institute for Health research studies (0.5 session a week for 1.5 years) this is intended to catalyse growth in recruitment of participants particularly to commercial studies. This is a competitive process (maximum award of £6250 per annum). Applicants will normally but not exclusively be Clinicians.

The Clinical Research Network will be looking for high potential based on potential pipeline studies particularly commercial studies, and recruiting to time and target. Assessment will essentially be based on research track record, detail on which studies will be delivered and growth potential .

To apply please complete the attached form and send it to crneastern@nnuh.nhs.uk copying in v.shaw@nhs.net.

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CQC to end GP PMS press releases

The CQC has advised that from this week onwards (w/c 26 June 2017) it will no longer be issuing the overall Primary Medical Services (PMS) press releases now that all initial GP inspections have been completed. Press releases will still be issued on services rated Outstanding or Inadequate, or those that exit special measures to Good. For further information please contact Helen Gildersleeve, Regional Engagement Officer for the Central Region of CQC.

Consultation on proposed changes to the future provision of specialist fertility services

The announcement of the general election meant that the pre-election period was extended. This, in turn, meant that the CCG was unable to promote the consultation, or hold any public consultation meetings, until after the general election had taken place and a new government had been formed.

Public meetings have been rescheduled to take place, details can be found on our website here

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New resources for  patients asking about social care

A new website providing resources to support older people and their relatives find information about social care in later life has been launched. The website contains a leaflet and short film and covers basic information about social care including what information different organisations can and cannot provide. The resources are based on research carried out by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York and funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR). For further information on the website and resources please contact kate.baxter@york.ac.uk

Your Voice, in health and care (HealthWatch 22 June 2017):

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have released their Carers’ Handbook. The handbook is a guide for carers, families and friends. This is part of CPFT’s commitment to work closely with all carers as partners in the “Triangle of Care”.  More here

The CQC have spoken to staff, patients and local patient representative groups at eight trusts that have shown significant improvement.

This new report includes Cambridge University Trust's journey from inadequate to good, and features comments from Sandie Smith, HealthWatch CEO. More here

HealthWatch Annual General Meeting is on 5 July 2017 from 7.9pm, Town Hall, Market Hill, Huntingdon PE29 3PJ. If you are interested in attending please email HealthWatch to help them plan refreshments etc.

Patient voices help improve care at Hinchingbrooke: Privacy for patients and a continuous staffing of the reception desk are two of the things that have improved for patients in Hinchingbrooke Hospital Emergency Department, since HealthWatch’s visit last October. More here

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CSP - June VAWG Newsletter

The latest Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence (DASV) Partnership, Violence Against Women & Girls Newsletter for June 2017 can found here

Healthy Peterborough – Healthy Lifestyle Service launch event

The Healthy Lifestyle Service launch event is taking place on Saturday 8 July from 10am-4pm outside Peterborough Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough.

There will be speeches by the Mayor of Peterborough and Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at 11am and demonstrations of what will  be on offer to Peterborough residents by the Healthy Peterborough Team. The invitation can be found on our website here


It Starts With You – Healthwatch’s annual report for 2016-17 has been published and can be found on their website here  Find out more at their AGM on 5 July in Huntingdon (details above).

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NHS England

Different Practices

Different Practices is a new NHS England initiative aimed at encouraging GPs who are thinking of retiring or leaving general practice to consider staying but working more flexibly.

NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU has surveyed over 140 GPs in the UK and abroad, and asked them what practices who may be finding it difficult to attract GPs should be offering potential recruits. The answers included part-time or flexible hours, indemnity cover, clinical quality and less bureaucracy and administration.

The programme is now working with selected practices to offer what we know some GPs are asking for. It covers a range of urban and rural practices, initially in the Midlands and East region.

To find out more about the pilot, which ends in July, and view the vacancies, go to www.differentpractices.co.uk where you can find practice and location highlights, videos, and school, transport and lifestyle information.

Vacancies are open to all GPs, with up to £10,000 funding also available for GPs on the Induction and Refresher Scheme, Retained Doctor Scheme, or those returning to practice.

A short video featuring Dr Jui Pandit, a GP who has rediscovered her love for General Practice through working more flexibly, can be found at the Different Practices YouTube Channel.

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Research updates

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

Applications are now open for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG Research Capability Funding (RCF) Awards. Calling for competitive bids against a total fund of £20,000 to encourage support for National Institute for Health Research Studies or for the potential work of research ideas and grants. Please find the attached application form and if interested return it to Viv Shaw (v.shaw@nhs.net) by 15th July.

'The Art & Science of Clinical Problem-Solving' Join Professor Mary Dixon-Woods for a special lecture with Professor Sanjay, on Wednesday 5th July, 17:30 -19:00 at Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE.

Future Funding of NHS and social care in UK Public seminar to present and discuss findings from an ongoing Health Foundation Study, which seeks to test the public acceptability for options for future funding of NHS and social care in the UK. Thursday 20th July 2017, 17:00-19:00 at the Health Foundation, 90 Long Acre, London WC2E 9RA. 

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External events and training

Survey for GP Cancer Masterclass events

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are co-ordinating with Macmillan Cancer Support in planning FULLY FUNDED GP Cancer Masterclass educational events. We intend to offer events in both Peterborough and Cambridge.

Please click and complete the attached short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GPCancerMasterclass before 14th July, to help us plan the event you will find most useful. 

We thank you for your support for implementing NICE guidelines (NG12) for suspected cancer in your clinical practice.  As a CCG, we are actively looking at ways to improve cancer diagnosis and post diagnostic support.

Self harm event - East of England Clinical Networks NHS England – Midlands & East

Please find attached the preliminary programme for the second self harm event being run by East of England Clinical Networks NHS England – Midlands & East which will takess place on the 18th July.

They are also offering a free Webinar on the 17th July with the director of the STITCH (Services & Trusts Integrating To Improve Care in Self Harm) service in Bristol, Salena Williams. More details to follow. Please register your interest at https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/4386/stitch-self-harm-webex

Advanced Nursing Practice MSc (8 fully funded places available – September 2017 start

HEEoE are pleased to fund 8 places to GPNs on Anglia Ruskin University’s Advanced Nursing Practice MSc programme starting  in September 2017. To apply visit the ARU website here. Interviews will take place at the end of July, early August. Questions regarding course content or wider questions should be emailed to Lorna O’Reilly, the course lead, at lorna.OReilly@anglia.ac.uk   The flyer is available on the website here

Please find attached a flyer for the Management of the Red Eye course being held on 01st December 2017. All relevant Primary Care Practitioners are welcome.

Management of the Red Eye – PGMC – Friday 1st December 2017

This 1 day course will consist of presentations and practical workshops focusing on the management of common eye problems in Primary Care. If you would like to apply for this course, please visit the website http://www.cam-pgmc.ac.uk/courses/nurses-programme-management-of-the-red-eye-december-2017 or contact my colleague Deborah Leith (dl342@medschl.cam.ac.uk) for further information. The course flyer can be found here

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