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GP News - 8 March 2017

CCG News

New website  

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are redeveloping their websites. The new website brings together all the previous websites into one place. The members extranet now sits under the main CCG website, www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk click on the ‘Health Professionals’ tab at the top to access it. The health professionals area is still under development, so some sections will temporarily redirect to the previously used websites. It is anticipated to be a work in progress for the next couple of weeks until all the information has been migrated across. This is an ongoing piece of work, so although the site is now live, it will constantly be evolving and improving and we welcome your feedback (send via email to capccg.contact@nhs.net)

Update to pensions guidance for GPs working for the CCG

Further to the email last week regarding changes to pension arrangements for GPs who undertake work for the CCG, there is now an updated set of template invoices for submitting invoices to the CCG. Please ensure you utilise version 2 (v2) and do not use any previous templates. If you are not a NHS Pension Scheme member, then please utilise the invoice ‘GP Invoice template – Non pension (v2)’.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding this new process, please do not hesitate to contact the CCG HR Team at capccg.hr@nhs.net / 01223 725482.

Congratulations to Bobbie Greer

Congratulations to Bobbie Greer, Health Care Assistant at Acorn Surgery, for winning the East of England Talent for Care Apprentice Awards. Read more here.

Pre-election period

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group will be observing the pre-election period.

The pre-election period forthe Local and Mayoral elections on 4 May 2017 starts on 22 March. The pre-election guidance limits the promotional activity and announcements that the CCG can make during this period. External communications should remain factual.

Public consultations that have begun before the start of the pre-election period can continue to run during the pre-election period. However we should not announce a new one, advertise an existing one or announce the results of one that has ended during the pre-election period. 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 pre-election period.

Change of number for patient transport requests

The new Patient and carer line for non-emergency patient transport is 0345 603 8117. Please update your contacts. A revised poster and leaflet with the new number is attached for display in patient areas.

Latest innovations

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

  • Patients’ concerns over ‘wasting doctor’s time’ may affect their decisions to see GP
    February 7, 2017, Worries over wasting their doctor’s time, particularly at a time when NHS resources are stretched, may influence when and whether patients choose to see their GP, according to a study led by Dr Nadia Llanwarne, NIHR In-Practice Fellow in General Practice at the Primary Care Unit.
  • ESCAPE-pain programme for the management of osteoarthritis
    The award winning, NICE-approved ESCAPE-pain programme for the management of osteoarthritis is now available as a free app. Article form the Eastern Academic Health Science Network.

  • Webinar – What could Healthcare Learn from Aviation to Improve patient Safety?
    By the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. In this short series of webinars, Willie Cruickshank will explore key safety-related domains including: Checklists, Training & Simulation, Crew Resource Management, Investigation and Reporting of Incidents and Organisational Culture to consider if there are still lessons that healthcare could learn from aviation in terms of safety management and the reduction of harm. March 24th, 12.30pm-13.30pm.    

Partner News

NHS England

Supporting general practice – the General Practice Forward View in action

Special free events are being organised by NHS England (Midlands and East) over the next couple of months to discuss what has been delivered so far by the General Practice Forward View and look at what opportunities are available to help support general practice for the future.  

The events are aimed at GPs, practice managers, other health professionals working in general practice, and commissioners. Each event is focused on an individual STP footprint in the Midlands and East region and has its own programme organised locally in partnership with the Royal College of GPs and Health Education England to address local interests and needs.

The Cambridgeshire and peterborough event has been moved from Newmarket to Huntingdon, so that it is fully accessible to professionals in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. NHS England have written to all those already booked on to inform them of this change. The details of the event are below, if you would like to attend please contact Damian Mitchell, as below.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Wednesday 22 March, 6pm – 9pm, Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon

If you have any queries, please contact damian.mitchell@nhs.net.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Bowel Cancer UK are promoting screening to improve early diagnosis of the disease, which is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. There is an information sheet attached and you can download materials from the website https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-us/bowel-cancer-awareness-month/       

Pinpoint - Parent Support Group around Self Harm

Parent Support Group around Self Harm

Our next parent support group for those who have children or young people who self-harm happens next week on Wednesday 15th March 10.15 – 11.45 at Tesco Extra Community Room, Abbots Ripton Road, Huntingdon, PE28 2LA. Please find attached the latest flyer.

These sessions are for any parents whose children or young people display any type of self-harmful behaviour (this can include eating disorders). Please promote to anyone who would benefit. Parents can attend anonymously. We also have a lot of reference information on our dedicated website page http://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/self-harm

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions eve@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk

Kind regards
Eve Redgrave
Partnership and Participation Co-Ordinator

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service

The March CCVS newsletter is available to read here.

External events and training

Making a Referral to Children’s Social Care Workshop

To enable practitioners to make good referrals by sharing the appropriate information allowing the correct decisions to be made to safeguard the welfare of the child/children. More info here.

  • 11 April 2017 , 9.30-11.30am                                        
    Peterborough Education Meeting Centre, Central Library

  • 26 April 2017, 9.30-11.30am                                         
    Peterborough Education Meeting Centre, Central Library
Peterborough Safeguarding

Children and Adults Boards - flyer for March 2017 courses.

RCGP 2017 Annual Symposium

The Shifting Sands of General Practice, 10 May, Bury St Edmunds

This year's 2017 Annual Symposium is being held on Wednesday 10 May at The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Market Square, Bury St Edmunds and the theme is 'The Shifting Sands of General Practice'. The Conference is open to all GPs as well as Practice Managers, Practice Nurses and ALL members of the Primary Care Team.

We have some wonderful high profile speakers at this year's event and some very interesting workshops to sign up to. Details below.

This event is now live on the RCGP site, so please spread the word far and wide and encourage your colleagues to book their places.

I attach a copy of the flyer along with the link for your information.


We look forward to welcoming you on 10 May.

Many thanks
Annemarie McCarty
Faculty Administrator - East Anglia | Faculties
Royal College of General Practitioners