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GP News - 01 February 2018

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Reminder: Members' Meeting 22 February 2018

The next CCG Member Practices' Meeting is taking place on Thursday 22 February at Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester. If you have not yet let the CCG know of your attendance can you please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.

CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey 

Fieldwork for the annual CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey began on Monday 15 January. 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.

Our relationship with our members is central to our success, therefore if you have been sent a survey request by Ipsos Mori we would greatly appreciate your participation. The survey closes on Friday 23 February.

Healthier You

The Healthier You Diabetes Pevention Programme has a new telephone number for their hub. 

  • The new A4 leaflet can be downloaded here
  • The new Tri-fold leaflet can be downloaded here 

Safeguarding Children Admin Network

Dates for Quarter 01 2018:

  • Hunts : 12:00 Thurs 19 April - Rm G89, Acorn Surgery (Oaktree Centre)
  • Peterborough : 13:00 Fri 27 April - Bretton Medical Practice, Peterborough
  • Cambs : 13:00 Weds 01 May - Nuffield Road Surgery, Cambridge
  • Ely/Fens : 13:00 Thurs 03 May - Priors Field Surgery, Sutton, Ely 

Diabetes Public Engagement Events – Hunts and Fenland

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is working with Diabetes UK to arrange two more patient engagement events. We had two successful events at the end of last year, one in Cambridge and one in Peterborough. We are keen to also speak to people in other localities, and we have therefore organised two further events – one at Hinchingbrooke on 19 April and one in March on 25 April.

The events are a great opportunity for people to:

  • Find out what services are available for people with diabetes in your local area 
  • Ask local healthcare professionals questions on diabetes care 
  • Meet people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who live in your local area. 

See attached posters for Huntingdon and Fenland for further information. Please share with your networks.

To book a place call Diabetes UK on 01376 501390 or email Eastern@diabetes.org.uk

COPD workshops

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) will be delivering eight COPD self-management workshops across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s area.

Each workshop will benefit COPD patients with:

  • An understanding of their long term condition
  • How to better manage their condition leading to an improved quality of life
  • Empowerment and increased confidence to proactively manage their condition helping reduce feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Recognising exacerbation symptoms
  • Managing breathlessness and awareness of the importance of exercise
  • An understanding of when and how to take their medication 

Following a review of the available COPD data for 2016/17, (QoF 16/17, CandP_SUS), those practices with both a higher COPD prevalence than average and also a higher rate of hospital emergency admissions for patients diagnosed with COPD when compared with the other practices across the CCG, are being offered a chance to attend these workshops.

The workshops will be offered on a first come first served basis.

For more information or to book your practice’s Patient Workshop please contact Cheryl Evans (Cheryl.Evans@blf.org.uk) or Adrian McLean-Tooke (adrian.mclean-tooke@nhs.net).  

CCG Research Updates

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

  • School for Primary Care Research funding opportunities. Application deadlines are soon approaching for students and GPs interested in a range of funding opportunities from the School of Primary Care Research. 

  • New research programme will develop and evaluate weight management programmes for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. The new programme of research will examine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using non-specialists, such as health trainers, and communications technology to deliver weight management programmes in people at high risk of developing T2D, and those with a recent diagnosis. This research is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG University of Leeds, University of Sheffield, University of Oxford, Fakenham Weight Management Service and NHS North Norfolk CCG. More details of the project can be found here

  • CATCh-uS 5 minute NIHR survey mapping adult ADHD services. The CATCh-uS mapping study aims to create a list of existing National Health Service (NHS) provision in the UK for young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) aged 18 and above. Please follow the link to read more and complete the 5-minute survey.  

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

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

Partner News

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Healthwatch project to improve information for disabled people

The Accessible Information as Standard report from Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough found that people with learning and sensory disabilities are not always being offered accessible information as standard when they use health services, even though this is the law.

Healthwatch are now working on a pilot project with one GP practice to help them make information about the practice more accessible to people with sensory and learning disabilities.

Janine Newby-Robson, Project Manager, said ‘We are in the early stages of this work, but one of the important things is getting local patients involved in helping to review where access could be improved in the surgery.’

‘We know from our conversations with local NHS staff and members of PPGs that there is great willingness to give disabled people the information they need, but sometimes staff need more support or signposting to help them do this.’

Find out more about Healthwatch’s work in this area on their websites at:

Get in touch with Healthwatch if you are interested in their AIS project work and want to get involved. Call 0330 355 1285 or email enquiries@healthwatchcambspboro.co.uk

Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre rated as 'Outstanding' by CQC

The Centre, an Arthur Rank Hospice service based at North Cambs Hospital, delivers care and support free of charge at the day centre, five days a week and also provides Hospice at Home, specialist clinical advice and support for family and carers. A summary report of the inspection, which took place in July 2017, is now available to view by clicking the download link at arhc.org.uk/alan-hudson-day-treatment-centre.asp with the full report due to be added to the CQC website in due course at http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-2018749000

Public Health England

Frontline healthcare staff urged to intervene to cut the 59,063 smokers ending up in hospital across the east of England every year

  • Giving ‘Very Brief Advice’ to patients makes them 68% more likely to quit if they’re offered stop smoking medication.
  • One in every four patients in hospital are smokers.
  • Being a fully smokefree hospital means all healthcare staff discussing smoking with patients, all patients and staff being offered on-site stop smoking support or referral to local services; and no smoking anywhere on the Trust’s estate.
  • Through the CQUIN scheme, from 2018 additional funding will be available to acute NHS providers that achieve targets for delivery of quit advice.

Public Health England (PHE) is urging all NHS frontline staff to take advantage of free online training to help them deliver effective stop smoking advice. See attached Press Notice for further details.

NHS England

NHS England announces consultation on ACO contracts

NHS England has announced it will be launching a consultation on the contracting arrangements for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs).

There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that care has been provided to improve services for patients and the NHS has been working towards this in a number of ways.

Read more on the NHS England website.

Have you say on the organ donation consultation

The government plans to change the organ donation system to an ‘opt-out’ system.  To find out more and submit your views click here. The consultation closes at 11.59pm on 6 March 2018.

Cambridgeshire County Council

The latest Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership Newsletter is available here.

Macmillan Cancer Care

The Macmillan Bus –Dougie – will be visiting Cambridgeshire in February at the times and locations below.





Outside the Town Hall
Bridge Street


9am - 4pm





Outside the Geroge Hotel, Market Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough


9am - 4pm




St Ives

Outside Boots, Market Hill, Saint Ives

PE27 5AP

9am - 4pm




Cambridge (Addenbrooke's hospital)

Addenbrookes Hospital,
Hills Rd,


9am - 4pm


If you would like posters to advertise these visits let Rachel Kamall on know and I can forward these to you, email mobileinfounit@macmillan.org.uk.  If you’d like to tweet about us, you can refer to us as @MacInfoBusSouth

If you would like to know what other locations our Mobile Information Service will be visiting please visit our website which is usually updated a month in advance. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/aboutus/contactus/mobileinformationcentrelocations.aspx

Health Education England

  • Health Literacy Awareness Training one-day workshop
  • 12 dates available across Midlands & East
  • 10.00 – 4.00 pm

Up to 61% of working age adults do not have adequate literacy skills to routinely understand health information (Rowlands et al 2015).  They will find it more difficult to manage their health and wellbeing on a day to day basis; they will have the poorest health outcomes; they will be more likely to be ill more often and be more likely to die younger.

Being able to understand health information, and make subsequent decisions based on this understanding, and engage with health and care structures and systems, is therefore vital to a person's wellbeing and their ability to take positive action. 

This workshop will enhance your understanding of the impact of health literacy on patients / service users, and provide practical tools to help you address the issues.

Anyone working within health and care organisations, and/or who has a responsibility for informing, improving and protecting people’s health and wellbeing, is welcome to attend to learn more about health literacy and how effective health literacy approaches can support person centred care, positive behavioural / lifestyle changes, and enhance shared decision making. 

Please see attached for further details and to book a place.

Events and Training   

Cancer Masterclasses


The next Cambridge Masterclass will be held at the Education Centre Arthur Rank House on Wednesday 21 February 2018.  To register please click:


The next Peterborough Masterclass will be held at the Thorpe Hall on Wednesday 28 February 2018.  To register please click:

Primary Care Commissioning (PCC)

  • Contracting for new care models
  • 08 March
  • London
  • There is a cost for non-members

If you need more information about this event please email events@pcc-cic.org.uk    

East Anglian Medical Genetics Service, Addenbrooke's Hospital

Registration is open for the 2018 Genetics Study Day for Healthcare Professionals. 

This is being held on 1st February 2018 at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. 

This study day aims to equip Doctors, GPs, Practice Nurses and Allied Health Professionals with an understanding of genetics as it becomes increasingly incorporated into routine clinical practice. 

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