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GP News 01 November 2018

Updated PGDs

NHS England

The page for all PGDs is: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/prescribing-information/patient-group-directions/

Lifestyle services 

Public Health

Please find attached below a selection of Lifestyle services booklets produced by the Council's Public Health teams with useful information that you may like to pass onto your patients on the  topics including: Stop Smoking Support; Exercise, Fitness and Physical Activity; Mental Health & Wellbeing; Adult Learning & Skills plus much more.

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)

Changes to the Cambridgeshire Community Services Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)

The main updates are that FNP is not a universal offer to all first time parents aged 19 years and under but now a targeted approach to meet the needs of vulnerable teenagers. The other changes are in regards to the length of the program which can now be stopped anytime after the child’s first birthday if progress has been made whereas before, FNP would advise that the young person would have had a family nurse for 2 ½ years. Flyer and Notification form attached for reference.

Drug and Alcohol Service for Adults in Cambridgeshire

Change Grow Live (CGL)

Please find attached updated Drug and Alcohol service leaflet for adults in Cambridgeshire, a copy of their partners bulletin, their referral form and the slides from the partner event held on 11 and 12 September.

Books on Prescription

Did you know you can chose to ‘prescribe’ or recommend a book to your patient or service user?  

Reading Well Books on Prescription is a national scheme developed by the Reading Agency.  In June 2018, the Reading Agency published the latest booklist – Reading Well for mental health - which is endorsed by health experts and provides accredited reading to support health and wellbeing.  The books on the list offer help with dealing with difficult feelings and experiences such as bereavement and anger, as well as specific conditions including depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Cambridgeshire Libraries have been sponsored by County Council’s Public Health and have purchased all the books on the 2018 list. These books are available for anyone to borrow—with or without GP referrals—from any Cambridgeshire library from the 10 October 2018, and can be reserved by library customers on the library catalogue here.

There are recommended books for reading about:

For queries please contact the Community Health Information Service, Cambridgeshire Libraries:

New continuous collection platform for Core National Diabetes Audit open for registrations

National Diabetes Audit

The new collection portal for the Core National Diabetes Audit (NDA) on the Clinical Audit Platform (CAP) is now open for registrations. Please find attached the registration form which explains how to register to be able to submit data.

If you have previously registered for a SSO you will not need to register again but you will need to fill in the registration form, and obtain Caldicott Guardian approval, to be added as a National Diabetes Audit submission platform user. 

Please note that the NDA is not yet open for submissions.  We will notify you when this is open, and full guidance will be provided as to how to submit NDA data for the 2018-2019 audit year. 

Thank you for your continued support of this audit.

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All set for Self Care Week?

November 12– 18 is Self Care Week.  An annual awareness campaign, Self Care Week provides a great platform for practices to help raise awareness with their patients and local community.

We know that you are busier than ever, but it is reported that around a third of appointments are unnecessary, so any initiatives to provide easily accessible information on self care will help to relieve pressure on GPs.

All practices are encouraged to take part in the national self care week campaign. Displays in waiting rooms, posters, articles on websites, facebook and twitter activity are all quick and simple ways to help spread the word.  To help make this as easy as possible for you, an easy-to-use toolkit is available on the GP website HERE that includes posters, website copy and suggested social media activity you can use.  The toolkit also provides useful links to other resources available from NHS England, Public Health England and the Self Care Forum.

If you would like any further information or guidance on how to use any of these resources within your practice please contact the CCG communications team at capccg.contact@nhs.net

Monthly Dementia Update Bulletin

October 2018

The monthly Dementia update bulletin for October can be found here

Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme recognised at QiC Diabetes 2018 Awards

The Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP) has been recognised at a prestigious national diabetes awards. The initiative was a finalist in the Best Practice Dissemination and Sustainability category at the 2018 Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards.

We have also been shortlisted for another award – The Diabetes Professional Care Industry Awards 2018 for the Best HCP Diabetes Education Programme – the ceremony is on 14 November … so watch this space!

The Diabetes LES asks for evidence that practice staff engage in completing at least 2 modules of CDEP training during the year. This is FREE to all NHS staff working within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and is accessed online https://www.cdep.org.uk/ 

Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP)

How to register:

  1. Access the website: www.cdep.org.uk
  2. Click on the link: SIGN IN/REGISTER
  3. Under NEW CANDIDATE REGISTRATION enter your EMAIL address, (this can be work or personal) and click CREATE ACCOUNT. 
  4. On the next registration page, choose a secure / memorable PASSWORD, then input the REGISTRATION KEY CODECAMBSPBOROCCG    *If this code is not entered, you will be automatically passed to CDEP’s payment page.  If this does occur, please contact CDEP for support.

Also attached is a flyer with lots of information about the programme.

Updated: GP Referrals to A&E

As we approach winter and all health services see an increase in demand, please could we ask that practices work with hospitals to give prior notice and to discuss referrals to A&E with your local emergency department on the updated numbers below.

For referrals to Peterborough hospital:
  • Please use the GP phone line to discuss the referral. The GP phone line is 01733 678776 - available 24/7.
For referrals to Hinchingbrooke hospital:
  • If the patient requires acute assessment, either in Ambulatory Care or the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) please call the AAU GP Hotline on 01480 416462
  • To discuss potential alternative management pathways please call the GP switch board number 01480 416252 and ask for Medical Registrar on bleep 1116.
For referrals to Addenbrooke’s hospital:
  • Please contact the GP liaison sister on 01223 274445 to discuss the referral (this is the new number to contact).
For referrals to QEH KL:
  • Please call the GP phone line on 0778 961 5571 (8.30am to 8.30pm)
Joint Emergency Team (JET)

To support patients at home, in the community, and in care homes the expanded JET service can support people with long-term conditions in their usual place of residence who need urgent care. To refer call 0300 123 996 (7am-8pm, Monday to Sunday). Flyer attached.

Admission Avoidance

We have set up NEW pages on our CCG website with details of a range of alternatives to hospital and details of how to access them:

Cambridge and Ely: 


Huntingdon, Fenland and Peterborough:


Reminder: Extraordinary Members' Event: 12 December

Please remember to RSVP your attendance for a special member practice event focussed on antimicrobial prescribing. We are lucky enough to have a national speaker attending, so please ensure a clinician from your practice attends. Please find a flyer attached for further information. 

Please RSVP to capccg.Gateway@nhs.net

The meeting will be 12.30-3.00pm on 12 December at Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4NL. Directions are here: http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk/plan-your-race-day/visitor-information/directions-parking

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

  • Genetic tool could predict adult heart attack risk in childhood People at high risk of a heart attack in adulthood could be spotted much earlier in life with a one-off DNA test, according to new research supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres in Leicester and Cambridge. Read more
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose provides no important benefit for most people with type 2 diabetes Patients with type 2 diabetes who monitor their blood glucose themselves may see small, short-term improvements in blood sugar control. This is not enough to be clinically important or outweigh the costs and personal inconvenience of long-term self-testing.
  • Diagnosing Urinary Tract Infections in older adults - Can we take the sting out of it? For a variety of reasons, older people are more susceptible to infections caused by bacteria, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs). Older adults with UTIs can become very unwell if the diagnosis is not made promptly and appropriate treatment is not started quickly. But unlike younger people, they can present in an atypical fashion when they have a UTI.  which can make it hard to make the diagnosis
  • Patient and public involvement in research: progress and challenges  It is undisputed that patient and public involvement in research (PPI) is a good thing. The UK, and particularly the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), we need to ask some hard questions about the unintended consequences of what has been achieved so far.  

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 Sarah Hider (sarah.hider@nhs.net).

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

Cambridge Community Safety Partnership

Free Domestic Abuse Conference

Please see attached for a free conference exploring domestic abuse, which is open to the general public to raise awareness. Booking is essential.


Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

GEMs - GP Evening Meetings

  • Tuesday 20th November 2018
  • The Clinical School, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Free Course with a light supper from 7pm and seminars beginning at 7:30pm

Book your place via our website: www.cam-pgmc.ac.uk/courses/gems-gp-evening-meetings-20th-november-2018

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GP News 02 November 2018