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GP News 05 October 2018


Help Us Help You this winter

This year Public Health England has branded the winter campaign 'Help Us Help You this winter'. It is based on the principle of reciprocity which empowers both service users and staff - that by following their advice, people can help NHS experts help them stay well, prevent an illness getting worse, take the best course of action and get well again sooner. 

Following the launch of the campaign every GP practice in England will automatically receive a free Help Us Help You GP pack in the week commencing 8th October.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2018-2023

SEND is Everybody’s Business.

Residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are being asked to feedback on the draft SEND strategy aimed at supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

It would be appreciated if practices could publicise this to patients and/or put this on their websites. The link to the survey is here and the link to complete the short online survey is here

The consultation will close on 12 November 2018.

Extra support pledged for GPs this winter

NHS England has announced it will provide £10 million to GPs to support delivery of additional extended hours, out of hours and unscheduled care sessions over winter.

Full story: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2018/09/extra-support-pledged-for-gps-this-winter/

Cambridgeshire Early Help services for families and young people:

Do you know a family or young person in Cambridgeshire that could use some extra support but don’t know where to find it? Cambridgeshire County Council Early Help service will help you navigate where that support is best found. If a family decide to take up Early Help, a member of local authority staff will talk with them but more importantly listen to them, to find out about any challenges that they and, or their family, are experiencing. They will summarise the discussion in an Early Help Assessment. The assessment will consider the needs of the whole family and help everyone understand the family’s situation. This will include the things they want to change and things that may be of concern to others as well. The assessment is a way of exploring all of these things and is not about blame. It is important the family share as much information as they can as this will help get the right support. However it is up to the family how much they say.

The Early Help leaflet for families:


And the brief process guide for staff:


Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

RoSPA have produced some slides on common changes in driving as we grow older and how to adapt to them http://www.olderdrivers.org.uk/families/advice-resources. which was circulated previously in GP News.

As part of the evaluation process, RoSPA would now like to invite you to take part in a short survey, which should take around 10 minutes to complete. Answers to the survey will be anonymous. If you would like to take part in the survey, you can access it at: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=153562974911

Reminder: Members' Event - 16 October

The next Members' Event is taking place on 16 October at Woodgreen Animal Shelter, Godmanchester - please RSVP to capccg.gateway@nhs.net. Thank you.

Important: Reminder – Paper Switch Off

From the 01 October trusts will only take electronic referrals from GPs and providers will only be paid for activity resulting from referrals made through e-RS.

There are a number of exclusions for our area which are attached. To avoid delay to your patients pathway please could we ask that all referrals are directed through e-RS unless there is an exclusion. If you are unable to find a service please contact us and we will guide you.

NHS Digital has confirmed that there has been a 50% decrease in 'Did not attends' (DNA) and an 8 day sooner appointment for patients, which is a better patient experience.

Should you require any further support or additional training please do not hesitate to contact us at capccg.e-referralqueries@nhs.net

Revised National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care 

As you are aware the Revised National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care came into force on Monday 01 October 2018.

From this date the CCG will only accept the new, revised referral documents (dated October 2018), which include the CHC Checklist, the Decision Support Tool and the Fast Track Tool. We will not be able to process any referrals made to us using the old documentation.

If you were unable to attend our revised framework training that took place during September, or require any further training, please let us know (by emailing l.codd@nhs.net) so we can provide additional training over the coming months.

All the new documentation is available to download from the CCG website here.

‘Opinions’ on Varicose Veins at CUHFT

We would like to politely remind GP practitioners that any referrals for varicose vein treatment into CUHFT where an initial opinion is sought as to whether the patient would fall into the low clinical priority part of the varicose vein policy, GPs must make it clear in the referral that this is for an opinion only.

At this point, CUH will review and provide the relevant information to the GP if funding is required.  If it is not made clear that it is an opinion only that is being sought, this may result in a rejection of the referral thus causing a delay in treatment.

Monthly Dementia Update Bulletin

The Monthly Dementia Update Bulletin for September is available here. This month's bulletin includes a Dementia diagnosis rates poster which will be useful to have on the wall as an aide memoire. 

Bereavement leaflet – updated version now available

An updated version of this leaflet is now available via the CCG End of Life Care template on SystmOne or on the CCG public website HERE. This leaflet details bereavement support services in the CCG area and nationally. It’s designed to be printed as a booklet that can be given to bereaved people when appropriate. This leaflet will also be distributed to funeral directors and the Registrars who register deaths. We would welcome suggestions and updates on this information so that we can keep it as up to date as possible. Please email any changes to capccg.contact@nhs.net

Disruption to telephones - Paston and Werrington

APR will be at Paston and Werrington Health Centres on Thursday 18 October facilitating the new telephone system. Paston (01733 572584) and Werrington (01733 578231) will retain their current numbers but they have been advised that there may be some disruption to both sites during this afternoon whilst the switchover is taking place.

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

  • Genetic links to anxiety and depression - NIHR launches largest ever study of genetic links to depression and anxiety. The NIHR and King’s College London are calling for 40,000 people diagnosed with depression or anxiety to enrol online for the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study and join the NIHR Mental Health Bio resource.
  • Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well: A course for carers, to help you stay connected to
  • loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult situations (free online course, starts 22 October).
  • Clinical research will play a crucial role in the development of biosimilar Divya Chadha Manek explains how lower cost alternatives to branded drugs that could help the NHS save millions of pounds. With the patent protection for a number of leading biologic drugs set to expire in the coming years, the race is on within the life sciences industry to develop lower cost alternatives, known as biosimilars.

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

Primary Care Networks Workshop

  • NHS England
  • Chelmsford
  • Friday 12 October, 
  • 10am to 1pm

To book, please click this link:  www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/primary-care-networks-the-foundations-of-an-effective-health-system-east-midlands-event

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • provide an update on primary care network development;
  • provide examples of the some of the positive impacts for patients and staff;
  • consider what support may be needed in the journey to Primary Care Networks and how this could be delivered at a national, regional and local level.

National and regional NHS England colleagues will be present for you to be able to pass on your suggestions for what will help accelerate the evolution of primary care networks.

Mental Health and the Power of Exercise

Building on Moving Mountains 2015 and 2016, the Moving Mountains 2018 Conference’s main theme is Mental Health and the Power of ExerciseThe conference will hear stories of mental health and chronic illness sufferers and also carers. 

The content will include how caring for somebody can have an impact on mental and physical health. We will then address the power of physical activity for both physical and mental wellbeing through medical experts’ contributions sharing their experiences and evidence-based programmes with us.  Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body) as the ancient Romans would say. 

Please see attached Speaker poster and Programme for more information.

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GP News 05 October 2018