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GP News 07 December 2018

Cambridge University Hospitals

SERVICE INFO: Sainsbury's Phlebotomy

From Monday 10 December, due to severe staffing shortages, CUHFT is suspending the phlebotomy service at Sainsbury's Coldham Lane for the month of December.  We will notify you again when the service will resume.

ReSPECT - Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment

Cambridge University Hospitals is adopting the ReSPECT process from December 2018. ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment and has been developed nationally in collaboration with clinicians and patients.

We will be sending patients home with a copy of their ReSPECT form, as it documents much more than what is on the East of England DNACPR form, and we would not want the richness of the conversations or recommendations to be lost.  We have engaged with the ambulance services to ensure that it is recognised by them, and are also embarking on a communications strategy with partners in nursing homes, hospices, and in the wider health care community. 

In summary, the idea is that health professionals (usually at the hospital) have conversations with patients about what outcomes are most important or most feared by them; and then make a series of clinical recommendations in partnership with them which would be documented on ReSPECT documentation. This would include a recommendation about resuscitation, but this would always be contextualised within overall goals of care. Recommendations may include under what circumstances a patient wishes to be readmitted back into hospital; or whether their priority is staying at home with 'just in case medication' in the event of a deterioration.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

CPFT welcomes extremely positive evaluation for its Primary Care Mental Health Service

CPFT are delighted to announce that an independent consulting company has responded extremely positively after evaluating a new GP-based mental health service.

The new Primary Care Mental Health Service has been rolled out across all GP surgeries in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over the past year. The new service puts specialist mental health practitioners in all GP practices to help and support patients with moderate to severe mental health conditions. The new service means patients can talk to mental health professionals in their own GP practice – an environment they are already familiar with. If you’d like to read the full evaluation report, please download it here.

Cambridgeshire County Council

Next Generation Technology Project

The Next Generation Technology Project is a trial of an intelligent Lifeline called the Care@Home Pro in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough areas. 

Referrals can be made for people who live alone, and do not have a Lifeline already, but who might need to summon practical assistance at any time of the day or night. Referrals can be made to TEC by completing the online referral form: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/form-73/

The attached briefing covers how to make referrals to the Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Team for an intelligent Lifeline.  The referrals for intelligent lifelines is for a limited period between now and the end of March 2019.  Referrals made after this date will receive a standard Lifeline and other telecare sensors and detectors ie the standard current service offering.   

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Safeguarding Boards (Children and Adults)

The Safeguarding Adults Board would like to give you the opportunity as professionals to share your thoughts and experiences surrounding adult safeguarding. From the information that you give, by answering this short survey, they hope to find out; not only ‘what adult safeguarding means’ to you as a professional, but also what your experiences are of working with adults at risk and their families. 

The survey on professionals' views on Adult Safeguarding can be found at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HP39J73

The completion of the survey is completely anonymous and the findings will only be used, by the Adult Safeguarding Board, to look at identifying; what professionals know about adult safeguarding, any gaps in understanding and training needs, where to aim future resources for safeguarding awareness events and to help to further inform the self-assessment tool (currently being completed by safeguarding leads within each agency to highlight areas of strength and areas of development for adult safeguarding duties and responsibilities).

Once all of the data has been analysed there will be briefings for professionals on what has been found and discussion within the Adult Safeguarding Board Groups as to how to take any recommendations forward. 

NHS England

CRG acquires Allied Healthcare to secure care provider's future

CRG – a UK leader in the home care, healthcare, social care and education staffing sectors – has acquired Allied Healthcare, securing the future of the troubled home care provider. More here

Dementia update for November

Please click here for the latest Dementia update - please share this information with any clinicians that may be interested in Dementia care.

Demand Management Project update

The Demand Management Project team would like to thank all their GP colleagues for their continued hard work in the area of patient referrals and managing demand.

An update for December is attached here

Nursing Student Placements 2019

We are delighted to let you all know that from January 2019, in agreement with ARU and the Training Hub, as part of the GPN10PP delivery, we will again be offering Year One Insight placements with the continued top up tariff. 

This will be available to all branches of BSc Nursing Students (Adult, Child and Mental Health). In the future our Primary Care workforce could well be made up from trained nurses from any one of these branches.

If you are interested in taking a nursing student for an insight placement (or a longer core placement) please do let either the Training Hub or Danielle Harding know. 

The next allocation of placements will be dated end of January through to May 19. Thank you.

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

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

Local training opportunities

Local events are now being collated on the Training Hub website, we recommend you check this link for the latest training available for practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG

Macmillan Practice Nurse Course - Huntingdon

The five taught dates for this course will be held at the Partnership Room, Education Centre, Hinchingbrooke Hospital PE29 6NT on the following dates:

  • Thursday 21 February
  • Monday 29 April
  • Wednesday 26 June

The CCG has agreed to fund part-backfill for Practices to release their nurses to attend the course. This is a fantastic opportunity for practices nurses but we have had minimal response from practices to date, so if this could be highlighted that would be very helpful*.

Please see attached information flyer and application form

*Macmillan have advised us that they have a reduced budget for 2019, therefore this will be the only Practice Nurse course running in 2019.

Diabetes Study Days

We are pleased to offer FREE spaces for GPs, ANPs, Diabetes Leads and Practice Nurses at study days being organised as part of a collaborative partnership between the CCG, CPFT, NWAFT and CUHFT.

  • Peterborough Diabetes Study Day: Wednesday 30 January2019, The Fleet, Fletton, Peterborough.

  • Cambridge Diabetes Study Day: Wednesday 06 February, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Trumpington.

To book your place please email emma.sheldon@nhs.net

Reminder: The Mental Capacity Act and Planning for the Future

  • A FREE conference for health & social care professionals
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment in practice
  • Friday 01 March 2019
  • Guild House, Swain Court, Peterborough PE2 9PW
  • Spaces are limited, to book contact james.codling@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
  • Please see attached for further details. 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Tissue Viability Teaching Schedule 2019

Please see attached tissue viability teaching schedule for 2019 for details of leg ulcer, wound management, prevention and management of pressure ulcers, and chronic oedema/wet legs study days. The application form is at the end of the schedule and when complete should be sent to cpm-tr.tvtraining@nhs.net

NHS England

GPN 10PP programme

We have places available for a residential GPN leadership workshop for Midlands and East to be run in 2019. 

  • 5 & 6 February – Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ 
  • 5 & 6 March – Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ

Successful applicants will be supported to undertake a change project as part of the programme and there will be an opportunity  to develop a business case to access money from the GPN 10PP Regional Delivery Board to take the project forward. This project must support the delivery of the NHSE GPN 10 point plan and improve care delivery for patients or communities. The change project should be in the region of £1000-£5000k and will be dependent on successful approval from the GPN Regional Delivery Board.

Attached is a promotional flyer with an application form

All applications to be returned by 20 December to mirka.ferdosian@rcn.org.uk

The regional programme lead and panel, will make a selection based on the criteria on the attached flyer and application form. Successful applicants will be informed in January 2019. 

Save the date: GPN & HCSW Regional Conference

The Changing Face of General Practice Nursing:
  • Progress,  Opportunities and Building on Strengths.
  • 26th March 2019 | 8.30-16.30
  • The Woodlands Conference Centre at Wyboston Lakes situated just off the A1, north of Bedford.
  • Registration and further details to follow. 

RCGP and Public Health England

e-learning/training for GPs on National Screening Programmes   

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has published new e-learning content, in conjunction with PHE Screening, that gives my GP and primary care colleagues practical guidance to support patients in understanding and accessing NHS screening programmes.


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GP News 07 December 2018