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GP News - 5 January 2018

Primary Care Winter Pressures Scheme  

To support our member practices over the current winter period, and following positive feedback last year, we are pleased to advise that the Primary Care Commissioning Committee have again agreed additional investment to support practices. 

The ‘Primary Care Winter Pressures Scheme’ is intended to support practices to provide additional appointments between January 2018 and March 2018. (Note: this scheme is a local offer devised and supported by the CCG, and is separate from the NHSE funding that came out in December).
For the 2018 Primary Care Winter Pressures Scheme, practices will be required to provide an increase in bookable appointments on the day, with no reduction in other appointments or activity. Additional appointments can be during core hours, through longer opening hours and/or weekend/bank holiday appointments. 

Additional appointments can be with any healthcare professional i.e. GP, practice nurse, advanced nurse practitioner, HCA, clinical pharmacist. It can also include a combination of face to face, telephone consultations/ online consultations (Skype) where available and home visits. This scheme excludes any provision offered via the Extended Hours DES. Practices cannot be paid twice for the same work. 

The agreement will be for a period of nine weeks, commencing on Monday 29 January 2018 and ending Saturday 31 March 2018. 

Individual emails are going out to practices and we are asking practices who would like to take part to read the documentation on the email to the practice, complete the application form and submit to CAPCCG.enhancedservices@nhs.net by close of play Friday 19 January 2018.
We would also like to thank practices who took part in the Improved Access scheme over the Christmas and New Year period which saw 1,000 additional appointments offered to patients over the festive period.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the primary care team via the following email address CAPCCG.enhancedservices@nhs.net.

CCG member practices’ meeting

The next CCG member practices’ meeting is on 22 February at Wood Green. Please could you RSVP to capccg.gateway@nhs.net if you are planning to attend. The agenda will be available shortly.

Controlled Drugs questionnaire - for voluntary action 

Via our controlled drug network, the CCG has received a questionnaire from the Home Office. The questionnaire can be downloaded from this page.

If your practice holds controlled drugs – in a dispensary or for GP emergency use – I would be grateful if you could please take the time to read the Home Office statement (below) and complete their questionnaire. This is voluntary. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me either via capccg.prescribingpartnership@nhs.net or england.ea-cdao@nhs.net

“The Home Office is reviewing the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 (‘the 1973 Regulations’). The Department of Health (NI) are also reviewing the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 as part of this process.

This is separate to the provisions set out in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations in place in Great Britain and in Northern Ireland. As such, this review will not consider the current provisions regarding the authority to import, export, produce, possess, supply, administer, prescribe or the requirements for licensing, record-keeping, labelling, destruction and disposal. The purpose of this review is solely to assess the Regulations which impact on the way controlled drugs are stored.

A series of questions will assist policy makers in establishing what amendments need to be made. In addition, this will assist in the data gathering which will form the basis for the impact assessment regarding the new Safe Custody Regulations. 

A public consultation will be made available in 2018 which will provide an additional opportunity to comment on the final recommendations. 

The survey should be completed electronically. 

Please answer ALL SECTIONS except Section 4 which is for Controlled Drugs Liaison Officers, Police Forces or equivalent only. 

If possible, please do not leave any questions unanswered, if the information is not available please explain the reason for this in the adjacent box.  

Could you please send your completed forms by midday on Friday 26 January 2018 to the DrugLegislationTeam@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk and include in the subject line ‘Safe Custody Questionnaire’”.


Clare Moody
Specialist Pharmacy Technician – Controlled Drugs and Governance
Medicines Opitimisation Team (supporting NHE England East CDAO)

CCG Research Updates

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

The R&D team is  located at Lockton House. If you want to get in touch about our weekly research updates, please contact Emma Giles on emma.giles3@nhs.net.  

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

Partner News

'Listen' support groups: Cambridge and Huntingdon

‘Listen’ are parent-led support groups for those who have children with any kind of social or emotional mental health problems. It is a safe place to talk to others in the same situation and be heard. The Huntingdon group started in September 2017 and a new Cambridge group will begin in February. Both are supported by Pinpoint. 

Dates, venues and contact information:

Huntingdon group:

Contact Mark on 07715568984
Last Friday of every month, 11am – 1pm
Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon, PE29 7AF
*EXTRA DATE Friday 12 January                                                                                     

First Tuesday of every month, 7-9pm
Huntingdon Regional College, California Road, Huntingdon, PE29 1BL

New Cambridge group due to start in February

Contact Natasha at n_baffa@yahoo.co.uk
Last Thursday of every month starting on 22nd February 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Trumpington Meadows Primary School, Kestrel Rise, Trumpington, Cambridge , CB2 9AY

Arts on Prescription free art workshops* at The Norris Museum, St Ives

Arts on Prescription is run by Arts and Minds and offers free art workshops for anyone experiencing depression, stress, or anxiety. Information can be downloaded from this page.

Active+ Programme - Huntingdonshire

Active+ is a new model for low-cost, community-based, and life-long rehabilitation programmes for people diagnosed with long-term conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease. It uses exercise classes delivered by qualified but non-medical staff, supported with self-care technology, education, and training in a peer-to-peer supported programme developed in Huntingdonshire.

Active+ came about as the result of a collaboration between Huntingdonshire District Council, Huntingdonshire Community Cancer Network, enabled with Aseptika’s innovative Activ8rlives health platform, and supported by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. 

Please note that Aseptika's postal address has changed to Aseptika Limited (Activ8rlives), Suite 5, LDH House, St Ives Business Park, Parsons Green, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 4AA.

For more information please contact Jessica Auton on jessica.auton@aseptika.com 

Events and Training  

FREE GP Cancer Masterclasses

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is coordinating with Macmillan South and East Learning and Development and continuing to run fully funded GP Cancer Masterclass education events with speakers from local Trusts. 

Please could you publicise these events (details in the attached poster) to all your GPs and as widely as possible.  

If there any reasons why GPs in your practice may have been unable to attend or if you have any feedback on how to improve the masterclasses run in 2017, please could you let us know via Agi on agnieszka.ferguson@nhs.net so that we can take this into account when planning the next series of Masterclasses from April 2018. Thank you.

Safeguarding conference: 6 March 2018

Details of a safeguarding conference being run on 6 March 2018 can be downloaded from this page. To book a place please email capccg.safeguardingchildren@nhs.net by 23 February 2018.

Adult Safeguarding training: free to attend

This free training for GPs, Practice Nurses, and Practice Managers is available following a successful joint funding bid to NHS England by the Safeguarding Adults Teams of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and Norfolk CCGs.

Target delegates: GPs, Practice Nurses, allied qualified health staff, and Practice Managers.

We will be running half-day workshops across the three counties in January, February, and March 2018.
Venues and dates

January 2018:

  • 22 January, Suffolk/Norfolk/Cambridgeshire: West Suffolk House, Weston Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3SP 1.00 - 5.00pm
  • 26 January, Cambridgeshire/Peterborough/Suffolk: Holiday Inn, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9PH  1.00 - 5.00pm
  • 30 January, Cambridgeshire/Peterborough: Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SG 1.00 - 5.00pm

February 2018:

  • 5 February, Cambridgeshire/Peterborough/Norfolk: No 2 Exchange Tower, Post Office Lane, Wisbech, PE13 1HG  1.00 - 5.00pm 

March 2018:

  • 16 March, Norfolk: The Willow Centre, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 7JJ 1.30 - 5.00pm 

To book a place click here - note that the link might not work in Internet Explorer.

Medical Student conference 2018: Exploring GP careers

This full-day RCGP conference aims to explore careers in General Practice and is open to medical students from UEA and Cambridge universities. A flyer can be downloaded from this page and booking must be made via the following website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/learning/central-and-east-england/east-anglia-faculty/medical-student-conference-24-february-2018.aspx

Reminder: Next wave of Clinical Pharmacist applications open

The General Practice Forward View committed to over £100m of investment to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21. This is in addition to over 490 clinical pharmacists already working across approximately 650 GP practices as part of a pilot, launched in July 2015.

We're inviting GP practices and other providers of general practice medical services to apply for funding on an ongoing basis to help recruit, train and develop more clinical pharmacists through the secure clinical pharmacist application portal.The deadline for wave 4 application submissions is 19 January 2018. 

Guidance and support in submitting applications can be found on NHS England's website.

Reminder: Workshop: Quality Improvement for Practice Nurses

NHS England invites Practice Nurses to attend a free two-day workshop on 22 and 23 January 2018. Information can be found under 'Related Downloads'. 

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