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GP News - 13 July 2018

Slides from the CCG Members' Meeting now available

The slides from the CCG Members' Meeting on 19 June are available. Click here for the CCG update and click here for the primary care update.

Accessible Information Standard good practice tip

The Accessible Information Standard came in to effect on 31 July 2016.

We wanted to share with you an idea from a couple of our practices who are helping to meet their duties under the Accessible Information Standard by including information about the patient’s communication needs (for example hearing difficulty, sight problems or learning difficulties) in the referral letter so that the Trust is aware of any specific needs. This is easier for the Trust and leads to a better experience for the patient.

Cambridge practices only: change to the provision of Housebound Phlebotomy Services

As a reminder, please find attached a joint letter from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust regarding the change to the provision of Housebound Phlebotomy Services which came into effect from Sunday, 01 April 2018.

Any queries should be directed to capccg.primarycare@nhs.net 

Fundamentals of Change and Improvement - free 2 days training

  • Aim: Overview of delivering change and the application of skills to a local project

  • Delivery Dates: 4 and 18 September 2018

  • Times: 9am to 4.45pm

  • Venue: TBC - This will be guided by sign up

  • Resources: Click here for flyer

This is an intensive 2 day programme of QI tools and techniques.  The focus will be around building capacity and capability in General Practice and equipping staff to be leaders of change and innovation in their workplace.

As well as covering all of these QI skills you will also have the opportunity to apply these skills to your own project.

Time for Care: Learning in Action - free training programme

  • Aim: Work in collaboration with local practices to implement improvements focused on 1-2 of the High Impact Actions

  • Delivery Dates: 5 Sep 2018, 3 Oct 2018, 21 Nov 2018, 23 Jan 2019, 20 Feb 2019 and 13 Mar 2019

  • Times: 12pm to 4pm

  • Venue: TBC - This will be guided by sign up

  • Resources: Click here for flyer

This practical programme is made up of 6 half day workshops held at monthly intervals (excl. December).  Between each workshop, practices will test out changes within their practice and share outcomes.

This programme is focused on collaborative working with your peers to work on locally based aims and the sharing of best practice. 

Sign up now

The Fundamentals of Change and Improvement and Time for Care programmes above provide invaluable opportunities for staff to become effective agents of change and improvement via fully funded programme(s). 

As part of our wider Time for Care initiative, we are also offering backfill support* to enable practices to release staff from practice.   *Please follow the link for full guidance on whether or not your practice qualifies for backfill.

If you or a member of your practice team are interested in signing up then please email the Primary Care team at capccg.primarycare@nhs.net by 20 July 18 (extended).  The expression of interest form can be found here.

MiDoS Directory of Services – last places on free demo sessions!

The CCG have worked with GP Receptionists to develop a Directory of Services (DoS) information search tool which will enable care navigators to search for a wide range of health, community and voluntary services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This is a simple web-based search tool linked with a variety of service directories to allow users to search for local services via postcode and free text or service area (Mental Health or Social Care). The system is free to practices and we are offering demo sessions next week and the week after. We would particularly like to hear from Cambridge Practices, as we’ve had a low take up rate from this area.

  • Dates available here

  • If your practice would be interested attending a MiDoS demonstration, then please email sallyann.woodthorpe@nhs.netwith:

    • The delegate name
    • The date and venue of the session they wish to attend

    Places are limited so please book yours quickly.

  • If you would like to speak to me in person I’d be happy to visit your Practice.

Research Updates

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

  • Routine DNA tests will put NHS at the forefront of medicine: As from the 1st October, hospitals across England will be connected to special centres that read, analyse and interpret patient DNA to help diagnose rare diseases and even match patients to the most effective treatments. Read more.
  • The NIHR has launched its brand new global health research programme: The NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme. The £30 million funding programme will commission research to benefit the health and wealth of the poorest people living in Low and Middle Income Countries. Read more
  • People with type 2 diabetes at increased risk of Parkinson’s disease: People with type 2 diabetes are 32% more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those without diabetes, according to a new study supported by the NIHR. The research is the largest study to date on the link between the two conditions. Read more.

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

Partner News


New Chief Executive for North West Anglia Foundation NHS Trust

Caroline Walker, currently Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of NWAFT will succeed Stephen Graves as their new Chief Executive. See the NWAFT website for further details.

A message from the NWAFT Breast Screening Unit

Please note that Breast RCS slots are for patients that have had a previous reconstruction or are considering reconstruction. They can also be used for patients with asymmetry. The slots should not be used for any 2 week waits (GPM’s or SYB’s). Thank you.


Top GP will help spread innovations to join up NHS health and social care

A specialist GP has been appointed to help spread NHS innovations which integrate health and social care throughout England. Dr Karen Kirkham, who runs a practice in Dorset and specialises in women’s health, will work with the wider GP community to spread tried and tested innovation and transformation techniques across the country. Click here to read more.

General Practice Bulletin

NHS England has relaunched its national monthly Bulletin, which provides resources on health policy and practice for GPs and the primary care audience, including practice managers and nurses. You can subscribe on the NHS England website.

Cambridgeshire Hearing Help

Workshops for patients with hearing loss

Local charity Cambridgeshire Hearing Help is providing half day ‘Living Well with Hearing Loss’ group sessions, developed with support from the Addenbrooke’s Audiology service at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They aim to help patients make informed choices about managing their condition, and understand the range of options and support available for them. Patients can attend a free workshop in Cambridge on Thursday 19 July and 11 August.

You can read more on the EAHSN website.

Events & Training

Free STOP Suicide training for GPs

STOP Suicide is an award-winning suicide prevention campaign that seeks to empower communities and individuals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help stop suicides by being alert to the warning signs, asking directly about suicide and helping those who are feeling suicidal to stay safe.

MIND have developed this three hour session aimed at primary care. Read more and register your interest with the attached flyer.

Free Diabetes Study Days 2018 - save the dates

Following the success of the Hunts Diabetes Study Days, we are pleased to be in a position to offer FREE spaces at Study Days being organised in Cambridge and Peterborough by the diabetes specialist teams. There are 60 spaces available at each event, so we would encourage you to book as soon as possible.

  • The Peterborough Diabetes Study Day will take place on Thursday 20th September at The Fleet in Peterborough.

  • The Cambridge Diabetes Study Day will take place on Wednesday 31st October 2018, venue tbc.

We thought it would be helpful to share the dates with you now, and further details will follow shortly. Attendance at the events will help to support practices achievement of the Diabetes LES. To book a space please contact Emma Sheldon, Diabetes Project Support Officer emma.sheldon@nhs.net

The inclusion of external courses and events within GP News does not imply endorsement by NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG or any association with their operators. 

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