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GP News 14 September 2018

Reminder: Physio Advice Line - DynamicHealth

Cambridgeshire Community Services physio advice line provided by DynamicHealth has increased its opening hours to 8.15am to 5pm Monday to Friday. See attached poster.

As a reminder this service offers direct and easy access to an experienced physiotherapist regarding problems relating to bones, joints and soft tissue.

Anyone over the age of 18 years who is registered with a GP in Huntingdonshire, Cambridge city or south Cambridgeshire can access this service without a referral.

This service will go live on Monday 17 September 2018. Details on the Peterborough roll out will follow.

NHS England

GP access to new prescribing indicators for adults with a learning disability and/or autism

NHS England is encouraging more GP practices to take part in Clinical Practice Research Datalink, which provides anonymised healthcare records for vital public health research, including drug safety studies, comparative effectiveness of medicines and best clinical practice.

GP practices will soon have an opportunity to monitor how their practice prescribes anti-psychotics and anti-depressants to adult patients with learning disabilities and/or autism. This information will be available for free to practices who have registered with the CPRD.

NEW GP Online Services guides

NHS England’s Primary Care Digital Transformation team has launched three new guides to support GP practices in encouraging further take-up of GP Online services: 

  • Patient Participation Groups: What you need to know about GP Online Services

Aims to help PPG members support their GP practices in encouraging patients to sign up for GP Online. It gives ideas and tips that PPG members can use, as well as resources, and can be downloaded here.

  • Flu Season: Making the most of online appointments

Includes information on how flu clinics can be used to register patients for online, as well as providing information and links to further resources on the wider benefits of GP Online Services for both patients and practices. Download here.

  • Promoting to students: A guide for Universities, GP Practices and CCGs

Aimed particularly at practices in student areas and includes information on how they can encourage more students to access their health care online.  It also includes case studies of those who have successfully achieved this. Download here.

NHS England launches campaign urging patients to ‘check before you tick’ for free prescriptions

NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) have launched a nationwide campaign to help people understand their eligibility for free prescriptions. The ‘Check Before You Tick’ campaign will encourage patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them to help reduce the £256 million cost per year to the NHS when people incorrectly claim them for free. More information can be found here.

Primary care networks animation

NHS England has produced a short animation to explain the concept of primary care networks (PCNs) and this new way of working. The short film sets out in simple terms how a PCN enables health and other services to work together to provide care for populations of around 30-50,000, with pooled staff and resources, improved record sharing, and better access for patients.

With the support of NHS England, primary care networks will help GP practices in England to achieve the objectives set out in the General Practice Forward View.

Regional event for the VCSE sector on the Long-Term Plan - 20 September

A series of NHS England events on the NHS Long-Term Plan are being held across the country to help engage with harder to reach groups. There’s just one being held in our region; in Peterborough on Thurs 20 September.

Eastern Academic Health Science Network

Atrial Fibrillation podcast – available now!

The fifth episode of EAHSN  Primary Care Talks podcast is now available, and is a medtech special featuring new technology being used to detect Atrial Fibrillation, a condition that could lead to stroke.

It is estimated that over 400,000 people in the UK remain undiagnosed for Atrial Fibrillation. Dr Hasan Chowhan meets Caroline Prentice, a practice manager at Goldington Avenue Surgery in Bedford, and her colleague Emma Bowler a practice nurse, to give us an insight into how they have introduced this new technology at seven practices in the area.

Download or listen to the podcast.

Atrial Fibrillation Week

The EAHSN is hosting a GP and pharmacist cardiology training day on 24 November in Newmarket, Suffolk.  The training day will be led by Dr Yassir Javaid, cardiovascular lead, East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network, and is CPD accredited by the Royal College of General Practioners (RCGP). For more information and registration, click here.

Atrial Fibrillation Week is occurring 19-25 November, and we are asking GP surgeries who may be interested in running any events or activities during this time to get in contact with us. Visit the Heart Rhythm Alliance website for more information and free the resources for planning events. If you have any questions, email amanda.buttery@eahsn.org.

Job Opportunity: 

NHS Diabetes Prevention Nurse Lead - closing date 28 September

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is part of Wave 1 of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP). This is a nationally-funded behaviour change programme that aims to delay or prevent people from developing Type 2 diabetes through education about healthy eating and lifestyle changes, as well as bespoke physical activity sessions.

The Nurse Lead for NHS DPP will provide clinical input and will help to support practice engagement to increase the number of referrals made into the programme. They will act as a point of contact for colleagues working in primary care.

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified and experienced Practice Nurses interested in supporting the CCG programme for an initial period until 31 March 2019. A commitment for supporting the programme for a minimum of 1 session (3.5 hours) per week will be required.

To apply for the role please use the attached Expression of Interest Form and email to the CCG HR Team at CAPCCG.HR@nhs.net. Please also see attached Advert and Job Description/Person Spec.

The closing date for expressions of interest to be returned is 5pm on 28th September 2018. 

Tackling a backlog of admin tasks – North Brink Practice, Midlands and East

Case study

When a three day backlog of tasks had built up in North Brink Practice's Patient Services Team it was having an impact on GP and staff time, as well as morale. To find a solution to reducing the backlog the practice participated in the Productive General Practice (PGP) Quick Start programme delivered by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team. The programme is part of the support available through the General Practice Forward View. To read the full case study click here.

‘Help Us Help You’ – New NHSE/PHE winter campaign (Flu, NHS 111, Stay Well)

‘Help Us Help You’ is a new overarching brand that brings together a family of campaigns incorporating messages about flu, staying well in winter, NHS 111, pharmacy and extended GP hours.

It aims to help people understand how to navigate the NHS and get the right help and advice they need in the most timely and appropriate way. It encourages people to take appropriate actions – whether that’s getting the flu vaccination or accessing the most appropriate service – to better enable the NHS to help them.

As part of this all GP practices will shortly receive the following materials to support the campaign:

  • 1 x A4 flu poster aimed at people with long-term health conditions
  • 1 x A4 flu poster aimed at parents of children aged 2-3 years
  • 1 x A4 flu poster aimed at pregnant women
  • 1 x A4 first signs poster aimed at people with minor winter illnesses
  • 3 x patient guide pads for Keep Antibiotics Working
  • 1 x A4 poster for Keep Antibiotics Working
  • 25 x leaflets for Keep Antibiotics Working
  • 1 x A4 poster for NHS111.

Campaign activity is set to launch in October 2018 and will include TV, radio and print advertising alongside online and social media activity. The CCG will be supporting the national campaign alongside continuing to provide resources via our GP communication toolkits (latest ‘Back to school / student toolkit is available HERE).

For any further information please contact jo.hobson@nhs.net from the CCG Communications team. 

Member practices

Shelford Medical Practice has now merged with Granta Medical Practice (D81043). The CCG now has 100 member practices.

CCG population

The CCG’s registered population is now up to 970,806 based on the July 2018 figures.

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

  • New investigators can't apply for research funding...can they? The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme supports researchers from all disciplines and at all stages of their career, not just established clinical or academic researchers. Justine Tomlinson is a specialist pharmacist and doctoral training fellow at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Bradford. She successfully applied for an RfPB award during her PhD, and has shared her advice to encourage other new investigators to apply.
  • Drink it straight: people take longer to consume sugary soft drinks served in straight-sided glasses People drink soft drinks more slowly from glasses which have straight sides, when compared to those that slope outwards. That is the central conclusion of PhD research by Tess Langfield from the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge, which is being presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology annual conference in Gateshead and is published online at PLOS One.
  • Do you want to help decide priorities for health research?  Imperial College London, in partnership with James Lind Alliance, have produced a short survey about ranking priorities or "questions" for research. The aim is to help make care safer for adults with complex health needs and prevent mistakes. People with complex health needs are those who have more than one illness or condition, need care from more than one service, or need care in more than one place. Complete the survey here. 

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

Reminder: Cancer Masterclasses

The session has been planned for GPs to contribute in an interactive discussion, and share learning from the case studies which were submitted for this discussion by local Practices. 

We will also learn about Cancer Decision Support tools, intended for use in clinical practice to spot and diagnose cancer early. 

You are invited to register at the September Masterclass, for registration links and programme details please click:

Cambridge Masterclass

Tuesday 18th September: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-cambridge-tickets-44666634105

Peterborough Masterclass

Wednesday 19th September: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-peterborough-tickets-48589833500

Thank you for your co-operation and support to make the local Cancer Masterclasses successful. We do look forward to meeting you all.  Please forward this to colleagues who might have not have known about the Masterclasses and encourage them to join the discussions.Dementia Awareness - Twilight Training

Please find attached a flyer for dementia awareness twilight training sessions for Primary Care for October and November. Attendance at these training courses would prove beneficial to your dementia work required within the 18/19 QEF (Quality Engagement Framework).

CPFT: Perinatal Mental Health Study Day

  • William Harvey Lecture Theatre | Saturday 06 October | 09:00 - 16:30
  • Book now: www.pmh18.eventbrite.com
  • An exciting and informative day on perinatal mental health for all professionals involved in supporting mothers in pregnancy and beyond. Enhancing your knowledge and confidence when supporting mothers and families with their mental health. You will have the opportunity to listen to a range of specialists from the multidisciplinary team – psychiatrists, obstetricians, specialist midwives and the patient experience.
  • Refreshments and lunch included. Free parking at Babraham park and ride
  • External staff members admission: £60.00 (exc. booking fee)
  • Please contact magda.carvalho@addenbrookes.nhs.uk if you have any questions regarding the Perinatal Mental Health Study Day.

NWAFT: GP study day at Peterborough City Hospital

Dr Rebecca Schofield and Dr Jon Naylor are holding a Cardio-Respiratory GP Study at Peterborough City Hospital on Saturday 20 October, 8.30am-12.30pm.

Please see the agenda attached.

If you would like to attend, please register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nwaft-cardio-respiratory-gp-study-morning-tickets-49472799475

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GP News 14 September 2018