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GP News - 15 February 2018

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. 

Reminder: Members' Meeting 22 February 2018

The next CCG Member Practices' Meeting is taking place on Thursday 22 February at Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester. If you have not yet let the CCG know of your attendance can you please do so to capccg.gateway@nhs.net as soon as possible. Thank you.

Nominations to the Governing Body: closing date 28 February 2018

The CCG is looking for local GPs who are passionate about ensuring we have sustainable health care for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to stand for nomination as members of our Governing Body.

Interested parties should complete the attached nomination form and return it to the LMC at admin@cambslmc.org by 5pm on Friday 28 February 2018. We would prefer nominations to be returned electronically and they must include a photograph. If an election is required, this will be held between 5 March and 16 March 2018.

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candidate information

CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey 

Fieldwork for the annual CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey began on Monday 15 January. The survey is a valuable source of evidence that allows both the CCG and NHS England to monitor how our relationships with members and stakeholders have continued to develop over the last year.

Our relationship with our members is central to our success, therefore if you have been sent a survey request by Ipsos Mori we would greatly appreciate your participation. The survey closes on Friday 23 February.

Help needed with diabetes education for patients

Part of the strategy in managing Type 1 diabetes is to encourage all patients to attend structured education.  Locally this is provided as DAFNE (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating).  We will have courses running in both the community and in hospital for your patients to attend.  We will be holding an evening session for Practice Nurses and GPs to find out why DAFNE might help your patients with Type 1 diabetes, what we cover in the course, assessing suitability, how to refer and a patient’s perspective.  In addition to this we will be running two evening recruitment sessions in the community for those patients who would like to know more with an opportunity to ask questions.  Details of all sessions are below.

DAFNE update for primary care

  • Wednesday 21 February 6-7pm in the Conference Hall at Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, CB2 9NL (we will also have leaflets available for the nurses to give to those interested in attending). Please email andrea.clark@addenbrookes.nhs.uk to register your interest. 
DAFNE patient recruitment evenings for patients interested in attending a course:
  • 21 March 2018, 6.30-7.30pm: Hobson Room, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, CB2 9NL
  • 25 July 2018, 6.30–7.30pm: Hobson Room, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, CB2 9NL

Important/For action: GP Information Governance Toolkit 2017/18 - 51 days to go

Please remember that v14.1 of your Information Governance Toolkit is due for submission before 31 March 2018.

So far, 69% of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough member practices have started or completed their toolkit this year.  It is important to remember that you must ‘publish’ your toolkit in order to complete the process. A guide on how to complete the process through to publication is on the website here.

Annual completion of the Toolkit demonstrates to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that your practice complies with its legal obligations, the ICO has the power to enforce an audit of GP surgeries under section 41A of the Data Protection Act (DPA).  The CQC is also able to view whether a submission has been made. Please check that your Data Protection Registration hasn't expired.

The CCG's IG Team will run regular uptake reports until the end of March and any individual reminders required will be sent via the CCG's Primary Care Team.

The Toolkit can be found at: https://www.igt.hscic.gov.uk/Home.aspx

If you have any questions please contact the CCG’s IG team on CAPCCG.Infogov@nhs.net or telephone 01223 7254451.

Care Navigators

Care Navigation training has now been completed by 167 receptionists and is ongoing. Leaflets and posters will be going into all 102 practices within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG to help inform patients. Attached is a Care Navigator Update and an FAQ sheet with further information.

CCG Research Updates

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

  • Major funding for Cambridge to transform health through data science. Cambridge is amongst six sites across the UK to be awarded a total of £30M funding by Health Data Research UK, to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science. The Wellcome Sanger Institute, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the University of Cambridge achieved funding for the Cambridge site due to their world-class expertise and track record in using health data to derive new knowledge, scientific discovery and insight. 
  • Exploring the experience of primary care diabetes appointments for adults with learning disabilities – can you help? A PhD student is looking for healthcare professionals who have provided primary care diabetes services for adult(s) with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities to participate in a single 30-60 minute interview. If you would like to find out more, please visit the website or contact lorna.rouse@open.ac.uk.  
  • GP Lecture 2018: Professor David Haslam. On Tuesday 6th March, Professor David Haslam, Chair of NICE, will be giving a lecture titled NOT 'JUST A GP' at the University of Cambridge, where he will discuss the ever-growing need for physicians to see us as a whole. This event is free, but please use the link to register in advance. 

The R&D team is located on the fourth floor of Lockton House. If you want to get in touch about the 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

Royal Society of Medicine's Venous Forum: Management of patients with leg ulcers

Please find attached a a document from the Royal Society of Medicine's Venous Forum containing information on the challenges faced when treating a patient with leg ulcers, management recommendations and a suggested patient pathway.

Phase 2 of NWAngliaFTs Paper Switch Off Programme is now in place

The second phase of NWAngliaFT’s paper switch off programme has now been operating since 01 February 2018
  • GP Practices and CCGs have been notified of protocols for sending hardcopy referrals where a service is available on e-RS. This will continue until 31 March 2018
  • Phase 3: Routine Referrals – NWAngliaFT will return hardcopy referrals in Phase 3. This will not begin until Phase 2 has been explored and reasons for sending hardcopy referrals are fully investigated and alternative actions considered as relevant. It is expected that this will not begin until April 2018.
  • Please find useful information here:
  • Exclusions to the process - The following services are excluded from e-RS for first consultant led clinics:
    • Ambulatory clinics – all specialities
    • Antenatal
    • Emergency clinics – all specialities
    • Fracture clinics
    • Obstetrics
    • Ophthalmology – Macular, Wet AMD
    • TIA

Cambridge Community Safety Partnership

Please find attached new information leaflets about the Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Service (ISVA) provided by Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership. The service offers support to people that have experienced current or historical sexual abuse or sexual violence and there is also a specialist CHISVA offering support to children and young people.

Events and Training   


Following a series of successful Cancer Masterclasses, and GP feedback received, we are pleased to say there is funding for more events from April 2018.

We are seeking GP feedback on the choice of topics for the next Masterclass series and would appreciate your comments. Please click https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6LGZ2K7

Reminder: March Workforce Development Events

A reminder that the CCG hosted Workforce Development Events will be taking place in March 2018.

Programme outline:

The educational programme has been developed by the CEPN/Training Hub, GP and GP Nurse Clinical Leads, with administration support from the CCG.  Workshops have been planned for GPs, GP Nurses, Practice Managers and Reception staff.

Please see the final programme attached above for your reference.  Full details regarding topics, speakers, times and venues can be found in the attached programme.

How to book a place:

Full details on the number of available places per workshop can be found in the attached programmes.  Where possible, places have been allocated per practice to ensure that all members have the opportunity to send delegates to each of the educational workshops. 

Programme Overview

Programme for Cambs & Ely    Booking Form Cambs & Ely

Programme for Gtr. Peterborough    Booking Form Gtr. Peterborough

Programme for Hunts & Fenland    Booking Form Hunts & Fenland

A waiting list will be in operation for one additional member of staff per workshop.  Therefore, if some practice members choose not to take up their full allocation then these places will be released to the waiting list.

In order to secure your allocated place please complete the attached booking form and return this to the Primary Care inbox – CAPCCG.PrimaryCare@nhs.net – by Monday 12 February 2018. 

Any allocated places which have not been confirmed by this date will released automatically and opened up to the waiting list.


In line with previous events, the CCG will be supporting backfill payment to the amount of 1 GP session - £285.00 - per practice.  This payment should enable to practices to offer a limited/partial closure whilst releasing staff to attend one or more of the available educational workshops.

Payment will be made directly to the practice upon confirmation of attendance to one or more of the advised educational workshops.  Confirmation of attendance will be reviewed via the workshops sign in sheets.  As such, please ensure that all attendees complete the sign-in sheet.

Please note:

We would like to confirm that the CCG has not secured any HUC cover for this development date.  However, practices may wish to consider approaching HUC directly to seek support with call handling etc.  Please note that any such arrangement would be directly between the practice and HUC.

We would encourage practices to consider how they might work with together to provide adequate cover within their localities to support smaller practices to engage in the workshops.

If you have any queries then please contact the Primary Care team at CAPCCG.PrimaryCare@nhs.net.

Pancreatic Cancer Patient and Family Information Event

A pancreatic cancer patient, along with three other patients have organised an event for patients and family at the School of Clinical Medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital on Saturday 10 March 2018.

A poster is attached and the organiser would be grateful if you could bring this to the attention of anyone you think may be interested or alternatively print the poster and display on your patient notice board.

UK Telehealthcare

  • Cambridgeshire Technology Enabled Care Market Place
  • Tuesday 13 March
  • 10.00am to 3.00pm
  • The Burgess Hall, Westwood Road, St Ives, PE27 6WU
  • Free Entry.
  • Programme attached here. To book a place at the event click here

Reminder: FREE access to the Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP)

We are pleased to confirm we have secured funding to enable clinicians working in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough continued FREE access to the Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP).

The new registration key code is: CambsPboroCCG. Details for how to register can be found in the attached flyer. We would encourage as many clinicians to register as possible, and this will support achievement of the Diabetes LES.

From the last audit undertaken in late February 2017 by the team, the average evaluation of all CDEP activity across all topics (n=4401):

  • 86%of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in competence
  • 83%of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in confidence
  • 85 %of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in familiarity with diabetes guidelines.

There are currently healthcare practitioners from all care sectors registered with CDEP:

  • 48% from hospital trusts
  • 35% from general practice
  • 8% from community services
  • 8% from other (such as paramedics, pharmacies, pharma, charities, etc)
  • 1% from nursing homes.

To align CDEP with the structure of diabetes competency frameworks, there are 5 levels that practitioners can register at, according to their role.  These levels are accumulative so specialist diabetes staff are required to demonstrate core and intermediate diabetes competencies in additional to the ones more applicable to their expertise:

Level 1 = core (minimum level for working with people living with diabetes)

Level 2 = intermediate (roles that have regular contact with people living with diabetes)

Level 3 = diabetes specialist (roles that directly support people managing their diabetes)

Level 4 = diabetes expert (roles that intensively support complex patients with diabetes)

Level 5 = diabetes consultant (roles that are responsible for managing a specialist caseload as well as leading service design, workforce planning, business case development, etc).

If anyone has any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sally Berry, Diabetes Programme Manager sally.berry1@nhs.net, or Candice Ward, Lead CDEP Educator candice.ward@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.

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