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GP News - 16 March 2018

NEW:  Easter 2018 communications toolkit now available

GP practices can now access the new ‘Easter 2018’ communication toolkit on the Healthcare professionals’ areas of the CCG website HERE. The latest toolkit focuses on being prepared (repeat prescriptions) and NHS services available over Easter and includes useful resources such as articles/copy for websites, social media activity and images.

If you would like any further information or guidance on how to use any of these resources within your practice please contact the CCG communications team at capccg.contact@nhs.net.  The next toolkit will be issued early April and will focus on self care for common spring/summer conditions such as hay fever. 

GP Nurse Recruitment 

If you have nurses planning to retire or are struggling to fill your nurse vacancies we have a solution, Return To Practice (RTP) Nurses might be the answer to your short-term or longer-term staffing challenges.

RTP students can work as a paid HCA or on a volunteer basis while acquiring the skills to get back on the NMC register and take a relatively short time to re-train (usually 6 months) with course fees paid. Participating GP practices receive HEE funding of £500 in return for mentoring the RTP GP Nurse.

We are promoting RTP GP Nurse initiative via social media to attract any nurses thinking about returning to work.  

If you’re interested in this opportunity and would like to 'test out' future employees please complete the attached RTN Expression of Interest form and return it to CAPCCG.CPDPrimaryCare@nhs.net

DAFNE recruitment evenings

*Please note the DAFNE recruitment evening planned for 21 March is cancelled.*

The second recruitment evening is still taking place, details are:

  • DAFNE recruitment evening for those patients with Type 1 diabetes interested in attending a course :
  • 25 July 6.30 – 7.30pm: Hobson Room, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, CB2 9NL
  • Please email andrea.clark@addenbrookes.nhs.uk with patient details should they wish to attend.

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

  • Cambridge Univeristy GP Society Inaugural Symposium. Cambridge GP society are hosting their inaugural symposium, held on Saturday the 17th March from 9:30-3:00 at the Cambridge Clinical School, which will include short lectures and workshops from exciting speakers such as Professor Martin Roland, Dr Nish Manek, Dr John Benson, and Dr Nicky Butler. GPs from the region would be hugely welcome to join students and academics for what promises to be an exciting and enjoyable day. Please register for the event here https://tinyurl.com/ybzulo4b
  • Being overweight or having diabetes are both linked to cancer. For western high-income countries such as the UK, an estimated 15% to 16% of cancers could be avoided by preventing diabetes, obesity or excess weight. A high BMI was responsible for almost twice as many cancers as diabetes.  
  • Annual Lecture of Behaviour and Health Research Unit. The Annual Lecture of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) will be given this year by its director, Professor Theresa Marteau, on 17 May 2018 from 18:00-19:30. She will discuss examples of their work, such as reducing portion and wine glass size to reduce consumption of food and alcohol, as well as price changes on sugary drinks and food. Please follow the link to register your free place.
  • Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Interventions Change Health Behaviours. The study suggests that IVR-based (a novel phone-based platform) interventions appear promising in changing specific health behaviours, such as medication adherence and physical activity. Interventions providing information about the health consequences of taking or not taking medication were positively associated with larger intervention effects.

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

Contact details for your primary care support services

In September 2015, PCSE took on responsibility for the delivery of NHS England’s primary care support services.   As part of the plans to create a national customer-focused service, all services have been centralised to a smaller number of national sites, and a Customer Support Centre has been set up for all telephone queries.

Some correspondence for PCSE is still being received by the previous sites and these will start to be returned to sender.  To ensure your queries and requests can be processed as efficiently as possible, please can you ensure colleagues in your practice are aware of the contact details to use, which can be found here

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership

What support is there for people who are experiencing domestic abuse? 

New short films explaining the support available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are now available in alternative languages with voiceovers in Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian.  Cambridgeshire Deaf Association have also recorded the films in British Sign Language.

The IDVA film explains work with other services that help keep high risk victims and their children safe.  The Outreach film gives information about community outreach support and explains how to contact the services directly.  The films can be accessed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvA8lxUtXHpYnOADUxUA-7g

If you are fearful of your partner, walking on eggshells, worried about what will happen when they return home, having money restricted - information on support for survivors and friends or family who may be worried about someone experiencing domestic abuse can be found on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership website www.cambsdasv.org.uk 

Outreach Support is provided by Cambridge Women’s Aid in Cambridge City, South Cambs and East Cambs on 01223 361214 and Refuge in Fenland, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough on 07787 255821.

'Listen' supported by Pinpoint

‘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. There are groups in Huntingdon and Cambridge. Both are supported by Pinpoint. Please share with your teams, staff, parents, service users and families.  Please note that parents will often travel out of area to find support.

Dates, venues and contact info:

Huntingdon group

Contact Mark on 07715 568 984 

  • Last Friday of every month                                            
  • 11.00am – 1.00pm                                                                            
  • Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon PE29 7AF
  • First Tuesday of every month
  • 7.00-9.00pm
  • Huntingdon Regional College, California Road, Huntingdon PE29 1BL
  • Please see attached poster and display in the patient areas of your practice.
New Cambridge group

Contact Natasha at n_baffa@yahoo.co.uk

  • Last Thursday of every month, next session on  29 March 2018
  • 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Trumpington Meadows Primary School, Kestrel Rise, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9AY
  • Please see attached poster and display in the patient areas of your practice.

Health Education England

Learning disability nursing workforce summit, Midlands & East

NHS Leadership Academy / Fit for the Future

Mary Seacole Local Programme

Please find attached flyer giving information about the Mary Seacole Programme. This provides an overview of a systemwide leadership programme, funded by the CCG. 

Whilst this is available to all practice managers, we understand that the programme is aimed more towards those new to Practice Management, senior administrators and assistant practice managers.

In the first instance please express your interest in the course to the Primary Care inbox at capccg.primarycare@nhs.net with the subject `Mary Seacole Programme’ by Monday 30 April 2018. 

As stated in the flyer the first cohort is due to commence May/June 2018. Further information and joining instructions will be sent after that date. 

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. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to check external links are from a reliable source please be mindful when requested to input personal information into third party links.