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GP News 17 December 2018

Cambridgeshire County Council

Christmas and New Year opening times for the Registration Service

Please find attached a letter from the Registration Service at the county council detailing their opening hours over the festive season.

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Job vacancy - GPwSI – Peterborough Diagnostic and Assessment Service


Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

RCNi Nurse Awards 2019: Profession’s top accolade open for entries

The search for the best of the best in nursing has begun with the launch of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019, the profession's top accolade.

Nurses, students and healthcare assistants are invited to share their innovations and expertise while celebrating their contribution to making patient care better and improving outcomes.

Entries are open to individuals and teams in 18 categories covering the diversity of nursing. See attached for further information.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Consultation on NICE Principles - closes 11 February

You are invited to comment on the consultation of a new version of the principles that guide the development of NICE guidance and standards. The consultation runs until 11 February 2019. 

The consultation details can be found here: https://www.nice.org.uk/about/who-we-are/consultation-on-the-nice-principles  

Eastern Academic Health Science Network

Call for innovators to address region's cancer challenges

Eastern AHSN is calling on innovators to help support early diagnosis and treatment in the eastern region as part of their cancer Innovation Exchange. If you have a new, market-ready solution that can support with overstretched workforce areas, lung and prostate cancer pathways, or cancers that are difficult to diagnose, we want to hear from you. 

Visit our website to read more or submit an innovation for review. The most promising innovations will be invited to a development day on March 19 to discuss their solutions with healthcare representatives, with the potential to set up pilots in the region.

They are also looking for patients, GPs, Nurses who would be interested in attending the event, as well as any patients/family members who would be able to help us sift the innovation submissions. See attached poster and presentation.

Getting involved

Cancer innovation event: Join Eastern AHSN on 19 March at Stansted Airport to explore innovative ways to support the early detection and treatment of cancer across the eastern region. This development day is part of the Eastern AHSN innovation exchange, and will provide an opportunity to find out more about new cancer innovations, share experiences with colleagues, and potentially receive funding to implement new innovations in the region. More information about the innovation exchange is on our website where you can also sign up for the event:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cancer-innovation-development-day-registration-53177359915

NHS England

New senior leadership team

Please see below an announcement from Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton, confirming Ann Radmore as the new Regional Director for the East of England along with a number of appointments to their new senior leadership team. The new NHS Executive Group will provide leadership across our organisations so that together we can do more for the NHS and patients.

Corporate Directors:

  • Julian Kelly – Chief Financial Officer
  • Professor Stephen Powis – National Medical Director
  • Ruth May – Chief Nursing Officer
  • Emily Lawson – National Director for Transformation & Corporate Development

Regional Directors:

  • Richard Barker – NHS North East and Yorkshire Regional Director
  • Dale Bywater – NHS Midlands Regional Director
  • Anne Eden – NHS South East Regional Director
  • Bill McCarthy – NHS North West Regional Director
  • Elizabeth O’Mahony – NHS South West Regional Director
  • Ann Radmore – NHS East of England Regional Director
  • Sir David Sloman – NHS London Regional Director

Non-executive director:

  • Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, has been appointed as a non-executive director of NHS England board.

They join the following appointments that we have already announced:

  • Matthew Swindells –  Deputy Chief Executive, NHS England
  • Pauline Philip – National Director for Emergency & Elective Care 
  • Ian Dodge –  National Director for Strategy & Innovation 

You can find their biographies on the NHSE intranet

National Diabetes Audit

The process for the 2018-19 audit (for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2019) has been published.

If you have any questions or queries about the NDA, please email diabetes@nhs.net 

Antimicrobial members event

Thank you to everyone who attended our special antimicrobial event, we were really pleased so many GPs and clinicians attended. You can download a copy of the slides here (password required).

Welcome Claire!

Diabetes Practice Nurse Champion – Cambridge Locality

Claire Hodge has been appointed as the Diabetes Practice Nurse Champion to support practices in the Cambridge locality with the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Over the next few weeks Claire will be contacting these practices to offer support and answer queries you may have. Claire’s email address is: as claire.hodge@nhs.net if you would like to contact her directly.

Kasia Jurgielewicz is the Diabetes Practice Nurse Champion in the Hunts and South Fenland locality and is also available to support practices in the greater Peterborough locality. Kasia’s email address is k.jurgielewicz@nhs.net.

Insight Healthcare

Further to a temporary closure of referrals for counselling to Insight Healthcare, we are pleased to inform you the service is now accepting referrals.  

Updated: Winter communications toolkit now available

New content has been added to the GP winter communication toolkit that is available on the Healthcare professionals’ area of the CCG website HERE

Here you will find useful resources such as posters, web copy, images and social media content to help you raise awareness within your practice and community of the following:

  • Winter illnesses and self-care
  • Be prepared – repeat prescriptions
  • Improved access – evening and weekend appointments
  • NHS services – local service information 

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

Community Pharmacy non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) Safety Audit

Adverse effects of NSAIDs including cyclo-oxygenase-2 selective inhibitors are a frequent cause of hospital admissions which are potentially preventable. The aim of this audit is to reduce preventable patient harm from adverse effects of NSAIDs. The audit links directly to the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge ‘Medication Without Harm’. The goal of the WHO Challenge on Medication Safety is to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over 5 years.

Further information concerning this audit currently being performed by Community Pharmacies can be accessed via the hyperlink below.

Practices may receive feedback from Community Pharmacies, concerning patients who may need consideration for gastro-protection, if not already prescribed.


GP referrals pages on CCG website

The CCG has information and links to referral information on its website:

 General Surgery
  • Advice for patients on preparing and recovering from surgery-Fitter Better Sooner/RCS Recovering from Surgery
  • Diabetes and hypertension management before surgery
  • Management of ovarian cysts
  • Local CKD guidance
 Digestive Diseases
  • Calprotectin guidance
  • Derby paediatric outpatient referral guidance-useful summary of information/links
  • Winter illnesses summary of guidance
  • Hypertension CCG Aide memoire for diagnosis and management

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

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

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG

Macmillan Practice Nurse Course - Huntingdon

This course will be held at the Partnership Room, Education Centre, Hinchingbrooke Hospital PE29 6NT on the following dates:

  • Thursday 21 February
  • Monday 29 April
  • Wednesday 26 June

The CCG has agreed to fund part-backfill for Practices to release their nurses to attend the course. This is a fantastic opportunity for practices nurses but we have had minimal response from practices to date, so if this could be highlighted that would be very helpful*.

Please see attached information flyer and application form

*Macmillan have advised us that they have a reduced budget for 2019, therefore this will be the only Practice Nurse course running in 2019.

Diabetes Study Days

Following the success of the Hunts Diabetes Study Days, we are pleased to offer FREE spaces for GPs, ANPs, Diabetes Leads and Practice Nurses at Study Days being organised as part of a collaborative partnership between C&P CCG, CPFT, NWAFT and CUHFT in Cambridge and Peterborough

  • The Peterborough Diabetes Study Day will take place on Wednesday 30 January2019, 9.15am-4.00pm,The Fleet, Fletton, Peterborough.
  • The Cambridge Diabetes Study Day will take place on Wednesday 06 February, 9.15am-4.00pm, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Trumpington. 
  •  See attached flyer for further details and booking information.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)

Chronic Oedema/Wet Leg Study Days

Working in partnership, CPFT, Arthur Rank Hospice & BSN medical are offering a FREE one day course for community staff at the following venues: 

  • 10 January 2019 - 9am-4pm
    The Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon
  • 24 April 2019 - 9am-4pm
    Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely
  • 09 July 2019 - 9am-4pm
    Doddington Hospital
  • 03 October 2019 – 9am-4pm
    Ida Darwin, Fubourn
  • See attached flyer for details.

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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GP News 17 December 2018