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GP News - 18 May 2018

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Joint Emergency Team (JET) Update

JET aim to reduce inappropriate admissions to acute hospitals by offering Triage followed by an urgent response within the patients own home by a JET Practitioner.

JET continues to be busy and for a 4 week period in April 18, JET accepted 80.8%  referrals. The predicted admissions avoided were 217.

Referrals into can be made by phoning JET Triage on 0300 123 9996 from 07:00 - 20:00 daily. JET Practitioners operate from 07:30 – 21:30 daily.

JET's busiest hours tend to be from 09:00 – 13:00, however there is often capacity mid afternoon onwards, therefore Primary Care are encouraged to continue to make referrals into the service.    

CCG Research Updates

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

  • NIHR Free Online Course: Health Research Futures.This course starts on Monday 21st May and will explore a range of topics in clinical research, including the changing role of nurses, compassion and ethics, and the importance of patients. It is designed to prompt discussion and debate within the health and care workforce. This 4-week course includes; twelve podcasts, short weekly quizzes and a live online discussion forum every week, led by Professor Allan Gaw. For more information click here, or to sign up click here and select ‘Public Courses’.

  • A School-based Obesity Prevention Programme Was Ineffective. A school-based healthy lifestyle programme, delivered to 6-7-year-old children and their parents made no difference to children’s weight, diet or activity level, with around 1 in 4 children remaining overweight or obese. These results suggest that changes to reverse the tide of childhood obesity will have to take place in wider society, not just schools, to have the desired effect.

  • New Research to Explore Whether Inviting People in for Screening Based on Their Risk Rather Than Their Age Alone Can Improve Efficiency of Screening Programme. Dr Juliet Usher-Smith from the Primary Care Unit at the University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of almost £65,000 from Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer. The research will investigate whether people living in England should be invited to take part in the bowel cancer screening programme based on their genes and lifestyle factors, not just based on their age.

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 Amy Currie (amy.currie1@nhs.net).

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

Partner news

NHS England

Revised PHE MenB PGD  V03.00 is available on the website here

This is an early revision of this PGD in order to align with the recommendations for the prevention of secondary cases of MenB disease in the Guidance for public health management of meningococcal disease.

Updated PGD for HPV (PGD 7 HPV v2 - April 2018) is now available on the website here.

Important Note: NHS England has commissioned community immunisation teams to deliver the routine HPV vaccination programme in schools in East Anglia and Essex. However, there may be exceptional circumstances where this is not possible for some eligible girls. In these situations, it is possible for HPV course to be given in primary care (in line with the enhanced service), in which case this PGD can be used. 


Dementia team expands to help more patients

The Dementia Intensive Support team (DIST) has expanded to help more patients with the condition who need urgent care.

Part of the crisis resolution and home treatment service provided by CPFT the team supports people with dementia at home or those in care homes with medical treatment, psycho-social therapy and emotional support for family carers.

It will focus on areas of higher demand to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and can now support patients in crisis for longer – up to two weeks and more if needed – before a longer term care plan can be put together.

The recruitment of the two additional practitioners has been funded by the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and is part of a raft of measures to strengthen dementia services provided by the Trust.

The £450,000 investment has also seen the appointment of the organisation’s first dementia lead nurse consultant to lead its work in caring for and supporting people with dementia and the recruitment of additional staff to the dementia carers support service and Cambridgeshire Training, Education and Development (CAMTED).

To refer please telephone 0845 045 0123 (9am-5pm).

SERVICE INFO: Reminder - ARC closing 11 June

As you may be aware, our Primary Care Mental Health Service (PRISM) has now rolled out to all GP practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

From 11 June 2018, the Advice and Referral Centre will close for all adult and older people’s mental health referrals.

From this date, all non-crisis adult mental health requests for service need to be made to the Primary Care Mental Health Service (PRISM) via eRS.

All older people’s mental health referrals should be made via eRS. Please call 01480 420178 or e-mail OPMHreferrals@nhs.net if you have any queries.

All referrals for Psychological Wellbeing Service (PWS) (IAPT), adults and older adults (17+), should continue to be given a leaflet and advised to self-refer at: www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/pws/psychological-wellbeing-service.htm. If you need more referral leaflets, please e-mail angela.scott@cpft.nhs.uk. For those unable to self-refer, primary care staff can call 0300 300 0055 or e-mail: selfreferIAPT@cpft.nhs.uk to do so on their behalf.

The table below outlines CPFT’s referral process for you:

Referral  Process 

(from 11 June)

For all non-crisis adult mental health (aged 17-65) with moderate to severe conditions

Refer patient to Primary Care Mental Health Service (PRISM) via NHS e-Referral (eRs)

Patient in mental health crisis requiring immediate telephone triage or a response within 24 hours

Patient should be referred to contact the First Response Service (FRS) by calling 111 and selecting option 2.

Patients with mild to moderate mental health conditions

Patients can self-refer to Psychological Wellbeing Service (IAPT). Call 0300 300 0055.

(from 11 June)

Older people's mental health referrals

Refer via NHS e-Referral to Older People’s Mental Health Service (to be listed from 11.06.18)

Children’s mental health referrals

Continue refer through NHS e-Referral (eRs) Community CAMHS Single Point of Access.

General information on adults, children’s and young people’s mental health services


If you have any further questions, please get in touch with CPFT on 01733 748777 or at cpm-tr.prismservice@nhs.net

Hertfordshire - County of Opportunity

Hertfordshire County Council has launched a consultation on the community equipment offer which it makes to children and young people living in the county. We want to hear from as many people as possible, including families who currently receive equipment from Hertfordshire County Council, and families who may require this support in the future.

For practices in Hertfordshire, please display our poster advertising the consultation in your practice(s).

The consultation will be open until 1 June 2018, with full explanatory document and link to the online form can be found here: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/equipmentconsultation

Events and Training

East of England Leadership Academy 

There are a few places still available for a number of masterclasses and workshops taking place throughout June, July and September 2018. A page has been created under Events listing all masterclasses and workshops here.

CPFT: CPD opportunity for clinical staff:  End of Life Care  for People with Dementia

CPFT have a one day training module aims to equip clinicians with key skills in planning for, recognising, assessing and management of the end of life phase for this group. 

Unfortunately there was a typo in the email address supplied by CPFT which has now been rectified. The corrected details including dates and programme are available here

Diabetes Workshop - 19 June

Please find details of a diabetes workshop aimed at practice pharmacists attached.

Wansford surgery  have been working with Soar Beyond and i2i network to develop more training for pharmacists One of our GPs Dr Sundeap Odedra will be speaking at the all day working in June along with DR Adie Viljoen, consultant chemical pathologist at Lister hospital And Niksit Mehta , a clinical pharmacist who has been running diabetic clinics for 2 years.

  • FREE training workshop for clinical pharmacists working in Primary care
  • Tuesday 19th June 2018 
  • Huntingdon Marriott,  Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Kingfisher Way, Huntingdon PE29 6FL 
  • Bookings or more info, either email me at amrit.takhar@nhs.net or i2i@soarbeyond.co.uk or call 01442 927 972       

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