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GP News - 21 June 2018

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MiDoS Search Tool now available to support Care Navigation

MiDoSis a web-based directory of services search tool which will enable receptionists, care navigators and other clinician’s in GP Practices to search for a wide range of health, community and voluntary services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and beyond. 

Following the roll out of the Care Navigators programme, the need for a central DoS became clear very quickly.  As a result, the CCG has worked in partnership with local providers and care navigation gold champions to develop and pilot the MiDoS search tool. The aim of this tool is to:

  • Enable care navigation and signposting within primary care
  • Reduce the time spent looking for appropriate services
  • Provide a central, up to date directory for services
  • Assist staff to get patients seen by the right service, first time. 

Sessions to demonstrate the new Search Tool have been arranged please see attached flyer for details. Also attached is a flyer explaining MiDos. Please see the Care Navigator page on the website for more information.

JET update

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

In May 2018, 83.1% of referrals were accepted by the team which resulted in 357 predicted  admissions avoided.

Referrals into JET can be made by phoning JET Triage on 0300 123 9996 from  07.00 – 2000hrs daily. JET Practitioners operate from 07.30 – 21.30.

JET’s  busiest hours tend to be from 09.00 -13.00 hrs;  however, there is often capacity mid-afternoon onwards. Therefore, Primary Care is encouraged to continue to make referrals into the system.

General Practice Nursing, Healthcare Assistant and Adult Nurse Practitioner Conference

On 06 June 2018, around 112 general practice nurses (GPNs), healthcare assistants (HCAs) and adult nurse practitioners (ANPs) from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough came together at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon to celebrate and learn from speakers and workshops. 

The event, organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training Hub, tied into the Five Year Forward View and the GPN 10-point plan. It was delivered in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG and it featured a keynote speech from Dr Crystal Oldman CBE who talked about celebrating the value of GPNs in 21st century primary care.

Delegates had the chance to meet other professionals across 16 different CPD workshops and 19 different lunchtime stands in a vibrant and bustling day.

Feedback from those who attended on the day was very positive. Comments included:

  • “The best training day I’ve ever attended – so much variety to learn and all useful and can be taken back and used in practice”
  • “Well organised, [the] best day ever– great workshops and stands” 
  • “Incredible knowledgeable speakers, excellent choice of workshops, free well run conference”
  • “Excellent; so informative and beautifully organised. Very much appreciated, best event I have attended”
  • “Very well organised with a wide choice of CPD opportunities. Each one I went to I learnt something new and gained confidence in medication reviews at last!” 

Further events, such as nurse forums, CPD sessions, and training courses, are being planned and if you are interested please contact the training hub at Candptraininghub@nhs.net

Research Updates

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

  • The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) is looking for new practice members. Practices have the opportunity to be actively involved in funded research studies and can determine the level of their involvement. The Centre, growing from under 100 practices to over 250 practices, has recently received funding from NHS England to double the size of the practice network and create a workload observatory. 
  • Dr Jon Fistein, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds, is looking for some additional general practices to take part in his research study which is exploring how GP’s explain their information sharing behaviours.  Dr Fistein is inviting GPs from practices to participate in his research study titled ‘The legal, ethical and professional issues surrounding clinical information sharing: when is it justifiable to share patient information?’ There are several circumstances in which GPs are asked or expected to share information about their patients, for example with clinical colleagues, with other services, with health managers and with researchers. This work aims to describe how GPs share information with others and the explanations they give for that data sharing. Study involvement for the GPs who participate will involve a short telephone or face-to-face interview with the researcher. Please see the Information sheet and Consent form for more information.
  • NIHR Research finds gout not associated with increased risk of fractures A large study led by Keele University has found that patients suffering with gout are not at a higher risk of fractures, contradicting previous research findings. Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis, which affects 2.4% of adults in the UK. The painful condition is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood which develops needle-like crystals in the joint.
  • A simple questionnaire could be a cost-effective way to monitor for melanoma skin cancer New research from the Universities of Cambridge and Melbourne, funded by NIHR, suggests that using a simple self-completed questionnaire could be a highly cost-effective way of identifying people at higher risk for melanoma. 

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

Partner News

New CPFT service is a boost for stroke patients

A new service run by CPFT is helping patients who are admitted to hospital following a mild stroke to recover more quickly.

The stroke early supported discharge (ESD) team helps those admitted to acute stroke units located at Addenbrookes Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, to be discharged sooner by providing by up to six weeks rehabilitation, either to their home or in a community ward.

The new service is part of a package of measures to help stroke patients and follows a £1.8 million investment from the STP. The investment has seen the development of the integrated community neuro-rehabilitation and ESD service across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. They work closely with CPFT’s neuro-rehabilitation team, which supports people with complex neurological problems who need longer than six weeks of rehabilitation, such as more serious stroke or brain injuries, as well as those with long term conditions like multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.

For a case study please click here and for a film please click here

Parkrun UK teams up with Royal College of General Practitioners to prescribe active lifestyles to patients and practice staff

Parkrun UK and the RCGP are set to launch a groundbreaking initiative that could see thousands of patients being ‘prescribed’ outdoor physical activity rather than medication.

The initiative aims to improve the health and wellbeing of health care staff, patients and carers, reducing the need for lifelong medication. In 2017, the 1.11 billion prescriptions dispensed in communities across the UK cost £9.17bn.

More information is available here and a toolkit can be downloaded from the RCGP website here.

Breathing Matters

Please find attached the Summer 2018 edition of Breathing Matters newsletter which you may wish to promote to patients with a respiratory condition. 

NHS England: Promoting awareness of physical health in people with a serious mental illness

NHS England’s East Midlands Mental Health Clinical Network has produced a short film to support primary care teams to better meet the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness – and therefore to prevent them from dying prematurely.

The film and an accompanying booklet (attached) support the national focus on achieving parity or equality in how we think about mental and physical health care. The booklet has been designed to be used in conjunction with the short video to stimulate discussion in teams about the small changes in the way services are designed and delivered. The development of the tools was led by the network GP Clinical Lead Dr Sohrab Panday, with input from Dr Sue Protheroe, and the film and booklet support NHS England guidance around improving physical healthcare for people living with severe mental illness in primary care.

King’s Fund report on innovative models of general practice

The King’s Fund have published a report looking at innovative models of general practice from the UK and other countries.


Events & Training

June GP Masterclass

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