Public Health England
Hepatitis D Virus Assay Availability
We are pleased to inform you that the Hepatitis D virus assay availability issue has now been resolved.
The supply issue is fully resolved and laboratory stock levels are now normal.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and any adverse impact on patient care. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the laboratory using the contact information provided below.
David Pearce – Laboratory Modernisation Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 01223 216840
Martin Strickland – Laboratory Manager email@example.com 01223 34996
Laboratory Modernisation Manager, East of England
National Infection Service
Public Health England
General practice extended access collection and updated guidance: September 2018
The next bi-annual extended access collection will be open for submission from 3 September 2018 to 28 September 2018. Every GP practice in England is required (through regulation) to submit an online return twice a year through the Primary Care Web Tool (login required). This will set out what access to appointments the practice offers to patients either itself or through other arrangements, over evenings and weekends. Updated guidance is available. Please could practices complete the bi-annual extended access data collection on the Primary Care Web Tool and refer to the guidance on NHS England’s website prior to completion.
Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers
NHS England has launched a 12 week consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs). The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system, and which organisations could hold the ICP Contract. The previous iteration of this draft contract was referred to as the draft Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) Contract. The consultation materials including information on how to respond and details of engagement events can be found on the NHS England website. The Consultation runs until 26 October 2018.
NHS England launches open call for solutions for general practice premises policy
The General Practice Premises Policy Review, led by NHS England and DHSC, has launched a Call for Solutions process. NHS England wants to hear a wide range of proposals, to ensure general practice premises are fit for the future. We are keen to hear about solutions designed to address specific issues, as well as those which would require more significant changes to policy. The call for solutions can be accessed on the NHS England website and will be open until 5 September 2018.
Supporting Children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
Find out how you can support children and young people with SEND by ensuring that their needs and requirements are met throughout their journeys in health and transition from childhood to adulthood. The SEND Quick Guides do this by assisting health commissioners and providers with joint commissioning of services and provide guidance on developing processes to ensure that children and young people with SEND are fully supported in the best ways possible.
National Association of Primary Care
NAPC Awards 2018 launched
The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is inviting CCG colleagues to recognise the work of primary care teams and health professionals in the NAPC Awards 2018. The awards celebrate high standards of care, dedication, integration and innovation in primary care. They recognise amazing people, teams and organisations who have gone the extra mile to provide improved patient care for their communities. For more information or to apply please visit the National Association of Primary Care website. The deadline for entries is Friday 31 August 2018.
Monthly announcement of national dementia diagnosis rate.
National dementia diagnosis rates (DDR) for July 2018 have been published and can be found on the NHS Digital website. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s diagnosis rate for over 65s is 64.5%. Practices with a DDR of ≥66.7% are encouraged to continue to improve the care of people with dementia and their families.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health
The Dementia Care Pathway
The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) has published The Dementia Care Pathway – Full implementation guidance. This is one of a suite of mental health care pathways developed on behalf of NHS England to support the delivery of the ambitions of The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View. The guidance outlines the associated benchmarks to support improvements in the delivery and quality of care and support, for people living with dementia and their families and carers. It builds on NHS England’s Implementation guide and resource pack for dementia care.
CCG rated 'Outstanding' in cancer treatment for second year running
NHS England “would like to highlight and congratulate” Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as one of just 14 CCGs in the country which have been consistently rated Outstanding for cancer care for the last two years.
Early diagnosis is important for a good recovery and GPs play a crucial role in this.
There are four key areas in which our area has shown continued progress: one-year survival rates; early stage diagnosis; speed of referral and overall patient experience. Read more here.
We acknowledge the contribution of Practices for the next series of Cancer Masterclasses . We welcome all GPs to join the discussions at forthcoming interactive Masterclass sessions, please register via the links below:
Please see below the latest developments from the world of healthcare Research and Innovation:
- Why are undertakers so busy? Blog by Dr Duncan Edwards, GP and doctoral research fellow at the Primary Care Unit. What is driving this busy-ness? An ageing population? Nasty winter flu strain? Chance? Will the oncoming winter be any easier, or is the UK’s remarkable record of life expectancy increasing by almost 1 year for every 4 years of history since the mid-nineteenth century coming to an end?
- Does staff engagement make a difference in the health service? We’ve heard a lot recently about the importance of high levels of engagement for staff performance and wellbeing, and it has also been suggested that staff engagement leads to better outcomes for service users. But what real evidence is there that engaged staff have healthier patients? And what drives up levels of engagement in the first place?
- Factoring in BMI and sex can help to avoid harmful side effects in type 2 diabetes: Clinicians can match people with type 2 diabetes to the right drug to improve control of blood sugar and help avoid damaging side-effects, simply by factoring in characteristics such as sex and BMI into prescribing decisions, new MRC-funded research suggests.
- Do you want to help decide priorities for health research? The National Institute of Health Research are asking patients, carers, healthcare staff and the public to rank priorities for research to help make care safer for adults with complex health needs. People with complex health needs are those who have more than one illness or condition, or need care from more than one service, or care in more than one place.
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 on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also now follow the R&D team on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CPPrimaryCareR1
Webinar on A Primary Care Guide to Immunotherapy
The next Macmillan and Red Whale Webinar on A Primary Care Guide to Immunotherapy will feature Dr Anna Olsson-Brown and GPA and Red Whale Course Director Dr David Plume.
The Webinar will be held on Tuesday 18th September at 7pm. To sign up please register at http://bit.ly/ImmunoWeb