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GP News - 25 January 2018

The CCG’s website needs essential maintenance on Tuesday 30 January at 11am. This will affect the public, staff and health professionals section. The site will be down for up to two hours, bearing any issues, should be less. Please be aware that the website (including P forms) and admin areas will not be accessible at this time to anyone, including the communications team. No other IT systems will be affected by this maintenance. The CCG will remain contactable on 01233 725400. Email capccg.contact@nhs.net

GP Cancer Masterclasses

Shortly, you will receive leaflets produced by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) to help with your discussions with patients you are referring on a Two Week Wait (TWW) pathway. Read more here.

Dementia update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Many thanks once more for all your efforts on the Dementia front in recent weeks. Our diagnosis rate across the CCG for December was 65.1%, which is a slight reduction from the previous month.

I know that of late, we've been really busy in Primary Care, but I'd like to emphasise that dementia remains a local and national priority and your help in identifying and managing these patients is appreciated by us all.

Of interest, I've recently completed an online BMJ learning module on dementia which I would highly recommend. It is structured from a Primary Care perspective, and only takes a few minutes to complete, enhancing your confidence in this field.  Please follow this link to access the learning module.                           

Your continued input into ensuring that patients with dementia are appropriately coded is really valued too.

Our Dementia Strategic Plan 2017-2022 has now been approved by our Older People's Mental Health Board, which involves the stakeholders from CCG, CPFT, councils, pharmacy, voluntary organisations and Healthwatch. You should be hearing more about this before long.

Additionally, recruitment relating to our successful Business Case is almost complete, and hopefully this further resource should be making a positive impact soon.

Finally, I will be reviewing GP referrals coming into our Memory Assessment Services shortly, to better understand if anything could be done differently in Primary Care with regard to these patients, and an update on outcomes from this will be provided next month.

Once again, many thanks for your time and ongoing support.

Best wishes,

Dr Malav Bhimpuria
CCG Clinical Lead, Older People's Mental Health

GPs encouraged to support Stop it Now! campaign

GP Practices are encouraged to support child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and its public campaign to prevent child sexual abuse – Stop it Now! 

The Stop it Now! campaign aims to educate offenders about the harm they are causing, and to make them aware of the help that is available to stop. Stop it Now! run a helpline that people can call confidentially and anonymously to discuss their concerns relating to child sexual abuse, including concerns regarding their own behaviour, or that of another person.

The CCG is working alongside providers within our health system to help raise awareness of the campaign. All GP practices should of received leaflets and posters to display in waiting areas. If you would like additional copies please contact capccg.contact@nhs.net  Further information and a wide range of resources are also available from the Stop it Now! website.

Diabetes Public Engagement Events – Hunts and Fenland

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has is working with Diabetes UK to arrange two more patient engagement events. We had two successful events at the end of last year, one in Cambridge and one in Peterborough. We are keen to also speak to people in other localities, and we have therefore organised two further events – one at Hinchingbrooke on 19 April and one in March on 25 April.

The events are a great opportunity for people to:

  • Find out what services are available for people with diabetes in your local area
  • Ask local healthcare professionals questions on diabetes care
  • Meet people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who live in your local area. 

Please share with your networks.

To book a place call Diabetes UK on 01376 501390 or email Eastern@diabetes.org.uk

CCG Research Updates

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

The R&D team is  located at Lockton House. If you want to get in touch about our weekly research updates, please contact Emma Giles on emma.giles3@nhs.net.  
You can also now follow the R&D team on Twitter https://twitter.com/CPPrimaryCareR1 

GPFV updates

Lease incentive scheme extended until end of March 2018

The General Practice Forward View offered the following support to GP practices that are tenants of an NHS Property Services or Community Health Partnerships (freehold or leased) building to enter into a new lease: reimbursement of Stamp Duty Land Tax for the initial term (up to 15 years), contribution up to £1,000 plus VAT of legal fees related to the lease transaction and reimbursement  of management fees for the financial year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. This offer has been extended to 31st March 2018 to allow more time for GP practices to formally complete their lease transactions. Practices will need to present their signed leases to england.gppremisesfund@nhs.net by that time.

Demand and capacity support to GP practices

NHS England is offering support to help general practices and primary care teams to gain a better understanding of their current demand and how the available capacity (i.e. workforce) can be better used to manage this locally. This will cover areas such as an introduction to the theory of demand and capacity, practical solutions to managing demand and working at scale to widen access to general practice. GPs, practice teams and CCGs are invited to attend demand and capacity events taking place in their region from January 2018.  Further details are available on the NHS England website.

Dates for the webinars are as follows.  There are two topics to be covered; the same content will be repeated for each webinar at 1pm and again at 5.30pm: 

General Practice Transformation Champions event – 22 March 2018, London

NHS England is running the third General Practice Transformation Champions event on 22 March 2018 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London. The one day conference is for anyone involved in leading improvement and transformation in general practice in the NHS. A packed programme includes practicalities of using the 10 High Impact Actions, and leadership sessions from the frontline of transformation. This event is free to attend.

Slides from the previous events are available on NHS England’s website.

Book your place now to avoid disappointment. If you require any further information or have any other queries please send to england.gpdevelopment@nhs.net

Midlands and East General Practice Nursing conference – 21 March 2018, Loughborough

‘Developing confidence, capability and capacity’: a conference to explore the General Practice Nursing 10 Point Plan.

Come and join us at this joint NHE England and Health Education England event for discussions and workshops on hot topics for the general practice nursing community.

Further details, including how to register are attached.

Practice Managers Development Conference - 7 March 2018, Manchester

Calling all Practice Managers! You are invited to attend the National Practice Manager Development Conference on Wednesday 7 March 2018 in Manchester. This dynamic one-day conference will give practical ideas for managing workload in the practice, working at scale and growing your confidence to lead in times of change. The event is free to attend and will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the country. Register on the link above today, as spaces are limited.

Partner News

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Ted Fort Project Grant for General Practice Nurses 2018/19

Grant: £3000 annually
Aim: Support a General Practice Nurse to undertake a mental health project.
Read more here.
Who should apply?: General Practice Nurses with an interest and enthusiasm for mental health
Length of project: Carried out over a period of 1 year from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

Application Enquiries:

Regarding project ideas or completing the application: sheila.hardy@cwmt.org
Regarding submission or award process please contact: admin@cwmt.org

LSCB Led survey: Working with Child Sexual Abuse

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board are currently undertaking some work around Child Sexual Abuse. To inform this work we are seeking the views of young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

This survey is aimed at professionals working with child sexual abuse https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CSApros

Patient's Choice Award

Please cascade, for on-ward and other contacts, the attached poster for this year’s Patient's Choice Award. This popular award offers patients and the public an opportunity to have their say and recognise the NHS staff who have made a difference to their lives. Submission of entries has to be online and the deadline date for submissions is Friday 9 February 2018. Further information on the attached poster.

NHS Digital publishes guidance on data off-shoring and cloud computing for health and social care

National guidance has been published today, setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data offshoring to store patient information. More information here.

Accountable care - where did it come from and what does it really mean?

The Kings Fund has recently published an article to better understand accountable care systems and how they are developing in practice. Read more here.

Patient member opportunities at the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is currently looking for patients and members of the public to join a number of national and regional advisory panels across England.

Events and Training  

Arts on Prescription 

Arts on Prescription offers free art workshops for people with anxiety or depression or any other mental health problems. There are 5 places still available on the new series of workshops which will take place at the Norris Museum in St Ives from 1-3pm on Wednesdays between 14 February and 16 May, please find attached poster with correct dates, referral form and leaflet. 

There are also places available on the current rolling programme at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge from 1-3pm on Tuesdays until 10th of April 2018 and we have a waiting list for people interested in a series we hope to run in Peterborough too.  

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