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GP News 26 October 2018

NHS England

For PPGs: Interpreting and Translation Services

Please find attached a briefing note to inform patient groups about NHS England's plans to secure a new contract for interpreting and translation services for GP and dental practices commencing April 2019.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

STP Board meetings

From next month (November 2018), the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) will be holding its Board meetings in public in order to improve transparency and accountability to local people. 

The STP Board meets every other month and members of the public are invited to attend the first meeting in public: 

  • Thursday 22 November 2018, 15:00, Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, London Rd, Peterborough PE2 8AN  

The next two meetings will be held on:

  • Thursday 24 January 2019, venue to be confirmed 
  • Thursday 21 March 2019, venue to be confirmed  

Details on venues and times of these meetings will be posted on our website here:


The STP Board is made up of the leaders from all the NHS organisations in the county, our partners in general practice as well as elected members and executive directors from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.  Their role is to focus on the big issues, ensuring that health and care services are sustainable in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for the medium and longer-term.  When required, the STP Board makes recommendations for approval by individual statutory NHS Boards in the county. 

We are very keen to hear your views, and so members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Board.  In order that a full answer can be provided at the Board meeting, we request that any questions be submitted in writing to CAPCCG.transformationprogramme@nhs.net at least two days prior to the meeting date.

Reminder: Extraordinary Members' Event: 12 December

Please save the date for a special member practice event focussed on antimicrobial prescribing. Antimicrobial Resistance is a national and worldwide threat and high priority within the CCG as we are one of the highest prescribers of broad spectrum antimicrobials in the country.

We are lucky enough to have a national speaker attending, so please ensure a clinician from your practice attends. Please find a flyer attached for further information.


  • Elizabeth Beech. NHS Improvement National Project Lead: Health Care Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Dr Nick Brown. Consultant Medical Microbiologist, CUHFT. 

Please RSVP to capccg.Gateway@nhs.net

The meeting will be 12.30-3.00pm on 12 December at Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4NL. Directions are here: http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk/plan-your-race-day/visitor-information/directions-parking

Reminder: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Next Generation GP - applications close on 28 October

Please see the attached flyer for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Next Generation GP event. The sessions will be held on:

  • Thursday 29 November
  • Thursday 13 December
  • Monday 21 January
  • Friday 15 February
  • Thursday 21 March

Applicants are invited to submit a brief expression of interest outlining their motivation. The person specification can be found here and the application form can be found here. Participants must commit to attending at least 4 out of 5 of the sessions to ensure maximum benefit from the programme.

Applications close on Sunday 28 October. If you have any questions please email: nextgencandp@gmail.com or see our FAQs at http://bit.ly/NExtGGP 

GP Referrals to A&E

As we approach winter please could we ask practices to discuss in advance referrals to A&E with your local emergency department on the numbers below.

For referrals to Peterborough hospital:

  • Please use the GP phone line to discuss the referral. The GP phone line is 01733 678776 - available 24/7.

For referrals to Hinchingbrooke hospital:

  • If the patient requires acute assessment, either in Ambulatory Care or the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) please call the AAU GP Hotline on 01480 416462
  • To discuss potential alternative management pathways please call the GP switch board number 01480 416252 and ask for Medical Registrar on bleep 1116.

For referrals to Addenbrooke’s hospital:

  • Please use the GP liaison line to discuss the referral. The GP liaison line can be contacted via the GP switchboard 01223 216151 on bleep 156-0449.

For referrals to QEH KL:

  • Please call the GP phone line on 0778 961 5571 (8.30am to 8.30pm)

Joint Emergency Team (JET)

To support patients at home, in the community and in care homes the expanded JET service can support people over the age of 65 or those with long-term conditions in their usual place of residence who need urgent care. To refer call 0300 123 996 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday; 7am-6.30pm, Saturday-Sunday).


Diabetes Clinical System Reports

Clinical system reports are now available to help practices with the Diabetes LES, these reports can be used to:

  1. evidence a way in which you are managing your Diabetes register;
  2. identify and target patients who are not meeting the NICE recommended treatment targets;
  3. identify whether patients have attended Structured Education programme.

The SystmOne reports can be found C&P GP practice group > LES Diabetes, the EMIS reports are being tested and will be available early November 2018.

Clinical Support Tool

We presented this at the CCG Members meeting last week:

  • It’s a simple way of accessing information and helping GPs make referrals in the clinical system-SystmOne at the moment, but EMIS planned soon.
  • It includes clinical thresholds and many provider referral proformas.
  • It has an automatically populated editable summary all on one form, so usually no need to send extra attachments when referring.
  • The proformas are managed and updated centrally so don’t need to be uploaded or managed at practice level.
  • Using the most up to date form should reduce rejection of referrals and improve the pathway for the patient.
  • There are links within the tool to the GP referrals page on the CCG website

The Clinical Support Tool is being updated all the time. We want it to be as useful as possible to you so any feedback would be great. Contact us on capccg.clinicalsupporttool@nhs.net

GP Online Toolkit

The latest edition of the GP Online Toolkit is now available to support GP practices in promoting GP online services to patients and encouraging them to register for this service. 

Keep Antibiotics Working

Public Health England has launched an eight week campaign today https://www.gov.uk/government/news/keep-antibiotics-working-campaign-returns to alert the public to the risks of antibiotic resistance, urging them to always take their doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice on antibiotics.

Resources are available on the PHE Campaign Resources Centre

CCG Constitution - updated version now available

NHS England has now ratified the latest version of the CCG’s Constitution which can be found on the CCG website here.

The main revisions concern the composition of the Governing Body; clarification around the process for the appointment and selection of second terms for Lay Members, GP Members and the Secondary Care Doctor. Following their annual review the updated Terms of References for each of the Governing Body’s sub-committees are also included in this version.

While we originally submitted the Constitution to NHSE mid-August it has taken awhile to get formal sign-off, therefore some of the information included. eg. the GP Member practice numbers, is already out of date.  Unfortunately we can’t amend this information in the Constitution without going through the formal review /application process again.   

Tanya Blumenfeld, general practitioner and clinical tutor, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, photograph Alexander Kumar

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

  • Local GP Dr Tanya Blumenfeld features on the front cover of the Lancet this week in a photo series on global primary health care marking the 40th Anniversary of the Alma Ata. Born and brought up witnessing Apartheid in South Africa, Tanya Blumenfeld strives to eradicate health inequalities. Dr Blumenfeld provides primary care to one of the UK’s major populations of Travellers who reside in rural Cambridgeshire. Travellers experience external stigma and social exclusion and are often misunderstood by wider society. Crucially, Travellers share poor access to and a lack of continuity in health care and education, often have no fixed housing, and experience discrimination. As a result of these inequalities, they have reduced life expectancy. “In 2011, for the first time, ‘Irish Traveller’ was introduced as a UK census category. However, Travellers are still not recognised as an ethnic group in the UK’s National Health Service”, says Dr Blumenfeld, whose goal is to improve the health care of this largely ignored group.”
  • NIHR Health Research Futures Podcast: the role of medical statistics in clinical research  “A sound understanding of medical statistics is essential for the correct evaluation of medical research and appropriate implementation of findings into clinical practice,” says Janet Peacock, Professor of Medical Statistics at Kings College London.  Professor Peacock says: “Research evidence should be free of bias and presented in a transparent way and statisticians play a key role in ensuring this by providing expertise in study design, data collection, quality assurance, analyses/modelling, reporting and interpreting results. “Communication between clinicians/scientists and medical statisticians isn’t always perfect for many good reasons but I’m keen that we work together to close the communication gap and conduct high quality research that makes a difference for patients.”
  • DIGITAL ‘BABY EXPERT’ TO SUPPORT MOTHERS-TO-BE THROUGH PREGNANCY A personal digital ‘baby expert’ is helping to support mothers-to-be through their pregnancy and the early months of their child’s life. Baby Buddy is a free app which enables new parents to access a range of personalised daily self-care advice with the aim of promoting informed and confident pregnancies and early parenting. It also provides midwives with self-care resources that they can use in their consultation to ensure mothers under their care get the most effective support and make “every contact count”.

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

Stepping Into My Shoes

Integrated Care Systems require local health and care partners to work together in new and different ways, Stepping Into My Shoes is an initiative which supports local leaders to work together, learn and share knowledge from across the system with their teams and services to create public services that are more integrated based on the needs of the local population.

Stepping into my Shoes is a simple concept of matching learners and sharers together with the intention of a mutual learning opportunity. The Learner shares their experience in another organisation with their teams and services, while the sharer reveals their skills and knowledge and in what capacity. Line management feedback on the impact of the initiative will be requested.

This is currently a work in progress, so watch this space, but if you feel you might be interested and would like more information please contact Monty Keuneman, Project Officer, C&P STP Workforce and Transformation.

General Practice Improvement Leaders Programme

The General Practice Improvement Leaders Programme is for those working in general practice, including GPs, practice managers and nurses; also project managers and facilitators actively working with general practice to support the GP Forward View.

The programme has been designed to support the development of general practice and will show you step-by-step how to use a number of tools and techniques, with additional support in how to facilitate the use of these, helping to build your skills and confidence to support others with making changes. To join the programme you will need to bring a live project to actively work on, for example improving your practice’s repeat prescribing process.

Please see the attached flyer for more detailed information.

What does it cost?

  • Overnight accommodation (bed and breakfast only) is available if required for the middle night of each module – no cost to delegates.
  • Travel costs are not funded. Delegates will need to arrange and cover the cost of their own travel as needed.

For more information on this initiative please visit GPDP pages of the NHS England website here   

Referral, treatment and management of pancreatic cancer: GP education session

  • 30 November 2018
  • Start time: 12.30 pm
  • Registration fee: FREE
  • The Deakin Centre, Cambridge Biomedical Campus
  • For further details visit the Pancreatic Cancer UK website here.

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