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GP News 28 September 2018

‘Stronger for longer’ – new campaign

‘Stay stronger for longer’ is a new campaign for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that highlights how simple strength and balance exercises just twice a week can help older people reduce their risk of falling and keep doing the things they enjoy.

The campaign, which launches on 01 October 2018, will encourage older people (particularly women 70-79 years old) to join local classes or access home programmes online. GP Practices are encouraged to help promote this campaign to patients via

  • Stronger for longer challenge leaflet and poster – all practices should of already received copies of these. Additional copies are available by contacting helen.tunster@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
  • Strength and balance classes. These are designed to be friendly, fun and social and details of them can be found at:
  • GP Communications toolkit - available online HERE and includes easy to use resources such as website copy, social media posts and images to help raise awareness within GP practices and the local community   

The ‘Stay stronger for longer’ campaign has been developed by Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and will work alongside local NHS health partners. For further information please contact helen.tunster@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

NHS England

New information for recruiting overseas GPs

Please find attached a form which allows GP Practices to claim some additional funding where an overseas GP has been recruited directly by an individual practice.

NHS England will reimburse the following costs directly to the practice:                                                                                    

  • Relocation costs for the sponsored GP and immediate family up to £5000                                                     
  • Tier 2 visa application costs for the sponsored GP and their family                                                         
  • Application costs for a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence                                                                                              
  • The first 2 years of the Immigration Skills Charge for any GP employed and sponsored on a tier 2 visa

Practices may only claim for any GPs recruited after the 01 June 2018.  This scheme remains in place for the next 18 months. Any claims made must be submitted before 31 January 2020.

Any claim should be sent to:  england.intrecruitment@nhs.net, and copied to capccg.primarycare@nhs.net

New online resource to support adults with Type 1 diabetes

Living with a long term condition can be difficult and stressful.  Access to information, resources and support is key in helping people manage their condition. The NHS Diabetes Programme, with its partners Diabetes UK and NHS Digital have developed new content on NHS.UK, which was formally NHS Choices. This letter from Dr Partha Kar, NHS England Deputy National Clinical Director Diabetes, informs of this new resource which provides practical information at diagnosis, such as videos on how to inject insulin, how to check blood glucose levels and the check-ups and appointments they should attend. As people with T1 often feel overlooked, it is important all Health Care Practitioners, even at a CCG level, are aware of this resource to pass on to patients.   

Flu vaccines for people aged 65 and over

People aged 65 and over will be offered the newly-licensed adjuvanted trivalent vaccine, an enhanced form of the vaccine given to this age group in 2017/18, which is designed to boost an immune response improving the effectiveness of the vaccine in this older age group. This was not available for the 2017/18 season. The vaccine will be delivered to GPs and pharmacies in three phases between September and November.

GP Forward View bulletin

The new issue of NHS England's GP Forward View bulletin (attached), is here bringing you the latest on how NHS England’s plan to sustain and transform general practice is being delivered in the Midlands and East.  

If you have any questions or would like further information please email midlandsandeast.gpfv@nhs.net.

Reminder: Members' Event - 16 October

The next Members' Event is taking place on 16 October at Woodgreen Animal Shelter, Godmanchester - please RSVP to capccg.gateway@nhs.net. Thank you.

Primary Care Leadership Collaborative - cohort 3

Free training available

The deadline for the forthcoming Primary Care Leadership Collaboratives (PCLC) has been extended to 10am on the 01 October. Please find attached the application which will need to be completed and returned by 10am 1/10/18 to: leadership.eoe@hee.nhs.uk

Each place represents an investment of £1,000 and this will be fully funded by the East of England Leadership Academy.

Winter Indemnity Scheme – starts 1 October 2018

Good news! NHS England's Winter Indemnity Scheme (WIS) is back and will run from the 01 October 2018 through to the 31 March 2019.  The national Winter Indemnity Scheme (WIS) has been run each year recently to fund the extra indemnity cost for additional out-of-hours work during the winter months, (01 October- 31 March). 

HUC is currently looking to recruit OOH GPs for the coming winter months. To find out more about OOH opportunities please visit Herts Urgent Care (HUC) website HERE. Each individual GP will need to check their individual circumstances and not assume they are covered for all the work they do.

Further information on the Winter Indemnity Scheme and the new state scheme is available HERE

Parkhall Surgery - merger update

As of 01 October 2018 Parkhall Surgery will be merging with two other local practices (Orchard Surgery in St Ives and Northcote House in St Ives and Fenstanton).  The merged practice will be called Riverport Medical Practice.

Reminder: Provision of equipment (MSK)

Practices are reminded that patients should be buying any basic MSK equipment, wrist/hand splits or knee supports from local supermarkets and pharmacies and should not be referred to Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS). CCS only provides equipment to patients on their pathways.

If patients require more specialist equipment they should be referred to the orthotic service at the acute trusts.

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

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

NHS Leadership Academy

Free training: Foundations of Quality Improvement Workshop

Please find attached a flyer offering a free training opportunity for “Foundations of Quality Improvement Workshop”

  • Tuesday 13 November 2018
  • Pathfinder House, St Mary’s St, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN

The workshop will explain the science behind QI theory and will help you to develop your practical skills. Topics covered on the day include:

Course content:

  • The current health care context
  • Improvement methodologies
  • The Model for Improvement
  • How to run PDSA testing cycles
  • Tools, techniques and driver diagrams
  • Measurement for improvement

Register online to book your fully funded, but limited places:


Anglia Ruskin University

Introduction to ECG interpretation

Please see attached a flyer for a brand new workshop. The 2-day workshop costs just £200 and will be delivered on Chelmsford campus in February 2019.

NHS England

Funded training: Next Generation GP London 2018/19

This is a reminder that APPLICATIONS CLOSE THIS FRIDAY 28 September at 5pm for the fully-funded and inspiring 'Next Generation GP London 2018/19' programme, aimed at GPs and GP Trainees nationwide to attend our seminars based in London. 

Please note, as the programme is fully funded, applicants must be able to commit to attend 4 of 6 events.

Who for?

Next Generation GP is for GP trainees and early career GPs with an interest in health policy and the wider NHS. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in the UK. Please find the person specification here: http://bit.ly/nextgenspec

How to apply

Applications CLOSE THIS FRIDAY Friday 28 September at 5pm via https://bit.ly/2oXqwwO

Applicants are invited to submit a very brief expression of interest outlining their motivation for applying to the programme.

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GP News 28 September 2018