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GP News 29 November 2018


Your Voice Newsletter – Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough

Our local Healthwatch team have published the first edition of their Your Voice magazine and would like your help to distribute it to local people. They can post you copies to display in any waiting areas, or share with your staff and patient groups.

Healthwatch is a local statutory health and care champion and works to get local people involved in feeding back on and improving services. This includes support for local Patient Participation Groups.

Healthwatch also provides an information and signposting service which may be helpful to some of your staff and patients. They can give free independent guidance on local health or care services.

Healthwatch can send you as many copies of the newsletter or other promotional materials, such as posters and leaflets, as you need. Please contact at enquiries@healthwatchcambspboro.co.ukor phone 0330 355 1285 to request any materials.

Click here to read the newsletter online. 

NHS England

Consultation on a review and update of CCG guidance on Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care

A national public consultation has been launched on proposals to update and review commissioning guidance on eight more products. In most cases there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives available to the items that NHS England is recommending should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.

The consultation runs from 28 November 2018 until 28 February 2019. Details of public consultation events can be found here.

GP workforce social media campaign   

NHS England is running a month-long social media campaign to showcase the range of support available for domestic and international doctors as part of its work with the BMA, RCGP, HEE and other partners to expand the GP workforce through international GP recruitment, encourage non-practising GPs to return to general practice and promote retention supports to help keep GPs in the profession.    

Please do support the campaign if you are able to, which runs until 15 December on:   

BEAT, the UK’s Eating Disorder Charity 

Supporting someone with an Eating Disorder this Christmas

Please find attached a flyer and poster for a training course provided by Beat, the UK’s Eating Disorder Charity.

Coping with Christmas is suitable for parents, partners, other family members and friends supporting someone with an eating disorder at Christmas, and will run at locations across the country from 23 November.   

To find out more, visit www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/coping-with-Christmas

Reminder: Extraordinary Members' Event

  • 12 December 2018

Please RSVP 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.  

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

GDPR and the Friends and Family Test

NHS England has produced some guidance on using third party text messaging services for the friends and family test. The guidance may also be useful for considering other third party messaging services.

Reminder: Job opportunity

Primary care Tissue Viability Nurse Educator x 2

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two registered nurses to join the Quality, Safety & Patient Experience Directorate at NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG on a secondment basis in the role of Primary Care Tissue Viability Nurse Educator. For more information please visit the page here. Closing date: 02/12/2018.

Reminder: FREE Practice Manager Masterclass Programme - Free training (now including Deputy PMs)

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in this Masterclass series so far.

We still have a few places available (see below) and so, to encourage sign up, we have now opened up the programmes to include Deputy Practice Managers and we have extended the sign up period until 17 December 2018.

We are keen to highlight training content has been requested and curated by Practice Managers so please do take advantage of the opportunity!

Programme Delivery

Please see the delivery schedule listed below for your reference.

Masterclass Module
Brief Synopsis

(please see a detailed overview attached)

Event Details
Places Available
Masterclass 1 + 2

Identify your Strengths to Enhance Personal Resilience

Delegates will be asked to conduct an online assessment before the masterclass.  This assessment will identify personal strengths which will then be explored against personal resilience in more detail.

Thursday 10 January 2019
1.30pm to 4pm
Margaret Young Room, Wood Green


Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Relationships

Delegates will learn to apply the power/interest matrix and be introduced to the three pillars of engagement

Tuesday 26 February 2019
1.30pm to 4pm
Margaret Young Room, Wood Green

Masterclass 3 + 4

Leading Change

Delegates will be introduced to the Kotter theory and will be asked to apply the process to a real-life project

Wednesday 10 April 2019
1.30pm to 4pm
Margaret Young Room, Wood Green


Change Measurement and Improvement

Delegates will examine evaluation frameworks that show immediate and long term success in change projects

Wednesday 15 May 2019
1.30pm to 4pm
Margaret Young Room, Wood Green

After each module session, the meeting room will be available for an additional hour to allow for reflective practice and networking – though this is of course optional!

Sign Up Process

These masterclass modules are be aimed at practice/business managers and deputy practice managers within General Practice.  

The modules have been grouped into two pairs based on content – 1+2 and 3+4.  Management staff would be welcome to attend all sessions or select the pair that best suits their learning needs. Please ensure that you can commit to all dates before signing up.

If you are interested in engaging with this masterclass programme then please express your interest by completing the attached form.  Here you will be asked to indicate your module preference and provide a short outline on why you feel that you would benefit from this training.

Please return your completed EOI form to capccg.primarycare@nhs.net by the extended date of 17 December 2018.

We will review expressions of interest w/c 17 December 2018 and then follow up with applicants directly to advise on individual outcomes. If you have any queries in the meantime, please get in touch.

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

  • Steroids rapidly reduces children’s croup symptoms and shorten hospital stays by 15 hours. 
    Signal from the National Institute for Health Research Dissemination. This Cochrane review assessed the effectiveness of corticosteroids such as dexamethasone and budesonide compared with placebo. The findings support recommendations that all children with mild, moderate, or severe croup should be treated immediately with corticosteroids.
  • Telemedicine programme can prolong life for heart failure patients 
    A comprehensive programme of daily telemedicine monitoring and 24-hour access to a physician-led hotline can reduce the number of deaths and the time spent in hospital, among patients with heart failure. A year-long study of 1,571 patients who had been admitted to hospital with heart failure within the past 12 months found that those assigned to daily telemonitoring, monthly health education and telephone support from specialist staff, were 30% less likely to die than those assigned to usual care.
  • Masters to PhD Bridging Programme 2019 East of England 
    Health Education England Midlands and East, the University of East Anglia, the University of Essex and the University of Cambridge are sponsoring an opportunity for Masters to PhD Bridging Awards (MaPBA) in 2019/20 for graduate NHS non-medical clinicians.  The MaPBA programme is aimed specifically at non-medical healthcare professionals who aspire to undertake PhD level study, and combine a career in research and clinical practice to achieve better outcomes for patients.

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

Local training opportunities

Local events are now being collated on the Training Hub website, we recommend you check this link for the latest training available for practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/

Free Training | Care Navigation Training Dates

To date the CCG has successfully supported 272 care navigation training sessions at Bronze, Silver and Gold level to staff from 78 practices!

Please see details of the next - and last - opportunity to attend the Bronze and Gold Care Navigation Training as part of the current funded programme. 

If you have not yet taken up this training opportunity then we would highly encourage you to sign your staff up.

Bronze Level Care Navigation | Active Signposting

  • Aim: To help patients decide on the most appropriate signposting option

  • Date: 24 January 2019

  • Times: 9am to 12.30pm (am) or 1pm to 4.30pm (pm)

  • Venue: Room S15 | Oak Tree Centre | Huntingdon | PE29 7HN

  • No. of places: x20 per cohort (x40 total)

  • Eligibility: Open to all staff whose role involves signposting patients to appropriate care

Gold Level Care Navigation | Champions of Care Navigation

  • Date: 7 March 2019

  • Times: 9am to 12.30pm (AM) or 1pm to 4.30pm (PM)

  • Venue: Civic Suite | Ground Floor | Pathfinder House | Huntingdon | PE29 3TN

  • No. of places: x20 per cohort (x40 total)

  • Eligibility: Delegates must have attended at least Bronze or Silver Level Care Navigation training

For further details on what this training entails, please read this programme plan

How do you book a place?

If your practice would like to get involved, please email capccg.primarycare@nhs.net with:

  • The name of your learner(s)

  • The level of training

  • The time (AM or PM) of the session that they will be attending

Please note: Delegates MUST have attended at least Bronze or Silver Level Care Navigation to attend the Gold Level Training.

Want to know more?

Visit our webpage to find out more about Care Navigation and how it can benefit your practice.

Primary Care Learning Event - The Mental Capacity Act and Planning for the Future

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and Anglia Ruskin University

  • A FREE conference for health & social care professionals
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment in practice
  • Friday 01 March 2019
  • Guild House, Swain Court, Peterborough PE2 9PW
  • Registration 09:45 / Finish 16:15
  • Spaces are limited, to book contact james.codling@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
  • Please see attached for further details.              

Peterborough City Hospital lectures

  • The final lecture for the year will take place on Tuesday 27 November 2018 from 12:45 – 13:45 in the Lecture Theatre, Learning Centre, 4 Floor, Peterborough City Hospital.

  • This will be presented by: Dr Karen Sheares, MA PHD FRCP Consultant Respiratory Physician from The National Pulmonary Hypertension Service at Royal Papworth Hospital.  

  • Dr Shearers will be speaking on 'Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension – an update'

  • There will be a cold buffet available from 12:30 in the waiting area of the Learning Centre and all are welcome to attend.

Living well with diabetes - for patients

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

  • Suitable for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of low mood and anxiety). Poster attached.

  • Number of places: 12 

  • Number of sessions: 8

  • Duration of each session: 1.5 hours

  • Location: Chesterton Medical Centre

  • Day/Time: To be confirmed

  • Course outline:

    • Session 1:  Introduction to CBT, common vicious cycles in diabetes, goal setting and building motivation to change

    • Session 2: Managing your physical health (“mini-Desmond”)

    • Session 3: Impact of diabetes, adjustment to diagnosis, anxiety and panic

    • Session 4: Fear or hypoglycaemia, Fear of long-term complications and doing things differently.

    • Session 5: Managing unhelpful thoughts and worries

    • Session 6: Depression, diabetes burnout and behavioural activation 

    • Session 7: Fostering wellbeing: healthier sleep, diet and lifestyle

    • Session 8: Recovery and relapse management

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GP News 29 November 2018