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GP News 30 August 2018

NHS England

Tier 2 sponsor - Visa reimbursement

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 1st June 2018.  This scheme remains in place for the next 18 months.  Any claims made must be submitted before 31st January 2020.

In the first instance please email any claim forms, complete with the required evidence, to Gill Burry on gburry@nhs.net. If you have any queries please contact Gill Burry.

New PGDs

NHS England has published the following PGDs which are now available on the CCG website. Both are valid from 1 September 2018:

  • PGD 8 IM Flu valid 1st Sept, expires March 2019
  • PGD 11 PPV valid 1st Sept, expires August 2020

New national GP career support pack

NHS England has produced a new GP Career Support Pack which contains easy-to-access information on the national and local support available for GPs at all stages of their career, whether in their first five years, mid-career, nearing retirement or after taking a career break.  It will be particularly relevant for GPs who are thinking of leaving general practice, as it highlights the options and support available to them to enable to stay.  As well as this national pack, over the coming weeks NHS England will be working with STPs and CCGs to develop local versions which will signpost GPs to local contacts and initiatives.

Mental health therapists in GP practices

New guidance has been drawn up to encourage doctors to place mental health therapists in practice surgeries – bringing more mental and physical health services under one roof. The press release can be read here.

Developing the Long Term Plan: Have Your Say

Work on the NHS England long term plan has now started and will to bring together proposals to improve outcomes across the NHS over the next 10 years and demonstrate effective investment of the additional funds the NHS will receive over the next five years.

Everyone is invited to get involved and have their say in the proposals. To make it easy to have your say on the different aspects of the plan we have created a discussion guide for staff, clinicians, patients and the public. An easy read versionof this guide is also available.

You may choose to provide responses for every topic or just the ones that are important to you or the group you represent. Where possible we encourage organisations to collate responses from their members into a single submission. 

You can submit your response to our web portal here. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2018. 

East of England Eating Disorders Clinical Network

Eating Disorder films

NHS England’s East of England Eating Disorders Clinical Network has launched two powerful films aimed at supporting carers and parents of children and young people through the recovery process of an eating disorder. The 30-minute films feature parents and carers talking about their experiences of coping with eating disorders in their families. There is good evidence that parents and carers are particularly helpful in the recovery process for children and young people and these films are based on what parents and carers have said they have found most useful.  Click to download the Carer's film, and the Dr Sarah Beglin film

Alzheimer's Society 

Memory Walks

Memory walks are taking place in Peterborough on Sunday 16 September and in Cambridge on Sunday 14 October. Posters are available for you to display in your practice.

Invitation to CCG AGM 18 September 2018

All members are invited to the CCG's AGM whichwill take place at 6pm on Tuesday 18 September 2018 at The Fleet in Peterborough. An invitation can be found here. If you would like to attend please complete and return the reply slip by Monday 10 September.

Reminder: New national framework for CHC assessments

The National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC)(2012) has now been revised (March 2018) and will come into force on 1 October 2018.

All professionals who are involved in recommending assessment for CHC or FNC eligibility will need to be aware of the revised changes, key principles and changes in documentation that support the 2018 Framework.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group CHC team invites all practitioners across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough system to attend training on the revised framework. 

This training session will include: practice guidance and new documentation including the revised Checklist, Decision Support Tool and Fast Track Pathway Tool and will be delivered across several locations in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough throughout September 2018.

To book a session please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/CHCtraining 

A flyer is attached with the dates. Please circulate to relevant colleagues and display in any staff areas to ensure maximum exposure and uptake of this training.

Funding agreed to extend local urgent care improvements

Funding has been agreed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG to extend the Local Urgent Care Services (LUCS) pilots in East Cambridgeshire and Fenland for a further year.

Over the past year, the CCG has been working alongside local services and clinicians to help provide better access to urgent care services for local residents, to improve patient experience, and to ease pressure on A&E departments.

This includes the launch of the Ely Local Urgent Care Services (LUCS) Hub pilot, where GPs are now working alongside nurse practitioners in Ely MIU to provide a ‘one-stop’ service for patients with minor illnesses and injuries.

The full press release can be found on our website.

Mental Health communications toolkit now available

Practices can now access the new GP Mental Health communications toolkit on our websitehere.

The toolkit includes resources such as the following:

  • suggested articles/copy for websites and newsletters 
  • suggested social media activity
  • images and infographics to use on websites and social media  

If you would like any further information or guidance on how to use any of these resources within your practice please contact the CCG communications team at capccg.contact@nhs.net.  We would also welcome any feedback on the toolkit (is it useful? What else could it include?) so we can ensure the content is relevant and of use.

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

  • Help, I’m going to Clinical School: a survival guide for medical students by medical students: You’re taking your first steps into clinical medicine. Are you a little nervous about what’s coming next? The University of Cambridge Primary Care Unit has just published this blog by Chloe Gamlin and her fellow medical students.
  • Primary care talks podcasts: Primary Care Talks is a series of podcasts produced by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network that discuss innovative developments in the primary health and care sector. Hosted by Dr Hasan Chowhan, each podcast shows interviews with people working in primary care who are embarking on something new to deliver significant changes and increase efficiency.
  • People with osteoarthritis can benefit from exercise but may harbour myths about safety: Signal from the National Institute for Health Research Dissemination centre. Programmes that show people with osteoarthritis how to exercise safely may slightly improve pain scores, self-belief and social function, but participants also report the myth that discomfort while exercising indicates on-going harm. 

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 sarah.hider@nhs.net.

You can also now follow the R&D team on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CPPrimaryCareR1

Primary Care Network Workshops

A series of primary care networks workshops in Midlands and East is taking place in September and October.
As well as finding out about the development of PCNs and how existing ones are benefiting patients and staff, those attending will have the opportunity to help shape how PCNs can develop further in the region. 

The events are being run by each of the Midlands and East DCOs with two sessions each day, one for commissioning representatives, and a second for those working in general practice. 

Cambridge event: 

  • East Cambridge, Friday 12 October

Details about how to book will follow but if you have any queries please contact midlandsandeast.gpfv@nhs.net.

Reminder: Perinatal Mental Health study day 6 October

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding a study day on 6 October about perinatal mental health. Guest speakers include a consultant in personality disorder, obstetricians, specialist midwives, consultant midwives, psychiatry consultants, and a talk by a patient with lived experience.

Further informationand an agenda are available.

The inclusion of external courses and events within GP News does not imply endorsement by NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG or any association with their operators.

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GP News 30 August 2018