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GP News 04 July 2019

Cambridgeshire County Council Public Health

A number of severe infections due to MRSA have been identified in Cambridgeshire. 

Can you please ensure that the MRSA information (attached below) is distributed across your teams and service users that fall into the high risk category (people who inject drugs) are made aware of MRSA, in particular the symptoms and the following practical advice to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Clean injection sites with antiseptic wipes
  • Use new needles and equipment every time you inject
  • Keep wounds covered

If users have any of these symptoms:

  • wound redness
  • muscle aches
  • fever

Please advise them to seek medical advice as soon as possible and/or call NHS 111.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Please find below links to Healthwatch's latest annual report, and invite for their AGM on 10 July.

  • Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Annual Report for 2018/19
  • Invitation to Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough AGM on Wednesday 10 July 2019

Forward Healthcare Awards

The Forward Healthcare Awards by Leading Healthcare aim to celebrate and share great work across health and care.

To find out more and to enter see: http://www.leadinghealthcare.co.uk/forward-healthcare-awards/

There are 10 categories to choose from to enter the Awards before the entry deadline on 15 July 2019.

Last chance to book!

CCG Educational Event - End of Life Care

You are invited to our next CCG Educational Event:

Lunch will be available from 12.30pm with the workshop starting promptly at 1pm and finishing at 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!  

CCG Governing Body meetings

Two additional meetings of the Governing Body have been organised which will look at the Community Services Review and the Commissioning of Specialist Fertility Services. The dates are:

  • Tuesday 16 July 2019, 2.00pm
    Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AN
  • Tuesday 6 August 2019, 3.30pm
    Venue TBC

SERVICE INFO: Cataract referrals to Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Direct referrals for cataracts from accredited optometrists have been in place for over ten years. Unfortunately, Addenbrooke's continues to receive GP referrals for cataracts. Direct referrals from optometrists provide important optical and ocular health information that streamlines the referral pathway and prevents unnecessary appointments in the ophthalmology department.

As of 01 August 2019, Addenbrooke’s will not be accepting routine cataract referrals from GPs.  Patients presenting with cataract should be directed to an accredited community optometrist and referred directly from there. This includes patients who present with a GOS18 form completed by an unaccredited optometrist.

Exceptions include any patient who is physically unable to attend community optometry practice.

Addenbrooke’s work with over 150 accredited optometrists working across almost all Cambridgeshire optometry practices. A list of participating practices is attached – please feel free to distribute this to your patients so they can choose their provider.

Please contact ccs@addenbrookes.nhs.uk if you have any questions about the pathway. 

Reminder: 2019/20 GP Resilience Fund

As in previous years there is an opportunity for vulnerable practices to bid for GP Resilience funding for the financial year 2019/20.  As this is a busy period for all practices we have developed the following timescale for putting forward potential schemes:

 by 31 July
  • Practices invited to submit bids to CCG 
 7 August 
  • Panel to review bids and recommend outcome 
 August 2019
  • PCCC to approve Panel recommendation(s)
  • Practices informed of outcome 

A template has been provided to enable practice to complete their bids and the narrative should not exceed 200 words (attached). To support your application a copy of the template and NHSE guidance for GP Resilience funding is available on the Health Professional’s website here:  https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/primary-care/gp-resilience/ where you will also find more information to support you in completing your bids.

To enable the CCG to meet the timeline for the completed bid please return your bid via capccg.primarycare@nhs.net by Wednesday 31st July 2019.


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

Update from the Training Hub:

Save the date!!  09 October 2019

Come to our Workforce Innovation and Education Event showcasing the opportunities and benefits that the different new roles, apprenticeships and group consultations can bring to your practice. This will be at Wood Green from 12:0– approx. 3:30. More information to follow! Register your interest on the website now, by clicking here 


Stepping into my Shoes

The Cambridge and Peterborough STP Leadership and OD Network has a priority to embed a system approach to talent management to maximise and retain talent within the system. Where leaders at all levels consistently work together across teams, organisational boundaries, professions and the wider system to help each other do the best they can for the place and populations they serve.

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

Please see attached flyer and Q&A for further information.

If you have any queries please contact monty.keuneman@nhs.net

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 04 July 2019