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GP News 08 November 2019

Primary Care Networks

NHS App | practice staff communication campaign

A new internal communications campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the NHS App amongst healthcare staff. Patients at 95% of GP practices in England can now download and use all features of the NHS App. 

A range of materials is available at digital.nhs.uk/appconnect to help practice managers brief staff and prepare systems, to ensure that practices and patients can make the most of the NHS App.  Practice staff are encouraged to download the app and give it a try themselves, as this is the best way to learn about what it does and support patients.

Social Prescribing Online Training Launch | #LinkWorkerLearning

Support of social prescribing link workers in primary care networks has stepped up another gear this month, with the launch of the first online learning module.  The training can be accessed through Health Education England’s e-LfH hub https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/social-prescribing/. A team of regional learning coordinators has also been appointed to support link workers locally. There is more information about the coordinators, and about the full range of resources to support link workers on our web pages

And a blog by Carol Nutkins, and a group of her social prescribing colleagues from West Hertfordshire offers some practical tips to support new link workers.

Social Prescribing | Yoga4Health Service

The Yoga in Healthcare Alliance has created a 10-week evidence-based Yoga4Health programme being delivered across the UK and originally commissioned as a Social Prescribing intervention for 300 patients by West London CCG. It is supported by the College of Medicine and Public Health England and is being evaluated by University of Westminster Researchers (interim findings published September 2019; full study results due in early 2020). The Yoga4Health programme was specifically designed to meet the needs of NHS patients with the following referral criteria:

  • Stress/anxiety
  • Social isolation
  • Pre-diabetes
  • At risk of cardio-vascular disease

Patients can enter the YIHA 10-week programme via GP referral or self-referral.  An interim evidence summary is attached for review.

The cost per patients is between £100 and £150 per 10-week course. Please see full details of the course content attached along with an information sheet.

Building capability for improvement | General Practice Improvement Leads programme 

Registration is open for east of England – January 2020 dates

Having clinicians and managers with quality improvement skills is key to successful change. Free places are provided on the General Practice Improvement Leads programme. This is a successful personal development programme with small cohorts of up to 35 people to build confidence and skills for leading service redesign in your practice or federation. The programme incorporates interactive training workshops, personal reading and reflection, and action learning as participants lead a change project in their own workplace. Participants gain new perspectives, skills and confidence in using improvement science in general practice, and leading colleagues and teams through change. The approach has been successful with general practice clinicians and managers of widely varying experience, from those new in post to very experienced staff.


Sign up today: CCG Education Event, Wed 13 Nov: Social Care - how it can support Primary Care

Our next CCG Educational Event is being held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 from 12.30 – 3pm (lunch included) at the Huntingdon Race Course. 

The topic is Social Care and how it can support Primary Care. Led by Jackie Galway, Assistant Director for Adults and Safeguarding at Cambridgeshire County Council, the session will discuss the local services and support available to help manage patients in the community. It will also update on early intervention and prevention with a focus on the benefits of Technology Enabled Care and the Enhanced Response Service. Please find the full agenda HERE.

The event is open to all practice staff and you can book a place via the Training Hub at https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/event/ccg-ed-social-care/. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

REMINDER: Help Us Help You – please update waiting rooms posters/websites

GP practices should of all received a resource pack that includes posters and promotional materials for the NHSE ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign that covers NHS 111, GP access, Flu and Keep Antibiotics Working campaigns.  Please display these within your practice, removing any old posters to ensure patients have the latest information on available services.  

Practices are also encouraged to ensure information on their websites is up-to-date. For easy to use website copy that you can simply cut and paste on NHS 111, self care, Flu, extended access and others please visit the CCG winter communications toolkit online HERE.  This also includes images that you can use alongside links to other resources available.  For any queries or communications support please contact capccg.contact@NHS.net

Reminder: Cancer Masterclasses

The Cancer Speed dating Masterclass on Saturday 23 November 2019 (9:00 - 13:00 with breakfast & lunch included). (Directions to Arthur Rank Hospice)

This will be an interactive​ educational morning with eight clinical stations for GPs to meet other GP colleagues and Consultants from Addenbrooke's Hospital to discuss shared understanding of clinical pathways to diagnose cancer early. 

The event and food is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support Learning & Development Team​ to raise awareness and education for diagnosing cancers in an early stage, and is provided free of charge, parking is free too. 

To reserve your seat please email stuti.mukherjee@nhs.net 

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 Sinem White (sinem.white@nhs.net).

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

NHS England & NHS Improvement

Flu vaccination messaging for people with a learning disability

Around one in three deaths of people with a learning disability are caused by respiratory problems which increase during winter. A flu jab helps avoid preventable deaths during this period, so it’s important that we reach more people with a learning disability so that we can increase the number of people who are protected. 

GPs play a crucial role in helping protect vulnerable groups from flu. An easy read poster and leaflet are available to download for display in GP surgeries, as well as an easy read template letter to encourage patients to have the flu jab.

New identification guidance has also been published to support you in the identification of people in this group who need a flu vaccination. 

NHS.uk Medicines A to Z needs clinician feedback

Clinicians have the opportunity to help improve the Medicines A to Z  on the NHS website (formerly NHS Choices).  Clinicians in secondary and primary care settings are asked to complete a quick online survey. All responses are anonymous and will help inform the further development of the A to Z. Take the 10-minute survey  (closes 30 November 2019). 

MHRA - Central Alerting System


 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 TrainingHub

Establishing Clinical Pharmacy in a PCN Regional Events – 11 December 2019 – NHSE&I and PCPA in partnership

Registration link:
An event for:

  • Pharmacists currently employed by or transitioning into PCNs
  • PCN clinical directors 
  • PCN workforce leads
  • Local medical committee members

Working in partnership, the PCPA and NHSE&I are holding four regional networking events in London, Taunton, Birmingham and Leeds on 11 December 2019.

The focus of these events will be highly practical and encourage networking support and engagement with delegates with a view to delivering resources and support to PCN pharmacy teams going forward. 


  • There are still places Introduction to Wound Care for Health Care on 13 November in Cambridge 
  • Don’t miss out on the opportunity for inhaler training with Jon Bell on 03 December 14:00-16:30 at Wood Green 
  • NEW - Safeguarding for Admin Users in Cambridge on 27 November, Clinical Awareness and Coding in Wood Green on 19 February and Motivational Interviewing on 13 May in Wood Green 
  • Back by popular demand – Medical Terminology on 25 February in Peterborough and Signposting, Prioritisation and Customer Service on 10th March in Wood Green 

Funding for Practices to develop Trainers (Educational Supervisors) & Associate Trainers (Clinical Supervisors)

  • If you or your team are considering becoming a Training Practice, a new GP trainer or you are an existing associate trainer wanting to become a trainer, please apply for this new funding before 14 November which has just been made available to support individuals and practices.
  • Please contact the GP Support Hub on candptraininghub@nhs.net or David Tucker on 01733 666670 option 2 for more information.
  • See also: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp-educators/becoming-gp-educator

Respiratory Outpatient Improvement Workshop

  • Invitation to Primary Care GPs and Nurses from practices that refer into Addenbrooke's (CUHFT)
  • Thursday 12 December 2019
  • 8.30am-12.30pm | Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Please contact Jenny Gallagher if you would like to attend/more information.
  • Letter attached.


Ely Diabetes Awareness Fair

Lung Cancer: making an early diagnosis

Macmillan provide a wealth of useful info for primary care professionals. Take a look through the quarterly Primary Care Update e-newsletter and check out the range of resources on their Support for Primary Care page. 

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GP News 08 November 2019