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GP News 12 July 2019

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Welcome to social prescribing link workers in PCNs

Colleagues involved in social prescribing link worker schemes are invited to a welcome webinar on Thursday 18 July at 10am. Joining details are here. Pre-registering is not needed. The webinar is especially relevant to PCN link workers, practice managers and interested PCN directors.  Content will include context and information about  future learning and support offer. For a personal view of the potential for social prescribing in PCNs, read Dr Marie Anne Essam’s blog.  

Support for social prescribing in PCNs

DHSC has produced two short films to highlight social prescribing prescribing in practice: GP Dr Mohan Sekeram and link worker Ray Hautot feature in a new video illustrating the impact of their work. Since introducing social prescribing, the practice has reported fewer GP appointments and attendances at A&E while patients’ health and wellbeing scores improved. The Long Term Plan will see 1,000 social prescribing link workers in place by 2021, with more after that, helping 900,000 more people to benefit from similar schemes.

Forward Healthcare Awards 2019

The deadline has been extended to 18th July 2019. To find out more please see: http://www.leadinghealthcare.co.uk/forward-healthcare-awards/

University of Surrey and NNEdPro 

The University of Surrey and NNEdPro are interested in learning more about health care professionals’ knowledge, attitudes and practice relating to vitamin D in the U.K. They are inviting Health Care Practitioners to participate in a nationally representative survey to support getting nutrition on the map and helping to identify any information and resource needs of HCP’s on the topic of vitamin D.

Click here to start the survey: http://surveys.fahs.surrey.ac.uk/Vitamin_D/ deadline by August 2019. 
*you do not need to complete personal information if you do not wish to, e.g. your postcode

Reminder: 2019/20 GP Resilience Fund

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.

Central Alerting System:

Class 4 Drug Alert

Pharmaswiss Ceska Republika SRO (As Affiliate of Bausch and Lomb UK Limited)

Emerade 150 Micrograms Solution For Injection In Pre-Filled Syringe; Emerade 300 Micrograms Solution For Injection In Pre-Filled Syringe And Emerade 500 Micrograms Solution For Injection In Pre-Filled Syringe


Bausch & Lomb UK Limited has informed us of a risk of Emerade products failing to deliver a dose of Adrenaline from the syringe due to blockage of the needle. Since a recall of the products cannot be initiated at this time for a number of reasons, this Drug Alert has been classified as 'Class 4, For Information'. However,  we are asking healthcare professionals to contact patients to ensure that they carry two pens on their person at all times and we have suggested a timeline of 72 hours for this action.

Reminder: all GP practices in England are required to register to receive CAS alerts directly by 01 October 2019. Practices are asked to register no later than 13 September 2019 using the following link: https://www.cas.mhra.gov.uk/Register.aspx

SERVICE INFO: Updated Referral Forms

The Referral Forms for 2WW Sarcoma Suspected Cancer and 2WW Lower GI Suspect Cancer have been updated and can be found on the website here:


SERVICE INFO: Patient Initiated Follow Up (PIFU)

Please find attached a letter from Ashley Shaw, Medical Director and Christof Kastner, Outpatients Clinical Lead at Addenbrooke's Hospital regarding Patient Initiated Follow Up.


Peterborough Early Diagnostic and Assessment Service

A new clinic is starting at Peterborough City Hospital on Wednesday 17 July 2019.  This is a one-year pilot in the first instance.

The aim of the clinic is to offer a service to patients (>16) where there is the concern about a possible cancer diagnosis but the patient’s symptoms DO NOT fit an established 2WW pathway.

Typical symptoms will include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained DVT or PE and over 40 years old not being investigated elsewhere
  • Severe fatigue/malaise
  • Significant GP or patient concern of possible cancer diagnosis not fitting an established 2WW pathway.

Please find attached a letter from Dr Oliver Stovin regarding this clinic.

The PEDAS Clinical Pathway and Referral Form can be found on the website here:


"Millimetres Matter" in Lung Cancer

Please find attached a letter from Dr Oliver Stovin regarding the delivery of best practice pathway for lung cancer. This information has also been sent out via the Gateway separately.

Reminder: 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 (papers will be on the CCG website this afternoon)
    Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AN
  • Tuesday 6 August 2019, 3.30pm
    Venue TBC

Can you spare 5 minutes to feedback?

If you have 5 minutes we would really appreciate your feedback on this weekly bulletin. Please click here to answer a few short questions https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TP9JXLC. Thank you very much.

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


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:

New dates for Immunisations and Flu Updates:

  • Wednesday 28 Aug      Bury St Edmunds            09:30-12:30   
  • Wednesday 28 Aug      Bury St Edmunds            13:30-16:30   
  • Wednesday 04 Sept     Peterborough                 09:30-12:30   
  • Wednesday 04 Sept     Peterborough                 13:30-16:30   
  • Thursday 05 Sept         Little Chesterton             09:30-13:30   
  • Thursday 05 Sept         Little Chesterton             13:30-16:30   
  • Thursday 19 Sept         Huntingdon                     09:30-12:30   
  • Thursday 19 Sept         Huntingdon                     13:30-16:30  

Signposting, Prioritisation and Customer Care Courses for Receptionists and Admin Staff:

  • Wednesday 04 Sept     Peterborough                 0900-1700             
  • Thursday 05 Sept         Cambridge                       0900-1700
  • Wednesday 18 Sept      Huntingdon                     0900-1700

General Practice Improvement Leads programme – applications open for Midlands and East of England regional cohorts

Applications are open for the Midlands (starting 17 and 18 September 2019) and East of England (starting 8 and 9 January 2020) regional cohorts of the General Practice Improvement Leads programme.  The programme is designed for GPs, practice managers, nurses, reception managers and senior administrators. It 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.

For more information and details on how to register visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/gpdp/capability/

Stepping into my Shoes

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

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

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GP News 12 July 2019