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GP News 14 October 2019

Primary Care Networks

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Free conference to develop nurse leadership in Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

General Practice nurses working in the East of England are invited to a free conference which aims to unleash their talents to support the development of Primary Care Networks.

The Developing Nursing Leadership in Primary Care Conference takes place on 27 November at Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket. It is sponsored by  NHS England and NHS Improvement through the GP Nursing 10 Point Plan Programme and is for General Practice Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, and Health Care Support Workers based in GP practices. PCN Clinical Directors and their deputies are also invited to attend.

Places are limited and can be booked now at: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/regional-round-table-event-newmarket

To take part in the national discussion join our GPN Single Point online community by emailing: england.gpnsinglep@nhs.net

PCNs closer working with Community Pharmacists: Stepping into my Shoes

As PCNs grow and develop it is essential community pharmacy teams are included in networks. Community Pharmacists have a lot to offer Primary Care Networks and have a vital part to play to help create a seamless provision of care to patients. In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough we have 152 pharmacies located in high streets, supermarkets and rural areas. Many are open for long hours including weekends and bank holidays. Due to this unique access community pharmacy teams sees more people than any other healthcare provider. The new five year NHS Community Pharmacy contract supports delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. 


The development of closer working relationships between PCNs and community pharmacists will benefit the health of our population.

A helpful initiative to help build closer links between individuals being taken forward by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP is the Stepping into my Shoes programme. The 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, networks and the wider system to help each other do the best they can for the place and populations they serve. Integrated Care Systems and Primary Care Networks require local health and care partners to work together in new and different ways, Stepping into my Shoes is an initiative which supports local leaders to work together, learn and share knowledge from across the system with their teams and services to create public services that are more integrated based on the needs of the local population.

The initiative is a simple concept of matching learners and sharers together with the intention of a mutual learning opportunity and creating links between organisations and networks. 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.  The attached materials provide more information on the initiative including how to take part namely by completing a short survey. The STP will then do the rest by matching individuals together.

Can I ask you to start considering how you would like to create closer links with pharmacy colleagues and use the Stepping into my Shoes initiative to help with the development of the PCN.

The latest PCN FAQ (July 2019)  from NHSE are here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/pcn-faqs-july-2019.pdf

East of England Respiratory Forum the next date has been set for the 23rd October, also here in Cambridge. Details to follow  within the next few weeks.

The leaders are keen to extend the invitation to Mental Health colleagues working in Respiratory within the East of England, COPD leads, and Respiratory leads from Primary, Secondary and Community care from our Region.  

Last call... CCG Member Practices' Meeting

Tuesday 15 October 2019

The CCG member practices' meeting is on Tuesday 15 October at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester. The agenda is attached.

We would appreciate it if you could RSVP so that we know the numbers. You can do this by emailing us at capccg.gateway@nhs.net - please include any dietary requirements.

First Response Service (FRS) now available through 111 in Wisbech

GPs in Wisbech can now contact the First Response Service by calling 111 and pressing option 2 when prompted for the mental health service. Run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust the service provides help in a 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice and support in a crisis. For more details about the service please click here.

GP Educational Events

2019/20 Dates and Topics:



31 October 2019

Cancer (click to book!)

13 November 2019

What Social Care can offer as an alternative to A&E / hospital admission

11 December 2019

Diabetes & Obesity (click to book!)

23 January 2020

Gastro and Cardio (click to book!)

12 March 2020

Primary care and PCNs

30 April 2020 (tbc)

Controlled Drugs: Prescribing and Deprescribing – finding the way forward

For further details on our upcoming events, please click here.

NHS England and NHS Improvement 

National Review of Access to General Practice Services - Workforce and Workload Focussed Event

NHS England and NHS Improvement is conducting a review of access to general practice services, with the aim of developing a coherent access offer for both physical and digital services. This will deliver convenient appointments ‘in hours’, reduced duplication and better integration between settings such as NHS 111, urgent treatment centres and general practice.

Further to the series of regional engagement events held in September, they will be hosting a workforce and workload focussed event to particularly focus on this key aspects of the review. This event will take place on 11 November, 10am - 4pm at Twickenham Stadium, Rugby House, Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, London, TW2 7BA.

We aim to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in undertaking all aspects of the review, therefore the events are aimed at anyone with an interest in this area, including colleagues working within regional and local teams, CCGs, primary care networks, general practice, CSUs and any national organisations with a particular focus in this area.

Please contact england.accessreview@nhs.net as soon as possible to register your interest to attend.

The Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)

SPS are currently building a PPI deprescribing tool. The tool enables patients and clinicians to work together to make decisions about their PPI, and to track and support follow-up once a PPI has been deprescribed. The tool is based upon existing PPI deprescribing clinical algorithms, with a longer-term objective of expanding the model to other classes of medicines. SPS are keen to hear from any clinician who deprescribes PPIs in practice, and who would be interested in formally assessing the SPS tool for aspects such as patient engagement. 

Please do get in touch at b.rehman@nhs.net if you have an interest and to arrange a time to talk. Or please also feel free to Forward to a friend if you have colleagues that may have an interest. 

  • Ben Rehman, Assistant Head, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service

Arthur Rank Hospice

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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

Primary Care Networks

 Next Steps for Practice Managers on 7 November at Wyboston Lakes


Respiratory Workshop

Tuesday 3 December 14:00-16:30 at Wood Green Animal Shelter

Introduction to Wound Care for HCAs

Tuesday 29 October                   13:00-15:00      Peterborough

Wednesday 13 November        13:00-15:00       Cambridge

Tuesday 26 November              13:00-15:00       Huntingdon

Still places available on...

Peterborough Resilience for Receptionists on 7 November at 13:30-17:00 

East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

  • Primary Care Paediatric Allergy Study Day 
  • 11 November 2019
  • FREE
  • See attached flyer for further information.

Reminder: GP Cancer Masterclasses 2019

Following the very well attended and successfully evaluated GP Cancer Masterclasses in 2017-18, and at the request of GP colleagues we are presenting the Cancer Speed dating Masterclass on Saturday 23rd November 2019 (9:00 - 13:00 with breakfast & lunch included). (Directions to Arthur Rank Hospice)

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GP News 14 October 2019