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GP News 16 August 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement

“We are primary care” LinkedIn page

The GPFV LinkedIn page has been rebranded as “We are primary care” page. Please follow the new page and encourage your colleagues to do the same: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/10617743/admin/

Thistlemoor Medical Centre

Dr Neil Modha features in a series of podcasts on Pharmacists and PCNs, the practice has gone from employing one to three pharmacists in just over a year. He explains why and how they have proven invaluable in everything from self-care, shared care drug monitoring and document management to audits and chronic disease management.

Podcast : Neil Modha – Pharmacists and PCNs 2 – a GP practice perspective

Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway Newsletter

Number 1 - July 2019

This document provides information about the education pathway for pharmacists employed as part of the NHS England primary care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) additional roles.

The National Association of Primary Care

Reminder: Primary Care Awards – entries by 30 August

The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is now inviting entries for its 2019 Awards. They recognise people, teams and organisations who have provided outstanding patient care through innovation, integration, or simply dedication to their job. For more information and to nominate visit www.napc.co.uk/awards-2019/ . The closing date is 30 August and the awards evening will be in Birmingham on 9 October.   

Royal College of General Practitioners

East Anglia | Faculties

2019 Annual RCGP East Anglia Faculty Awards

The Awards offer an opportunity for Primary Care teams to acknowledge their colleagues' excellence and innovation and also for individuals to nominate themselves for an Award.

Please find attached the EA Annual Award 2019 Information Pack and the following application forms:

Please complete the application forms and email with attached evidence to:  eanglia@rcgp.org.uk;

Closing date for entries – Monday 16 September 2019. 

Health Education England

Gateway C

This looks like an excellent new website funded by HEE for all GPs to help in the earlier diagnosis of cancer. It has been developed and is hosted by the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. Further information can be found in the website link below. HEE would like to encourage you to register on the website and try it out. It could form an excellent basis for education meetings at the practice. Anything that can lead to the figures suggested by them in one of the videos has got to be good for us and our patients!

The website can be found at www.gatewayc.org.uk

NHS Digital

Helping doctors and nurses to improve care for patients with a learning disability

NHS Digital is piloting a reasonable adjustment flag on patient records, which will let doctors, nurses and other health and care staff know that a patient has a learning disability and has specific needs that require adjustments to the services provided so they get the best care. Read more here.

Cambridge Community Safety Partnership

Please see attached for a flyer for The Bobby Scheme in Cambridge. ‘The Bobby will visit the homes of elderly victims, vulnerable victims and domestic abuse victims. Bobbies also give security advice on how to react to bogus callers and doorstep scammers. They advise how to stay safe away from the home, online or spotting a scam.

The services are aimed at victims aged 60 and over as well as domestic abuse victims and people who feel at risk who are aged 65 and over or disabled residents. The same service is offered to non-victims for a small donation.’

The website is https://www.thebobbyscheme.org/

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)

Research opportunities

Applied Research Collaboration to improve health and care in the East of England

CPFT will host the National Institute of Health Research Applied Research Collaboration for the East of England, following a successful bid for £9 million government funding

The ARC East of England will launch in October, and health professionals can apply now to run a research project with the 2020 NIHR ARC EoE Fellowship Programme. Contact the theme leads in the poster attached to discuss your project ideas and apply here.

Take part in national depression and anxiety study

The GLAD study is a large-scale national project working with people aged 16 and over in England who have had clinical or serious anxiety and depression, to understand the genetic links to these conditions. 40,000 people are needed and participation involves online questionnaires and a saliva sample. Anyone signing up online is asked to confirm they heard about the study from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - read the guidance on how to do this and include CPFT in the form. Join here: www.gladstudy.org.uk. For more information contact marian.shiyanbade@cpft.nhs.uk / 01733 353280 (Peterborough) or heidi.rice@cpft.nhs.uk / 01223 219517.

Study with the National Centre for Mental Health

CPFT’s Windsor Research Unit mental health team is working with the National Centre for Mental Health to improve diagnosis, treatment and support for people affected by mental illness. They are looking for adults aged 18 and over with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychosis (including post-partum), schizoaffective disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to join a study which takes under an hour and can be done at home.  It involves questionnaires with research practitioners and a sample of blood or saliva.  


Quick survey about this newsletter

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.

August bank holiday - communications toolkit

The CCG has produced a simple communications toolkit to help GP practices raise awareness of alternative services available over the August holiday weekends.  This includes website copy, videos and suggested social media activity. You can access this on the Healthcare professionals’ area of the CCG website HERE

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 

Book now for CCG Educational Events!

Coming soon:

  • 13 November 2019: What Social Care can offer as an alternative to A&E / hospital admission 
  • 12 March 2020: Primary care and PCNs 


Job advert: Governing Body Lay Member - Assurance

NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is recruiting for a Lay Member to join our Governing Body. Further information is available on the website here 

DVT survey

The CCG is exploring the DVT pathway across primary and secondary care and discussing potential ways to improve this pathway for patients. To understand the baseline of the current care available across the system it would be appreciated if the practice could respond to this short survey of only 3 questions about the use of D-dimer kits. Deadline for responses is Thursday 12 September.

The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/D-Dimer-0819

Service info: Breast Information

A Gynaecomastia Information Leaflet and GP Information Leaflet on Breast Pain have been added to the website and can be found under the 2ww section here:


Open Athens account for member practices

Did you know all NHS staff have access to OpenAthens? which gives free access to a wide range of journals including BMJ Best Practice, Elsevier, JAMA etc. 

For local GPs 'Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG' should be entered/selected in the Organisation field. 

Any problems please contact the Library Team at hch-tr.libraryteam@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


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:

Workforce Innovation Event

  • How do you manage your workforce demands?
  • Do you know what roles are available to support your practice and PCN?
  • Do you know what a Physician Associate, a Clinical Pharmacist, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Nurse Associate or a Social Prescriber Link-Worker can do or how much these roles cost?
  • How do apprenticeships work and how do you fund them or access funding?
  • What is a group consultation? How do they work and help manage patients?

Come to our first Workforce Innovation event and find out about how these different roles can support your practice and your patients and your Primary Care Network.


Wednesday 09 October 2019


12:00 – 15:30


Kings Suite, Wood Green, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester    PE29 2NH

Please click here to book your place. 

NHS England

Patient Activation Measures Train the Trainer

Specifically designed for General Practice Nurses, this NHSE funded course is aimed at practitioners who are looking to know more about Patient Activation and how it can benefit patients with long term conditions. Please see attached flyer for further information.

Practice Nurse and Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) Conference

Practice nurses in the East of England are invited to the Practice Nurse and Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) Conference.

  • Thursday 10 October 2019

  • The Granta Centre, Granta Park, Cambridge, CB21 6AL.  

This event will focus on the work in the East of England within both primary and community care that is delivering improvements for people with diabetes through integrated working.  We will share how diabetes care within general practice is developing, what the nursing workforce in the region looks like and the challenges ahead. There will be an opportunity to network over lunch and coffee breaks and visit the market stalls.

The flyer is available here. For further information and registration please click here: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/east-of-england-practice-nurse-and-community-diabetes-specialist-nurse-dsn-conference

NHS Leadership Academy

Leadership for Empowered Communities and Personalised Care Programme – recruiting now! 

Information concerning the Leadership Academy Leadership programme for Empowered Communities and Personalised Care which starts on October can be found under the events section here:

/events calendar/Leadership for Empowered Communities and Personalised Care Programme

Please note deadline for applications is 06 September.

Primary Care Leadership Collaboratives

Call for applications for the 5th cohort - closing date 11 September 2019

Building on the success of the previous cohorts, this is a great opportunity to enhance your leadership and improvement skills.

The programme provides a blended learning approach combining the opportunity for group discussion, interaction and peer to peer learning with a number of guest speakers on topics and themes such as team leadership, improvement methods, innovation and system working, project work and reading. Please see more on the Training Hub website here

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.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to check external links are from a reliable source please be mindful when requested to input personal information into third party links.
GP News 16 August 2019