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GP News 17 May 2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

Board meeting in public

  • Monday 20 May 12.30 - 15.00

  • Ely Cathedral Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW


Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Update on pelvic health physiotherapy following NICE Guidelines release

New NICE Guidelines for the management of female urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse provide an opportunity to raise the profile of pelvic health physiotherapy. See attached referral information.

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Community Pharmacy Oral Health Campaign

National Smile Month is running from 13 May to June. In support, NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a campaign to help parents and carers stop children under five-years-old from experiencing tooth decay. Pharmacies will display posters and provide advice on healthy dental habits, such as consuming less sugar, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and going to the dentist regularly. This supports our ambition to stop tooth decay in children; extraction of decayed teeth remains the leading cause of hospital admission for five to nine-year-olds. Helpful resources are available on British Society of Paediatric Dentistry's website.

Toolkit for Tackling Chronic Opioid Use in Non-Cancer Pain’

The University of East Anglia has launched a ‘Toolkit for Tackling Chronic Opioid Use in Non-Cancer Pain’, it is available at www.uea.ac.uk/pharmacy/research/chronic-opioid-use-in-non-cancer-pain/toolkit . It has been supported by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England, hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. For more information about the project visit www.uea.ac.uk/pharmacy/research/chronic-opioid-use-in-non-cancer-pain 

Bright Ideas Awards

RCGP is calling for submissions to the Bright Ideas Awards – the awards celebrate fresh, grassroots innovation and open source approaches within in a primary care setting that have led to a real world improvement. RCGP has presented awards to people with ideas that are pioneering by pushing the boundaries of traditional methods and/or demonstrate high impact to alleviate the pressures facing primary care. In 2018 RCGP welcomed their first patient winner who worked with her practice to address missed appointments (DNAs). To be considered for 2019 Awards, please submit your Bright Idea via the website.

General Practice bulletin

The latest bulletin is available to read here https://generalpracticebulletin.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/d/494327FA9CF2C5CC2540EF23F30FEDED/FA147D3863C1ADEDC45D7BC1A387288D


  • The Clinical Negligence Scheme

  • Primary Care Networks

  • New NICE patient decision aid

  • Collaborating locally to reduce inappropriate procedures, patient harm, and free up resources

  • New online exercise resources for patients with osteoporosis

  • Cervical screening campaign

  • New Advance Care Planning Quick Guide

  • General Practice Awards                            

Primary Care Improvement Community Newsletter


  • Webinars

  • Improvement Fundamentals

  • An Introduction to Quality Improvement in General Practice

  • Developing People Improving Care - Short Guides

  • General Practice Awards 2019 – nominations open

Read here: https://sustainableimprovement.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/d/0E91EAEECA5332642540EF23F30FEDED/C4B637482D9365D4B3138EAD4DECE712

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CCG Educational Events

You are invited to our next CCG Educational Events, focusing on mental health and end of life care.

These events are part of our refreshed membership offer - we are organising educational sessions for our members. Events will be planned approx. every 6 weeks in a central location with the aim of maximising engagement.

Dates are:


Future dates:

  • 18 September 2019

  • 31 October 2019

  • 11 December 2019

  • 23 January 2020

  • 12 March 2020 - primary care, led by NHS E national lead for primary care

Lunch will be available from 12.30pm with the workshop starting promptly at 1pm and finishing at 3pm.

You can book your place via the Training hub website or rsvp to capccg.gateway@nhs.net. We look forward to seeing you there!

Diabetes LES 2018/19 Year End Report

We thought it would be helpful to remind practices that the Diabetes LES Reporting Template was due back on 15 April 2019. Please ensure you have returned your completed template by close of play 24th May 2019. Many thanks to those practices that have already submitted their reporting templates.

A link to the Diabetes LES Reporting Template has been included for ease of reference here, and a link to the original Diabetes SLA can be found here (section 5 service delivery can be found on page 1).  

In summary practices will need to:

  1. Provide a brief description to explain the processes in place to support case finding and integrated working between primary, community and acute services. Including a brief description to explain the practices’ approach to improve NDA baseline (2015/16) for delivering treatment targets: blood pressure control, HbA1C and cholesterol.

  2. Provide dates (2018/19 only) of VCRs with the consultant or DSN and dietician. Unfortunately VCRs in some areas are not up and running, we are working to make this happen. In the meantime practices are encouraged to hold practice visits with the community team, you can book these with the DSN or dietician directly or via CPFT admin. Practices will not be penalised for not having VCR in this financial year.

  3. Provide dates (2018/19 only) of practice visits. This may have been arranged with neighbouring practices as an opportunity to share best practice and learning.

  4. Provide a brief description to explain the processes in place at the practice to support referrals to diabetes structured education, accurate coding, and follow up of patients who DNA.

  5. Details of healthy conversations training (2018/19 only).

  6. Provide the numbers of patients offered and accepted referral (2018/19 only)to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and to provide details of the processes in place at the practice to refer patients to the programme.

If anyone has any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of the Diabetes LES please do not hesitate to contact joanne.fallon@nhs.net (Programme Manager) or emma.sheldon@nhs.net (Diabetes Project Support Officer).  Please email your submissions to emma.sheldon@nhs.net 

Diabetes study days – links to resources

Following our successful diabetes study days in Cambridge and in Peterborough we have now published the presentations and resources from these events:

Service update: Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS)

Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS) provides information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire around drug and alcohol use to young people under 18 years of age and their families.  

CASUS is a NHS team that specialises in working with young people who have developed problematic or harmful use of substances. It also provides a support service to professionals.  Referrals can be made using Early Help Assessment or the CASUS Referral Form. Further information on the service available HERE

We now have a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service for women with severe and complex mental health problems:

The range of perinatal mental health conditions we treat are:

  • Bi polar disorder

  • Postpartum psychosis

  • Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder

  • Other non-organic psychotic illness

  • Severe depression or severe anxiety

  • OCD

  • Eating Disorder

  • Complex mental health presentations (including personality disorder and safeguarding concerns)

How to refer to the service?

Please send a request for service to the Primary Care Mental health service (formerly PRISM) to refer women into this service via the NHS e-referral system from your clinical system:

Referral Process for women presenting in their perinatal period with Mental Health issues:

Separate referrals to antenatal clinics at the Rosie, HH and PCH are required:



Mild to moderate MH problems

Inform Midwife and Health Visitor team and self-refer to IAPT. Organise follow up.

Medication advice - antidepressant formulary:  see hyperlink below: or email CAPCCG.prescribingpartnership@nhs.net. For urgent responses phone 01480387126

Severe and Complex and stable or

Managing medicines with co morbidities

Refer to Primary Care Mental Health Service via NHS e-referral

Women in crisis or unstable psychosis refer for immediate telephone triage or response within 24 hours

Patient should be referred to contact First Response Service by calling 111 and option 2. Professionals only can call 111#2 or call 01480442007


Dr Emma Tiffin and Dr Becky Jones are the Perinatal Mental Health Champions and are able to provide further information if needed. Beckyjones1@nhs.net / Emma.Tiffin@nhs.net

Diabetes public engagement events

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is working with Diabetes UK to hold a series of public engagement events on the future of diabetes care in Cambridge and Peterborough.

This is a great opportunity for you to find out what services are available for people with diabetes in your area; to ask local healthcare professionals and commissioners questions on your diabetes care, and to find out what the future holds. You will also be able to meet people with diabetes who live in your local area.

  • 11th June 2019

  • 6.30pm–8.30pm

  • Cambridge United Football Club, Abbey Stadium, Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB5 8LN

  • Poster


  • 18th June 2019

  • 6.30pm–8.30pm

  • Peterborough United Football Club, ABAX Stadium London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AL

  • Poster

  • 4th July 2019

  • 6.30pm–8.30pm

  • The Boathouse Business Centre, Harbour square, Wisbech PE13 3BH

  • Poster

  • 11th July 2019

  • 6.30pm–8.30pm

  • Countryside Centre, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Brampton road, Huntingdon PE29 6DB

  • Poster    

Viv Shaw presented the work of the NIHR CRN: Eastern Population Needs Steering Group "Enabling Participation in NIHR Research: Reaching Populations with the Greatest Health Needs" at the NHS Research and Development Forum annual conference on 13th May.

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:                    

  • Only a few places left on The Training Hub Nurse and HCA Conference. Workshops are filling up fast !

  • Don’t forget to book your place on Caldicott training on 04th June at Wood Green.

  • HOT OFF THE PRESS – Ardens Training and Red Whale GP/ANP Updates !

  • Still places available on FREE Succeeding with Difficult People and Exceptional Customer Service courses

  • Only £45 for Clinical Coding  in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough

  • FREE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice Training in East Cambridgeshire and Cambridge

  • Coming soon – Wound Management, Minor Illness and Medical Terminology


National team "drop in" call

  • 05 June 2019 13:00-14:00

  • UK Freefone:     0800 917 1950

  • Participant passcode:     97794653 then #

These will be informal and provide anyone with an interest in these areas the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the national team directly. The aim is to develop a two way communication and help people address any queries they have in a timely way. 

Diabetes UK are currently recruiting to the Primary Care Leadership Programme

The programme is free to attend and Diabetes UK provide accommodation and travel if required.

A leadership programme to support and grow local leaders to improve diabetes care. It is for any professional working in primary care, including practice managers and members of CCGs, who can demonstrate the enthusiasm and passion, and ideas for improving diabetes care in their local area.

The programme is in Liverpool,  taking place on the 9 and 10 July and 13 August. More information about the programme and the application pack are available here.

Application deadline: 26 May 2019

Paediatric MSK Primary Education Event

GEMs - GP Evening Meetings

  • Tuesday 18th June 2019

  • The Clinical School, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

  • Free Course with light refreshments from 7pm and seminars beginning at 7:30pm

Please see the attached flyer for more information
Book your place via our website: https://www.cam-pgmc.ac.uk/courses/gems-gp-evening-meetings-18th-june-2019

Diabetes in Pregnancy study day

Building Leadership For Inclusion - Sharing the learning: from knowledge to action

An opportunity to learn how to advance inclusion for system transformation through leadership 

  • Tuesday 4 June 2019 (London, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury)

  • Tuesday 11 June 2019 (Leeds City Centre, venue to be confirmed)       

Building Leadership for Inclusion (BLFI)is our new10-year strategy that will support the NHS to address the differing quality of employee experience encountered by many of those from minority groups.

Booking Details

Numbers are limited for each event and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

  • To book a place on the London event (4 June) please use this link

  • To book a place on the Leeds event (11 June) please use this link     

For further information on Building Leadership For Inclusion please visit the NHS Leadership Academy website.

East of England Leadership Academy

Quality Improvement tools and change techniques 

The aim of the event is to provide theory and application of practical skills on improvement methods, tools and techniques and how to apply them, including the Model for Improvement, PDSA cycles and Measurement for Improvement.

Quality Improvement tools and change techniques

The aim of the event is to provide theory and application of practical skills on improvement methods, tools and techniques and how to apply them, including the Model for Improvement, PDSA cycles and Measurement for Improvement.

And then attend … Measurement for Improvement Masterclass

NB/ This masterclass builds on knowledge gained from previous Quality Improvement Workshops i.e. Foundations of QI workshop and/or QI tools and techniques workshop. It is important that delegates have attended at least one of these workshops before attending Measurement for Improvement Masterclass.

Human Factors Masterclass

There is increasing recognition of the need to embed human factors science into the design of healthcare systems and processes.  

The masterclass will explore: What do we mean by human factors science? How can we apply human factors methods and principals to create safer healthcare systems? What is the evidence base that applying human factors design principles improves patient safety? How can we enhance the non-technical skills of healthcare teams? How can Leaders for Improvement embed human factors thinking in their own organisation?   The session will be interactive and attendees, whether they be clinical or non-clinical, will take away tools and knowledge that they can apply to their workplace.

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 17 May 2019