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GP News 18 January 2019

NHS England

NHS Long Term Plan

The Long Term Plan was published midday on Monday 14 January. A short summary from NHS England is attached for information.

The Long Term Plan can be found on the dedicated website here: www.longtermplan.nhs.uk

Primary Care User Group

NHS England’s Primary Care communications team is aiming to develop a user group of GPs and practice staff so they can get feedback on communications materials. 

The team says: “We know how busy general practice colleagues are so the amount of time involved will be minimal. There is no obligation to respond every time and everything will be done by email with no requirement to attend meetings or workshops.

“Examples of what we might send could include online adverts, posters or leaflets. A recent example would be the animation about the GP Forward View. In this case, we would have sent across the animation and asked some quick questions around whether you thought it got the information across well and how it could be improved.”

If you are interested in joining the user group, please contact:rosemary.preston-cook@nhs.net 

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 21 - 27 January 2019

Jo’s Trust are running their Cervical Cancer Prevention Week next week and running their #SmearsForSmear 2019 Campaign. NHS England and Public Health England are supporting this campaign and we are asking for everyone to share any campaign information from Jo’s Trust and NHS England through their own personal social media accounts. 

If you would like further information about the campaign, please visit Jo’s Trust website: 

NHS Digital

Information governance and technology resources

Resources to help health and care professionals use new technologies safely and securely to protect confidential patient information, such as instant messaging and videoconferencing, are available on the NHS Digital website here.

Eastern Academic Health Science Network

New ESCAPE Pain course launched in Huntingdon for patients with chronic joint pain

ESCAPE Pain is a nationally recognised rehabilitation programme that helps people with osteoarthritis (OA) and/or chronic joint pain to self-manage their condition. The programme aims to increase physical functional and improve quality of life and is targeted at those suffering from knee and hip OA.

The course is open for residents in Huntingdonshire who a referred by a physiotherapist or GP and costs £30 for the 10 sessions; participants are required to attend two sessions per week over a period of five weeks.

Find out more information about ESCAPE Pain on their website, and see details for this course, eligibility criteria and how to refer on Huntingdonshire District Council’s website.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) 

Board meetings in public

On Tuesday January 22, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) will be holding its Board meeting in public. 

The STP Board meets every other month and members of the public are invited to attend: 

  • Tuesday 22 January 2019, 11.30am  to 1.30pm, The Old Hall, Girton College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge,

Further meetings will be held on:

  • Thursday 14 March 2019, venue to be confirmed 
  • Thursday 30 May 2019, venue to be confirmed 

Details on venues and times of these meetings will be posted on the website here:


We are very keen to hear your views, and so members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Board.  In order that a full answer can be provided at the Board meeting, we request that any questions be submitted in writing to CAPCCG.transformationprogramme@nhs.net at least two days prior to the meeting date.

The STP Update

The STP Update for December is attached here for information.

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Research Celebration Event

The CCG will be hosting a free research celebration event on 1st May at Jesus College , Cambridge (buffet lunch 12.30, talks start 1.30, finish 5.30pm).

The overarching theme will be prevention of ill health and disease. There will be some time for networking during the afternoon.

We have some great speakers lined up including Professors Jonathan Mant, and Professor Simon Griffin from the Primary Care Unit University of Cambridge  and Professor Carol Brayne from the Department of Public Health & Primary Care amongst others. Topics include: Reducing the risk of dementia; age friendly environments; Chronic disease: Diabetes, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Failure and, Hypertension;  and Risk prediction /early diagnosis of Cancer. 

NB for General Practitioners: We will be able to fund attendance for the first 15 GPs at sessional rate (or as applicable other healthcare professionals).

Places will be limited, please email Sarah.Hider@nhs.net we will make sure a slot is reserved.

The Mental Capacity Act and Planning for the Future

FREE event organised by the CCG

  • 01 March 2019, 9.45-16.15
  • Peterborough

This conference will be certificated and those who attend will be able to use this as evidence towards continued professional development. See attached flyer for further details and booking information.

Fibromyalgia - New Guidance for Primary Care

The Rheumatology specialties at North West Anglia Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust are providing new guidance for the diagnosis and management of patients in primary care with Fibromyalgia. Please find attached a covering letter from the Rheumatology specialty at NWAFT explaining the reasons behind the need for change and the guidance itself.

The guidance is also on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG website at https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/patient-pathways/gp-referrals/msk/.

The Trusts will shortly be making changes to their Directory of Services to reflect the guidance.

EMIS practices - referral forms

Sarcoma Suspect Cancer Referral Form

Head & Neck Suspected Cancer Referral Form

Please ensure you are using the correct version of the above referral forms (attached above). There have been instances where the incorrect form has been used.

Sarcoma Referral Form

The Sarcoma Referral Form has recently been updated and can be found on the CCG website on the 2ww page here https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/primary-care/primary-care-it-and-information/2ww-forms/ 

January Safeguarding Bulletin

Please find attached the Safeguarding Bulletin for January.

Please see below the latest developments from the world of Healthcare Research and Innovation:

Liz did a clinical trial out of curiosity but it saved her life

One BEST3 participant had a positive Cytosponge test in 2017 and was found to have an early cancer of the oesophagus which has now been treated. Far from being upset at the findings, Liz believes that is only alive today because of BEST3. Liz’s story with BEST3 sites to highlight the impact of all the works so far https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9TtTkHj9fs.

Essentials of Clinical Research

The next course will run the 26-27th February 2019 at CPDC Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, Cambridge CB2 9NL, UK . Applications Welcome

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 Sarah Hider (sarah.hider@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/

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG

Free Half-Day Safeguarding Conference

  • For Safeguarding Children Lead GPs and Nurses
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019  
  • 13.00 – 17.00 - registration from 12:30
  • Hinchingbrooke Country Park, PE29 6DB
  • See attached flyerfor further details.

External training/study opportunities

Arthur Rank Hospice 

GP Saturdays Study Sessions: Managing Complex Palliative Care Needs in General Practice – NEW for 2019
  • 30 March and 27 April

  •  Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambridge

Price: £25.00per person including breakfast buffet. Advance payment is required to confirm your place.

Register on Eventbrite using these links 30 March 2019 GP Saturdays Study Session: Symptom Control and 27 April 2019 GP Saturdays Study Session: Complex Dying

Contact: The Education Team, Education & Conference Centre, Arthur Rank Hospice, Cherry Hinton Road, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge CB22 3FB  01223 6757801 education@arhc.org.ukif you have any questions. www.arhc.org.uk

Visit our website to find out more or you can register for each of the sessions using the links below. 

Anglia Ruskin University

Understanding Diabetes
  • Two-day workshop in Cambridge 12-13 March 2019, 10.00-17.00
  • Day 1 - Introduction to diabetes
  • Day 2 - Monitoring and treatment
  • Cost £250
  • For further information and how to apply see attached flyer.

NHS England

Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Education Programme Webinars

Practices and potential pharmacists are invited to attend a 1 hour webinar that will give them an overview of the clinical pharmacists in general practice education programme and talk about progression within the clinical pharmacist role.

All webinars are from 1 -2 pm

If you have any specific questions please ask them to send them to emma.wright@cppe.ac.uk

Important information about the WebEx platform 

You will need internet access and a computer to access the interactive webinars (mobile devices have limited functionality). You will need a headset and a microphone to participate fully.  If you have not attended a WebEx meeting before please ensure you do the following: 

  • Download WebEx on your device in advance by clicking here
  • View the introduction presentation at: http://www.cppe.ac.uk/webextraining/
  • Log in early to ensure any technological difficulties are addressed as the session will begin on time.  

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Board (Adults and Children) 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Board (Adults and Children) training brochure for 2019 is available to download from their website here. Select the course title to book a place or for further information.

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 18 January 2019