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GP News 18 March 2019

NHS England

General practice bulletin

Including: Planning for a 'no deal' EU Exit - medicines supply update / Last chance to claim Retained Doctors 2016 scheme funding / Routine prescribing of medicines available "over the counter" - GMS contract regulations / Dementia Commissioning Knowhow... 

Patient Centred Follow-Up Guidance for Patients with Early Breast Cancer

NHS England have launched their regional Patient Centred Follow-Up Guidance for Patients with Early Breast Cancer.  Please find below a link to the Cancer Alliance website – if you scroll to the bottom you will be able to find a  link to the guidance:


Event: The Futures of GP IT systems, supporting primary care networks and the GP contract

NHS England and NHS Digital are hosting this event in London on Tuesday 26 March.

We are at a critical stage in our ambition to digitally transform primary care. New systems are being introduced that will provide you with a greater choice of technologies and more flexibility. To discover more about the key differences between GP Systems of Choice and the new GP IT Futures framework, come along to an event being hosted by NHS Digital and NHS England at the Hand & Flower, in Hammersmith Road, London, on Tuesday 26 March, 4.45pm to 8pm. Chaired by Helen Stokes-Lampard who is joined by Dr Masood Nazir, Dr Raj Patel, Sarah Wilkinson, Nic Fox and Tara Donnelly. Find out more and register here

Video broadcasts for international GPs joining the NHS in England

NHS England and the General Medical Council (GMC) have organised a series of five video conferences for all international GPs joining the NHS in England: whether considering applying, have started the application process or are already working in England. The sessions will use real life situations to discuss the complexities of the NHS, the role of the GP and practical application of GMC guidance.

  • The second in the series takes place on 27 March 2019 from 12 noon to 1pm.

All broadcasts are also being recorded and will be available to watch via the NHS England website.

Frailty webinars

The Urgent and Emergency Care team in NHSE M&E is running a series of webinars sharing best practice. The next two are:

  • ‘High Intensity User (HIU) programme’ - 10:00 - 11:00 on Friday 15 March
    A small number of regular attendees in our A&E departments (and other urgent care venues) can have a disproportionate impact.  Caring for these hard to reach patients was first started in 2015 by Rhian Monteith.  Since then, HIU schemes have spread across the country, with the Birmingham and Solihull scheme starting in August 2017 where they reduced 999 calls by 59%, A&E attends by 33% and admissions by 33% in 12 months.  Hear from April Hall - High Intensity Service user Lead (Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust); Elizabeth Blackham - High Intensity Service User Lead (Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust) and Rhian Monteith - National HIU Lead.
  • ‘Improving quality outcomes: a care sector perspective’ - 10:00 - 11:00 on Tuesday 19 March
    Melanie Weatherley (Chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association) will be drawing on experiences in Lincolnshire and in establishing the Trusted Assessor programme. There will be an opportunity for a Q and A.

Those interested in attending should email brin.hodgskiss@nhs.net

NICE Stakeholder Engagement Survey

Populus, an independent research agency, have been commissioned by NICE to conduct a survey of practitioners and its wider stakeholders. Its findings will be used to improve NICE’s guidelines and the ways in which it engages and communicates with its stakeholders.

To participate simply click on this link: https://populus.livesurveys.net/P013574

Campaign to showcase Physician Associates

Health Education England have launched a campaign to promote the exciting opportunities available to physician associates in primary care. Working in primary care involves working with GPs and the wider practice team to provide continuity of care for patients, particularly those with long-term conditions. A number of video case studies have been produced allowing you to gain an insight into this role.  

Watch out for their social media posts and videos – and please do comment and share with your own experiences using #AssociateYourself! Find out more about joining primary care on the Health Careers website.

If you’re thinking about employing a PA, there’s lots of helpful advice on the RCP London website: https://bit.ly/2rIZPxn

Health Education England

Nominate someone special today for the HEAT Awards

There is still time to nominate an outstanding individual or team for the HEAT Awards that seek to recognise and celebrate the very best in education, training, leadership and workforce planning within the NHS with the nomination deadline being extended until 12 April.

Health Education England is looking for the very best examples of inspiring trainees (at all levels), students and apprentices, as well as shining examples of leaders within the NHS. 

They are also seeking to showcase exemplary examples of workforce planning, diversity, inclusion and widening participation, the NHS Constitution in action, training and digital/technology enhanced learning (TEL) innovation.  There are also awards for the best organisation to work and train with and an award celebrating system transformation. 

Find out more about the awards and how to make a nomination by visiting the Health Education England website.

Save the date! 16 April

You are invited to a GP educational event from 1-3pm on 16 April at Huntingdon racecourse. As part of our refreshed membership offer we will be holding and promoting some educational sessions for our members. We will confirm the topic of our April meeting shortly. In the meantime please hold and the date and rsvp to capccg.gateway@nhs.net if you can make it. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mark Sanderson FRCGP FRCP
Medical Director
NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group 

Dr Gary Howsam
Clinical Chair
NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group 

Attachments being sent with e-Referrals

There are some concerns from our Providers on the number of attachments that are being added alongside the referral letter on the e-Referral service.  Please can we bring the Caldicott Principles here to your attention.

Northcote house surgery closure

The CCG's Primary Care Commissioning Committee met last week and have approved Riverport Medical Practice's application to close their branch site at Northcote House, St Ives. (Riverport Medical Practice consists of Orchard Surgery in St Ives, Parkhall Surgery in Somersham, and Fenstanton Surgery.)

Diabetes LES 2018/19 Year End Report

We thought it would be helpful to include a quick reminder to practices that the Diabetes LES Reporting Template is due back on 15 April 2019. 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 by 15 April 2019

Diabetes Prevention Week 1-7 April 2019

Diabetes Prevention Week will take place from 1 – 7 April.  The key messages this year focus on four themes: explaining diabetes, raising awareness of risks, establishing eligibility for the DPP programme, and signposting to the DPP programme.  A free national resource pack is available to order from the campaign resource centre, please complete the order form before Friday 15 March.

We have downloaded some of the support materials - posters, social media and videos which can be embedded on to websites - on to our toolkits page https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/resources-and-guidance/communications-toolkits/diabetes-prevention-week-toolkit/               

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/                        

  • HOT OFF THE PRESS – FREE Active Signposting Workshop for receptionists.
  • For GPs – Caldicott Guardian Training £145 ! FREE Suicide Mitigation workshop with MIND.
  • Still places left for the FREE Chaperone training in Peterborough and Huntingdon. Cambridge is already fully booked!
  • FREE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice Training in Huntingdon and East Cambridgeshire and Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for HCA.
  • Coming to the website soon – GPN conference on 13th June, Prescribing Updates for non-medical and Clinical Pharmacists, Customer Service,  Succeeding with Difficult People, Clinical Coding and Long Term Conditions Day!

GEMs (GP Evening Meetings)

GP Education Event on Hepatology, Woman’s Health & Diabetes
  • 26th March 2019 at 7.30pm – Addenbrooke’s, Deakin Centre
  • You are invited to attend a free GP educational event that is being hosted by GEMs
  • This event has been designed for all GPs. If you would like to attend then please register to book your place using the link below.
  • https://www.cam-pgmc.ac.uk/courses/gems-gp-evening-meeting-26th-march-2019
  • If you would like further details on the event then please contact Marion Papadopoulo (GPStR Programme Administrator) on mp872@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Lincs CCG Clinical Learning Time Dementia Event

Thursday 21st March at Springfield Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6ET 

Agenda here.

General Practice Transformation Champions conference - 28 March 2019

Book now for the next General Practice Transformation Champions conference in London. This free event is aimed at those involved in leading improvement and transformation in general practice and provides a packed day of practical insights into how practices and networks around England are sustaining and transforming general practice.

Attendees will hear about: transforming primary care through the development of Primary Care Networks, how new roles and ways of working are helping general practice workload, time for care and the broad impact of the programme including released time and coaching programmes and the benefits gained. This is an essential day for senior GPs, practice managers and primary care leads supporting transformation and the General Practice Forward View. View and download materials from previous events.

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GP News 18 March 2019