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GP News 18 October 2019

Primary Care Networks

Diabetes LES 2019 (April – Sept) Report

A reminder to practices that the Diabetes LES Reporting Template was due back on 15th October 2019.  A link to the Diabetes LES Reporting Template has been included for ease of reference here.

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

LOOK OUT FOR: 'Help Us Help You' winter campaign resource pack 

The national ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign will launch on Monday 21 October.  As part of this all GP practices will shortly receive a pack that will include resources such as posters and promotional materials for the ‘Help Us Help You’, GP access, Flu and Keep Antibiotics Working campaigns. 

Further resources are also available to download from the PHE Campaign Resource centre online HERE.  Please note you will need to set up an account to enable access to the full range of resources.   A winter communications toolkit will also shortly be available on the CCG Health Professionals website and we will update you once this is available.  

Please complete our domestic violence training awareness survey

Domestic abuse has once again been high on the news agenda, including a recent domestic homicide review that was published in Cambridgeshire in September, which involved the tragic murder of a lady by her husband. The victim had had a number of contacts with Primary Care. One of the recommendations of the review was to reach out to our Primary Care colleagues to enable a baseline of understanding. We would therefore encourage all practice staff to complete this simple survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QTZW8S2

We know that it can sometimes be difficult to recognise signs of potential domestic abuse, and to know how to appropriately signpost people to the right support. Updated training is available online here: https://www.cambsdasv.org.uk/website/training_1/86050 and key contacts can be found here: https://www.cambsdasv.org.uk/website/key_contacts/86057 

Improving identification of people with a learning disability: guidance for general practice

NHS England has published some guidance on how to improve the identification of people with a learning disability in order to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes. Please see the attached link to the publication.

Central Alerting System

Class 2 Drug Alert, Action Within 48 Hours, 

Teva Uk Limited Trading As Ratiopharm Gmbh, Ranitidine Effervescent Tablets 150mg And 300mg

Teva UK Limited, trading as Ratiopharm GmbH,  is recalling all unexpired stock of  Ranitidine Effervescent Tablets 150mg and 300mg from pharmacies as a precautionary measure due to possible contamination with an impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) which has genotoxic and carcinogenic potential.

Full details of the drug alert are included in the attached PDF file. Please forward to listed recipients. This information is also published on the MHRA website https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts / EL (19)A 27 Final.pdf

Class 4 Drug Alert, For Information / Action 

Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited, Xonvea 10 Mg/10 Mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd has informed the MHRA that the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for Xonvea 10 mg/10 mg gastro-resistant tablets (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) is missing the possible side effects from post-marketing experience and the associated class effects that are documented in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC). 

Full details of the drug alert are included in the attached PDF file. Please forward to listed recipients. This information is also published on the MHRA website https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts.  / EL (19)A 26.pdf

Class 4 Drug Alert, For Information / Action

Aventis Pharma Limited T/A Sanofi, Rifadin (Rifampicin) 150mg Capsules

Sanofi has informed us that a change to the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for Rifadin (rifampicin) 150mg Capsules has not been implemented by the required timeline. For the affected batch (9G020A) healthcare professionals are asked to remove the PIL in the pack and provide a copy of the correct version, which can be downloaded from the following link https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/6382/pil.

Full details of the drug alert are included in the attached PDF file. Please forward to listed recipients. This information is also published on the MHRA website https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts / EL (19)A 25.pdf

Ranitidine: All Oral Formulations. Supply Disruption.

All oral formulations of ranitidine are shortly anticipated to be out of stock until further notice.

This alert provides healthcare professionals with advice on the management of patients currently taking ranitidine. / SDA-2019-005.pdf

GP Educational Events

2019/20 Dates and Topics:



31 October 2019

Cancer (book now!)

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.

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Please be aware that Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust HQ will be moving offices on Monday 21 October 2019.  

Please update your records with our new contact details below:

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Units 7/8
Meadow Park
Meadow Lane
St Ives
PE27 4LG

The new main reception telephone number for the Trust HQ, which will come into effect from Monday 21 October, is 0300 555 6655.


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

  • We just have a few places left on the Advanced Management of Diabetes Course, this is fully-funded and with a Cambridgeshire venue. The deadline has been extended to 30 October. 
  • Primary Care Networks – Next Steps for Practice Managers on 07 November at Wyboston Lakes. 
  • Jon Bell is giving a talk on inhalers at our Respiratory Workshop 03 December 14:00-16:30 at Wood Green. 

Funded Places – Advanced Management of Diabetes Module and Pharmacological Management of Diabetes

– Initiating Therapy and Optimising Control Module, University of Essex

Only a few FREE places remaining

We are really excited to be able to offer fully funded places to each PCN on the University of Essex Advanced Management of Diabetes module and Pharmacological Management of Diabetes – Initiating Therapy and Optimising Control module at either level 6 or 7 (Masters level in Diabetes).  

For further information and to register interest please use the following link https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/event/advanced-management-of-diabetes/   Please note that closing dates for applications has been extended 30th October 2019.    

Springboard Programme for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough System

Correction of dates

Please see date correction below for the next Springboard Cohort:





Seminar room 2&3

Oak tree centre, 1 Oak Dr, Huntingdon PE29 7HN


Seminar room 2&3





See attached brochure and leaflet for further information.

Please can you forward nominations to m.urbain-grainger1@nhs.net by 15 November 2019. For ease places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There are 32 places available. 

Ray Laxton Memorial Lecture

‘Medical Examiners - death certification reform, involving patients and learning lessons’

Tuesday 19 November 2019 

On behalf of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and the Peterborough and District Law Society, you and your colleagues are invited to this year’s Ray Laxton Memorial Lecture.


Canapé reception followed by Medico-Legal talk on Medical Examiners.


The Lecture Theatre at 4th Floor, Peterborough City Hospital, Learning Centre


Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 6.00pm(the lecture will begin promptly at 6.30pm)


£10.00 per person (payable by 31 October 2019)

About the Speaker:

This year’s guest speaker is Dr Suzy Lishman CBE.

Dr Lishman is a Consultant Histopathologist at Peterborough City Hospital and past president of the Royal College of Pathologists, being only the second woman to be elected in this role. She was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to Pathology and has been commended for her work to raise the profile of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Please see the attached document for more information about the history of the Ray Laxton Memorial Lecture.

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)

External training opportunities

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

DEADLINE EXTENDED to register for FREE palliative care seminar 

Registration for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice’s Healthcare Professionals Palliative Care Seminar taking place on Wednesday 06 November has been extended. 

The new deadline for reserving your space is Friday 25 October October 2019.

Taking place between 1pm and 4pm at the hospice in Longthorpe, Peterborough, the seminar for healthcare professionals will include a dedicated training session on new ReSPECT planning and guidance along with an overview of the specialist palliative care services available at the hospice. The seminar is open to all healthcare professionals in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire who provide palliative care and support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis and can be reserved by emailing cathie.elliott@sueryder.org before 5pm Friday 25 October 2019.

The King's Fund

Free online events

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GP News 18 October 2019