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GP News 2 August 2019

Cambridgeshire Community Services

New CFS/ME booklet for GPs

CPFTs Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) service has updated its GP booklet – a guide to the diagnosis and management of CFS/ME in primary care. The team has also produced a poster for GP surgeries and waiting rooms. Aimed at both GPs and patients, the it highlights symptoms, how to refer, and a web link for self-help resource.

NHS England

Implementing social prescribing in PCNs

Social prescribing link workers are one of the five additional roles being introduced into general practice through Primary Care Networks.  A reference guide to social prescribing, including a set of technical annexes, has been published that will support PCNs to set up and develop their schemes. The guide includes information on working with partners, recruitment, supervision and learning, quality assurance and measuring impact. A collaborative platform for social prescribing supports shared learning, discussion and information sharing.  To join the platform email england.socialprescribing@nhs.net

Unsung Hero Awards 2020 launched

The 2020 Unsung Hero Awards will launch on 1 August 2019. These national awards recognise and honour non-clinical staff, teams and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty for the NHS. The awards shine a light on the hard work and commitment of people who are vital to our health service, but are sometimes overlooked. Colleagues, friends and family can nominate anyone they feel is deserving in one of 11 categories from August 1. Nominations can be made here: www.unsungheroawards.com.

Public Health England

World Hepatitis Day (28 July): resources for healthcare professionals 

PHE has produced a suite of resources to raise awareness of hepatitis B and C, and to encourage GPs to refer infected patients for life-saving treatments.  Eliminate hepatitis B and C resource summary (attached) contains links to an online testing quiz, videos, posters, and banners in multiple languages. Last year PHE launched a patient re-engagement exercise to identify the estimated thousands of individuals previously diagnosed with hepatitis C who can now be offered treatments that have become available on the NHS since 2015. All those who may have put themselves at risk of contracting hepatitis C in the past are encouraged to get tested and benefit from new, effective treatments. (The above-mentioned online quiz covers the main risk factors, for example: injecting drugs, even if only once in the past. An estimated 113,000 people in England have a chronic hepatitis C infection; meeting the WHO’s target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 therefore remains a significant challenge. The hepatitis B and C resource package is co-branded by the World Hepatitis Alliance, the British Liver Trust and the Hepatitis C Trust. 

Risk assessment for MERS-CoV updated ahead of Hajj 2019

Ahead of Hajj this August, PHE has updated the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) risk assessment. Though the risk of infection for UK residents travelling to the Middle East remains low, travellers who are in close contact with infected camels or camel products (ie camel’s milk) are at increased risk. PHE is renewing its call for Hajj pilgrims, travellers and healthcare professionals to be aware of signs and symptoms of the virus as well as prevention measures. Posters are available in several languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Bengali and Somali, containing health advice for those travelling to the Middle East. Additionally, PHE has created graphics (attached) about the signs, symptoms and prevention measures can be shared through social channels. Read the full news story here.

The National Association of Primary Care

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.

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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 


Reminder: Ultrasound request form

The CCG-wide standardised ultrasound form is now available and can be found on the Radiology tab within the CST for SystmOne practices, the EMIS Web template has been forwarded directly to EMIS Practices. Please using the new form when requesting an ultrasound scan.  

Current Individual Provider Ultrasound request forms will continue to be available for a limited time alongside the new form. A letter with further details was sent to practices earlier in the week.

SERVICE INFO: 2ww Breast Services referral form

Separate male and female referral forms for the 2WW Breast Services are now available on the CCG Clinical Tool in SystmOne and on the CCG website. A word version of the referrals has also been be circulated to all EMIS practices.

A letter from Dr Oliver Stovin, GP Clinical Lead for Cancer was previously sent to all practices in June. The forms we have adopted were developed by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.  

Any queries should be directed to Dr Stovin

CAS Alerts

  • Drug Alert Class 2, Action Within 48 Hours, Accord-Uk Ltd In Actavis Livery, Aripiprazole 1mg/Ml Oral Solution Full details published on the MHRA website here
  • Emerade 500 Microgram And 300 Microgram Adrenaline Auto-Injector Devices Full details published on the MHRA website here

Reminder: all GP practices in England are required to register to receive CAS alerts directly by 01 October 2019. Practices are asked to register no later than 13 September 2019 using the following link: https://www.cas.mhra.gov.uk/Register.aspx        

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:

HOT OFF THE PRESS – additional - 2 Day Leg Ulcer Study Days on 05 and 06 Nov at Fleet in Peterborough 

Non-Medical Prescribing Updates

  • Thurs 05 Sept               13:00-16:00       Peterborough
  • Tues 24 Sept                 09:00-12:00       Cambridge

Clinical Pharmacist Prescribing Updates

  • Tues 10 Sept                 13:00-16:00       Peterborough
  • Weds 11 Sept                09:00-12:00       Cambridge

Active Signposting for Receptionists – meeting local charities and organisations

  • Weds 18 Sept                13:00-15:00       Peterborough
  • Tues 15 Oct                   14:00-16:00       Cambridge
  • Weds 16 Oct                  14:00-16:00       Huntingdon 

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

GP Support Hub 

Offering local schemes and initiatives that will enable GPs to remain in or return to general practice.

Shapes Resilience Programme | Wild Monday                               

The Shapes Toolkit is a series of coaching and productivity tools which aim to help GPs beat stress and become more resourceful and resilient in their workplace.

Shapes Toolkit | Tailored for First 5             

Shapes Toolkit | |Tailored for Mid-Career onwards     

Shapes Ambassadors Programme | Open to all                              

The Shapes Ambassadors Programme trains peer facilitators to us the Shapes Toolkit to provide ongoing peer group coaching support to GPs in the area.

Tier 2 Sponsorship

Tier 2 sponsorship is an opportunity for practices that are having difficulty recruiting to vacant GP posts, to employ international doctors who will generally have completed their training in the UK. Find out more.

General Practice Improvement Leads programme – applications open for Midlands and East of England regional cohorts

Applications are open for the East of England (starting 8 and 9 January 2020) regional cohorts of the General Practice Improvement Leads programme.   

The programme is designed for GPs, practice managers, nurses, reception managers and senior administrators. It incorporates interactive training workshops, personal reading and reflection, and action learning as participants lead a change project in their own workplace.  Participants gain new perspectives, skills and confidence in using improvement science in general practice, and leading colleagues and teams through change.  

For more information and details on how to register visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/gpdp/capability/

Cervical Screening - HPV Primary Screening

Half day training event

Following the successful implementation of HPV Primary screening throughout East of the England, in line with UKNSC guidance, the new pathway is being rolled out to your surgery from 23 September 2019.

We understand that clinicians and patients may have many questions about the new test, so we would like to give sample takers the opportunity to attend a free two hour training event:

  • 2 September 2019

  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital

  • Sessions are 9:00-11:00, 11:30-13:30, 14:00-16:00. Please indicate your preferred time on the booking form.

Further details of this event are here. It is essential that sample takers understand the changes to the Cervical Screening programme.

The registration form should be completed and returned to: nnu-tr.cytology@nhs.net

Any queries please contact: england.ea-phsi@nhs.net 

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

Cancer Care Review Event

  • Tuesday 03 September 2019 | 9:00am - 5:00pm            

  • Conference Room, Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely, CB6 1DN

Sign up via the Training Hub https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/event/cancer-care-reviews/ 

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.

  • Venue: Marriott Hotel, Kingfisher Way, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6FL

  • Dates: Workshop 1: 11 September 2019, Workshop 2: 12 September 2019, Workshop 3: 2 October 2019, Workshop 4: 3 October 2019

To enrol, please contact elissa.giddings@nhs.net with your full name, role, practice and e-mail address. See flyer for more details.

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GP News 2 August 2019