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GP News 22 August 2019

RCGP Practice Team Awards

The awards are taking place on 1 October and we welcome nominations for GP; Practice Nurse; Practice Manager and Practice Team.  The closing date is Monday 16 September. The nomination forms are on our  faculty webpage

NHS England and NHS Improvement

PGD20 has been updated and is valid from 1 September:

PGD 20 DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB

Please note that PGD 1a [GW 2017178] DTaP/IPV/Hib booster expires August 2019 will be withdrawn, more details will be in the August edition of ‘Vaccine update’ link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/vaccine-update

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

Public Health England

HSJ Awards

The HSJ Award finalists have been announced, congratulations to CUHFT and EEAST who have both been shortlisted for awards!

Patient Safety Award:

  • Cambridge University Hospitals FT, 42% reduction sepsis mortality through the use of digital technology

Reservist Support Initiative Award:

  • East of England Ambulance Service Trust, Supporting reservist staff

The HSJ Awards will be held on 6 November in London where the winners will be announced.   

Pharmacy opening times for August bank holiday

Pharmacy opening times for the August bank holiday have been published on NHS England's website here:

The August bank holiday communications toolkit is available HERE.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019

I would like to invite you to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning
Group’s (CCG) Annual General Meeting which takes place on Tuesday 17 September 2019 at
6.00pm in the Council Chamber, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt
Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE. Read more here.

If you are able to attend, please would you complete the attached form and return it to us by
Monday 9 September 2019, alternatively you can RSVP by emailing us at

I do hope you will be able to accept our invitation and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday
17 September 2019.

Dr Gary Howsam
Clinical Chair

STP Stakeholder Update

Dear Colleagues, please find attached the STP Stakeholder Update for August 2019.

This document has been prepared to provide an update on the outcomes from the most recent STP Board meeting, as well as on other STP progress and news. 

Quick survey about this newsletter

If you have 5 minutes we would really appreciate your feedback on this weekly bulletin. Please click here to answer a few short questions https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TP9JXLC. Thank you very much.

Primary Care Networks

We're looking for two PCN Clinical Directors who could join a Task and Finish Group to develop a Health Inequalities Strategy for the local NHS. The purpose of the strategy will be to produce a local approach to tackling inequalities, identify key metrics and develop some initial priorities. We anticipate that it will lay the ground work for the PCN health inequalities plans. There will be six meetings which will be held by teleconference starting in September. If you're interested or have any questions please contact John Ford (john.ford2@nhs.net).

PCNs closer working with Community Pharmacists: Stepping into my Shoes

As PCNs grow and develop it is essential community pharmacy teams are included in networks. Community Pharmacists have a lot to offer primary care networks and have a vital part to play to help create a seamless provision of care to patients. In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough we have 152 pharmacies located in high streets, supermarkets and rural areas. Many are open for long hours including weekends and bank holidays. Due to this unique access community pharmacy teams sees more people than any other healthcare provider.  The new 5 year NHS Community Pharmacy contract supports delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. 


The development of closer working relationships between PCNs and community pharmacists will benefit the health of our population.

A helpful initiative to help build closer links between individuals being taken forward by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP is the Stepping into my Shoes programme.  The STP Leadership and OD Network has a priority to embed a system approach to talent management to maximise and retain talent within the system. Where leaders at all levels consistently work together across teams, organisational boundaries, professions, networks and the wider system to help each other do the best they can for the place and populations they serve. Integrated Care Systems and Primary Care Networks require local health and care partners to work together in new and different ways, Stepping Into My Shoes is an initiative which supports local leaders to work together, learn and share knowledge from across the system with their teams and services to create public services that are more integrated based on the needs of the local population.

The initiative is a simple concept of matching learners and sharers together with the intention of a mutual learning opportunity and creating links between organisations and networks. The Learner shares their experience in another organisation with their teams and services, while the sharer reveals their skills and knowledge and in what capacity.  The attached materials provide more information on the initiative including how to take part namely by completing a short survey. The STP will then do the rest by matching individuals together.

Can I ask you to start considering how you would like to create closer links with pharmacy colleagues and use the Stepping into my Shoes initiative to help with the development of the PCN.

The latest PCN FAQ (July 2019)  from NHSE are here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/pcn-faqs-july-2019.pdf

East of England Respiratory Forum the next date has been set for the 23rd October, also here in Cambridge.  Details to follow  within the next few weeks.

The leaders are keen to extend the invitation to Mental Health colleagues working in Respiratory within the East of England, COPD leads, and Respiratory leads from Primary, Secondary and Community care from our Region. 

'mini-MBA' course for PCN Clinical Directors

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG and the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School, Executive Education have co-developed a 'mini-MBA' course designed and delivered for Primary Care Networks Clinical Directors.  

The course starts in September 2019 and will be delivered over 10 months. We have 35 places and I would like to invite applications from your CCG area for suitable candidates. Please find a link to the prospectus and application details

If you have any questions about the course detail please contact nicola.harris13@nhs.net or Annie Leighton on: healthprogrammes@jbs.cam.ac.uk

The deadline for application is 30th August, applicants will be contacted shortly after to advise if they have been successful in securing a place.

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:

Prescribing Updates available

  • Clinical Pharmacists         10th Sept              Peterborough

  • Clinical Pharmacists         11th Sept              Cambridge

  • Non-Medical                      24th Sept              Cambridge

Safeguarding for Admin Users

  • 26th Sept              Huntingdon

  • 02nd Oct                Cambridge

  • 17th Oct                Fenland

Infection Control on 09th Oct in Huntingdon only £10

FREE Medical Terminology on 10th Oct in Huntingdon

Phlebotomy Update on 07th Nov in Cambridge

Ear Care Study Days only £95

  • 15th Oct                Huntingdon

  • 29th Oct                Cambridge

  • 05th Nov               Peterborough        

Shapes Toolkit

  • 18th Sept              Peterborough

  • 25th Sept              Cambridge

  • 09th Oct                Peterborough

  • 16th Oct                Cambridge

For Dispensers – there is a Safe Use and Management of Controlled Drugs on 02nd October 

Job Opportunities:

GP Support Hub

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

BringBaby GP Update

BringBaby aims to provide localised educational updates allowing you to bring your baby whilst you learn.  Each update event will include x3 educational workshops and a baby-centred session such as baby yoga, massage or musical bumps.

These update events would be ideal for GPs on parental leave, career breaks, the Induction and Refresher scheme or those recently returned to work, but all are welcome.  All events are open to those with or without babies. Small group discussions will replace baby-centred sessions for those attending without a baby.

We have received great feedback so far with one learner commenting, “I found the GP Bring Baby event to be an excellent way to combine a good play session with my baby and other children with focused CPD and support to go back to work… It was great to meet likeminded fellow parents who experience and understand our shared challenges.”

Free Coaching and Mentoring

We are supporting funded access to locally led coaching and development of personal or professional goals.


This coaching and mentoring scheme seeks to support GPs who feel they would benefit from some time to reflect on issues impacting their work and life – such as low morale, health, performance, career challenges and burnout. For further details on how to access this service please contact office@akeso.org.uk

AMB Coaching

Those seeking more personalised or geographically sensitive input can access coaching and mentoring services out of area in Hertfordshire.  You can access up to eight, one-hour sessions with Dr Alice Baldock at AMB Life Coaching.  For further details on how to access this service please contact alice@amblifecoaching.co.uk

GP Health Service

This is a free and confidential service for GPs and GP trainees working or looking to return to clinical practice who are suffering with a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction issue.  Access the service by emailing gp.health@nhs.net or by calling 0300 0303 300. (except bank holidays).  Please note this self-referral only.

Book now for CCG Educational Events!

NHS Leadership Academy

Primary Care Leadership Collaborative Cohort 5 - open for applications 

Building on the success of the previous four cohorts applications for the next Primary Care Collaborative programme – cohort 5 are open.

All three Impact Days will take place at Holiday Inn, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9PH.

Please note that the closing date for these applications is Monday 9th September 2019. For more information please see the attached flyer. The application form is here.

A short video feedback from cohort 4can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMxEb-147ZI

Public Health England

Free half day immunisation updates

Suitable for Practice nurses who have previously completed a two day immunisation course meeting the National Standards for immunisation training.

  • 28.0819 - Bury St Edmunds

  • 04.09.19 - Peterborough

  • 05.09.19 - Saffron Walden

  • 09.09.19 - Kings Lynn

  • 19.09.19 - Huntingdon

Places are limited and are offered for free on a first come first served basis so please make sure you book a place at your earliest convenience to ensure you have a high level of knowledge and are confident in immunisation policy and procedures.

To book a place please visit www.miltongateway.com

If you have any queries or wish to learn more about the training sessions please contact info@miltongateway.com

Get ahead of the game with cancer care reviews

  • Date:  Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

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

This free 1-day nurse training course for Practice Nurses is open to all practices. 

Please contact Jane Steward, Project & Service Improvement Manager for further details or to book your place.  Email: jane.steward1@nhs.net

Contact Dr Oliver Stovin oliver.stovin@nhs.net or Dr Stuti Mukherjee stuti.mukherjee@nhs.net if you would like any additional clinical information.

Health Education England

GatewayC: Free online cancer education for primary care

Health Education England has provided funding for PCNs and practices to access an online cancer education platform for free. This is available to all primary care professionals registered across NHS England from  Thursday 01 August 2019.

GatewayC supports regional and national cancer transformation ambitions to improve the proportion of cancers diagnosed at an early stage, support 28 and 62 day pathways and improve patient experience of the referral process, through:

  • Improved symptom recognition

  • Improved GP confidence in referral decision making

  • Improved quality of suspected cancer referrals

  • Improved communication with patients about the cancer referral process

The online tool has a number of courses to pick from, based on real patient experiences and NICE NG12 guidelines. Each course has been developed by primary care professionals, cancer specialists and patients to provide high-quality, interactive learning. Courses cover early diagnosis and living with and beyond cancer in key areas including lung, colo-rectal and prostate.

Educational content is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and completion of courses counts toward GP annual appraisals. GatewayC is also supported by Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

How to register for a free GatewayC account

Register for your FREE GatewayC account by visiting www.gatewayc.org.uk/register 

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GP News 22 August 2019