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GP News 22 February 2019

NHS England

Primary Care Networks

NHS England is hosting a series of regional primary care networks events looking at how PCNs can change the way services are delivered at local level to benefit people and communities. The events will provide an update on the national programme, the Long Term Plan and the latest planning guidance, and provide an opportunity to discuss progress locally, including hearing from examples from across the area.  The events are aimed at general practice providers, primary care providers and commissioners, the voluntary sector, local government, mental health services, social care, secondary care and the wider NHS. 

Please click here to register.

PCN regional engagement events

NHS England is hosting a second series of regional events focusing on primary care networks and how they can change the way that services are delivered at a local level to benefit people and communities. The events will provide an update on the national primary care networks programme, in the context of the Long Term Plan, latest planning guidance and GP contract, and provide an opportunity to discuss current progress with PCNs locally, including examples from areas already working as part of a network.

Digital Nurse Network launched

A new Digital Nurse Network is being launched by NHS England’s Primary Care Digital Transformation team this month to bring together nurses from around the country who want to learn more about digital. The Network will offer training, briefings and webinars as well as the opportunity for nurses to learn more about digital programmes and national initiatives in the NHS and how they might positively help patients. Two webinars to explain more about the Network are being held on 7 and 27 March.  To join them please go to: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/welcome-webinar---digital-nurse-network

You can find out more by emailing england.digitalnursenetwork@nhs.netand join in on Twitter @PatientOnline.

Public Health England

PHE’s ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign – 5 March

Public Health England (PHE) is launching a new national campaign on 5 March to encourage all eligible women to go to their cervical screening and protect themselves against the risk of cervical cancer.

A new PHE campaign Cervical Screening Saves Lives, supported by the NHS aims to reverse this trend and save lives by reminding eligible women “Don’t ignore your cervical screening invite. If you’ve missed your last cervical screening, book an appointment with your GP practice now.”

GP practices will automatically receive a campaign pack. The campaign toolkit and a range of assets are also available to download on the Campaign Resource Centre (CRC).

Reminder: Members' Event - 28 February

Please find attached the agenda for our member practices’ meeting next week (Thursday 28 February). The venue is, as usual, is the Kings Suite at Woodgreen in Godmanchester. 

There will be a buffet lunch at 12.30. The meeting will start at 1pm and finish at 3pm.  The Agenda is here.

We would appreciate it if you could RSVP so that we know numbers. You can do this either by registering on Eventbrite or by emailing us at capccg.gateway@nhs.net

QEH - 2ww suspected lung cancer pathway

Dr Durai Raj, Consultant Physician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, has advised of a change in administrative process for some patients referred to QEH under the 2ww suspected lung cancer pathway. It only relates to the pathway for those who have had a CxR requested by primary care, which is reported as abnormal. Currently a CT scan is requested by the hospital, and the GP is asked to complete the 2ww referral form.

From Monday 4 March 2019, to be in line with the process at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. GPs will no longer be asked to complete the 2ww referral form, as the patient will be placed as appropriate, directly on the pathway by one of the respiratory consultants. This will not affect how the patients and the GPs are currently informed.

GPs should continue to complete the 2ww referral form for suspected lung cancer for all other patients who meet the NICE guidelines for referral.

For any queries please contact:

  • Sister Nicky Shore, Lung Cancer Specialist Nurse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Tel: 01553 613613, Ext: 3421

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

  • A commonly-used antidepressant doesn’t improve recovery after stroke  Signal from the National Institute of Health Research. After a six-month trial including more than 3,000 adult stroke patients, researchers concluded that fluoxetine should not be used to promote recovery from stroke-related disability, or routinely prescribed to prevent depression after stroke.
  • BEST3 Lead awarded prestigious Cancer Research UK prize  Our congratulations go to Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, Chief Investigator on the BEST3 (Barrett's ESophegus Trial) who has been awarded the prestigious Jane Wardle Prize by Cancer Research UK for her work in improving the early detection of esophageal cancer and in particular developing the Cytosponge™ for earlier detection of Barrett's oesophagus.
  • Automated phone calls may help patients to take medicines correctly  Research funded by the NIHR has suggested that automated phone calls could be effective at helping patients to take their medicines as prescribed.

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/

Springboard Programme launched for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough System

Cambridgeshire Community Services has commissioned a further Springboard programme for our system and is asking for nominations for the Women’s Development Programme. Attached you will find a leaflet and brochure about the programme which lasts 3 months, consisting of four one day workshops and associated course materials to enhance personal development. The programme is open to all women, who as part of their personal development planning would find such a programme of use, the only stipulation is that Springboard do not recommend a line manager attending with a member of their team so please be aware of this when nominating delegates.

The workshops will be held on the following dates/venues and will run between 9am for registration (9.30am start) and 4.30pm:





Bevan Room

Victoria House, Fulbourn,  Cambridge CB21 5BQ


Bevan Room

Victoria House, Fulbourn,  Cambridge CB21 5BQ


Conference Room

Foster Road, Cambridge CB2 9NL


Bevan Room

Victoria House, Fulbourn,  Cambridge CB21 5BQ

Please can you forward nominations to Melanie Urbain-Grainger, m.urbain-grainger1@nhs.net. For ease places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If we are over-subscribed we can always look to commission another programme. We have 32 places available.

We also need women speakers for each of the days (one for each) - please see the attached Speakers Brief for more information. If you are interested in doing this or know somebody who would please let Melanie know.

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Survey seeking views on Paediatric Study Day

NWAFT are planning to organise a Paediatric Study day for community services to aid in the assessment , treatment and referral of children & young people. Previously when these have been run they have been well attended with positive feedback.

NWAFT is looking to run this study again and are after a general feeling of what people think. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey giving your feedback https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YN3DF63

External training

Cancer Research UK

  • Wednesday 15 May 2019

  • Wood Green, King's Bush Farm, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire PE29 2NH
  • See attached 'Save the Date' flyer and Agenda for the FREE East of England Primary Care and Cancer Matters Workshop.

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GP News 22 February 2019