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GP News 22 March 2019

NHS England

Return to Practice campaign

A new campaign launched today aims to increase the number of qualified leads enquiring about the GP induction and refresher scheme, focusing on domestic GP returners. NHS England and Health Education England have in partnership produced a new look website www.gpreturners.nhs.uk, a new brochure and other collateral including social media, and a print advertising campaign is planned to start in April. For more details read the release.  A copy of the brochure is also attached.

Jo Cox Foundation backs campaign to end loneliness

The sister of MP Jo Cox is backing an anti-loneliness campaign to help 30,000 people avoid health and wellbeing problems that can come from feeling and living alone. The campaign will ask people to look out for the newly bereaved and others whose loneliness may trigger health problems. Read more here

King’s Fund report – Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce

The King’s Fund has issued a new report looking at staffing in the NHS. The report looks at nursing and general practice and sets out policy actions for a workforce implementation plan.

Parliamentary Awards 2019

The Parliamentary Awards are now open. Your local MPs are looking for teams and individuals who have gone above and beyond through hard work, innovative ideas and unwavering efforts to put patients first.

All you have to do is write to your MP with an outline of why you think your team, volunteer or staff member should win. The categories are here

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

URGENT referrals needed to fight Alzheimer's disease 

CPFT’s Windsor Research Unit team are seeking volunteers who may be able to help with a clinical research study looking at a potential new treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. They are currently seeking patients and their carers, who may wish to take part in the study.

To be able to join this research study patients must:

  • Be diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Be aged 55 years and over
  • Have a study partner who can join them at every visit
  • Be able to answer questions about their memory, thinking and reasoning
  • Be able to travel to the study site for clinic visits

For more information, or to refer someone to take part, please contact the study team: 

Cambridgeshire Registration Service Update

Huntingdon – Change of Location

During Friday 22 March Huntingdon Registration Office will be relocating from Lawrence Court and into Huntingdon Library, which is the 2 storey modern building just next door – the entrance is on Princes Street itself (the full address is Princes Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PA)

There will no longer be any reception facility (in either building) , and the office will operate on an “appointment only” basis.  Opening hours for appointments remain the same (9am to 4pm Monday to Friday), the Library front doors will be open at roughly 8.55am  (and be open to allow access for appointments on a Thursday afternoon). The Library does not have a  post box.

Please note that all ceremonies will continue to be held at the Keats Room in Lawrence Court, Princes Street, Huntingdon. 

Ely – New opening hours

Current opening hours at Ely are limited to Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm – with some Saturdays for ceremonies.

The relocation to the new Cambridgeshire Archives building in Ely during late summer 2019 provides the opportunity to improve customer service, and operational reasons have resulted in this positive change being introduced in advance of the move.

The new hours will mean that from 1 April 2019 customer appointments (births, deaths and notices) are available every day Monday to Friday during the same times (9am to 4pm) as the other full-time Registration offices across the county - Saturdays for ceremonies are unaffected. All services continue to be by appointment only as there will still be no reception facilities.

This will benefit customers immediately and also gets the new hours embedded prior to the physical move itself.


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

Future provision of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Outpatient Physiotherapy for Children and Young People (0-16 years) in Cambridgeshire

Please find attached an update regarding the future provision of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Outpatient Physiotherapy for Children and Young People (0-16 years) in Cambridgeshire as 1 April 2019.

If anyone has any queries about this they can contact the Communications Team at CCS on the details below:

Tel:  01480 308266     Email:  ccs.cypscambs@nhs.net

*New* Cambridgeshire and Peterborough GP Support Hub

The GP Support Hub has been developed to deliver local schemes and initiatives that will enable GPs to remain in clinical general practice, through promoting new ways of working and offering additional support.

The Hub is an easy way for GPs to access information, identify learning opportunities and access support on careers or personal development.

Our first two events coming up in May - Lead. Manage. Thrive!  We will be hosting an event for Mid-Career GPs on 1 May and another event focused on First 5 GPs on 22 May.

Please encourage your GPs to visit the website for the latest opportunities:

  • https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/gp-support-hub/

Pilot Colorectal Straight to Test Service at QEHKL

Under 60’s years of age

The Colorectal Team at QEHKL NHS Trust are beginning a new service on 25 March 2019, which involves a redesign of the way 2 week wait Colorectal referrals from GPs are managed.  The ‘Colorectal Straight to Test’ is being implemented in an attempt to modernise and streamline the referral system for patients with colorectal symptoms.  See attached letter

This service is specifically for patients under 60 who are otherwise fit and well. This will initially be trialled for 3 months but if successful will be adopted as normal practice with the possibility of expanding the patient group. This service is part of the national ‘Straight to Test’ initiative and will enable patients to be seen in the most appropriate place in a more timely fashion, creating time to be spent with them once a diagnosis has been made. 

The new service will also help us meet the Department of Health target that all patients with bowel cancers should be treated within 62 days of their referral by the GP. Unfortunately the new referral from will not be available electronically as this is only a pilot scheme (copy attached).  The service is available on E-Referral and has been called “2WW Adult Lower GI – STT Referral Assessment Service”.  Please ensure that the form is completed and attached to any referral that is sent in to the hospital for this service.

FIT is going live

This is relevant to all practices that use NWAFT and CUH as their laboratory.

  1. Starting 25 March (FOB test stopped, FIT started)
  2. NEW SPECIMEN BOTTLES are being sent out by the labs ​before hand.
  3. REMINDER NOT TO USE OLD BLUE POTS (but still needed for other tests)
  4. Attached documents cover:
  1. Screening changing to FIT was due in April but has been delayed
  2. We are following national guidelines NICE DG30

Any issues please email me oliver.stovin@nhs.net 

Email address for Safeguarding Referrals

Please note: The correct e-mail address for both Peterborough and Cambridgeshire safeguarding referrals is  referralcentre.children@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Any e-mails to the below 2 GCSX addresses completed after the 16th March may not have been received and they should be resent as a matter of urgency.

  • MASH.C&F@cambridgeshire.gcsx.gov.uk
  • referralcentre.children@cambridgeshire.gcsx.gov.uk

These GCSX accounts are no longer in use.

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/                        

  • NEW THIS WEEK – Prescribing Updates for Clinical Pharmacists
  • For GPs – Caldicott Guardian Training £145 ! FREE Suicide Mitigation workshop with MIND 
  • Book on our FREE Active Signposting Workshop and learn about how community services can help
  • 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 HCAs
  • Coming to the website soon – GPN conference on 13th June, Non-Medical Prescribing Updates, Customer Service,  Succeeding with Difficult People and Clinical Coding! 

Reminder: Productive General Practice Quick Start

This programme seeks to deliver fast, practice improvement to help reduce pressures and release inefficiencies within practice.  Unlike other QI programmes, PGP Quick Start offers on site, hands-on support from an expert coach who will come into your practice, engage your team and directly embed the change.  

This fast-paced programme will be delivered over a 12-week period – 4 group based session and 6 practice based sessions - from w/c 29 April to w/c 1July 2019. See full programme details here

WebEx engagement sessions

We have added new dates for the WebEx sessions with our delivery partner. The aim of these sessions is to provide more insight into the programme and answer any questions that you may have.  

  • 27 March 2019, 12.30 to 1.30pm
  • 28 March 2019, 12.30 to 1.30pm

To join a webex please contact the Primary Care team capccg.primarycare@nhs.net and we will forward on the diary invitation.  

Signing up

If you or a member of your practice team are interested in signing up then please email the Primary Care team at capccg.primarycare@nhs.net by 29 March 2019.

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

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.

CRUK RCGP Cambridge EOE Faculty FREE Workshop

15 May 2019

Please see attached the confirmed agenda for the CRUK RCGP Cambridge EOE Faculty Workshop – please do encourage registrations from your GP colleagues through the RCGP link here

Everything you wanted to know about Medical Examiners

  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  • Speaker:              Dr Suzy Lishman, NWAFT Lead Medical Examiner
  • Date:                     Tuesday 16 April 2019
  • Time:                    12:00 – 13:00
  • Venue:                 John Fawcett Lecture Theatre, Peterborough City Hospital


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GP News 22 March 2019