As part of the EU Exit preparations a significant amount of work has been carried out by NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care and partners. A letter has now been sent by Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, for GPs, community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists which outlines the steps taken thus far to protect the continuity of supply for medicines.
Audio and easy read version of the Long Term Plan
The audio and easy read version, as well as the full document, can now be accessed from the Resources page of our Long Term Plan hub.
Update on vaccines for 2019/20 seasonal flu vaccination programme
The letter below, (23 January 2019), provides further information on seasonal flu vaccines for 2019/20. It follows on from the letter sent by NHS England, Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care to flu vaccination providers and other stakeholders on 20 November 2018.
Updated Patient Group Direction(PGD)
PGD 14 - Administration of pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine (PCV)
The updated PGD can be found on the CCG website here
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Please find attached a factsheet regarding the new Royal Papworth Hospital which will be moving to a its new site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus this year.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry
Insight study investigating the immune system’s role in depression
Researchers at CPFT and the University of Cambridge's Department of Psychiatry are looking for people with depression who meet the eligibility criteria below, to take part in research exploring new ways of treating this condition:
- Taking antidepressant medication for treatment of depression.
- Aged between 20 – 65.
- No infection or antibiotic treatment in the last four weeks.
- No current or previous diagnoses of bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder, personality disorder or eating disorder.
We would be grateful if you could display the attached information on your patient notice boards.
Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group
Launch of ReSPECT process
Lincolnshire Health and Social Care has signed up to the new ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) process and will be launching on 4 February 2019. Please find attached explanatory letter and ReSPECT policy.
Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice – next round of applications close 22 February
The Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice programme aimsto expand the number of pharmacists in general practice. In October 2018 NHS England changed the criteria for the programme to make it easier for sites to operate across a smaller population size, and allowing clinical pharmacists to work part-time.
What are the criteria changes?
- Reduction of the current population criteria from 1 WTE clinical pharmacist per 30,000 population, to 1 WTE per 15,000 population (or the proportion of WTE that can be applied to the population criteria e.g. 0.5 WTE for 7500 population).
- Permitting part-time clinical pharmacists of a minimum of 0.5 WTE.
GP practices and other providers of general practice medical services can submit applications through the clinical pharmacist portal.
Application deadlines are as follows:
- Wave 8 – closing date 22 February 2019
- Wave 9 – closing date 31 May 2019
More details at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/workforce/building-the-general-practice-workforce/cp-gp/
NHS 111 online now available
A national campaign has launched this week to raise awareness of NHS 111 online – www.111.nhs.uk– that is now available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The CCG is supporting the national campaign online and across social media. GP practices are encouraged to help raise awareness with their patients and can find a range of resources such as website copy, videos, posters and suggested social media activity in the Winter 2019/20 GP communications toolkit which can found online HERE.
If you would like any further information or guidance on how to use any of these resources within your practice please contact the CCG communications team at email@example.com
EU Exit Operational Guidance – Primary Care
In line with the Government’s operational focus on national ‘no deal’ planning for the UK’s exit from the EU, actions must now be taken locally to manage the risks of a ‘no deal’ exit. To inform preparations, EU Exit Operational Readiness Guidancehas been developed and agreed with NHS England and Improvement.
This guidance sets out the local actions that providers and commissioners of health and adult social care services in England should take to prepare for EU Exit.
GPs are advised the read the guidance and take the appropriate action and to ensure that other organisations you work with are taking similar steps.
REMINDER - New GMS1 form
On 2 October 2017, NHS England introduced a new GMS1 form which includes the supplementary questions for patients not ordinarily resident in the UK. NHS England delivered an initial stock of the new form to GP practices and additional stock of the new form are available to order in the usual way from PCSE Online. Please dispose of any previous versions of the form.
Practices can download and print the new form which is available here.
Practices can also use the old GMS1 form, alongside the supplementary questions which can be downloaded here. Practices will need to ensure that where a patient completes the supplementary questions, both forms are sent to NHS Digital as a single attachment (NHSDigital-EHIC@nhs.net) and the Department for Work and Pensions’ Overseas Healthcare Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) 2018/19
Please remember that your completed assessments for the Data Security and Protection Toolkitare due to be published by 31 March 2019.
78 of our member practices are currently registered on the new Toolkit, 60 of which have completed their organisational profile. The CCG's IG Team will run regular uptake reports until the end of March 2019 and send any individual reminders as required.
Annual completion of the Toolkit demonstrates to the Information Commissioner’s Office that your Practice complies with its legal obligations. The CQC will also be able to view whether a submission has been made. With effect from 1 February 2015, the ICO has had the power to enforce an audit of GP surgeries under section 41A of the Data Protection Act (DPA).
Please also check that your Data Protection Registration has not expired.
Toolkit registration is at: https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/Account/Register - your email address and a valid organisation code is required.
If you have not registered or started completing your Toolkit for 2018/19, the following guides and training materials will help you to get started.
Please contact the CCG’s IG team at CAPCCG.Infogov@nhs.netor 01223 7254451if you have any questionsor NHS Digital’s Helpdesk at https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/Home/Contact if you require any further assistance.
Fit for the Future
Stepping Into My Shoes
As previously advertised in GP News, Stepping into my Shoes is a simple concept of mutual learning by matching learners and sharers from leaders across the local health and social care system. Please see the attached flyer for further information.
- If you are interested in being a learner click here to take a short survey
- If you would like to be a sharer click here to take a short survey
Monthly Dementia Update Bulletin - January 2019
Please find attached the January 2019 issue of the CCG's Monthly Dementia Update Bulletin.
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 Sarah Hider (email@example.com).
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/
Children's Safeguarding Admin User Group Workshop
To book a place on this workshop please go to http://www.cptraininghub.nhs.uk or if you have any problems contact Greater Peterborough Network on 01733 666670 and ask for Ali.
Introduction to Immunisation and Vaccination Course
There are still places available of the Introduction to Immunisation and Vaccination Course (Childhood and Adult) on 27 and 28 March!
Arthur Rank Hospice GP Saturdays Study Sessions
Managing Complex Palliative Care Needs in General Practice - New for 2019
Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge are delivering two newly developed study sessions for GPs who may be managing complex palliative care needs in General Practice. The first session on Saturday 30 March will focus on symptom control while the second session on Saturday 27 April will cover medical management of complex dying.
Register on Eventbrite using the following links:
Price: £25.00per person including breakfast buffet. Advance payment is required to confirm your place.
Contact: The Education Team, Education & Conference Centre, Arthur Rank Hospice, Cherry Hinton Road, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge CB22 3FB 01223 6757801 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. www.arhc.org.uk
Free training and development for adult carers
Cambridgeshire County Council and LGSS Learning and Development
Cambridgeshire County Council and LGSS Learning and Development are offering a fully funded programme of training and development for anyone caring for an adult. This includes Personal Assistants, family/unpaid carers and workers/volunteers in the Private Voluntary and Independent sector. They would be grateful if you can advertise the attached posterin surgeries. All details of events are available online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/adult-carers-development-programme-18382709475