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GP News 25 October 2019

Primary Care Networks

PCN Questionnaire

As Primary Care Networks continue to develop and form, we are keen to understand the issues that PCNs are facing and whether support can be developed to overcome common issues that PCNs may be experiencing.

In order to more clearly understand the issues that PCNs may be facing, we would like to canvass your views and experience to date via the short list of 9 questions attached.

Typically we might expect that Clinical Directors would respond to the questions but we recognise that it may be more appropriate, in some circumstances that other staff involved in the development of your PCN will be in a good position to provide a response.

The feedback that we receive will be considered by the Regional Primary Care Development Working Group to jointly develop support activities and share solutions, ideas and best practice to unblock some of these challenges for PCNs.

Please return responses to eoe.gpfv@nhs.net by 1 November 2019.

New online home for community support and events

The new Cambridgeshire online directory is live. The directory provides residents and families with information on organisations, services and events across Cambridgeshire. The website replaces Cambridgeshire.net and the Family Information Directory providing an online home for local providers and organisations events, activities, clubs, groups and courses that support residents to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Listings include Cambridgeshire County Council services, our partners and commissioned services alongside community listings.

Find out more about the directory and sign up to be a contributor.

Primary Care Network Podcast

NHS England has launched a new podcast as part of the ongoing work to share learning and support the development of primary care networks across the country: https://www.england.nhs.uk/primary-care/primary-care-networks/primary-care-network-podcasts/

Primary Care Networks - Next Steps for Practice Managers Conference

NHS England and NHS Improvement are holding a series of dedicated regional events this autumn for Practice Managers:

  • Hear about PCNs, the fundamental role that you play and the development funding that is available
  • Talk to Practice Managers who are working within PCNs and understand how their roles have developed
  • Join interactive workshops that focus on:
  • PCN leadership: in the context of practice management
  • Coaching: support for practice managers
  • Population Health Management and collaborative working
  • Workforce – newer workforce roles and the impact on capacity

The East of England event link is as follows:
Thursday 07 November                  East of England       Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire

Register via NHS England events – please note that the London, North West and Midlands events are currently all showing up as being fully booked. If delegates want to go on to a waiting list please send their details to j.nowell@nhs.net.

For further information please contact england.gpdevelopment@nhs.net

Developing Nursing Leadership in Primary Care

Free conference to develop nurse leadership in Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

General Practice nurses working in East of England are invited to a free conference which aims to unleash their talents to support the development of Primary Care Networks.

The conference takes place on Wednesday 27 November from 09:30 – 15:45 at Rowley Mile, Newmarket Racecourse CB8 0TF.  The event is sponsored by  NHS England and NHS Improvement through the GP Nursing 10 Point Plan Programme and is for General Practice Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, and Health Care Support Workers based in GP practices. PCN Clinical Directors and their deputies are also invited to attend.

Places are limited and can be booked now at: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/regional-round-table-event-newmarket

The event will include ‘round table’ discussions which will help to shape initiatives to develop General Practice nursing into an attractive long-term career option with increased opportunities for training and development. Please see attached for further information.

Practice managers’ development programme

The advent of primary care networks creates a greater than ever need for practice managers to work together effectively and to develop their own skills and personal strengths.  PCC has developed a short but intensive programme to give busy practice managers the development support they need while recognising that current pressures leave them little time to get their heads above water.

To find out more, contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk or join the programme in Nottingham on February 2020.

Please complete our domestic violence training awareness survey

Domestic abuse has once again been high on the news agenda, including a recent domestic homicide review that was published in Cambridgeshire in September, which involved the tragic murder of a lady by her husband. The victim had had a number of contacts with Primary Care. One of the recommendations of the review was to reach out to our Primary Care colleagues to enable a baseline of understanding. We would therefore encourage all practice staff to complete this simple survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QTZW8S2

We know that it can sometimes be difficult to recognise signs of potential domestic abuse, and to know how to appropriately signpost people to the right support. Updated training is available online here: https://www.cambsdasv.org.uk/website/training_1/86050 and key contacts can be found here: https://www.cambsdasv.org.uk/website/key_contacts/86057 

Good News...

Additional funding to improve community mental health services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has today been welcomed.

The Government has announced Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is one of 12 areas across the country chosen to pilot projects aimed at improving support for patients.

The funding – worth around £3.5m over the next two years – has been given by NHS England to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, the collective of local NHS organisations which are working together to enhance treatment and care for people. Read more about this story here

Reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability

Please see attached recent NHSE/I guidance on making sure people with learning disabilities are included on GP registers and are therefore ‘visible’ in the system and invited for annual health checks etc. Also below is some useful guidance and information on making reasonable adjustments and ensuring people with a learning disability get the help they need:

Home Oxygen Order Forms (HOOF) online

From 31 October all HOOF must be submitted via the portal

Using the portal, you can:

  • Submit  Home Oxygen Order Forms online.
  • Review previous Home Oxygen Order Forms you’ve submitted.
  • Review Home Oxygen Order Forms submitted by colleagues within a prescriber group which can be requested via your HOS lead.
  • Check patient prescription information such as flow and hours of use.
  • Check what equipment and cylinders a patient holds.
  • Review a patient’s compliance with their prescription.
  • See any safety concerns, either current or historic.

How do I register for the Home Oxygen Portal?

Registration is quick and simple. Log on to www.bochop.co.uk, click “Register Here” and follow the instructions! Registrations are processed same day and you will receive email confirmation that you can now access the Portal. Once registered, you’ll be given access to either the Part A or Part B online ordering forms based on your profession.

In order to register and to comply with Information Governance requirements, you will need:

  • An @nhs.net email address. 
  • Internet Explorer 11 or the latest versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on your computer or device.

As data is encrypted and transferred securely between the Portal and your device, you can access the Portal from anywhere you can get a connection without worry of data being intercepted in transit. See attached postcard for more information.

Register now by visiting www.bochop.co.uk

GP Educational Events 

2019 dates and topics:

There's still time to book on the remaining Education Events of 2019.

  • 31 October 2019
    Cancer (click to book!)

For further details on our upcoming events, please click here.

Cancer Masterclasses

The Cancer Speed dating Masterclass on Saturday 23rd November 2019 (9:00 - 13:00 with breakfast & lunch included). (Directions to Arthur Rank Hospice)

This will be an interactive​ educational morning with eight clinical stations for GPs to meet other GP colleagues and Consultants from Addenbrooke's Hospital to discuss shared understanding of clinical pathways to diagnose cancer early. 

The event and food is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support Learning & Development Team​ to raise awareness and education for diagnosing cancers in an early stage, and is provided free of charge, parking is free too. 

To reserve your seat please email stuti.mukherjee@nhs.net 

NHS England

Primary Care Support England

October GP bulletin from PCSE

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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 TrainingHub

We have a few fully funded places left on the Advanced Management of Diabetes and the Pharmacological Management of Diabetes – Initiating Therapy and Optimising Control Module (L6 or L7)

  • Advanced Management of Diabetes Module - Click here for more information       
  • Pharmacological Management of Diabetes - Initiating Therapy and Optimising Control Module - Click here for more information 

Please note that the closing date for applications has been extended until the 30 October 2019.  


Public Participation and System Transformation Webinar Programme

October - December 2019

Please see attached for further details on the following webinars:

22 Oct - Voluntary, community and social enterprise sector partnerships in integrated care systems

  • 23 Oct - Support for Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to work in partnership with people and communities’
  • 23 Oct - Engaging BME Communities
  • 28 Oct - How to Develop a Webinar
  • 30 Oct - Preparing for Public Consultation
  • 05 Nov - Introducing the NHS Cadets
  • 12 Nov - Introduction to Public Engagement
  • 12 Nov - Involving people and communities: how integrated care systems (ICSs) are involving people and communities in their plans to integrate health and care services
  • 19 Nov - How to Develop a Webinar
  • 21 Nov - National Public Participation / Engagement Support for National & Regional NHS Colleagues
  • 03 Dec Best practice in on-line Consultation
  • 10 Dec - National Public Participation / Engagement Support for National & Regional NHS Colleagues
  • 12 Dec - Resources to support major service change.

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GP News 25 October 2019