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GP News 26 July 2019

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Update on issue with electronic referrals for outpatient appointments at PCH, Stamford and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals

Out Patient Administration System Team has now corrected the issue with data, which means we have been able to switch on eRS (electronic referral system) this morning.

GPs are now able to book outpatient appointments.

Thank you for your patience while this work has taken place.Cambridgeshire County Council

Reading Well Books on Prescription

England Practitioner Survey 2019

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people to manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading available from public libraries.  Endorsed by health professionals, the book collections include Reading for mental health, Reading Well for long-term conditions, Books on Prescription – Dementia, and Shelf Help – for young people’s mental health.  Please see www.reading-well.org.uk  for further information. 

If you are using Reading Well Books on Prescription for any of your service users, please help with the evaluation of this resource by completing the  practitioner survey (please click) by 31 July 2019. The data collected will be considered alongside data from libraries, service users and other partners to improve and develop the Reading Well Books on Prescription programme.  It will take no longer than five minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact the Reading Agency: readingwell@readingagency.org.uk.

NHS England

Updated PGDs

The following PGDs have been updated:

  • PGD 8 Inactivated influenza valid 1st Sept 2019

  • PGD 9 LAIV Fluenz valid 1st Sept 2019

Any queries please contactEngland.ea-phsi@nhs.net

PGDs can be found on the CCG website at: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/prescribing-information/patient-group-directions/

Good to Great

Please find below two presentations from recent training events that you might find useful:

  •  Annual Regulatory Reviews

  •  Complaint Training

Primary Care bulletin

Read the 22 July 2019 bulletin here.

Digital health tools survey

We're currently running a survey to get views on how supported and prepared practice managers and digital leads are in relation to digital health tools and services that they are using. Can you send this out to your practices? The survey will close on 31 July and it's anonymous. https://nhsdigital.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_agAlsELgP8HB7mt?channel=nhsdtwitter …

GP Patient Survey 2019 results published 

Europe’s largest survey of patients has been published and shows that more than eight out of ten still have a good experience of their GP practice and more than nine in ten have confidence and trust in the professionals they saw or spoke to. Feedback showed areas for improvement, including people contacting practices by telephone and making appointments. More than 770,500 people took part in the GP Patient Survey of practices across England. Data is published at national level, by CCG and by practice. There is an analysis tool to help explore the survey and produce reports. Read our full statement on the survey.

Central Alerting System

  • Medical Device Alert: Automated external defibrillators

  • Update Of Guidance On Clearance And Management Of Healthcare Workers Living With A Bloodborne Virus (Bbv)

  • Drug Alert Class 2, Action Within 48 Hours, Chanelle Medical, Bisacodyl 5mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

  • Professional Use Capillary Blood Specimen Collection

  • Recall of medicines that have been taken out of the regulated medicines supply chain during distribution and later re-introduced.

Reminder: all GP practices in England are required to register to receive CAS alerts directly by 01 October 2019. Practices are asked to register no later than 13 September 2019 using the following link: https://www.cas.mhra.gov.uk/Register.aspx       

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.

Welcome to... David Parke

David Parke has taken up his new post as Associate Director for Primary Care and is very much looking forward to meeting and working with you all over the coming days and weeks. 

David was previously Head of Primary Care at Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCG (NEL STP).  He has worked in the NHS for over 26 years; starting his career as a Paediatric Nurse in London.  For many years, David worked as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Youth Offending Team (YOT), before setting up an Early Intervention CAMHS in Hertfordshire.  Thereafter, David was the Service Manager for the National and Specialist CAMHS at the South London & Maudsley Trust.  David’s interest in designing and commissioning services, led to his strategic move in becoming a Business Manager at a large, rural GP Practice in Suffolk before becoming a PC Commissioner. 

Shortage of Phenelzine 15mg tablets

There is currently a shortage in the supply of Phenelzine (Nardil®) 15mg tablets, where supplies of this medicine are expected to be affected from the beginning of August until the end of October 2019.

Please find attached a link to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Joint Medicines Formulary, netFormulary, detailing actions to be taken to manage the shortage until normal supplies of the affected medicine have resumed.


Please forward to ensure that all staff who do not routinely have access to emails and need to be aware of the shortage, and the actions to deal with the shortage are informed.

Please do not hesitate in contacting the Medicines Optimisation Team directly for further advice via the FEEDBACK tab on netFormulary or via capccg.prescribingpartnership@nhs.net

SERVICE INFO: Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre

The Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre (AHDTC) an Arthur Rank Hospice Service, based at North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech, will now be providing a Community Specialist Palliative Care Service.

SERVICE INFO: NWAFT 2ww Breast Service

Please read the attached letter regarding the 2ww Breast Service at NWAFT and see also a copy of the DNA & Cancellations Policy.

Reminder: The PEDAS clinic

Peterborough Early Diagnostic and Assessment Service

The aim of the clinic is to offer a service to patients (>16) where there is the concern about a possible cancer diagnosis but the patient’s symptoms DO NOT fit an established 2WW pathway. This is a one-year pilot in the first instance.

Please find attached a letter from Dr Oliver Stovin regarding this clinic.

The PEDAS Clinical Pathway and Referral Form can be found on the website here:


Clinical Support Tool information and update

Clinical Support Tool information and update

What is the Clinical Support Tool (CST)?              

  • SystmOne Referral tool
  • Click on hospital tab  on SystmOne
  • Centrally stored referral proforma
  • Automatically populated
  • Standard editable summary
  • CCG clinical policies/thresholds in each clinical tab
  • Links to GP Referrals on CCG website
  • Continually updated


Recent updates/links              

Searchable PDF file to find proformas          

Allergy-Addenbrooke’s referral guidelines

Cancer -Peterborough Early Diagnostic and Assessment Service (PEDAS)

Infectious Disease -link to CCG antibiotic prescribing template, Notification of infectious disease form, link to school exclusion information

Palliative Care -link to End of Life (EOL) template, link to CCG palliative care prescribing and Palliative Care Network guidelines               

Urgent Care-Contact numbers and referral routes for CCG Acute Trusts, DVT/PE guidance and referral

Contact us on capccg.clinicalsupporttool@nhs.net    Feedback is always appreciated.              

We’d be grateful if you could complete this brief (8 question) SurveyMonkey questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NWYPHCL              

Dr Christine Emerson and Tahmina Akhtar


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:

Signposting, Prioritisation and Customer Care Course for Receptionists and Admin Staff

  • Wednesday 04th Sept     Peterborough                  0900-1700             

  • Thursday 05th Sept         Cambridge                        0900-1700

  • Wednesday 18th Sept    Huntingdon                      0900-1700

Compression and Bandaging Skills Workshops

  • Tuesday 03rd Sept           Cambridge                       1300-1600

  • Thursday 12th Sept         Huntingdon                     1300-1600

  • Thursday 03rd Oct           Peterborough                 1300-1600

Signposting, Prioritisation and Customer Care Course for Receptionists and Admin Staff

  • Wednesday 04th Sept Peterborough 0900-1700
  • Thursday 05th Sept Cambridge 0900-1700

  • Wednesday 18th Sept Huntingdon 0900-1700

Compression and Bandaging Skills Workshops

  • Tuesday 03rd Sept Cambridge 1300-1600

  • Thursday 12th Sept Huntingdon 1300-1600

  • Thursday 03rd Oct Peterborough 1300-1600


Get ahead of the game with cancer care reviews

  • Date:  Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
  • Venue:  Conference Room, Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely, CB6 1DN

The course is intended for Practices Nurses, but anyone who undertakes cancer care reviews within your practice are invited to attend.

This one-day course is open to all practices. See flyer.

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

The inclusion of external courses and events within GP News does not imply endorsement by NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG or any association with their operators.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to check external links are from a reliable source please be mindful when requested to input personal information into third party links.
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