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GP News 27 September 2019

Primary Care Networks

Building a Digital First Future: Digital Primary Care Congress

  • Date and Time: 5 February 2020 | 8:30 am
  • Venue: Etc.Venues, 11 Portland Street, Manchester

Find out more and book your place here: https://www.convenzis.co.uk/events/3rd-digital-primary-care-congress/

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the BIG conversation is now live

Today at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we have launched a twelve-week conversation with our local community to find out more about what matters most to them in the NHS and how they would like to access and use services in the future.

This isn’t a formal consultation. Instead it is a two-way conversation to enable us to develop a set of principles that will underpin our future decision-making processes. It will put the patient, and their preferences, at the heart of our service planning, utilising their views and ideas to generate future plans.

The campaign is now live at bit.ly/NHSBigConversation where people can read the BIG conversation document and complete a short survey to share their views.

We need your help to make the BIG conversation a BIG success! There are five quick ways you can help us to speak to more people in the local area to ensure that the principles upon which we make our future decisions are representative of our community:

  1. Use our toolkit to download marketing materials to share via your website, social media and noticeboards here: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/the-big-conversation/big-conversation-toolkit/
  2. Share links to the survey via your social media channels using the hashtag #NHSBigConversation
  3. Complete the survey yourself and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to complete the survey and share via your internal communication channels
  4. Consider having copies of the survey available at your flu clinics for your patients to complete – we can send you as many copies as you need
  5. Promote and attend our events

We will be holding a series of public meetings around Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which will be advertised on our website and on social media. As well as these public meetings we will be attending local group meetings in a variety of locations to reach out to as many people as possible. All of this will run alongside a large PR, marketing, social media and outreach campaign.

We would welcome any support you can give us to help make your local people’s voices heard. Please do let us know how you would like us to keep you up to date with the BIG conversation and if there are any other materials or information we can provide you with.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Clarification: Flu Clinics / Extended Access

NHS England and NHS Improvement have confirmed the following:

Flu clinics do not count as Extended Hours. The Extended hours element of the DES is clear that:

  • 4.6.2 PCNs will be required to provide: a. additional clinical sessions (routine appointments including emergency or same day appointments), outside of PCN member practices core contracted hours, to all registered patients within the PCN;

Flu clinics would not meet the routine, emergency or same day appointments category and therefore cannot be counted towards extended hours.

Diabetes LES 2019 (April – Sept) Report

We thought it would be helpful to include a quick reminder to practice that the Diabetes LES Reporting Template is due back on 15 October 2019.  A link to the Diabetes LES Reporting Template has been included for ease of reference here.

If anyone has any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of the Diabetes LES please do not hesitate to contact emma.sheldon@nhs.net (Diabetes Project Support Officer). 

Please email your submissions to emma.sheldon@nhs.net by 15th October 2019.

Repeat Prescriptions

Please remind your patients that the Out of Hours service does not routinely provide Controlled Medication schedule 2-5, including gabapentins, unless there is a very specific need to do so, for example palliative care patients. All patients/carers should ensure they have a sufficient supply to manage their medication over weekend/holiday periods. 

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

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)

Podiatry Changes

You have recently received an email from the CPFT podiatry service outlining some changes to their clinic venues.

These changes have been implemented to ensure a more effective and timely service for our patients. Reducing the number of sites allows any investigation or treatment to be offered to the patient in the same location, thus should improve patient experience and reduce waiting times. There has been extensive consultation with patients to ensure they are well informed and are able to access the alternative clinics .

This is a really positive and exciting move, but appreciate that over this period of transition, there may be some disruption. However please do continue to refer your patients as normal, and do not delay, as such pathology can progress quickly. Please contact the podiatry service if you have further queries or concerns

Continence Service - Terminology

CPFT has recently reported the majority of complaints received by this service relate to where patient expectation has been raised through use of terminology eg referral for a ‘pad assessment’ or the number of pads is less than expected.

When making a referral to the Continence Service please advise the patient you are making a referral for a continence assessment, to determine the  appropriate individual treatment options.

Please note there is an expectation of a 3 month treatment plan before any provision of pads and the maximum number of pads per day is four, there are some exceptions which will be determined during the assessment process. 

Please contact CPFT if you have any questions regarding the above on 01480 363594.

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS)

Following a comprehensive tender process, Dental HealthCare (provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust) has been chosen to continue to provide special care dentistry in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This means that as of 1 October 2019, there will be a change to those eligible to make referrals outlined in the new contract. This is in response to new guidance published recently, which recommends that referrals for this specialist service should only come from general dental practitioners (GDP).

A more detailed briefing is attached.

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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 Training Hub:

Subsidised places still available on the Minor Illness Course w/c 18 Nov at Wood Green

HOT OFF THE PRESS – Resilience Training for Receptionists – Fully Funded

Tuesday 29 Oct              13:00-17:00         Cambridge

Thursday 07 Nov           13:00-17:00         Peterborough

Active Signposting for Receptionists – Understand what is available in the wider community for patients

Wednesday 20 Nov      14:00-16:00         Huntingdon

Tuesday 26 Nov            14:00-16:00         Cambridge

Ear Care Study Days - £95

Tues 15 October            09:30-17:00         Huntingdon

Tues 05 November       09:30-17:00         Peterborough

Diabetic Foot training available on Wednesday 27 November in Huntingdon. 


Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

GP Nutrition Workshop

Nutrition Education Policy for Healthcare Practice Training Package (NEPHELP) - Feed for Health Workshop

Reminder: GP Cancer Masterclasses 2019

Following the very well attended and successfully evaluated GP Cancer Masterclasses in 2017-18, and at the request of GP colleagues we are presenting the Cancer Speed dating Masterclass on  Saturday 23rd November  2019 (9:00 13:00 with breakfast & lunch included). (Directions to Arthur Rank Hospice)

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GP News 27 September 2019