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GP News 28 June 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement East of England

The following PGDs have been updated and are avaible on the Patient Group Directions (PGD) page on the Health Professionals website here: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/prescribing-information/patient-group-directions/

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Cambridgeshireshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Public consultation Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (C&PCA) Local Transport Plan (LTP)

You are invited to participate in the Combined Authority's first Local Transport Plan. The draft LTP, supporting documents and questionnaire can all be found here. Closing date is 27 September 2019.

CCG Educational Event - End of Life Care

You are invited to our next CCG Educational Event:

Lunch will be available from 12.30pm with the workshop starting promptly at 1pm and finishing at 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!  

QOF 2019/20 - End of Life Care

Dear Colleagues

We have developed resources to help practices achieve the 37 QOF points during 2019/20 for the End of Life Care Quality Improvement activity, with updates and tips for practice teams:

  1. Summary of the new EOLC component of QOF for 2019/20, with suggestions for practices to readily achieve the QOF requirements by using the CCG EOLC template and dashboards.
  2. Suggested questionnaire for QOF requirement to obtain feedback on  practice EOLC provision from bereaved carers.
  3. Other resources, tips and updates for EOLC.
  4. Recent screenshots from the CCG EOLC clinical and practice comparison dashboards.

We hope these resources are helpful: I would welcome feedback at sigb2@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Barclay
CCG Clinical Lead for End of life Care
GP and University Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, University of Cambridge

FOR ACTION: Registration of GP practices with the Central Alerting System

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

In support of improving patient safety alerting system resilience for general practice, there are new contractual requirements for practices to:

  • register a practice email address with the CAS and monitor the email account to act on CAS alerts where appropriate;
  • notify the MHRA if the email address changes to ensure MHRA distribution list is updated;
  • register a mobile phone number (or several numbers) with the MHRA CAS which will only be used as an emergency back up to email for text alerts when e-mail systems are down.

Until 1 October, NHS England and NHS Improvement regional teams will continue to issue CAS alerts to general practice.

The attached alert provides further information.

MHRA Alert

Please take action regarding a MHRA class 2 drug recall;

As a precautionary measure, three medicines are being recalled to a patient level because in the very unlikely event that these medicines are not fully effective there is a potential risk to patient safety:

Clexane 8000iu Injection 0.8ml; Neupro 4mg/24 hr patches; and Vimpat 100mg tablets.

As a precaution, all other affected medicines are being recalled at pharmacy level. Again, you should advise patients to continue taking their medicines. If they have any of these affected products, they do not need to arrange a new prescription, but if they have any questions, they should speak to their GP or healthcare professional. The products being recalled at pharmacy level are: Dovobet Gel, Incruse Inhaler, Provisacor (Crestor) 10mg Tablets, Seebri Breezhaler, Spiriva Inhalation Powder.

Reminder: 2019/20 GP Resilience Fund

As in previous years there is an opportunity for vulnerable practices to bid for GP Resilience funding for the financial year 2019/20.  As this is a busy period for all practices we have developed the following timescale for putting forward potential schemes:

 by 31 July
  • Practices invited to submit bids to CCG 
 7 August 
  • Panel to review bids and recommend outcome 
 August 2019
  • PCCC to approve Panel recommendation(s)
  • Practices informed of outcome 

A template has been provided to enable practice to complete their bids and the narrative should not exceed 200 words (attached). To support your application a copy of the template and NHSE guidance for GP Resilience funding is available on the Health Professional’s website here:  https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals/primary-care/gp-resilience/ where you will also find more information to support you in completing your bids.

To enable the CCG to meet the timeline for the completed bid please return your bid via capccg.primarycare@nhs.net by Wednesday 31st July 2019.

2ww Breast Service

As you should be aware the trusts with Cambridgeshire have been struggling to deliver the breast service within 2 weeks because of ever increasing demand. Please find attached a letter from Dr Oliver Stovin which has previously been circulated along with a Gynaecomastia Information leaflet - June 19 and GP Information leaflet on Breast Pain - June 19.

Cataract referrals to Addenbrooke’s Hospital

As of 01 July 2019, Addenbrooke’s will not be accepting routine cataract referrals from GPs.  Patients presenting with cataracts should be directed to an accredited community optometrist and referred directly from there. This includes patients who present with a GOS18 form completed by an unaccredited optometrist.

Exceptions include any patient who is physically unable to attend community optometry practice.

We have over 150 accredited optometrists working across almost all Cambridgeshire optometry practices. A list of participating practices is attached – please feel free to distribute this to your patients so they can choose their provider.

Please contact ccs@addenbrookes.nhs.uk if you have any questions about the pathway. 

Maternity Transformation Update

as part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Maternity System (LMS)

Please find attached an update from the Better Births team at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG with an overview of progress so far.

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:

Save the date!

Come to our Workforce Innovation and Education Event showcasing the opportunities and benefits that the different new roles, apprenticeships and group consultations can bring to your practice. This will be at Wood Green from 12:00 – approx. 3:30. More information to follow! Register your interest on the website now, by clicking here to book!

Great news! 

We have recently had a limited number of places confirmed by HEE to fund the ACP- Advanced Clinical Practice pathway and also the opportunity to top up modules to complete the ACP qualification. To find out more and register your interest please contact the Training hub – candptraininghub@nhs.net or on 01733 666670.

At the same time, we have secured funding for places on specific courses- (previously known as CPD or LBR ) these courses include :-

  • Management of chronic respiratory conditions for primary practitioners   Level 6/7 ARU
  • Non-medical prescribing – Level 7 – ARU 
  • Fundamentals of Practice nursing - ARU 
  • Clinical Assessment skills – Level 6/7 ARU

We are also looking for funding for other courses and will update you shortly. 

To register your interest , find out more please contact us candptraininghub@nhs.net or on 01733 666670 or speak to our Nurse Educators as soon as possible.  

Thank you to all of you who completed the Training Needs Analysis! The vouchers are on the way to the lucky winners! 

Et al Training are running a Motivational Interviewing event in Cambridge on 10th September and Leicester on 11th September! 


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GP News 28 June 2019