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GP News 29 November 2019

Stay Well Grant Now Live

The Stay Well grant with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is now live and open for applications.

Better Births - new booklet for pregnant women

The Maternity Transformation Team are pleased to launch our Better Births Booklet for newly pregnant women - https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/better-births/pregnancy-and-birth/your-choices-booklet/

The purpose of the information is for women to start thinking about who they would like to care for them through their pregnancy, where they might wish to give birth, and how to access their midwife to arrange their important first appointment.

When women present at your surgery to start their pregnancy journey could your reception staff direct them via the CCG link above or print off for them a leaflet for them to refer to the carer of their choice. Your support will be most welcome and we envisage this contributing to the reduction of GP appointments for this purpose.

Social Prescribing Link Workers

Message from the NHS England Social Prescribing team who have been working with colleagues in the Primary Care Strategy and NHS Contracts Group on the issue of additional costs for PCNs when engaging an SPLW service through a supplier, is impacting on the engagement of Social Prescribing Link Workers. They have released the following statement as per below:

“A number of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have been looking to engage with suppliers such as voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to support social prescribing services. Working with such suppliers is vital to support delivery of social prescribing, both in terms of:

  • providing social prescribing link worker services to PCNs where those services are sub-contracted, and
  • providing or supporting the health and wellbeing services and other opportunities available within the community to which patients will be referred.
  • To establish an MDT to approach to the problems (inclusion of those who affect and are affected by a change in the process that requires change)
  • Define a specific aim for the improvement (against defined metrics and data)
  • Conduct a root cause analysis (RCA) of the current situation
  • Develop and prioritise ideas for change (informed by the RCA)
  • Ideas planned for using Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) approach

Nearly all organisations supplying an SPLW service are passing on additional cost over and above the equivalent of the actual salary and the on costs set out in the Network Contract DES as reimbursable at 100%.  We have looked at how we can include such costs within the additional roles reimbursement scheme mechanism.

We can confirm that the scheme will be updated so that, where a PCN engages an SPLW service through a supplier, a PCN will be able to claim an additional flat rate sum of £2400 per SPLW (on an annual WTE basis; to be pro-rated by the WTE and duration of the roles providing the service as appropriate) as a contribution towards those costs.

This must be affordable within the existing maximum annual reimbursable amount for social prescribing link workers. The reimbursement of additional costs is not in addition to the maximum reimbursable amount per role. This change applies only to the SPLW role and not to other roles funded through the Network Contract DES.

Guidance will be updated shortly to reflect the above.”

Respiratory Outpatient Improvement Workshop

CUHFT are holding a Respiratory Outpatient Improvement Workshop at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The aim of the Workshop is to develop multi-disciplinary team-based solutions to reduce the future need for face-to-face Respiratory Outpatient appointments (as per the challenge set out in The NHS Long Term Plan) without shifting activity to Primary Care.

  • 12 December 2019 | 8.30am to 12.30pm | Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Aimed at GPs and Nurses - anyone with a clinical interest
  • Invitation letter attached

The objectives of the workshop: 

  • To establish an MDT to approach to the problems (inclusion of those who affect and are affected by a change in the process that requires change)
  • Define a specific aim for the improvement (against defined metrics and data)
  • Conduct a root cause analysis (RCA) of the current situation
  • Develop and prioritise ideas for change (informed by the RCA)
  • Ideas planned for using Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) approach 

To book your place, please contact Jenny Gallagher | jenny.gallagher@nhs.net | 07973691416


Clinical Awareness/Coding for dates for Emis on 15 July and 04 Nov

Introduction to Pneumococcal, Influenza and Shingles Immunisations and B12 Injection Training for HCAs – Weds 11 March and Thurs 12 March 2020

System Leadership Programme Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 

“Developing the Person, to improve the place, for the benefit of the whole Population”

This programme creates a “change energy” connected community of practice within the place you work. It aims to stretch, motivate and drive you beyond boundaries, adopting a community ‘asset’ approach and enable you to explore how working with wider agencies creates innovative mechanisms to support wellness within our local communities.

Please click here for further information and to express your interest.

Mary Seacole

The programme has been extended for two years, with 12 cohorts being commissioning (6 in 2020 and 6 in 2021). New dates will be circulated at the end of the November. Due to pricing changes, there is now a cost per participant of £150. This cost is going to be funded by CCG. This course is now being marketed at candidates who currently line manage (this previously was not a prerequisite).

Update from East of England Leadership Academy

We understand that primary care systems are looking to promote leadership opportunities and primary care as a career option for managers. These managers will require a holistic insight into the operation of the entire health and care system. The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme could be something of interest that could support this ambition and provide potential employees in primary care once they graduate from the scheme. more here

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NEW: Translated materials communications toolkit

GP practices now have access to a range of patient resources such as posters, patient information leaflets and videos in a variety of different languages. These are all available to download from the CCG Health Professional website HERE.  Resources available include:

  • Guide to local NHS services: An A4 leaflet that provides an overview of the local NHS services available and how to access them including NHS 111, MIU/UTC, GP, Pharmacy and self care. The leaflet is available in Czech, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Latvian, Romanian, Latvian, Russian, Portuguese, Urdu and Pakistani Punjabi.  A short two minute video is also available in Polish and Lithuanian.
  • GP access: An A4 poster to promote extended access available within practices. This is available in Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese.
  • Child immunisation programme: An A3 poster that is available in Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese.

For further information or guidance on using the toolkit please contact capccg.contact@nhs.net

'Using Emollients Safely’ campaign: feedback required

In October we launched an awareness campaign to support and advise the public on the importance of using emollients safely to help prevent fire risk. All practices received a promotional pack that included leaflets, posters and branded pharmacy bags (dispensing practices only).  To help us develop the campaign further we would welcome your feedback by completing a one minute survey online HERE.

Practices are encouraged to continue to promote the campaign and can access all of the materials and a communications toolkit online HERE.

Central Alerting System (CAS)

  • https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts.
  • Class 2 Drug Alert, Action Within 48 Hours, Ceska Republika S.R.O. (An Affiliate Of Bausch And Lomb Uk Limited), Emerade 150 Micrograms Solution For Injection In Pre-Filled Syringe; Emerade 300 Microgram Solution For Injection In Pre-Filled Syringe And Emerade 500 Microgram Solution For Injection In Pre-Filled Syringe. Full details of the drug alert are included in the attached PDF file. Please forward to listed recipients. 
  • Slo-Phyllin (Theophylline) 60mg/125mg/500mg Capsules. Manufacture of this product has ceased; it is anticipated to be out of stock by the end of November. This alert provides advice on the management of patients currently using this medicine. SDA-2019-009.pdf
  • Ranitidine: All Formulations. Supply Disruption - Update. This is an update to SDA/2019/005. SDA-2019-005-U.pdf
  • Class 2 Drug Alert, Action Within 48 Hours, M &Amp; A Pharmachem Limited, Paracetamol 500mg Tablets, 1 X 1000. EL(A)19 38 Final.pdf

Patient Group Directions

Updated PGDs

All PGDs can be found on the Health Professionals section of the website here

Please see below the latest developments from the world of healthcare Research and Innovation: 

Do make sure to check out these great resources from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health for info:

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

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NHS England & NHS Improvement

Healthcare worker flu jab reminder letter and press release

Ruth May, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, has issued an open letter to all NHS frontline workers to remind them of the importance of protecting themselves from flu, by taking up the offer of the free vaccination.

The letter has been published online and a press release has also been issued to national media. Please urge any colleagues who have not taken up the vaccination to do so.

Cambridgeshire County Council

MRSA for information purposes

Please find attached an A4 poster and A5 leaflet which provide both valuable information about MRSA and practice advice to reduce the risk of infection. If you would like any hard copies of the resources please contact Susie Talbot - Public Health Commissioning Team Manager (Drugs & Alcohol) at susie.talbot@nhs.net 

As a quick reminder, to reduce the risk of MRSA infection the following steps are advised:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Clean injection sites with antiseptic wipes
  • Use new needles and equipment every time you inject
  • Keep wounds covered.

If users have any of these symptoms:

  • Wound redness
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever.

Please advise them to seek medical advice as soon as possible and/or call NHS 111.


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

Cambridge Online

After being selected by The Good Things Foundation and NHS Digital, Cambridge Online are running a free Digital Health Hub at the Meadows Community Centre, CB4 3XJ, every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00-12:00. This is a free drop-in and no appointment is needed.

The main aim is to help people (most will have long term conditions) access trusted information on their condition online and learn how to use online appointment and prescriptions and will be confined to using the NHS website as the key source of information and support. They will not be offering any medical advice. 

Patients can also be guided through the NHS apps, in order to help with conditions like diabetes, anxiety, or maybe to give up smoking, find physio exercises, healthy recipes and so on. Please see attached flyer for further details and please share this with any patients that you think would find this useful.

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.

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GP News 29 November 2019