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GP News 30 August 2019

Service info: East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Nervecentre issue-duplicate summaries

Thank you for your patience with discharge summaries following our Nervecentre outage in the week of 22 July.  

We’ve investigated thoroughly and since that week no further issues have been reported with duplicated discharge letters. Unfortunately we cannot recall letters once accepted by GP systems.

We have also carried out internal checks to ensure that all GP letters have been sent during the week of 22 July.

If a discharge summary appears blank, it refers to a historical appointment, and there should be a previous and correct version of the document available on your systems with the correct information.

Please let us know if you would like any letters resent.

Please contact GP Liaison if you believe you are missing any completed summaries: 01438 284534 or via email gpliaison.enh-tr@nhs.net

Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing plan

Anyone living in Northamptonshire can have their say to help shape the development of the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan. This is Northamptonshire’s response to the NHS Long Term Plan and will be our county’s single strategic plan for the future of health and social care, incorporating a refreshed strategy for the Health and Wellbeing Board. Fill in the online survey here

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Proposed move of Moorfields Eye Hospital’s City Road services

A public consultation is running on a proposal to move Moorfields Eye Hospital’s services to a new centre bringing together excellent eye care, ground-breaking research and world-leading education in ophthalmology.

The consultation closes on Monday 16 September. For more information and to respond to the consultation please visit http://oriel-london.org.uk/get-involved/

NHS England

Webinar series: supporting the development of social prescribing link workers in PCNs

NHS England and NHS Improvement is continuing to support the development of social prescribing in primary care networks through a series of fortnightly webinars designed for social prescribing link workers and those working within primary care.  The webinars will focus on a range of topics, covering some of the key approaches to effective social prescribing, including safeguarding, care and support planning, developing links with community organisations and more.  The full list of dates and topics can be found on the NHS E/I website.

To see presentations used on previous webinars or to join the social prescribing online collaborative platform, please email: england.socialprescribing@nhs.net.

Primary Care bulletin

Read the latest bulletin here.

NHS Blood and Transplant

Organ Donation Week

Next week (2-8 September) is Organ Donation Week and NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on all NHS staff to help start conversations about the new organ donation law which comes into place next year across England.

The ‘Pass It On’ campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding of the new law which means that all adults will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

However, families will continue to be approached before organ donation goes ahead. Knowing what their relative wanted helps families support their decision at a difficult time.

Organ Donation Week 2019 is specifically focusing on encouraging families to continue having conversation about organ donation as, despite record levels of organ donations, family refusals remain the main reason for organ donation not going ahead.

National Association of Link Workers 

Have questions about Social Prescribing Link Workers?
What is a Social Prescribing Link Worker?
Who can be a Social Prescribing Link Worker?
Is Social Prescribing Link Worker’s role similar to other roles such as Social Worker or Occupational Therapist?
Which job title is best to use?
Do you have examples of Social Prescribing?
Have a question that wasn’t covered here or have questions about our upcoming events?  : michelle@connectlink.org

Check out the FAQs below and the podcast - Social prescribing: what’s in it for practices and their patients? 

A Social Prescribing Link Worker is someone who uses strength-based approach to increase people’s confidence to take control of their health and wellbeing. They work in partnership with people, actively listening to understand what matters to them from a holistic perspective (social and wider determinants of health), cocreating action plans and goals to meet their needs. This means they need to gain and maintain people’s trust and confidence. 

Social Prescribing Link Workers come from a variety of backgrounds; community, lay, volunteering, wellbeing, public health, advocacy, health and social care. The skills and experience required to fulfil the role should be informed by the local challenges addressed through social prescribing and the outcomes desired. In addition to skills, knowledge and personal attributes highlighted in the link worker report and code of practice for high quality social prescribing practice, the social prescribing link worker needs to be approachable, patient and trustworthy.

It is only recently that a dedicated person is in this type of role.   Prior to this there was often crossover from the helping professions that work in the community, health and social care delivering some aspects or light touches of the role. The role is broader than as single profession, it cuts across many, hence its uniqueness. This is not about role substitution but about Multi-Disciplinary team working to deliver seamless holistic service to the person. 

The term ‘Link Worker’ is an umbrella term we use to describe those in this role. Social prescribing programmes use a variety of names to describe link workers based on local decisions and use the terms community, navigator, link worker and social prescribing most

See Social Prescribing Link Worker day showcase gallery and presentation for examples of Social Prescribing.

For PCN Link workers - Regional Social Prescribing Link Worker Community of Practice (CoP) events October/November 2019

Regional Social Prescribing Link Worker Community of Practice (CoP) events October/November 2019

East Accord

East Accord Event Wednesday 16th October, Newmarket

We have come a very long way in a short space of time to collaborate and share best practice in efforts to give people and clinicians better access to health and care records.  We are excited to be able to announce that this year’s major East Accord Event will take place on Wednesday 16th October, at Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire.
The event is free of charge and will run from 10:00 – 16:30 and will include refreshments in the morning and afternoon, and lunch will also be provided.
If you would like to attend the event please register at Eventbrite by clicking on the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-accord-event-2019-tickets-66852610959 - (there are limited tickets, and closing date is 9th October)
We look forward to seeing you there!
We are grateful to the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, which is supporting this event.  EAHSN works across the east of England to promote health service innovation and improvement. 

The Big Conversation with clinicians

Last week we wrote to you asking for GPs and primary care staff to get involved in our 'Big Conversation'. From identifying areas of waste and opportunities for improving efficiencies, to highlighting areas of overlap or duplication across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, we want to hear your ideas!

Please join us at one of the drop in sessions, take part in our survey or join our private Facebook group. Details in the attached letter.

Palliative and End of Life Care meetings

  • Friday 20 September
  • Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon

On Friday 20 September we will be holding two meetings concerning Palliative and End of Life Care in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area to which we would like to invite GPs, Community Nurses and practice staff across the CCG area. The venue is the Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon, just off the A14 and with plenty of parking: there is no charge.

Meeting 1: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG End of Life Care Development Group

09.30 to 11.30am

The agenda will include:

  • Review progress on the C&P CCG review of community services in general and EOLC services in particular
  • Introduction of ReSPECT in the community
  • Anticipatory Prescribing and Community Pharmacies stocking EOLC drugs

Meeting 2: Developing PEOLC research in Peterborough, Fenland and Cambridgeshire

11.30am to 16.00pm


We are delighted to announce that we have recently received a five-year grant from the National Institute for Health Research to establish an ARC (Applied Research Collaboration) across the East of England, starting in October 2019. We’re planning to focus on three areas:

  • Out of Hours PEOLC
  • Multimorbidity, frailty and chronic disease
  • Inequalities in PEOLC provision

This is a really significant opportunity for us to work together across the whole of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire in research that addresses our local needs and helps to improve local care provision. We would like to invite you and your colleagues to join us for this open invitation meeting, which will follow on from the CCG meeting above. We’ll outline the opportunities of this research initiative and seek your advice in round-table discussions on the key areas in which that you would find research helpful:
11.30  Introduction to NIHR ARC East of England
12.45  Lunch
13.15  Round-table research discussion 1
14.15  Tea / coffee break
14.30  Round-table research discussion
15.30  Plenary discussion of research
16.00  Depart
I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are:

  • coming to meeting 1
  • coming to meeting 2
  • have any dietary requirements

I’ll be back in touch with further information nearer the time: meanwhile please share this email with your colleagues who might be interested in coming to one or both of these meetings, inviting them to get in touch with me sigb2@medschl.cam.ac.uk. And please do get in touch yourself if you have any comments or questions about these meetings.
Best wishes,
Dr Stephen Barclay
GP, University Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care
C&P CCG Clinical Lead for End of Life Care

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical CCG's Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE. If you are able to attend, please email gemmakeats@nhs.net 

Primary Care Networks

Workforce Innovation Event

  • Wednesday 09 October 2019 | 12:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Kings Suite, Wood Green , King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester , PE29 2NH

Do you know what a Physician Associate, a Clinical Pharmacist, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Nurse Associate or a Social Prescriber Link-Worker can do or how much these roles cost?

Register for this Training Hub event on 9 October to find out more https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/event/workforce-innovation-and-education-event/

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

I cannot express the gratitude I feel and how much it benefits your health to think someone cares.” Quotation from a participant about participation in research in primary care 2018-19.

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:

We currently have two vacancies in our team for the following:

  • GP Support Hub Lead
  • First 5 Lead for Huntingdon


For more information, please e-mail candptraininghub@nhs.net


Places still available on Motivational Interviewing Skills workshops with Et Al

  • Tuesday 10th September               Cambridge
  • Wednesday 11th September        Leicester                             



East Anglia Faculty Welcome Event and AGM on 01st October in Newmarket 12:00-22:00

  • This event is FREE and a highlight of the year ! Click here to book.



GP Support Hub

Offering local schemes and initiatives that will enable GPs to remain in or return to general practice.

Shapes Resilience Programme | Wild Monday

The Shapes Toolkit is a series of coaching and productivity tools which aim to help GPs beat stress and become more resourceful and resilient in their workplace.

Shapes Toolkit | Tailored for First 5  (Last few places!!)

Shapes Toolkit | |Tailored for Mid-Career onwards

The Shapes Ambassadors Programme trains peer facilitators to us the Shapes Toolkit to provide ongoing peer group coaching support to GPs in the area.

Shapes Ambassadors Programme | Open to all


Get ahead of the game with cancer care reviews

  • Date:  Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

  • Venue:  Conference Room, Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely, CB6 1DN

This free 1-day nurse training course for Practice Nurses is open to all practices. 

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

Contact Dr Oliver Stovin oliver.stovin@nhs.net or Dr Stuti Mukherjee stuti.mukherjee@nhs.net if you would like any additional clinical information. 

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GP News 30 August 2019