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GP News - 15 March 2017

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Consultation on proposed changes to the future provision of specialist fertility treatment  

A public consultation has been launched by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), inviting local residents to share their views on proposed changes to specialist fertility treatment. The consultation will run from today (Monday 13 March) until 5pm on Monday 12 June 2017.

The proposal being consulted on is: To stop routinely commissioning any specialist fertility services other than for two specified exceptions.

Exceptions to the proposal

Under the proposal, specialist fertility services would no longer be commissioned except for the following two exceptions listed below:

  • fertility preservation will be offered to patients undergoing cancer treatment, or who have a disease or a condition requiring medical or surgical treatment, that has a significant likelihood of making them infertile; and  
  • sperm washing will be provided to men who have a chronic viral infection (primarily HIV) and whose female partner does not, where intrauterine insemination is being considered. This is a risk reduction measure to limit the transmission of a serious, pre-existing viral condition such as HIV to the woman and therefore, potentially, her unborn baby.    

The proposal would not affect other fertility services and would still enable patients to be referred from their GP to their local hospital for investigation into their infertility.

There are other investigations and clinical interventions that can improve fertility available to people, before the need to access specialist fertility services, and access to these is not being restricted.

The consultation document can be read online www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/consultations/ and includes a questionnaire for completion.

A series of public meetings are also being held:

  • Thursday 11 May 2017: 6pm to 7pm - The Boat House Business Centre, 1 Harbour Square, Wisbech PE13 3BH   
  • Monday 15 May 2017: 2pm to 3pm and 6pm to 7pm - The Fleet, Fleet Way, Peterborough PE2 8DL   
  • Monday 22 May 2017: 12.30pm to 1.30pm - Central Library, Lion Yard, 7 Lion Yard, Cambridge CB2 3QD
  • Thursday 25 May 2017: 6pm to 7pm - The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely CB7 4BB   
  • Wednesday 7 June 2017: 6pm to 7pm - The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine's Rd, Cambridge CB4 3XJ    
  • Thursday 8 June 2017: 6pm to 7pm - Huntingdon Library, Princes Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PA     

The deadline for public responses is 5pm on 12 June 2017.

Pre-election period (22 March – 4 May 2017)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group will be observing the pre-election period.

The pre-election period for the Local and Mayoral elections on 4 May 2017 starts on 22 March. The pre-election guidance limits the promotional activity and announcements that the CCG can make during this period. External communications should remain factual.

Public consultations that have begun before the start of the pre-election period can continue to run during the pre-election period. However we should not announce a new one, advertise an existing one or announce the results of one that has ended during the pre-election period. This relates to all forms of external communications including social media. There is no problem with continuing to issue general health advice via social media during the pre-election period.


Partner News

Latest innovations

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

NHS England

NHS England extends support for GPs on rising indemnity costs

NHS England has announced help for GPs struggling to cope with the rising cost of indemnity payments so that they can offer greater access for patients. More information here.

Leaflets for vulnerable groups

NHS England has co-produced a series of leaflets which give advice to vulnerable patient groups on how to register with a GP. These groups are: asylum seekers, refugees, homeless people and Gypsy/Roma/traveller groups.

See also the guidance for GP practices on responsibilities under existing guidance to register patients living in the practice area. 

Health Education England

The Health Education England (HEE) general practice nursing workforce development plan ‘Recognise, Rethink, Reform,’ has been launched. It puts forward a range of recommendations to support and develop the workforce for the future and to help nurses make effective career choices.

Members representing HEE, NHS England, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, formed a  task and finish group chaired by GP, Dr Peter Lane, to look at four key areas:

  • entry into general practice – raising the profile as a first career choice and increasing the availability of training placements for students
  • establishing the role of the GP nurse – ensuring appropriate training and support is available for new GPNs
  • enhancing the role with professional development and career progression
  • expanding the healthcare support workforce with standardised training and career paths.

A press release and the development plan can be found on the Health Education England website.

Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance

Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance, is seeking participation from GP practices across the city and surrounding areas.

Involvement in the work of the Alliance will require only minimal input from interested surgeries, leading to significantly aiding the creation and subsequent sustainment of a Dementia Friendly Community locally.

Please see the attached letter here which provides additional information on the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance for your reference.

More information about Peterborough DAA is at : http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/3166_peterborough_dementia_action_alliance

Laxton library

The latest current awareness bulletin can be downloaded here


External events and training

Integrating Research into Clinical Care Symposium

5th April 2017 10am – 4pm
Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon

Key subject areas:

  • Novel approaches to engaging doctors and specialist nurses in clinical research
  • Patient engagement in promoting, designing and delivering research
  • Guidance on distribution of research funds to ensure research delivery
  • UK Clinical Trials Gateway
  • Engaging Allied health professionals and bridging the primary/secondary care interface
  • Demonstrating research leadership in clinical settings.

See the flyer here.

For information and booking please contact:
Heather Pearman: heather.pearman@nhs.net    
Telephone:  01480 847511      

16/03/2017