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GP News - 27 October 2017

Reminder: Accessible Information Standard

From 01 August 2016 all organisations that provide NHS care were legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard. The Standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and sets out a specific, consistent approach to meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss. Further information is available on the NHS England website here

New service to support children's wellbeing and mental health

Please see attached news release regarding a new service to support children's wellbeing and mental health.

CHUMS, a mental health and emotional wellbeing social enterprise, has been awarded the contract to run this service which will cover the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including the Fenland area.  The new contract is due to start on 01 January 2018.

GPs encouraged to support Stop it Now! campaign

GP Practices will shortly be receiving posters and some sample leaflets for the Stop it Now! campaign.  

Run by child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Stop it Now! is a public campaign to prevent child sexual abuse. It aims to educate offenders about the harm they are causing, and to make them aware of the help that is available to stop. Stop it Now! run a helpline that people can call confidentially and anonymously to discuss their concerns relating to child sexual abuse, including concerns regarding their own behaviour, or that of another person.

GP practices are encouraged to display the posters in public waiting areas.  Additional copies of the leaflet are available by contacting capccg.contact@nhs.net  Further information and a wide range of resources are also available from the Stop it Now! website

Reminder: 'Time for Care in General Practice'  showcase event - 08 November 2017

Don't forget to register for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s  ‘Time for Care in General Practice’ showcase event at the Huntingdon Marriot Hotel on Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please register online here. 

Further information is available in the attached invite letter and flyer. If you have any queries please contact Fiona Holloway-Parks, Cambrideshire and Peterborough CCG via email fiona.holloway-parks@nhs.net or call 01223 725343.

Reminder: ‘GP Cancer Masterclass’ education evenings

As advertised previously Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG has co-ordinated with Macmillan to  hosting a series of full funded ‘GP Cancer Masterclass’ education evenings.

  • 31 October 2017 in Peterborough
  • 16 November in Cambridge (second workshop)
  • 29 November in Peterborough (second workshop)
  • More information is available here   

To book onto the Cambirdge workshops follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-cambridge-tickets-37059239182    

To book onto the Peterborough workshop follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gp-masterclasses-peterborough-tickets-37692988744    

For any queries please email Laura Millman on laura.millman@nhs.net or Jane Steward  jane.steward1@nhs.net 

Reminder: Diabetes Local Enhanced Service 2017/19

We are pleased to offer a slight extension to the original sign up deadline, so please return the completed form to sally.berry1@nhs.net by Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any feedback or queries you may have. Sally Berry, Diabetes Programme Manager Mob: 07967 835226 | Email: sally.berry1@nhs.net

Youth Mental Health Awareness for General Practice Nurses

General Practices Nurses are invited to attend a free 1 day courseon ‘Youth Mental Health Awareness Training’.

This training is open to all general practice nursing staff in Huntingdon and the Fenlands who would like to develop their mental health awareness skills.

The training dates listed below:

  • Venue: Woodlands Surgery, 48-49 Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR
  • Date: 5 December 2017 - now changed to 28 November
  • Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Venue: The Riverside Practice, 23 Marylebone Road, March, PE15 8BG
  • Date: 29 November 2017
  • Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

If you would like to attend this FREE training, (details in last week's GP News) please contact Fiona Holloway-Parks on CAPCCG.CPDPrimaryCare@nhs.net or 01223 725343. 

Self Care week: 13-19 November 2017

Self Care week takes place from 13-19 November 2017. Self Care Week is a national awareness week that focuses on increasing patients' health knowledge and understanding of how to look after their own health. Empowering individuals to self care has many benefits for their short term and long term health, alongside helping to manage demand on health services.

GP practices are encouraged to support Self Care week within their practice. A range of resources such as posters screen savers, website banners and images are available to download from the Self Care forum website HERE. The CCG will also be supporting the Self Care week alongside its ongoing self care campaign activity. 

Winter illnesses resources – posters and flyers for Flu clinics

All practices will shortly be receiving copies of a ‘winter illnesses’ poster and a batch of A5 flyers for flu clinics or patient areas as part of our ongoing self care awareness campaign.

The ‘winter illnesses’ communications toolkit is also currently being developed and will be available to access next week. As with the ‘Back to school’ toolkit, this will provide GP practices with access to a range of resources such as posters, Jpegs for waiting room screens, articles for websites and suggested social media activity to help practices raise awareness within their community.

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Region races to 'Ready, Steady, Research!'

Research updates

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

  • Royal College of General Practitioners award win for Cambridgeshire GP Dr  Christopher Newark of Buckden and Little Paxton Surgery, Cambridgeshire has won this year's Royal College of General Practitioners First5® award. Applicants were required to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to range, number and engagement of patients, and innovation in approaching the research.     

  • Region races to 'Ready, Steady, Research!' Wednesday 20 September saw the Clinical Research Network Eastern Primary Care regional event, 'Ready, Steady, Research' held at Chesterford Park, Cambridge. The day was a great success with over 130 delegates from GP surgeries across the region attending. A packed programme consisted of presentations in the morning with workshops in the afternoon.        

  • Funding Opportunity NIHR fellowships: deadline 5 Dec 2017 There are four different NIHR fellowships to apply for: for senior research fellows, postdoctoral research fellows, career development research fellows and transitional research fellows. In addition, the deadline for doctoral fellowships is 19 December.

  • Do you know about the Public Health@Cambridge researcher directory? How easy is it for collaborators to find you, and for you to find them? It's a great resource that helps potential collaborators find you, and you find them. It is an open, easily searchable, online database of multi-disciplinary public health researchers at Cambridge.

Repairing the Brain

  • Science Café with Professor Roger Barker, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute    
  • Sunday 29 October, 3pm
  • White Swan, Stow cum Quy, Cambridgeshire   

Join for the third of the Regenerator on Tour series as Professor Roger Barker discusses his pioneering stem cell research in this relaxed and friendly afternoon pub session. Roger will explain how new stem cell therapies are being developed to restore neurological function in conditions such as Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. He's keen to hear from you; so for the bulk of the session he will be answering your questions to find out what you really want to know about these new medical advances. 

Stick around afterwards to enjoy a Sunday afternoon pub quiz and perhaps another pint of our stew cell brew, Regenerator. We'll be challenging you to answer a set of stem-cell themed questions, with a special box set of beer as a bonus prize!

It’s part of the Regenerator on tour series themed around the stem cell beer. The main target group is the usual locals who go to this pub on a Sunday afternoon, but a few bonus customers and interested public wouldn’t go amiss! Register for your free ticket here        


Partner news

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

New phone line for professionals at Brookside Child and Family Clinic in Cambridge

To further improve the service CPFT offers at the Brookside Child and Family Clinic, Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AH, a new phone line has been added for professionals wishing to contact the Cambridgeshire Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This designated professional line is for use by colleagues from partner agencies and also staff from within the Trust itself.

The new number is  01223 465214 and will be open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Please note this number is for professionals who wish to speak to a member of CAMHS staff at Brookside only. Patients, service-users, carers and members of the public should continue to call 01223 465100

All referrals to the CPFT’s CAMH teams (South, Central and North) should still be made via our Single Point of Access via email: accesscamhs@nhs.net or by calling 01480 428115.

NHS England

Modernising Radiotherapy Services in England – developing proposals for future service models consultation

NHS England has launched a consultation on radiotherapy services. It is seeking feedback on its proposals for a new specification for radiotherapy services, following the £130 million investment to upgrade radiotherapy equipment, which was announced last October. The specification was developed following discussions with doctors, nurses, radiographers and public and patient engagement groups. The online consultation closes on 18 December 2017. NHS England is happy to attend meetings or events to talk about its proposed development of radiotherapy services during the consultation period. Email england.npoc-cancer@nhs.net for more information.

Revised Easy Read leaflet on Assuring Transformation data and patient objections

All commissioners should have systems in place for the ‘fair processing’ of patient objections. A revised Assuring Transformation AT information leaflet is now available.

Public Health England

Keep Antibiotics Working campaign

On Monday 23rd October, Public Health England (PHE) launched a national campaign, highlighting that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts patients and their family at risk of more severe or longer illness. To help keep antibiotics working patients are urged to always take their doctor or nurse’s advice on antibiotics.       

Further information about the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign, including access to digital screens and other resources can also be found PHE Campaign Resource Centre

New Patient Support Group

A new support group for parents bereaved through suicide has been set up with the support of The Compassionate Friends. The meetings are informal and private and held, 7.30-9.30pm, the first Tuesday of the month in the home of Rosie Wilson in Cambridge. If you are interested in attending please email Rosie at p.wilson34@ntlworld.com.

If you have a  place on your website for support groups or patient information please feel free to add this to your page.

Hereditary Cancer Matters

The Eve Appeal have launched a dedicated information resources for all matteres relating to the subject of hereditary cancers, whether that is discussing what genetic mutations are, if genetic testing is appropriate or if there are factors which may put a patient at a higher risk of carrying a BRCA gene mutation. Please read the attached information sheet for further information here or visit the Eve Appeal website here

The doctor will see you now

Do you have a patient focused noticeboard or a web page that you could promote 'The doctor will see you now' BBC Radio Cambridgeshire show where Dr Emma Tiffin and Jez Sallis talk health and take health questions? If you do, please feel free to use the attached image file on your website.


External events & training

NHS England 

General Practice Transformation Champions event – 22 November 2017, London

Following the success of NHS England’s event in March 2017, NHS England are running another General Practice Transformation Champions event on 22 November 2017 in London. The conference is for anyone involved in leading improvement and transformation in general practice in the NHS, from GPs, practice managers and other primary care professionals, to commissioners and STPs.    

A packed programme includes national primary care updates from Dr Arvind Madan (Director of Primary Care and Deputy Medical Director) and Dominic Hardy (National Director of Primary Care), practicalities of using the 10 High Impact Actions, and leadership sessions from the frontline of transformation. Book your free place online here

Practice nurse training

Free half day cytology updates

  • Funded by Public Health England
  • Suitable for practice nurses who have previoiusly completed a two day cervical cytology training course meeting the NHSCSP Standards
  • Various dates and venue - see attached flyer for details and course content.

Free half day immunisation updates

  • Funded by Public Health England
  • Suitable for practice nurses who have previously completed a two day immunisations course meeting the National Standards for immunisation training.
  • Various dates and venue - see attached flyer for details and course content.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Services Conference

You are invited to the Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference taking place on 30 November 2017 at Burgess Hall, St Ives from 09.30am to 3.30pm). Burgess Hall is located on Westwood Road, St Ives and has plenty of onsite car parking facilities.

Please RSVP to Helen Gregg, Partnership Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Councils at helen.gregg@peterborough.gov.uk or call her on 01733 863618 by Monday 06 November. The conference agenda is attached here.

FREE Diabetes Education Online Training (CDEP)

We are pleased to have secured funding to enable our clinicians FREE access to the Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP).

The new registration key code is: CambsPboroCCG. Details for how to register can be found in the attached flyer. We would encourage as many clinicians to register as possible, and this will support achievement of the Diabetes LES.

If anyone has any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sally Berry, Diabetes Programme Manager sally.berry1@nhs.net, or Candice Ward, Lead CDEP Educator candice.ward@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.

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. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to check external links are from a reliable source please be mindful when requested to input personal information into third party links.

14/02/2018