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GP News - 3 May 2017

Members' Meeting – please RSVP

Please remember to RSVP for the Member Practices’ meeting on Thursday 18 May2017 1-3pm at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester. Please RSVP to capccg.gateway@nhs.net.  

Important information about Apprenticeships in Primary Care

Please read the attached update regarding changes in apprenticeship funding, and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and how this affects apprenticeship training.

Consultation on proposed changes to the future provision of Specialist Fertility Treatment (IVF) in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group area 

Planned public consultation meetings on proposed changes to the provision of Specialist Fertility Treatment in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been postponed.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has postponed the meetings due to the announcement of the general election. The meetings will be rescheduled to take place across our area following the general election and the consultation will be extended to 5pm on 31 July to take account of this.

We are aware that this will cause inconvenience, however people will still have the opportunity to give us their views on the proposals during this period here. We will announce dates for the rescheduled meetings shortly after the general election.

For further information please visit:

www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk, contact the communications and engagement team by phone on 01223 725304 or email capccg.contact@nhs.net

Pre-election period

Following the announcement of a general election on 8 June, the CCG is observing the  pre-election guidance (also known as ‘purdah’) for an extended period until around 12 June.

During the pre-election period, communications either in the form of announcements or activities by NHS organisations should be avoided if they could influence, or be regarded as influencing, the outcome of local elections.  This includes announcements, publicity and social media activity. External communications should remain factual.

New service launches and public consultations should not be publicised during the pre-election period. Consultations that began before the start of the pre-election period can continue to run during purdah. However, we should not announce a new one, advertise an existing one or announce the results of one that has ended during purdah. 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 election period.

If you have any questions please contact the Communications and Engagement team on capccg.contact@nhs.net  or telephone 01223 725317.

Latest innovations

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

  • Counselling services help expectant mothers quit smoking - Counselling services, including cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing, help women to stop smoking during pregnancy by increasing quit rates. News from the National Institute for Health Research

  • One million people have taken part in primary care clinical research - Over one million people in primary care have actively participated in research studies looking at healthier lifestyle, disease diagnosis and prevention, and management of long term illnesses such as diabetes, as reported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

  • Medtech Accelerator 2nd Application Deadline Fri 12th May 2017 Do you have an innovative idea? Looking for further Support? Unique opportunity for colleagues at Health Enterprise East Member Organisations. Awards of between £15K and £125K are available to all HEE Member Trusts. Total of £1.5 million on offer for Medtech & Software Innovations. Not sure about your idea/innovation? Contact in the first instance, they’ll be happy to discuss your application and advise on the next steps.

Pathology Partnership

Click here for the latest information on the future of the Pathology Partnership.

Dementia walks in Peterborough

Please find attached a poster about weekly dementia walks in Peterborough, taking place on Thursdays.

Public Health England

Respiratory symptoms campaign: 18 May – 31 August 2017

Public Health England will launch the next Be Clear on Cancer campaign on Thursday 18 May. Read the PHE letter here.

More than 70% of all premature deaths in England are attributed to cardiovascular disease (CVD), respiratory disease and cancer.  The campaign will target men and women over the age of 50 years. The key messages for the campaign are:

  • If you’ve had a cough for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of lung disease, including cancer. Finding it early makes it more treatable. So don’t ignore it, tell your doctor.

  • If you get out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, it could be a sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer. Finding it early makes it more treatable. So don’t ignore it, tell your doctor.       

Supporting materials such as the public facing leaflet and posters are available free of charge via the Campaign Resource Centre or via the orderline on 0300 123 1002.

The public-facing website for Be Clear on Cancer is nhs.uk/beclearoncancer. To directly access pages on the respiratory symptoms campaign the following links can be used: nhs.uk/outofbreath/nhs.uk/cough

External courses and events

Hepatology Update
Deakin Centre (Level 1), Addenbrooke's Hospital, CB2 0QQ
1 - 4pm, Wednesday, 24 May
Cost: £30
Book here.

Practice Nurse education event:  psychological health
6.30pm - 9pm, 25 May, Sleepe Hall, St. Ives
Cost: £20
Further details here.

11/07/2017