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GP News - 31 March 2017

Congratulations to Acorn surgery

Congratulations to Acorn surgery, Huntingdon, who have been rated outstanding by the CQC in their latest inspection report. Read the press release here.

Care Navigator Training

There are a limited number of funded places available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on the Care Navigator Training course, starting June 2017.

This is a half day course, open to Receptionist and Administrative Staff. The Care Navigator role is intended by NHS England to include the following core Competencies: 

  • Effective communication
  • Enabling access to service
  • Personalisation
  • Coordination and integration
  • Building and sustaining professional relationships
  • Knowledge for practice
  • Personal development and learning
  • Handling data and information
  • Professionalism  

Please express your interest to sallyann.woodthorpe@nhs.net stating the name of the member of staff that you would like to put forward and their role in practice.

New ‘MyHealth’ app for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A new app to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents find local NHS services available to them has been launched.

Quick and easy to use, the ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ app will direct you to your nearest appropriate NHS service. This includes local GPs, pharmacies, minor injury units, and dentists, based on your location or postcode. 

Free to download and available in five other languages, MyHealth provides up to date information on current services  including directions, opening hours, and contact details. The app is available to download for iOS via Apple Store and Android via Google Play by searching for ‘MyHealth C&P CCG’

All practices will shortly receive posters to display in patient waiting areas.  These are also available to download from the Healthcare Professionals’ area of the website alongside suggested copy and images for you to use on your practice website and plasma presentation slides for screens. For any further information please contact capccg.contact@nhs.net

Easter opening hours

NHS England have written to practices about bank holiday opening and extended hours appointments, the letter is here.

Pharmacy opening times are on the CCG website here: http://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/pharmacies/pharmacy-opening-times-easter-weekend-2017/

Cambridgeshire Diabetes Education Programme – last chance!

Access to the Cambridgeshire Diabetes Education Programme is currently free to all staff working in the CCG area and we would encourage all clinicians who are responsible for delivering diabetes care to register before the end of March 2017. Once staff have registered, this will enable them to access for 2 years from the point of registration and benefit way beyond March 2017.

To register for your CDEP account:

1.       Access the website: www.cdep.org.uk

2.       Click on the link: SIGN IN/REGISTER

3.       Under NEW CANDIDATE REGISTRATION enter your email address, (this can be work or personal) and click CREATE ACCOUNT. 

4.       On the registration page enter a password then input the REGISTRATION KEY CODE:  CDEP2015

5.       Enter your name and practice details.

6.       Select YOUR DIABETES LEVEL relevant for your role.

7.       Click REGISTER NOW.

8.       You can now access the CDEP topics under I HAVE AN ACCOUNT by entering your EMAIL and PASSWORD.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact: Candice Ward, Lead CDEP educator at candice.ward@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Latest innovations

  • You are warmly invited to attend the final event of the successful and innovative series Images of Care and Dying - The conference will feature Professor Jane Maher (Chief Medical Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support), professor Bill Noble (Medical Director, Marie Curie), and Emma Wilson (Professor of French Literature and the Visual Arts, University of Cambridge). The event will explore issues around end of life care through the lens of film, bringing together policy and academia. 27 April, 2017 – 15:00-19:00, Seminar rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge Free – spaces are limited, please register here.
  • News from University of Cambridge Institute of Public Health - Read about the effects of moderate drinking on heart disease www.publichealth.cam.ac.uk/5792-2/ , and how infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes associated with autism and prenatal brain development www.publichealth.cam.ac.uk/infections-pregnancy-may-interfere-key-genes-associated-autism-prenatal-brain-development/
  • Neurodegeneration: Clinical Research Network study featured on BBC programme. The first episode of "Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook" highlighted an interesting Clinical Research Network study, looking at using smell to detect Parkinson's disease. The study aims to develop new diagnostic techniques, to identify Parkinson's disease at an early stage, before patients present other symptoms. It is featured from 31 mins 40 seconds.

Partner news

NHS England

Patient Group Directives

New PGDs have been issued for:

  •  Administration of meningococcal group B vaccine
  • Administration of meningococcal group A, C, W, and Y conjugate vaccine (MenACWY)
  • Administration of meningococcal group B vaccine
    • includes immunisation into the thigh for individuals over 1 year of age
    • updates dosing recommendations for individuals with incomplete vaccination status
    • reference the protocol for ordering storage and handling of vaccines
    • update wording regarding authorisation in line with agreed PHE PGD template changes

Updated PGDs can be found here: http://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/health-professionals-homepage/prescribing-information/pgds/

NHS England to issue new guidance on low value prescription items

NHS England will be leading a review of low value prescription items from April 2017 and introducing new guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), with a view to substantially saving NHS expenditure in this area. It follows extensive work by NHS Clinical Commissioners which identified significant areas where potential savings can be made, up to potentially £400m per year.Press release here

International GP Recruitment – Guidance for Commissioners

NHS England’s General Practice Forward View Programme Team has recently published detailed guidance for commissioners on the International GP Recruitment Programme. This programme is intended to provide commissioners with support and funding to recruit GP from overseas to help deliver their workforce plans for general practice.

The guidance details the national approach to delivering the programme, and how commissioners can apply for funding to develop and deliver international GP recruitment schemes locally.

Read more at https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/workforce/international-gp-recruitment/)

Rethink Carer Support – Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Families and friends of people with mental ill health often need information, encouragement and the strength that comes from knowing you are not alone. We are run by carers for carers. We have a wealth of experience of supporting people with mental health problems and we know our way around the mental health system. Poster here.

Tinnitus Information Day

Cambs Tinnitus Support Group are holding their 30th anniversary event on Saturday 17 June 2017, 11.00 a.m. to 3.30 pm at the David Rayner Building, Scotsdales Garden Centre, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford CB 22 5JT. For more information please email avrildring@tiscali.co.uk. Info here.

11/07/2017