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GP News - 05 July 2018

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For action: Emergency dental services

Please could all practices check that they have the correct telephone numbers for the emergency dental service on their websites as we have been made aware that some practice websites still list old numbers. The numbers are:

  • Cambridge: 01223 723093
  • Huntingdon: 01480 363760
  • Peterborough: 0800 952 0870 (option 1)
  • Wisbech: 0800 952 0870 (option 2)

For out of hours for emergency dental treatment please contact NHS 111.

More information can be found on CCS website: http://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/what-we-do/dental-healthcare-services/emergency-dental-care

What do you know about Children and Young People's Mental Health Services?

We are keen to find out about GPs’ experiences of accessing mental health services for their patients and we have designed a survey to gather feedback from GPs about potential gaps in understanding of children and young people’s mental health services.  

The results of this survey will help us to develop clear and useful information to share with you about how to access, or signpost to, the right services for your patients.  

Thank you in anticipation for taking the time to complete this short survey which can be accessed here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SMGRKQR

NHS 70 year success down to "brilliance" of staff says Simon Stevens

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has today sent a message of “heartfelt thanks” to staff on the health service’s 70th anniversary, saying that the NHS’s enduring success is down to their “brilliance”. You can read more about this here

Research Updates

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

  • Applications are invited for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG Research Capability Funding (RCF) Awards to fund practices to increase their research capacity and capability (STAFF COSTS) This is a competitive call for bids against a total fund of £30,000 to encourage support for National Institute for Health Research studies or potential work up of research ideas into grants. The fund pays for staff time and has to be spent by March 2019. This can be used for e.g. time for staff to develop better systems to recruit participants to studies; to recruit participants at a greater scale; to increase communication on research opportunities to patients; to collaborate with academics on research ideas; to fund time to peer review journals or time to increase primary care research capability. Please see the attached application form and Terms and Conditions and if you are interested, this needs to be filled in and returned to Viv Shaw v.shaw@nhs.net by 11th July
  • Cheap, widely available drug to stop bleeding could 'transform stroke treatment'A major new international stroke study, funded and supported by the NIHR, has found that tranexamic acid, a cheap widely available drug to stop bleeding, could transform stroke treatment. The study would not have been possible without NIHR funding and access to NIHR facilities and staff key to delivering the study
  • New tool reduces the need for 24-hour blood pressure monitors in general practiceA new prediction tool for managing patients with suspected high blood pressure in primary care could reduce by half the number of people needing to wear 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitors to confirm a diagnosis of hypertension. Published in the BMJ, a study led by Oxford and Birmingham University researchers, with Professor Jonathan Mant, head of the Primary Care Unit at Cambridge University, shows how applying a simple computer algorithm can correctly classify patients with hypertension in 97% of cases.
  • People with type 2 diabetes at increased risk of Parkinson’s disease People with type 2 diabetes are 32% more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those without diabetes, according to a new study supported by the NIHR. The research is the largest study to date on the link between the two conditions.

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 Sarah Hider (sarah.hider@nhs.net).

You can also now follow the R&D team on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CPPrimaryCareR1

Partner News

Eastern Academic Health Science Network Primary Care Talks 

The Eastern Academic Health Science Network has released its latest #PrimaryCareTalks podcast featuring Dr Hasan Chowhan and St Albans GP and health consultant Dr Steve Laitner. This episode delves into some of Steve's innovative approaches to delivering more proactive primary care. Steve uses population management techniques to help create a more tailored approach that caters better for each individual patient's needs. Download the podcast here: www.eahsn.org/resources/primary-care-talks-podcasts

Public Health England

Blood in Pee Campaign

Public Health England will be running their Blood in Pee Campaign from 19 July through to 23 September 2018. This campaign aims to raise public awareness of the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer. 

The CCG has ordered posters and information leaflets to display in staff washrooms and break out areas to help raise awareness amongst CCG staff and visitors. You can order campaign materials from the PHE website here

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Events & Training

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Training

To support the implementation of the NICE Guideline on Long Acting Reversible Contraception and ensure that women in Cambridgeshire have access to all contraceptive methods, Public Health Cambridgeshire has commissioned a training programme for clinicians. The objectives of the programme, which will run from 01 November 2017 until 31 October 2018, are to:

  • increase the number of accredited LARC fitters in the county;
  • support doctors and nurses working towards The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, (FSRH,) Diploma.

The programme will be managed by Navigate 2 on behalf of Public Health Cambridgeshire.

For doctors and nurses who wish to gain the FSRH Letter of Competence (LoC,) the programme will enable clinicians to achieve the specialist elements that must be demonstrated before the issue of the LoC:

  • an assessment of knowledge
  • an assessment of practical skills

For doctors and nurses undertaking the FSRH Diploma the programme will deliver the Course of 5 workshops which are part of the Diploma Curriculum.

Eligible clinicians who are interested in participating in this programme and wish to receive further information, please contact Fiona Taylor at Navigate 2, fiona@navigate2.co.uk who will provide you with an application form and supporting information.

The closing date for new applications is 31 July 2018

Further information can be found in the attached:

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05/07/2018