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GP News - 29 March 2018

CCG News

Expanded Services: Community Oximetry (Sleep Studies) Service

Overview: This service is provided via a Local Enhanced Service (LES) agreement the C&P CCG has in place with a number of GP practices across the C&P CCG area for patients with a sleep related illness who require an assessment and to undertake a community sleep study.

Background: The service originated as a pilot in the Hunts area back in 2012, since expanded to Cambridge and IoE, and more recently to the Wisbech and Peterborough areas.

The aim of this service: Is to deliver an integrated Sleep Study pathway between Primary and Secondary Care (Papworth) that facilitates the shift of the bulk of screening test activity for Sleep Apnoea out into the community/primary care.

How it works: This is a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model, Papworth Hospital being the ‘Hub’, and a number of GP practices being ‘Spokes’. All practices who aren’t signed up to the LES are referred to as ‘Satellite’ GP practices and can refer their patients to any one of the ‘Spoke’ practices of the patients choice.    

The current ‘Spokes’ are as follows:

  • Alconbury & Brampton Surgeries – Hunts 
  • Cedar House – Hunts
  • The Spinney Surgery – Hunts
  • Rainbow Surgery – Hunts
  • Doddington Medical Centre – IoE
  • Cathedral Medical Centre – IoE
  • Nuffield Road Medical Centre – Cambridge
  • Queen Edith Medical Practice – Cambridge
  • Barley Surgery – Royston
  • Clarkson Surgery – Wisbech
  • The New Queen Street Surgery – P’borough
  • Thistlemoor Medical Centre – P’borough
  • Park Medical Centre – P’borough

The process:

  • Patient presents to GP with sleep related problem and GP suspects Sleep Apnoea.  
  • GP refers patient (via e-RS) to a ‘Spoke’ practice and sends a letter to the patient with an appointment at a ‘Spoke’ clinic.
  • Patient attends ‘Spoke’ clinic for further assessment and to collect equipment to carry out an overnight sleep study at home, and then returns equipment to the ‘Spoke’. 
  • ‘Spoke’ sends overnight sleep study assessment results (electronically) to Papworth for interpretation and analysis. 
  • Papworth then determines the next steps for the patient, outcomes include:
    • Patient discharged back to primary care with no need for further investigation at the Sleep Study Service at Papworth – primary care to manage if required.
    • Or, patient to be onward referred into the Sleep Studies Service at Papworth for further assessment/treatment, via 1st OPA being booked or patient added directly to the Inpatient waiting list.

For more information or if you have any queries regarding this service then please contact Jenny Gallagher (C&P CCG Project Manager - Planned Care) on jenny.gallagher@nhs.net

 Local Urgent Care Services - Spring 2018 update

 The latest update on the development of the Local Urgent Care Services (LUCS) in East Cambridgeshire and Fenland is available to read here

Slides from our Members’ Meeting available now!

Slides from the recent members' meeting are available to download here.

Post CCT GP Fellowships Programme 2018/19

We are pleased to announce our plans to launch our Post CCT GP Fellowship Programme for 2018/19.  This programme is being developed in collaboration with Health Education England – East of England and the local Acute and Community Trusts.  Our aim is to promote workforce opportunities for newly qualified GPs across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. 

Request for Expressions of Interest from GP Practices

A summary of the proposal and scheme details can be found in the attached proforma for your reference.  Further scheme materials will be shared in due course.

If you would be interested in participating in this programme and hosting a Post CCT GP Fellow in your practice, please complete the proforma above and return to fiona.holloway-parks@nhs.net no later than Friday 20 April 2018.

GDPR update

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is replacing the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, and will apply in the UK from 25th May 2018. It is important that you make yourself familiar with what this means and the steps we need to take, so please visit our designated webpage to find useful guides and resources for doing so.

CCG Research Updates

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

Research update

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

  • Multi-morbidity predicted to increase in the UK over the next 20 years. This study, partly supported by NIHR, ran a computer model using data on over 300,000 people and have predicted from the findings that two-thirds of adults aged over 65 are expected to be living with multiple health conditions (multi-morbidity) by 2035. Seventeen percent would be living with four or more diseases, double the number in 2015.
  • Childhood type 1 diabetes diagnosis time could be reducedThe time it takes to diagnose type 1 diabetes could be reduced by two weeks in up to one third of children, suggests a study led by Oxford University researchers. Opportunities including improved access to primary care and public awareness of the condition could facilitate a faster diagnosis, the research concluded.
  • Primary care: Start Back trial guidance features in AHSN guide The Start Back Care for Lower Back Pain diagnostic tool, which came out of the CRN supported Start Back trial, features in a new guide published to showcase the extensive range of programmes being delivered by the Academic Health Science Network to improve clinical services in the areas of musculoskeletal (MSK), falls, fractures and frailty, all key priorities for the NHS.
  • Comparative perspectives on social inequalities in life and death.The aim this conference is to widen our understanding of inequalities in human health to inform future enabling action. It will consider what can be learned from the study of the biology, behaviour and social interactions of humans and other social mammals. It will be held on Friday the 1st of June, please see here to register.

The R&D team is located on the fourth floor of Lockton House. If you want to get in touch about the weekly research updates please contact Amy Currie on Amy.currie1@nhs.netYou can also now follow the R&D team on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CPPrimaryCareR1   

Partner News

The RCGP Annual Symposium -16 May 2018, Norwich

The 2018 Annual Symposium theme this year is 'Survive and Thrive: Sustaining the Future of General Practice'. This full day RCGP Conference aims to explore the current status of General Practice and explore ways of making GPs resilient, sustainable and fit for the future.  The Conference is open to GPs, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers, GP Trainees and all Members of the Primary Care Team.

Read more and book online.

NHS England announces agreement on 2018/19 GP contract

A new GP contract, agreed by NHS England, the Government and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee, will take effect from 1 April 2018. It will see an investment of £256.3 million going into the contract for 2018/19, a 3.4% increase overall. Read more about it here.

The Queen’s Health Honours

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) is looking for nominations for HM The Queen’s Honours for New Year and the Queen’s Birthday (June) rounds.  Nominations may be submitted at any time and consideration is given to both paid staff and voluntary workers. Nominations for staff should reflect those working above and beyond the expected line of duty. Honours may help raise the profile of under-represented roles and provide an opportunity to fairly represent gender, ethnic backgrounds and geographical regions. The nomination form and guidance can be downloaded from DHSC’s website or queries can be sent to DHSC’s honours team at MB-Honours@dh.gsi.gov.uk.

Pride in Our Carers Awards 2018

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk is delighted to announce the launch of their Pride in Our Carers Awards 2018, and would like to invite nominations in order to honour family carers and carer friendly professionals and organisations who go the extra mile. Read the full story here.


Events and Training   

Time for Care Engagement Event

Where: Huntingdon Marriott Hotel
When: Tuesday 24 April 2017, 12.30pm 

This engagement event (read more here) will introduce two programmes on offer - ‘Fundamentals of Change and Improvement’ and ‘Time for Care: Learning in Action’. Our other programme, 'Productive General Practice Quick Start Programme', is now fully subscribed.

If you would like to attend, please complete the online booking - https://time-for-care-engagement-workshop.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any queries on the above, please email the Primary Care Inbox - capccg.primarycare@nhs.net.

The sign up period for the Productive General Practice Quick Start Programme has now closed.  We are pleased to announce that NHS England have approved the bids of 22 practices.  This training will be delivered to 3 cohorts across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough between April 18 and July 18.

GP cancer Masterclasses presented by Macmillan Cancer Support & C&P CCG

Macmillan South & East Learning & Development Team is co-ordinating with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG in presenting this series of fully funded GP Cancer Masterclasses enabling you to meet your local Trust specialists and GP colleagues across other CCGs.

For more information on the Peterborough classes, click here.

For more information on the Cambridge classes, click here.

Begin Before Birth - One-day symposium

14 June 2018 - National Heart and Lung Institute, London

The programme will be of interest to all those who care for women in the perinatal period including health visitors, midwives, obstetricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs and paediatricians, as well as researchers and commissioners. Read more here.

Diabetes Study Day

Where: Hinchingbrooke Hospital Education Centre, The Partnership Suite

When: Wednesday 16 May 2018

As part of a collaborative working partnership between Hinchingbrooke Hospital and CPFT, we would like to announce the forthcoming Diabetes Study Day. The study day will be delivered by a team of Consultants and Diabetes Nurses, GPs, and Dieticians, and will increase your academic knowledge and skills in the management of diabetes and support your clinical practice.

Read the flyer, agenda and learn about the Hypoglycaemia Simulation Experience.

Free training around Child Sexual Abuse in boys and young men

When: 17 April, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Where: YMCA Trinity Group, Queen Anne House, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1ND

See the flyer here; the training aims to help you:

  • Define and recognise specific models of CSE
  • Identify boys and young men at risk
  • Have increased confidence in supporting boys and young men at risk

And would be beneficial to frontline health staff working with young people or GPs acting in a safeguarding lead role within their practice. To book a place please visit the webpage

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16/04/2018