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Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG Profile 2017

Date: Mar 27 2018

Please find below the Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG Profile 2017, which has been produced, to provide information about the health needs of the local population. Given the volume of data within the document I have highlighted some of the key points. On pages 10-11, there is a bullet point Health Summary for Windsor, Ascot…

GP Migration to SNOWMED

Date: Mar 27 2018

SNOMED CT is an international clinical terminology. It will allow the UK to take part in more effective research and analysis of health information, to support national and global health care improvements. SNOMED CT will go live in general practice care in a phased approach from April 2018. The NHS needs a single clinical terminology,…

Social Prescribing March 2018 Update

Date: Mar 27 2018

Click here to read the March update. Social Prescription Team Details: Caroline Hunter – (Programme Manager) 07815 007757 caroline.hunter@rbwm.gov.uk Ryan Dunstan – (Wellbeing Prescriber) 07833 437111 ryan.dunstan@nhs.net Katie Cinque – (Wellbeing Prescriber) 07833 437589 katie.cinque@nhs.net

Pathology Specimens

Date: Mar 26 2018

Following intelligence gathered through Clinical Concerns regarding sample rejection rates the Quality team met with Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS). It was identified that there is significant variation amongst practices across our three CCGs. BSPS will be attending the GP Education sessions in the coming months to present further on this; to minimise rejection…

Social Prescribing and Food Support

Date: Mar 20 2018

If you think you may know someone who needs temporary food support, please get them to contact the Welfare Assessor at the town hall (St Ives Road) or the Citizens Advice (Marlow Road). email: info@foodshare.today Facebook: @FoodshareMaidenheadFoodbank Foodshare, New Market, King Street, Maidenhead. SL6 1DR Please display the attached poster    

How can a Physician Associate help GPs

Date: Mar 19 2018

Click here to download a flyer about how Physician Associate’s can help GPs.

End Of Life 24/7 Phone Line & 24/7 Rapid Response Service

Date: Mar 19 2018

Call: 01753 848925 Thames Hospice have been providing this service for 10 months now – and we’re hearing some really positive stories from patients and professionals. This is for you, patients and their families – please keep using it yourselves and ensuring patients on the End-of-Life Register and their families are aware. End Of Life…

Diabetes UK Resources to support providers to improve diabetes services and LD

Date: Mar 19 2018

Diabetes UK has published resources to support providers of diabetes services to improve care for people with diabetes and a learning disability. It focuses on improving the diagnosis of diabetes and learning disabilities, making reasonable adjustments to services and communicating with people with learning disabilities. It can be found at this link: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Professionals/Resources/shared-practice/for-people-with-learning-disability

Health Intelligence New Provider of Berkshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Date: Mar 19 2018

Health Intelligence is the new provider of the Berkshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme on 1st April 2018. The patient bookings line and website are now live: Bookings Office Telephone: 0118 391 3000 Website: www.berkshiredes.nhs.uk GP Practices in the area have received the contact details for the new programme so they can pass the Bookings number…

Special Voices Newsletter March 2018

Date: Mar 14 2018

Special Voices (Slough parent/carer forum) Special Voices is a group of parent/carers of children, young people & adults with disabilities/additional needs & is the parent/carer forum for Slough. We are all volunteers working in partnership with the Slough Children’s Services Trust, Local Authority, CCG’s and voluntary organisations to help shape and develop future services in…

2WW e-RS go live, Pathway and LCS Scheme and Business Continuity Plan updates

Date: Mar 12 2018

Thank you for your continued support in adopting the use of e-RS as a means of referring patients to Frimley Health. Attachments include: 1) 2WW e-RS Go Live Comms 2) Business Continuity Plan Template for Primary Care 3) Changes to 2WW Pathway and LCS Scheme 4) TWR Process for e-RS 5) Frimley’s Business Continuity Plan We’ve already seen a…

HealthMakers Self-Management Courses – Spring Dates Announced

Date: Mar 12 2018

Would your patients benefit from peer support to help them improve their self-management skills? HealthMakers self-management courses starting in April are now available for YOUR patients to book onto. All patients who have a long-term physical health condition can benefit from attending our free 6 week course, and are available to anyone living in East Berkshire,…

Practice Managers Development Schemes

Date: Mar 12 2018

Dear Colleague, You might have already received few correspondences from CEPN about PMs Development Scheme by NHS England South (South Central). Thank you for all your feedback. NHSE has now extended the deadline for responses to the Practice Manager Development Options Paper from 08 March to 29 March; response analysis will go to the next…

General Practice Guidance if a patient is adopted

Date: Mar 12 2018

Primary Care Support England have developed some guidance for practices to follow when a patient is adopted. If you don’t follow this process it could have serious implications for the patient and their continued care – immunisations and calls for screenings could be missed and practice payments could be incorrect. The new guidance has been…

Think Sepsis

Date: Mar 12 2018

Can staff recognise early indicators of sepsis? CQC are looking for assurance that staff, clinical and non-clinical, have received appropriate training. Resources are available to support practices via this link including e-learning, clinical decision support tools, safety netting videos and information for patients and carers: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/sepsis-toolkit.aspx TOP TEN TIPS 1. Consider training reception and call…

Daily Living Made Easy (free public event) Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Date: Mar 12 2018

This event is an opportunity to see simple tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or general daily living to stay as well and independent as possible. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Spencer Denney Centre, Park Corner, Windsor SL4 4EB Please display the poster in…

PGD Update

Date: Mar 6 2018

In February Practice Nurses should have received 3 vaccine PGDs for typhoid, MMR and Hep-A-Typhoid. Please print off copies, sign and date. Further copies are available to download here https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/info-professional/pgd/bgsw/downloads/ Feedback from recent, local CQC visits suggests that the use of PGDs will be scrutinised at visits. Please be prepared, by looking through these useful…

April is bowel cancer awareness month

Date: Mar 5 2018

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer however it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly…

Report from Nuffield Trust on ‘Medical Generalism’ in General Practice – “Divided We Fall” Feb 2018

Date: Mar 5 2018

This report asks what might be lost as doctors and patients are reallocated to these services, especially those focused on easy access. The traditional model of general practice, sometimes called ‘medical generalism’, involves GPs developing a relationship with a patient, and understanding their social and family background. It can make them more able to decide…

Primary Care Networks – Feedback following event on 28th February from Dr Andy Brooks

Date: Mar 5 2018

Thank you to those who attended the second primary care networks meeting last week. The energy and passion in the room was really encouraging. The aim of the meeting was to outline a geographical map of our networks of 30,000 -50,000 population across the Integrated Care System(ICS) area, develop the maturity matrix assessment and set…

Diabetes Update

Date: Mar 5 2018

Key Messages from Clinical Leads in Diabetes Dr Nithya Nanda and Dr Helen Beardsall As we are approaching the end of the QOF year we recognise many of you will be working on capturing those last minute QOF points: We have pulled together a flowchart which will help you improve your referrals into structured education…

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Date: Mar 5 2018

Practices looking for some support or your questions answered on GDPR, please contact Lindsay Blamires who is the GP IG Manager available to provide advice and guidance to General Practices. Contact details: Lindsay Blamires | General Practice Information Governance Manager T:  0300 123 5153   M: 07741 006028 | E: lindsay.blamires@nhs.net

Friends in Need Article for GPs across Berkshire East

Date: Mar 1 2018

Friends in Need is a valuable, free service for your people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and loneliness. Our aim is to promote community resilience by reducing isolation through peer support. Under the guiding hand of Buckinghamshire Mind, we have recently expanded our service into Bracknell and Slough, after running our group successfully to Windsor,…