Introduction: As has been described, previous work in the old Thames Valley Cancer Network has demonstrated the value of GP’s delivering awareness raising and education sessions to support and develop the knowledge and understanding of their Primary Care colleagues. Click link below to see the Macmillan GP Facilitator Evaluation Report
The projects within the Domain 1 Plan are described below and would propose, through clinicians, to develop the information and evidence to enhance the care of particular patient groups – these will be associated with the particular plans of each Network. The ambition will then be to hold a series of pilot events to be delivered by the end of March 2014.
Childhood Asthma – led by Dr Duncan Keely, GP from Thame – email@example.com
Dr Keeley has a strong interest in childhood respiratory illness. A half day meeting is planned for Nov 2014 of Buckinghamshire Primary Care colleagues with an interest or those who act as the Practice lead on respiratory conditions; the aim of this meeting will be to discuss local care pathways, share best practice, and to show and provide materials for running an in house educational meeting for colleagues. The meeting will also be a great chance to meet up with other GP’s and nurses with a respiratory interest. The meeting will be jointly run by Duncan, a respiratory nurse specialist and a paediatrician.
Additional GP leadership and support from Dr Sabina Shaik, GP from Slough – firstname.lastname@example.org, who has already led similar work in Slough and East Berkshire. Dr Jonathan Walter from Milton Keynes
This is part of a project to improve outcomes in childhood respiratory illness in Thames Valley. This work will then be shared across the Thames Valley.
Cancer Awareness & Early Diagnosis; Macmillan GP Facilitators
– Dr Barbara Barrie, Pangbourne Surgery – Berkshire
– Dr Richard Fisher, Elm Tree Surgery, Shrivenham – Swindon & North Wiltshire – Dr Brian Nicholson – Oxfordshire
Ongoing work with GP colleagues and Practices to highlight importance of awareness of cancer symptoms and referring on for specialist advice to ensure early diagnosis. They also support the understanding of living with and beyond cancer – ‘survivorship’
NB. GP Facilitators for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes currently being recruited.
CVD; Diabetes Care in Buckinghamshire – Dr Kathy Hoffman, GP from Aylesbury
Working across Primary and Secondary Care, the SCN is supporting and driving a review and re-design of how Diabetes Care is delivered. A strong foundation to this are the 9 Processes of Care for Diabetes (PDF). Again, conversations with GP colleagues are also an important part of the work; along with the link into the Thames Valley wide Diabetes Group.
Stay With Your Midwife – Healthy Mum, Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby: this is a Project being undertaken in Aylesbury led by midwives, though working with the local Commissioner, Public Health, Oxford Brookes University, and the SCN. We are pleased to announce that a similar project at The Horton in Banbury is also now working with us.
The aim of the SWYM project is to provide women who, at booking, have a BMI between 25-30 with a bespoke weight management/lifestyle programme to limit weight gain during pregnancy thereby minimising their risks as well as enabling them to remain under midwifery led care. we view this as a pilot, for which we will build a strong evidence base and evaluation – ready then to share across Thames Valley.