Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 13th April 2018
Date sent: Friday 13 April 2018
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates can be found here
- "Half Term Report" The latest blog From Dr Nick Bray LMC Chairman
- LARC Contract
- 18/19 Enhanced Service Contracts
- School Absence
- HPV PGDs Published
- Shingles Immunisation Programme letter 18/19
- Health Clinic to launch at Sedgemoor Auction Centre
- SCEPN: Metabolic Health - a growing healthcare crisis and what we can do about it - 23 May, Taunton
- Devon Doctors Taking over OOH-Information
- Top Tips-Chlamydia swabs
LARC Contract further to our previous bulletin and following discussion with our Public Health colleagues we were unable to secure any further funding for this service given the significant restrictions in the PH budget due to central government cuts to the Public Health Grant. We are clear practices may struggle to continue to provide this service and although we have agreed in this instance to accept the previous costings we would ask you to make sure this remains an affordable service you can continue to offer.
18/19 Enhanced Service Contracts The CCG has agreed to directly award 12 month contracts to practices in the Short Form which is more proportionate to small providers. The LMC have been making comment on these and many of our concerns have been addressed, we are currently looking at the final versions and making comments after which the CCG will issue the contracts to practices, if we have any outstanding concerns we will communicate those separately.
School Absence Colleagues are reminded that schools carry a statutory obligation to record children’s unauthorised absences from school especially when these have exceeded a certain level. This can include time spent at GP appointments. There is no requirement, whatever you may be told by parents or carers, for a formal letter or “certificate”: simply a proof of attendance such as a stamped appointment card or print out of the consultation (with permission) will suffice
EPS We hear that some practices have had trouble getting the messages they have requested through the Electronic Prescribing System (EPS) actually printed on prescription counterfoils for patients to see. We are told by the Local Pharmaceutical Committee that this is in fact a very simple matter of a “yes” or “no” choice required to add the message at the pharmacy. The LPC has asked that any such difficulties be reported to them via the LMC so that they can explain things to the contractor.
Chlamydia Swab Practices may not be aware that there are 2 expiry dates for a single pack- One is for the swab and the other is for the solution.
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