Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 3rd August 2018
Date sent: Friday 3 August 2018
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and Previous updates can be found here
- Great Escapes The latest Blog from LMC Chairman Dr Nick Bray
- Children and Adult Safeguarding Audit
- Somerset LMC-GP "speed Dating recruitment event" with Somerset practices 17th October
- Planned responses to shortages of Just in Case medications for Somerset
- GP Career Plus
- Implementing the 2018/19 Contract
- GDPR Letter to MPs
- Survey – Unfairness in the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme
- aTIV Letter and Programme Delivery Guidance Issued - 2 August 2018
- Travel Emergency Checklist
Children and Adult Safeguarding Audit The CCG have sent a further template for our comment which they hope to distribute to practices next week, they have agreed to extend the deadline for submission to the 30th September 2018
Somerset LMC-GP "speed Dating recruitment event" with Somerset practices following the success of the event held in March we have booked a further event at Dillington House on the 17th October, the evening will follow an ST3 education event held at Dillington in the day and we wil hold two sessions 5-7 and 7-9 if you are a ST3 or a GP please book your place online here , practices who wish to have a stand at the event please e mail Sarah to book. We are arranging a further event in May 19 details to follow
GP Career Plus As you will be aware Somerset has been running one of the national pilots for the GP Career Plus Scheme with a third course due to start in October 2018. Originally devised as a way of encouraging GPs nearing retirement to stay on in practice, the Somerset scheme has very successfully widened to cover any doctor who is considering leaving the Medical Performers List or who is having second thoughts about a career in general practice. To date one cohort completed the programme of 13 afternoons over 6 months which led to a nationally exceptional increase in the number of sessions that the participating GPs intended to work and very positive feedback from the participants.
The course is evolving with each cohort, but currently falls into three parts: team building and group dynamics, exploring horizons, and becoming an expert resource. The meetings are organised by a clinical facilitator and held on a mutually agreeable weekday afternoon. They run for 3 hours, starting with a sandwich lunch, and Participants are paid the current LMC attendance rate and travel expenses.NHSE has recently made a film about this programme which has been a joint initiative of SPH and the LMC, for further details please e mail Rachel Stark or Dr Harry Yoxall
Implementing the 2018/19 Contract This document sets out the approach to the funding changes that NHS England will apply to Personal Medical Services (PMS) and Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contracts. This and other 18/19 Documents can be found here
GDPR Letter to MPs There have been some positive results from practices writing to their MPs about this, this letter modified from a Practice Manager has resulted in Matt Hancock being forwarded a note from a MP, practices may wish to consider using elements of the letter inserting their own numbers, personalising it slightly and then sending it to their own personal home address MPs as well as their practice’s constituency MP. You can find any MP by postcode at this link; https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
Survey – Unfairness in the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme the BMA is gathering data to find out whether certain groups of GPs are being discriminated against under the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations 2015. They believe that GPs who take breaks from work are ending up paying more without receiving any increase in their pension, which is happening through a method for calculating contributions called ‘annualisation’. If you are in the 2015 Career Average Revalued Earnings scheme, they would be really grateful if you could please complete a short survey. If you are unsure whether you are in this scheme you can find out here. To get the best possible data, we need as many GPs as possible – and our objective is to persuade the DHSC to acknowledge and remove the unfairness in the way the NHS Pension scheme currently operates.
aTIV Letter and Programme Delivery Guidance Issued - 2 August 2018 As you are aware, NHS England has advised the use of adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) for those aged 65 years and over in the coming flu season.
As the only licensed aTIV in the UK is manufactured by Seqirus (Fluad®), to manage supply of the vaccine, and to help ensure that there is equal access for patients and that all vaccination providers are treated fairly, GPs and community pharmacies will all receive 40% of their aTIV order in September, 20% in October and 40% in November. If there is any evidence of this being deviated from please inform the office as we have been asked to raise it urgently with the GPC in order for them to raise with NHSE.
The staged deliveries are for aTIV only and will not affect supplies of the quadrivalent and live attenuated influenza vaccines. Information on deliveries were sent to practices yesterday and can be found here
Travel Emergency Checklist Following a personal experience for one of our staff, they have developed a checklist that can be used and taken on holiday, which could make things a lot easier and less stressful at the time of an emergency. download here
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