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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 2nd November 2018

Date sent: Friday 2 November 2018

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers          This and previous updates are available here

Electronic Death Reporting Form (EDRF): HM Coroner has informed us that he intends to change the way in which we inform the Coroner’s Officer (CO) about deaths. An electronic report will be expected soon negating the need to telephone the CO and then send a separate letter by fax. Queries can still be dealt with by phone however. The EDRF has been trialled in hospital trusts and has been used successfully for some time in Avon we hear. We are hoping that the form (attached) will be altered to include the NHS number rather than hospital number as at present. We understand that work is proceeding on making this an EMIS form for self-population but at first it will need to be filled in manually. Another concern we have expressed is that HM Coroner is insisting on a generic practice email and phone number to use if he needs to respond. The start date is requested from the 12th of November. May we remind colleagues of the need to use the nhs.net secure encryption feature to send to the pnn.police.uk email address as currently it is not verified as a trusted address to send to from nhs.net without encryption.

Data cleansing tasks on Cervical Sample Taker Database - Somerset Practices: A gentle reminder to practices that have yet to enter the detail on the database to please do so as soon as possible as the deadline for the migration is fast approaching, if you do have any questions about this process, including log in queries please contact Deborah Moore

Subject access requests & redaction: GPC IT Lead Dr Paul Cundy has drawn our attention to these two papers from the Information Commissioner’s Office. He and we apologise for the “treacle class” readability but we are sure that they will help with some of the knottier problems that are encountered in this deeply resented area. How to disclose information safely    Access to information held in complaint files 

PHE leaflet for Over 65's Flu Vaccine: Public Health England have produced a leaflet for patients aged over 65 about this year’s adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV) or Fluad ®. The leaflet explains why the aTIV is the best flu vaccine for patients aged 65 and over and why patients may have to wait for their GP practice or pharmacy to have the scheduled stock of the vaccine.

Health Needs Assessment for Syrian Refugee Population in Somerset: Somerset County Council would like surgeries to complete this survey if possible even if they do not currently have any refugees in their practices. It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to complete. It can be filled in by the practice manager or a clinician who has an overview of service provision.

Improving uptake of Cervical Screening in pregnant and postnatal women: Cervical screening rates are at their lowest for almost 30 years. The peak incidence of cervical cancer is in the age group 25-30y in whom the cervical screening rate is around 60%. During pregnancy 50% of women are invited for their cervical screening ‘smear’ test, most of which are deferred. By the end of pregnancy many women are not up to date with their screening and by 6 months’ post-natal only half of these women have had their smear test taken. Given the amount of contact pregnant women have with healthcare staff during and immediately after pregnancy there is a real opportunity to improve uptake of cervical screening. Full Guidance here

Consultation on GMC Consent guidance - now open: From 24 October 2018 to 23 January 2019 the GMC are consulting on the revised decision making and consent guidance, which sets out what doctors should consider when discussing treatment and care with patients. Copies of the draft guidance and details of this review can be found here . The Views of doctors are essential to help them produce the final guidance. You can submit your consultation response via the easy to use online survey tool. You can also join in the conversation on Twitter using #decidingtogether

Somerset LMC Study Day 13th November - Transformation: Making Quality Care Easier: 5 spaces remain to book for this day with presentations and workshops including primary care home, neighbourhood teams, finance and more to support practices as you tackle the transformation plans and secure your futures. Book your place now .

 

Kind Regards

 

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director
Somerset LMC
Crown Medical Centre, Venture Way, Taunton, TA2 8QY

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