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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 25th January 2019

Date sent: Friday 25 January 2019

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates can be found here

GPC Contract Roadshow Wednesday 13 March 2019 at the Holiday Inn Taunton: At a regional LMCs meeting yesterday our GPC representatives were optimistic about the outcome of this year’s contract negotiations which is soon to be announced. Network working will be included giving further impetuous to the good work already started in Somerset. We have been lucky to secure one of the first dates so please do book your place early . We think that the tide might just be turning.

Notes from PAG GP practices should not use their list of patient addresses to contact patients for anything other than correspondence relating to their care. Certainly do not use the addresses for Friends of the Surgery to ask fro donations.

Have a high index of suspicion for non accidental injuries in frail vulnerable patients: a GP was brought to PAG having diagnosed 2nd and 3rd degree burns (probably from a kettle) as ammoniacal dermatitis from urine. When seeing a patient who cannot give a clear history make sure you put yourself in a position to exclude injuries.

Avoid codeine in breastfeeding mothers, including co-codamol. There has been a reported death of a baby.

PAG has also discussed the potential fragility of some small practices, particularly single handers.

Increase in employer’s superannuation contributions to 20.6%: there has been concern about where the extra money will be coming from next April but we are assured that Government will be fully funding this. Furthermore locums will be included meaning no extra burden on practices.

Flu 19/20 An updated letter on the vaccines for 19/20 can be found here. The LMCs buying group have also updated their information which can be found here

SCEPN - GP Practice Trainee Nursing Associate Applications Invited Closing date Friday 15th February 2019 to start training on 7th May 2019

We are pleased to announce places are available for GP practice applications for the 4th Cohort of Trainee Nursing Associates under the Somerset Pilot. Please see advert here

Important: These are applications for an Apprenticeship Programme.The applicant applies to their Practice Manager as the 'Employer', for a TNA Apprenticeship post, with an expectation on completion of the 2 year programme they will be appointed to a Registered Nursing Associate role in the practice.

The current funding available from Health Education England is £4000 lump sum plus £400 per quarter paid to the employer for each TNA that they employ, providing they are offered and have accepted a place by 29th March. Hence the short recruitment timeline.

If you are interested and would like more information please email Carol.hobbs4@nhs.net

Safeguarding App Colleagues may be interested in downloading the NHS Safeguarding App developed by NHSE, please find detail here

 

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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