Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 15th March 2019
Date sent: Friday 15 March 2019
Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here
- Cryptic the latest blog from LMC Chairman Dr Nick Bray
- GP Board Meeting Summary
- New Handbook for Primary Care networks
- GPC Contract Roadshow
- Guidance on Serious Shortage Protocols including post Brexit
- Diabetic patients & Elective Surgery
- The Data Security and Protection (DSP)
- Ten High Impact Actions Survey
GP Board Meeting Summary: the GP Board meeting met this week, please find a brief summary which cover Transformation, Emerging Networks, the role of Clinical Directors and Mental Health and learning disabilities updates.
New Handbook for Primary Care networks: The BMA have launched the first in a series of resources to support the development of Primary care networks, you can download the PCN handbook here.
GPC Contract Roadshow: Please find the presentations for the evening on the website where we will be posting other resources as they become available.
Diabetic patients & Elective Surgery: for elective surgery to proceed an HbA1C< 69mmol/mol is needed. Many operations are cancelled at short notice owing to this. No one can conjure up HbA1C < 69 in a few weeks. Ideally we would check the HbA1C before deciding on referral and then only go ahead if the HbA1C was good enough. However in the real world it is good practice to review diabetic control at the referral and request a new test if needed, adding a note in the clinical comments box on T Quest/Ordercoms like “HbA1Cb < 69 for surgery to proceed.”
The Data Security and Protection (DSP): Toolkit is the successor framework for 2018/19 for the IG Toolkit and requires completion by 31 March 2019. We understand that many practices have registered with the DSP Toolkit but only a handful to date have completed the ‘mandatory assertions.’
The following link provides information on dial-in training sessions hosted by NHS Digital during March (Wed 20th and Mon 25th) https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/News/40 and would encourage all practices who have not yet completed the 2018/19 submission to ensure that they participate by the 31st March . Further support is available through the SCW CSU Information Governance team, available by contacting email@example.com.
Ten High Impact Actions Survey: we are aware that a few practices have not completed this survey to secure the transformation monies payment available please see update on the 01/02/19 (text below) , we have decided to re-open the survey until Friday 22nd March to enable further time for completion.
This Transformation Implementation Plan (TIP) encourages practices to work on the GP Forward View High Impact Action (HIA) of “creating vibrant new working arrangements”, using 2018-19 Transformation funding. SPH together with the Somerset GP board have put together this first plan together to enable practices to backfill time for members to engage in the local areas meetings and work on Neighbourhood Teams and Primary Care Home, there is also a payment for completing the ten high impact actions survey by noon on the 28th February.
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