Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 31st May 2019
Date sent: Friday 31 May 2019
Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here
Updated PCN Guidance
CQC statement of purpose
New Falls Pathway
Optimising Document Flow
GP survey - NHSE Advice and Guidance programme – (Not just another survey)
Updated PCN Guidance: An updated version of the guidance has been published this week and can be found here.
This document replaces version 1 of the guidance published on 29 March 2019. Version 2 includes the following new/amended sections:
- Section 5: Financial entitlements, nominated payee and payment information
- Section 6: Extended hours access
- Section 7: Practices and PCNs crossing CCG boundaries
It's now very clear that a PCN can name a Federation as the Network payee providing that the Federation holds an APMS contract (or contract with a schedule 2L)
CQC statement of purpose: At our meeting with the CQC this week the local inspectors have asked that we remind practices that if any changes are made to regulated activities e.g change of partner, registered manager or new activity, then the statement of purpose also needs to be updated, this is best done by logging into the portal where it will guide you through relevant tick boxes full guidance here, if you have any queries please either contact Philippa.Lucas@cqc.org.uk or Ruth.Lough@cqc.org.uk.
New Falls Pathway: We are aware that a new ‘Falls Pathway’ along with a new referral form was circulated in the recent CCG update. The LMC was neither involved with the development of the pathway, or consulted prior to the release of the referral form. Whilst we are committed to improving the care of patients at risk of falls, and welcome secondary care input (which will included assessment by a geriatrician where appropriate), we will be discussing the new service as a matter of urgency with the CCG to make sure that the service is effectively placed in the system, and that the referral process is fit for purpose from a primary care perspective.
Optimising Document Flow: Many practices have implemented Document flow successfully resulting in often a 70% reduction of paperwork reaching their GPs thereby saving a large amount of GP time.
We have organised a further day of training on the 10th July at Taunton racecourse for those practices who either did not attend the training in 2017 or who wish to attend as a refresher to enable them to implement a safe and effective system of correspondence management . There are AM and PM sessions available to book, we must stress that for this to be a success in practice it is critical for a GP to attend with their practice manager and a suitable administrator or key document handler. We are also organising workshops in September on Embedding document flow in the practice, which is aimed at reviewing progress within practices; sharing good ideas and tips between practices and to develop a SMART action plan for the coming 6-9 months. Dates for these to be announced soon.
GP survey - NHSE Advice and Guidance programme – (Not just another survey): we know you get asked to complete a lot of surveys, however it would be appreciated if you could spend 5 mins completing this one on Advice and Guidance, this is part of a national project with our acute trusts and 3 others in the country, Somerset has been the highest user of A&G in 2018 and while many of the local consultants have completed the specialists version of the survey, please help to make sure the GP experience is heard too. The survey will be open for a further two weeks and can be found here. Please also send it to any non-medical referrers in your practice who use Advice and Guidance.
The key aims of e-RS A&G are:
- to reduce unnecessary hospital referrals
- to ensure patients referred to hospital are seen in the right place at the right time by the right person
- to improve the quality of patient care by improving electronic communication between Consultants and GPs
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