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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 9th August 2019

Date sent: Friday 9 August 2019

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

Somerset Safe House: has had a makeover, Somerset GP Safe House is a virtual safe house providing resources and support for practitioners and practice managers experiencing professional challenges. We are working on its development to include Practice Nurses. The information held in the virtual rooms is available without a log in but if you do need to contact an advocate please use your password to be logged into a secure area. If you have forgotten your password or need a new one please e-mail jill.hellens@nhs.net.

QOF Business Rules: GPC England has received a number of queries about QOF business rules in recent weeks. To clarify the position, NHS England and NHS Digital have confirmed that business rules for QOF 2019 were shared with system suppliers in March this year. These versions of the business rules contained the small number of new codes which had been requested as part of the April 2019 clinical code release, which was delayed to June 2019. These codes will become available for use as system suppliers respond to this code release. As the business rules released in March had already been updated to include the codes NHS England had requested, it was agreed to not issue a further update to the business rules following the June 2019 code release. As usually happens there will be a full business rule update following the October 2019 code release. System suppliers are currently involved in the certification and testing of their returns with NHS Digital. These should be in systems on desktops during August and completed ready for the first CQRS extraction at the end of August 2019 as usual. We understand that many system suppliers have yet to update their local QOF monitoring tools and appreciate that this is frustrating for practices. However, there is no change from any other year to the timetable in which practices will see the business rules implemented in their systems. While waiting for system suppliers to update their products we would strongly advise practices to refer to the QOF guidance which includes full details of the indicators for 2019/20.

Clarity TeamNet: was purchased by the Somerset GP Board for all Practices in Somerset using Primary Care Transformation funding. Sally Barnett of SPH informs that training sessions have now been arranged.

You will only need to attend one session. We have allocated 2 spaces per practice (if you think you need more please let SPH know) and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please let sphadmin@nhs  know your preference as soon as possible. In the first instance, these sessions are aimed at practices with little or no knowledge of this product. For those already using this system, advanced training will be arranged at a later date. If you have yet to sign up, please do so as soon as possible by completing and returning the attached information sheet to sphadmin@nhs.net.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jill

Jill Hellens

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

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