Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 1st November 2019
Date sent: Friday 1 November 2019
Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here
- Network News
- Sessional GPs Newsletter
- How can the Alliance support PCNs
- Enhanced Service for the Availability of Specialist Medicines
- Rules on IR35 are changing
- Immunisation Group Meeting
Transfer of clinical pharmacists to the PCN DES NHS England (NHSE) has extended the deadline for clinical pharmacists employed under the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Scheme to transfer to working under the Primary Care Networks (PCN) DES until 30 November 2019. This is to allow people more time to finalise the arrangements where a transition has been, or was, in the process of being agreed. After this date, any clinical pharmacists who have not transitioned to work as part of the PCN workforce delivering the duties outlined in the Network Contract DES will no longer be eligible to do so and will be counted in the PCN staff baseline.
How can the Alliance support PCNs: This practical event has been organised by the alliance (MPH and Som Par) to showcase how they propose to work differently to support PCNs more detail here.
Rules on IR35 are changing: Matt Mayer, deputy chair of the Sessionals GPs committee, has put together a helpful blog highlighting that the rules on IR35 are changing and how locum GPs might be affected. Private, as well as public sector bodies will now be responsible for determining the employment status of their workers.
Immunisation Group Meeting:
- CHIS (Childhood vaccines) has agreed to add a line to the invitation letter stating that if a parent will not be bringing the child for vaccination they need to provide written consent which should be brought along by the carer/guardian. This is to help in cases where anyone other than a parent brings the child and also supports CQC standards/guidance. A parent will continue to give verbal consent since the consent slip was removed from the letter last year.
- Maternity MPH continue to offer whooping cough from 16 weeks and flu vaccinations to pregnant women. Yellow and Pink forms from Maternity are completed for these vaccinations and sent to practices. It is possible some practice staff may not know what they are and so not code them compromising the data.
- Cold chain events Change to the process. When an incident happens the nurse or clinician should email screening and Imms team. They will get a call from the ‘on call’ member of the team to ask for more details. The Screening team (PHE)will then contact the manufacturers to see if the vaccines can be used off license. Immform will be updated and a SEA will be completed and sent to the CCG.
- Immunisation clinical queries and incidents Please be reminded that all immunisation clinical queries/incidents should be directed to the Screening and Immunisation Team generic email email@example.com rather than to an individual staff member.
- Paula Messenger LMC nurse advisor and Julia Bloomfield (CCG Infection control) are making a simple standardised cold chain policy.
- Immunisation Appointment Because these are scheduled by admin staff there is online training at https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/info-professional/public-health/training/
- Out of circulation children If a child is not vaccinated after 28 days from invitation,CHIS places them into ‘DNA’ and they are recalled up to three times. After the third they are placed into ‘out of circulation.’ No more invitations are sent out until the next vaccination is due.
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