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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 3rd January 2020

Date sent: Friday 3 January 2020

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

PCN Service Specifications survey: NHSE&I have published draft PCN service specifications and an accompanying survey asking for feedback. GPC England will engage with NHSE&I in negotiations on the service specifications in the coming weeks and this will be influenced by the responses to the consultation. Therefore LMCs have been asked to circulate the link to the survey to practices and clinical directors and to encourage them to make their views known as soon as possible. Please see Somerset LMC commentary on the specifications here.

NHSE&I are also running a series of webinars where the outline service specifications will be discussed, on Wednesday 8 January 2020 – 12.00-1.30pm and Thursday 9 January 2020 ​​​​​​- 10am-11.30am. In addition a webinar focusing on the community services elements of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes and Anticipatory Care service specifications, aimed at directors and chief executives of community health providers will be held on Tuesday 14 January 2020 ​​​​​​​​​​​​ – 3pm-4.30pm. 

Managing your resilience: 13th February a full day for all practice managers and their deputies, a day mixed with presentations, group work and some fun to lighten the load and shore up your resilience booking details here. ​​​​​ 

OOH Hand-backs to Surgeries from Meddcare: Unfortunately on occasion there has been excess demand during in OOH and the service has been unable to contact all patients. As a result some of these calls have to be passed back to in-hours primary care. We want to assure you that all of these calls have been through module 0 of NHS Pathways, which will have screened out emergencies.  All routine priority calls which have not been contacted during OOH will be contacted by a trained call advisor who will explain the situation to the patient, advising them to contact their surgery.  Details of these calls will also be passed to surgeries through the usual electronic notification pathway.  Where a patient’s condition has deteriorated or there are concerns for welfare calls will be passed to a Meddcare in-hours clinician and all urgent calls will have had clinical input before any patient is advised to contact their surgery. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Quality and Governance Team DDOOH.governance@nhs.net. ​​​

EHA form: GPs and practices will be pleased to hear that a self-populating Early Health Assessment (EHA) form has been added to the EMIS library this week.

Influenza 2020/21 letter: NHS England and NHS Improvement has now published a letter based on the recommendations by Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which sets out the vaccines that should be offered to eligible people and the reimbursement guidance for 2020/21.

Medicine supply update: The medicine supply update from the Department of Health and Social Care for December can be found here. There are also tier 2 shortages of clonidine 25mcg tablets and h2-antagonists (cimetidine, famotidine and nizatidine), and a supply disruption alert for ranitidine (all formulations) is available at SDA/2019/005-U2. ​​​​​​ A tier 3 supply disruption alert for Convulex capsules (valproic acid) was issued on 23 December and is available here.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jill

Jill Hellens

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

Tel: (01823) 331 428            
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