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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 6th March 2020

Date sent: Friday 6 March 2020

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

General Practices' Alert State: Somerset LMC’s assessment of General Practices’ Alert State for the period 28th February - Friday 6th March.
You can follow this link for a more detailed assessment and an explanation of the General Practice Alert State system.
This information is for awareness and consideration when making decisions which may have an impact upon General Practice across Somerset.
The survey for this week is now open until Monday 9th at 7pm.

Corona Virus Action Plan: Colleagues may well have seen the attached document which was issued by HMGs on Tuesday. We can thoroughly recommend it as a brief, well-written and thoughtful contribution which should prove an antidote to much of the hysteria masquerading as news stories including those from respectable national broadcasters who really ought to know better.

Recruitment/Speed Dating Event 6th May Taunton Racecourse: Are you an GP or GP Trainee looking for the right practice / employer to meet your career aspirations? If you are thinking about partnership, salaried or retainer posts but not sure where to begin and aren't sure what your next steps are then help is at hand. Your questions can be answered by attending this unique event where practices from across the county and GPs and GP Trainees can come together and be introduced to each to other to explore options and hear about the innovations that are happening in Somerset Primary Care. GPs can book online here. ​​​​​Practices can book a table to advertise their vacancy by emailing

GPC New Contract Roadshow ​​​​​​17.03.20: Somerset LMC have secured Dr Mark Sanford Wood Deputy Chair of GPC England, to deliver a local Roadshow outlining the reformed GP contract. The event will take place at Woodlands Castle Taunton Tuesday 17th March, 7-9 light supper from 6.30. There will be opportunities to ask questions. The agenda will be circulated shortly. GPs, Practice Managers and Nurses are welcome to book online here. ​​​​More information about the GP Contract Agreement is available here . ​​​​​​

Data extraction of appointment information: Several practices have asked if this new extraction is mandatory we have received the following advice:

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): The CCG are currently undergoing a SEND inspection from the CQC and OFSTED. They may approach representatives from primary care we have therefore shared this guide for GPs on the Somerset SEND so that colleagues can understand the process.

Direct to test OGD at TST - a Reminder: Since 7 Oct practices that face Musgrove Park Hospital can book routine OGDs within six weeks direct from eRS (Choose “Endoscopy Gastroscopy/OGD – Direct to Procedure/Test *GP pathway* using the new EMIS referral form). If biopsies are taken the report will give advice about the most common abnormalities. If the histology shows unexpected finding the report will include the email for further information ​​​​​​Gastroenterology recommends this service over A&G but this remains open for more complex questions where you might prefer a outpatient review.

PGDs and the CQC: An item that has been highlighted in recent visits is the signing of PGDs, please ensure that Nursing teams sign all PGD’s first before the doctor signs as otherwise the dates don’t align.

Information Sharing Agreements: Following the article shared last week we are aware that the email address was incorrect, practices should email Kevin Caldwell

Collaborative Working Models: Community Pharmacists & GP's: Marianna Liaskou, PhD student at the University of Bath, is researching different forms of collaboration between CPs and GPs. If you are involved in such a scheme and could spare 15 minutes to discuss it please email With pharmacists being increasingly integrated into primary care, evidence is needed to inform the commissioning of their optimal involvement.

Pension Update 2020 Training: 24th March 13.30-16.30 in Bridgwater, places are still available. To book please go to the LMC events page here.

Are you a football fan?: If so Yeovil Town football club are looking for medical cover for a number of home matches coming up: Tuesday 24th March 7:45pm kick off
Saturday 28th March 3pm kick off, Friday 10th April 3pm kick off Saturday 18th April 3pm kick off.
The Doctor will need to have an in-date ATMMiF (Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football ) certification. Fee will be £325 plus travel cover. They are also seeking a Doctor, ideally someone interested in or already has a postgrad in Sport Medicine to come in to the club during the week to see first team and academy players with sports injuries and any medical problems. You would of course need to check that the club has it own insurance arrangements for this work. If you are interested please e mail Martin Aramand direct


Kind Regards



Jill Hellens

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

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