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
- Covid-19 Update for practices
- Corona Virus Action Plan
- Recruitment/Speed Dating Event 6th May Taunton Racecourse
- GPC New Contract Roadshow 17.03.20
- Data extraction of appointment information
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Direct to test OGD at TST - a Reminder
- PGDs and the CQC
- Information Sharing Agreements
- Collaborative Working Models: Community Pharmacists & GP's
- Pension Update 2020 Training
- Are you a football fan?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- It remains mandatory for GP’s to participate in the data collection for Appointments data (as currently).
- This updated DPN (in conjunction with the current Direction) provides a legal basis to collect the existing data fields plus additional fields covering service type and draft national categorisation, as and when they are allocated by individual General Practices. There are pilots going on currently testing these appointment categorisation.
- They will not be published at practice level until April 2021 as per contract agreement, and after professional sign-off of final categories. However, NHS Digital must publish all information which it obtains by complying with a direction under section 254 or a request under section 255 as per Section 260 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
- In order to maintain continuity of appointment data flow, the current collection will not be superseded by the ‘collect with additional fields’ until there is sufficient uptake by practices – so this is a transition process to minimise the risk of a ‘data flow break’.
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 endoscopyDTT@tst.nhs.uk. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
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