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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 31st July 2020

Date sent: Friday 31 July 2020

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

SGPET weekly update with all online education can be found here

Transfer of work from secondary care We are aware of a gradual increase in work coming into general practice from our secondary care and community colleagues . As mentioned in a previous update the LMC is in talks with the local acute trusts and Drs Andrea Trill & Katheryn Patrick who are both GPs and medical directors at the Trusts.The LMC would encourage you to let us know of any cases as this will allow us to work with our system colleagues in ensuring does not happen inappropriately. please send your examples to  somersetlmc.office@nhs.net

LARC Update from Public Health Colleagues We are pleased to see that practices across Somerset are beginning to restart fitting LARCs. With the current situation there are waiting lists both with Primary Care and Swish Services. If your practice currently has a contract for fitting LARCs please do not send routine fits to Swish as they do not have the capacity to provide this. The current advice is to start your patient on a bridging method until you are able to offer the service; Swish will still take referrals for complex fits, but please be aware there is a waiting list for complex procedures at Swish following a reduced service during lockdown.

In order to support practices with their waiting lists, Public Health have been liaising with MSD who will be running a pilot to provide both implant and coil fitters to work in primary care. They provide FSRH trained fitter/trainers and will run clinics for fits of both implants and coils and in addition the upskilling to current fitters for implants. This involves having an honorary contract where fitters/trainers are fully indemnified with MSD. We hope to roll this out within PCN groups. Practices that provide these clinics will be able to claim for activity as normal in addition to claims made for activity provided by their own trained fitters.

The LMC and Public Health are working together to help progress this beyond the pilot. If your practice would be interested in taking part in these catch up clinics please contact anwilson@somerset.gov.uk for more details as the emerge.

RCGP guidance on delivering mass vaccinations: The Royal College of GPs has published guidance on delivering mass vaccinations during COVID-19, including guidance on using non-traditional vaccination settings. The guidance is written with the understanding that a number of mass vaccination programmes may need to be delivered during mid-2020 to 2021, while COVID-19 continues to be in general circulation, and addresses approaches to delivering large-scale vaccination programmes in this context. Read more on the RCGP COVID-19 Guidance page.

Primary Care Board: Details of the board, contacts, why it has been put in place and how it operates can now be found on the LMC website here.

Adoption Medical Assessments: Following the article in last week’s bulletin the safeguarding team have put together this document giving advice on how to do adoption and fostering medicals remotely.

Multi-Disciplinary Teams – working in Microsoft Teams: Many of us have become familiar with working using Microsoft Teams during Covid 19, it’s become an indispensable tool for all sorts of meetings and conversations from informal team catch ups to system wide meetings
As a system, information governance leads are currently developing a set of guidance and materials to help support Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) which have moved to MS Teams during Covid-19, until this is available MS Teams may find these bullet points provide some useful insight and suggested considerations where MS Teams is being used. If you have any queries on this or information governance questions about how your MDTs are operating, please contact the GP DPO team via somccg.GPDPO@nhs.net.

GP input Pre Op Anaemia Andrea Marshall from the patient blood management group is looking for a GP  with an interest in anaemia that is willing to join the BSH guideline writing group for pre op anaemia management of surgical patients. if this sounds like you please contact   Andrea.Marshall@nhsbt.nhs.uk direct 

Enalapril: All suppliers of enalapril 20mg tablets are out of stock until early August 2020. Alternate strengths of enalapril (2.5mg, 5mg and 10mg) tablets remain available and will be able to support increased demand. Unlicensed supplies of enalapril 20mg tablets can be sourced.

Immform web address change: The ImmForm web address has changed as part of planned works to ensure continued availability of the ImmForm website, the web address has changed to https://portal.immform.phe.gov.uk. There is currently an auto-redirect from the old address to the new web address. However, please update your shortcut or favourite links to the new PHE URL before November 2020. For assistance please contact the ImmForm Helpdesk by calling 0207 183 8580 or emailing helpdesk@immform.org.uk

At the time of publishing we still await the Flu letter which is expected today

Kind Regards

 

Jill

Jill Hellens

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

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