Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 21st August 2020
Date sent: Friday 21 August 2020
Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here
- More Accurate General Practice Appointment Data (GPAD): We need your help
- Planning Flu Clinic in General Practice
- Indemnity for flu vaccinations
- Cremation Form 4
- Car Sharing – follow the golden rules
- The Shape of things to come?
- Top Tips
Indemnity for flu vaccinations: All three Medical Defence Organisations have confirmed that they will provide indemnity cover, at no extra charge, for practices who vaccinate their own staff against flu this year. The BMA is in discussions with NHSR about the indemnity arrangements for staff vaccinations for any coronavirus vaccine that may become available.
Cremation Form 4: One part of the CV19 response was the abolition (for now at any rate?) of the second part of cremation paperwork. Most colleagues have found this a welcome if unsettling development after decades of doing things differently. Crematoria are also being reminded of their duties and we have been asked to tell you by one manager that Funeral Directors must now deliver the Crem 4 three days before the funeral date. Therefore the use of the electronic version is strongly recommended. The Medical Director has been using the form for some time but was reassured by a Referee that these can be (dry) signed electronically and sent by email.
CHIS: In September, the SW CHIS will be holding the first in a series of GP Sessions aimed to give information how the CHIS can help improve immunisation uptake rates at your practice. Please see the flyer for further details.
If you haven’t yet, please check out the SW CHIS social media outlets, providing information on vaccination, data, health & wellbeing and more information about our team that facilitates the service. You can find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.
Car Sharing – follow the golden rules: (taken from a recent ASC communication) Commuters or staff teams reliant on car sharing for work are being advised to follow the golden rules to keep them and their passengers protected from coronavirus. Wherever possible, people should limit sharing their car to people within their household or social bubble. But if that’s not feasible they should:
- share the transport with the same people each time
- keep to small groups of people at any one time
- open windows to allow air to circulate
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where possible
- try to keep as much distance as possible between each other
The driver should wear a face covering and ask their passengers to follow suit.
As always, good hygiene remains all-important – the vehicle should be cleaned between journeys, using standard cleaning products, with door handles and other areas people may touch cleaned thoroughly. At the start and end of each journey, remember to wash hands for at least 20 seconds if possible, or use a hand sanitiser.
Uptake of UWE CPD Courses for 2020-21 from Carol Hobbs: Thank you to those who have contacted me so far. I am pleased to have been able to support so many Nurses and AHPs and I have now offered 46 places out of 68. We have a waiting list for NMP, PADRAP and Diabetes courses and will be commissioning more.If your practice has been offered a place please ask the individual to 'Apply' on the link sent, and select a start date - there are several options to choose from throughout 2020-21 due to online training.
Unfortunately 30 practices have not yet responded and we have places for COPD x 5, Asthma x1, Motivational Interviewing x4 and others - see sheet attached. So if you would like a place on any of these listed, or any other, please complete and return the sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th September 2020.
The Training Hub will be contacting all PCNs shortly and asking them complete an Investment Plan for use of National funding for CPD for all Nurses and AHPs in General Practice. This will need to include any UWE Contract places already procured. More details will follow but in the meantime please think about your CPD needs and how we can help.
The Shape of things to come?: A grim sign of future health problems was found in an ONS release on Tuesday: 19.2% of adults in England and Wales reported suffering from some kind of depression in June, nearly twice the proportion who self-reported during the previous nine months.
Can be found here. New items this week are:
- QOF Indicators 2020/21 - Diabetes 22 & 23
- Diabetes – DM 22
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