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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 11th December 2020

Date sent: Friday 11 December 2020

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

Covid Vaccination Programme: This inevitably continues to cause frustration and even anger among colleagues which is a matter of deep regret at a time when we should be united and not divided. The LMC thinks that it is import that we tell you the following.

In the meantime we continue provide what updates we can through this update, on our website and in person. This week we share a helpful summary Newsletter provided by the lead for the CVP in Hampshire, Dr Nigel Watson of Wessex LMCs (which was written on Monday) and a summary of the PCN collaborative agreement from NHSEI. The GPC has taken legal advice from a QC on the collaborative agreement and shared it with NHSEI who say amendments will be made. However NHSEI also say that this is only a template, was meant to be helpful and reduce the need for everyone to develop their own. If local areas want to make changes they can do so and we understand that Kevin Caldwell the DPO at the CCG has developed an information sharing agreement to complete Annex 1 as part of the Collaboration Agreement for PCNs.
For now, whatever decisions may have been made, we know that practices will cooperate with the collating of patient lists but would also encourage individuals to look at the online training to be ready for the future.
Updates on the website also include:

Post Covid Assessment Service from the CCG: All health economies are required to have a post covid assessment service in place by 1st December 2020. In Somerset we have established a clinical pathway and referral process for primary care. The service is evolving as we learn more about Covid-19 and its effects on patients. We therefore value any feedback on how we can refine the model for Somerset.
The pathway can be found here. Most initial post covid-19 patients will be managed in primary care to exclude other serious medical conditions. The national resource should be used to signpost patients for support and advice. Please ensure any referrals to the Somerset post covid assessment service are done using this form and are sent to somccg.longcovid@nhs.net together with any supporting documents. The patient will be offered an assessment in our integrated clinic (local GP and mental health professional) and recommendations given. Complex cases requiring the input of therapists will be discussed at an MDT.
The referral form is currently a word document. We anticipate it being adapted for EMIS once we are sure it is working well. If there are any questions please contact Rachael Rowe, Head of Long Term Conditions via Rachael.rowe@nhs.net

Covid Vaccine Programme: SFT are currently looking for GP and prescribers who are able to offer any time and support to this programme. If you would like to take part please complete this Expression of interest form and e mail to Jordan.pollard@somersetft.nhs.uk

BMA Law free webinar on Partnership agreements 15.12 at 1PM: This 45-minute webinar from BMA Law’s specialist solicitors Sana Sadiq and Sarah Carr will take you through every aspect of Partnership Agreements. Topics include why you need a partnership agreement, how often you should update it, and the common pitfalls to avoid. There will also be 15 minutes at the end to address any question you may have. Register here.

Healthy Teen Relationship Campaign: As a part of this year’s international campaign ’16 days of action’ Safer Somerset Partnership has launched its Healthy Teen Relationship campaign which will run December-January. There is an animated video highlighting signs of an abusive and unhealthy relationships. In the first day it had over 2000 viewings but SSP need your help to spread the message by looking at and sharing it yourself. There is a landing page on the revamped Somerset Survivors website.

Nominations wanted from Somerset for the first ever NHSEI South West Celebration of Practice Nursing Awards: After 5 years of successfully impacting on practice nurse recruitment, retention and return, the General Practice Nurse 10 Point Plan (GPN 10PP) comes to a close in March 2021. The South West Celebration of Practice Nursing 2021 event will be a virtual event on the evening of February 11th to celebrate the amazing work that has happened and the [people who have achieved it. Please save the date in your diary and more importantly NHSEI wants your help finding the nurses who deserve to receive an award. There are eight categories and you can nominate yourself or a colleague. We want to see the good work that general practice nursing in Somerset has achieved over the past 5 years recognised and celebrated on the regional stage, see here to find out more and make a nomination.

GP Safehouse: We are currently experiencing some technical problems with the advocate area on the GP safehouse we hope this will be resolved very soon, in the meantime if you do need any support please do contact us directly at the LMC office.

And Finally...

The Fab LMC team are fairly used to the odd phone call in the office that does not relate strictly to LMC business, this week it was topped by a call from a local baker informing us that a GP has two quiches to pick up before 2 PM! The GP concerned has been e mailed “Every little helps”

Elf Day: The LMC team took part in Elf Day on Tuesday 1st December, we all dressed up as elves (check our twitter feed for the evidence) elf names which ranged from Twinkle Toes Snowflake to Freddy Stripytights. Elf Day is all about raising money for people affected by Dementia What is Elf Day? | Alzheimer's Society. We are pleased to announce we raised £100. Thank you to everyone who supported us.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jill

Jill Hellens

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

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