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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 4th June 2021

Date sent: Friday 4 June 2021

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

Becoming a UK Visa sponsoring Practice: NHSE have recently updated their guidance and advice on becoming a Tier 2 practice, if practices have or are likely to have GP vacancies in the future obtaining a sponsorship licence can help maximise opportunities to recruit in these roles, we have added the updated guidance to the sponsorship page on the website. If your practice is already licensed could you please let the office know

GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - Data provision notice (DPN): If patients register a Type 1 Opt-out, practices must process this. Codes for opt-out can be found here and are copied below for ease

The CCG will update the privacy notice template to offer to all practices and circulate in the next available bulletin. Full details were shared in last week’s update.

CPD Funding Allocation 2021-22 and New Funding for Advanced Practitioners Trainees (important information for action by Practice and PCN Managers): Full information on funding allocations can be found here other documents mentioned can be found below

Likely Scam: Not yet seen in Somerset but reported across England. Practices have had claims submitted for ‘discrimination in relation to mask wearing and access to care’. Despite the practices contacting NHS Resolutions on several occasions they have yet to receive confirmation such a claim is covered under CNSGP. MPS told one practice that they won’t cover this scenario as it’s not clinical negligence. Oddly all the practices concerned have been asked for £9,000 “compensation.” Since no harm has apparently been done to any claimant (other than hurt feelings?) and the legal company seems to have dubious bona fides on examination it appears that these claims are likely to be purely speculative. If you get such a claim please contact the LMC so that we can coordinate with GPC.

GP Appointment Data: GP practice briefing: These sessions hosted by NHS Digital will introduce recently issued national categorisation guidance and show practices how to carry out mapping to the new national standard categories. The dates still available below:

What you need to know about Advanced Practice in primary care Thursday 1st July: An LMC/ Training Hub webinar update for all general practice and PCN employers, managers and practitioners to help you understand:

Full detail and booking here

Microsoft Teams: NHS England have arranged virtual training sessions with Microsoft to further understand the capability of Microsoft Teams.
Several live sessions will be run on the following topics:

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please find the dates, timings and registration links here: N365 Shared Tenant Virtual training – NHSmail Support

Spirometry Survey: Spirometry was suspended at the beginning of the pandemic as although it is not in itself an aerosol generation procedure the coughing it usually provokes is. This led to spirometry being reappraised and BMA advice remains to refer to hospital. Clearly secondary care has limited capacity too. Therefore the LMC was pleased to hear that the CCG Respiratory Lead Dr Steve Holmes is looking into moving the test to the proposed new PCN-based investigation/diagnostic hubs in the medium- to long term. These could also offer Forced Expiratory Nitrous Oxide testing for diagnosing asthma. The LMC supports this approach and GPN advisor Paula Messenger will be involved in the work. For these reasons we are happy to promote this brief survey which will be a vital part of a what could be a very useful development. This survey will close at 5pm on 11th of June. 


Kind Regards



Jill Hellens

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

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