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
- Unsustainable, unsafe, and unfair: General Practice in crisis (from GPC)
- Infographic on workload
- GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - Data provision notice (DPN)
- SWISH news: LARC Training
- CPD Funding Allocation 2021-22 and New Funding for Advanced Practitioners Trainees (important information for action by Practice and PCN Managers)
- Likely Scam
- GP Appointment Data: GP practice briefing
- What you need to know about Advanced Practice in primary care Thursday 1st July
- Microsoft Teams
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Opt-out - Dissent code
9Nu0 (827241000000103 |Dissent from secondary use of general practitioner patient identifiable data (finding)|)
- Opt-in - Dissent withdrawal code
9Nu1 (827261000000102 |Dissent withdrawn for secondary use of general practitioner patient identifiable data (finding)|)]
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:
- Wednesday 9 June, 11.30am – 12.30pm
- Tuesday 15 June, 5pm – 6pm
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:
- What is Advanced Practice, how is it different from other levels of practice and who can become an Advanced Practitioner
- How can Advanced Practitioners make a difference in general practice
- How is ARRS supporting the development of AP in primary care
- What does RCN credentialing mean for GP nurses in advanced roles
- What local and regional support is there to help existing and aspiring Advanced Practitioners in general practice
- What resources are there to help with recruitment, training, supervision, development and wellbeing
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:
- Microsoft Teams – an introductory course shows the fundamentals to navigate Teams, get your team up and running, and start having conversations.
- Teams meetings – includes audio conferencing, video and sharing. This course will demonstrate key features of Microsoft Teams meetings
- Teams Breakout Rooms – With breakout rooms, meeting hosts can break participants into separate meeting rooms for smaller group discussions, then bring groups back to the main meeting
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.
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Tel: (01823) 331 428
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We have updated our privacy policies on both the Somerset LMC and Somerset GP Education trust websites.