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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 2nd July 2021

Date sent: Friday 2 July 2021

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

Enhanced shared parental leave system for salaried GPs (UK): The new enhanced shared parental leave system for salaried GPs has been launched across the UK and will allow for up to 50 weeks of the 52 weeks maternity leave to be shared between the parents. Eligible parents are also able to share up to 37 weeks of statutory shared parental pay (equivalent of statutory maternity pay). The ESPL system will be offered by employers at GMS and some PMS practices. Employees may request for this new form of leave to be included in their contracts, in line with provisions for junior doctors and agenda for change staff. This change to a more flexible form of leave supports the BMA’s commitment to address the gender pay gap. Find out more about enhanced shared parental leave entitlements and read the updated Salaried GPs handbook

Information for GPs relating to long Covid: NHS England and NHS Improvement – South West have developed a briefing on long covid and the long covid assessment services that has been developed for GPs. To further support primary care education they will be hosting a webinar aimed at all clinical practice staff on the 22nd July 2021 between 1-2. To register an interest in attending this webinar please e mail

EMIS Web and EMIS Support: The CCG Digital Team is working to link with NHSD contract leads responsible for EMIS and EMIS Web.
They are keen to highlight to NHSD colleagues the realities and experiences in General Practice of using EMIS Web over the last few years.
The CCG want to share with NHSD first-hand accounts directly from all our practices. Ideally these experiences will be related to an EMIS call log number, however, would like to hear from clinical and admin colleagues is how EMIS Web is functioning for you. Is it benefit or a hinderance or bit of both?
EMIS Support
In relation to EMIS Support Services, what are your recent experiences? Has seeking support and resolution been useful or extra effort and drain on resources? Please email your practice experiences (positive & negative) as soon as you are able to
If you want to invite colleagues to share their experiences directly with please do.

Pathway Transformation Funding opportunity and support available (Tamoxifen): The NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative have launched a project relating to Tamoxifen for prevention of breast cancer for women at known risk. The priority aims are listed in this document. There will be national support available in terms of the development of information, signposting and patient and clinician education/training.
This might count towards research activity and Steve Johnson-Wood trying to gauge interest in submitting a bid to address any of the priority areas listed in the attached document relevant to primary care, Please could any practice of PCNs contact Steve Johnson-Wood, Programme Manager at the South West Academic Health Science Network by 5th July. (Apologies for short notice)
Phone: 07375 417062

FAQs to support general practice and students in higher education institutions: NHSE/I has published FAQs to support general practice and higher education institutions, which advises that although in general, patients should return to the place they had their first dose to have their second dose, students in higher education are able to receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose if they have relocated. The National Booking Service has an option to book or re-arrange the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment.
The guidance also advises on what the options are for student who had their first dose in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but is in England at the time of their second dose. If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas with a vaccine that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered.

Handy Apps and websites for Childhood conditions:Given the increasing rise of respiratory cases, these online resources may be useful.

Somerset New To Practice General Practice Fellowship Programme for Newly Qualified GPs: Are you or do you know a GP that has qualified since October 2020 and is working in Somerset? If so, this funded fellowship programme may be of interest. It is a financially incentivised 2 year programme designed to provide personalised support to newly qualified GPs to help gain confidence and to develop enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable careers in general practice. NHSE hope that 100% of newly qualified GPs take up this offer. Our next cohort will start in September 2021. See programme here Any questions or to apply, please contact Dr Catherine Ievers

Action Learning Sets We are hoping to set up at least two Action Learning Sets from September. This will provide an opportunity for similar staffing groups to come together on a monthly basis for 6 months, and provide a safe space to talk about work-based issues and come up with solutions.

Those participating in Action Learning in the past have found it extremely valuable in developing peer support, in what can sometimes feel isolating roles; and to be able to share experience and work solutions.

We have some expressions of interest so far in the following areas:

We are specifically looking for more attendees who belong to these staff groups to make up full sets of 6 people. If you are interested in joining, please contact

Outstanding Trust TNA Placement Claims for 2020- deadline 31st July 2021: Practices were able to claim a one-off payment from the Somerset Training Hub (STH) to offer 2 day and 4 day placements to Trust Trainee Nursing Associates (TNAs) in 2018/19 and 2019/20. we are aware that some practices are yet to submit a claim.

If you offered TNA placements during the period 01/04/18 - 31/12/2020 and have NOT previously submitted a claim please complete the updated claim form in the link below. We are always seeking more practices and PCNs to offer placements for both pre-registration student nurses and TNAs, and aware that the placement tariff is one factor in the decision made by practices to offer placements. Although there is a national tariff for nurses, as yet there is no national placement tariff for TNA students, however we are pushing hard for this. Therefore, Somerset Training Hub intend to use any unclaimed monies to support further placements this year, please note there is no guarantee of future funding.

The details of the previous scheme can be found here and revised claim form here.  For any further queries and If any practices are willing to host TNAs and Student Nurses the closing date has been extended to 11th July full detail here.  please contact Krissie Bromley as soon as possible via email 

New to Practice The GPN fellowship programme: Are you or do you know a newly qualified nurse or new to nursing in primary care? This is a 2 year fellowship linked to the above GP programme to support nurses and also provide a comprehensive education programme to address skills and knowledge required specifically when working in this field. Our next cohort starts on the 1st September. Applications are now welcome. More information can be found here. If you are not a newly qualified Nurse, but new to General Practice, there is also an option to join on a preceptorship basis more details here.  Any questions please contact Alison Williams,

And Finally...

EMIS-E Service: EMIS has responded to a recent report which concluded that a picture paints a thousand words with new development. Following EMIS Viewer and EMIS Clinical Services EMIS-E will be launched in the autumn. A spokesman said, “EMIS Emoji patch will allow users to utilise pictograms, logograms or ideograms to fill in emotional cues otherwise missing from typed information and will enhance the richness of the human dimension arounf medical records so often absent since the demise of locally tailored acronyms such as NAD, GOK and NFB.” The GPC is in talks with the ICO and the insurance industry to establish the use of EMIS-E records for reporting purposes. CCG IT lead Dr Justin Harrington added that EMIS also hope to have a reliable clinical record system available “sometime in the near future.”


Kind Regards



Jill Hellens

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

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