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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 18th February 2022

Date sent: Friday 18 February 2022

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

GPC England calls for negotiations on a new GP Contract: In an extraordinary meeting GPC England discussed the 2022-23 proposals from NHSE for this year’s GP contract changes, the committee called on the Government to start negotiations for a new GP contract and to provide support for practices with the extra demands in the wake of the pandemic. During 2018 the BMA negotiated a five-year contract deal for general practice in England, with an agreement reached with NHSE in January 2019. Since then details on implementation and additional amendments have been negotiated annually. However, as the deal was reached long before the arrival of the pandemic and all the additional and unprecedented challenges it has brought for practices, GPCE is calling on the Government to enter negotiations for a refreshed, fit-for-purpose contract so that practices can ably take care of patients, and adequately respond to the needs of general practice. GPCE also called for immediate support for practices in managing the record backlog in the communities, so as to safely care for our patients and laid out our intention to begin plans for a profession-wide consultation on the future of General Practice.
Read the statement here.

New to Partnership Payment Scheme Evaluation: NHSE/I are evaluating the structure and impact of the New to Partnership Payment Scheme to understand better how it is viewed by GPs, whether it has made a positive impact, either for you as new partners or in recruiting new partners to your practice. If you have received this grant payment and would be willing to share your experience and feedback, please get in touch by emailing england.newtopartnershipenquiries@nhs.net

Arrangements for Death Registration - From The General Register Office: From midnight on 24th March 2022:

*INTERESTINGLY THIS IS A MATTER OF DEBATE AND THE BMA IS TRYING TO REDEFINE “ATTENDANCE” IN THE CONTEXT OF MODERN HEALTH CARE TEAMS OF AHPs.

LMC Elections 2022: All GPs and Practice Managers in the county will have received nomination forms and letters for election to the LMC committee for a four year term 2022-26, if you are interested and would like to know more please do get in touch. If you have already decided to stand for committee election please do return your signed nomination forms by Noon Wednesday 2nd March to somersetlmc.office@nhs.net

Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection, confirmed as taking place on Thursday 17 March 2022: Employers are being encouraged to consider:

For practices wishing to take part further information can be found here.

Level 5 Coaching & Mentoring: There are 20 places available with first refusal to primary care colleagues on the “Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching & Mentoring”. The South West Councils website has more information on the training.
If you are interested or have any queries please contact Oli Fletcher Workforce Programme Lead Somerset Integrated Care System (ICS) oliver.fletcher@nhs.net or Jean Painter jean.painter@nhs.net. The programme is looking to commence in May and September 2022.

And Finally...

GP in Somerset: The recent guest blogs featured on the GP in Somerset website and fed through all the social media platforms have proved popular and increased engagement with GPs and clinical staff outside the Somerset area, if you have a special interest or hobby that you feel would be of interest to others and would be happy to write a blog please do get in touch. Read the most recent guest blog on wellbeing and managing workload by Vice LMC chairman Dr Tim Horlock here.

 

Kind regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

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

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