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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 29th April 2022

Date sent: Friday 29 April 2022

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

A reminder that it’s Martyn Hughes’ retirement celebration tonight (Friday 29th) at Taunton Racecourse from 6.30-9.30pm.   There will be fizz and food, so please do drop in or spend the evening and celebrate with Martyn and other colleagues.

Paediatric Suspected Sepsis: Urgent care report missed opportunities for timely treatment in young babies and so we have been reminded of the screening tool for telephone triage For safety netting the HANDi App developed and approved by Musgrove Paediatric Consultants, provides expert advice on how best to manage the six most common childhood illnesses; diarrhoea and vomiting, high temperature, chestiness (baby and child), newborn problems and stomach pain. Healthier together have a useful number of safety netting leaflets for parents. Safety netting & parent info sheets :: Healthier Together (

Rebuild General Practice: The Rebuild General Practice campaign has released a new video in which GPs talk about the overwhelming, unmanageable, and unsafe situation in primary care.

National Flu Immunisation Programme 2022/23: UKHSA has published the annual National flu immunisation programme 2022/23 letter which sets out which groups are eligible for flu vaccination for the 2022/23 flu season.
NHSE/I will be publishing the specifications shortly, and have advised us that suppliers have committed to flexibility if the reimbursement letter has impacted current orders. Therefore, if practices are having trouble amending orders, they should contact the contact the NHSE/I flu inbox

Visual Guide to Vaccines - Spring 2022 UKHSA (Previously PHE) has published an updated visual guide to vaccines which will be useful for practice teams.

Revised EDRF Notification & Coronial Reporting Information (With Flowchart): Following the expiry of the Coronavirus Act last month the Acting Senior Coroner for Somerset has issued new guidance on the death certification procedure in the County that will take effect from 2nd May 2022. See full guidance here including referral form.

Community Dermatology Service: The CCG would be interested in hearing from any GP who has, or would like to develop an interest in supporting the community dermatology service in Somerset. Work is currently being done to redesign the service in the light of the new ICS model across the country. They are keen to discuss options with anyone who is currently working in practice at least 2 sessions a week. Previous diplomas in dermatology are at this point not a prerequisite as support may be available for the training up of clinicians for a future community service.  If you have previously expressed an interest, or are considering this for the first time, please email Dr Jon Upton

TNA Event reminder 12th May on Zoom 13.00-15.00: The aim of this online event is to increase the nursing workforce by growing the appetite of the TNA role within primary care in Somerset over the next 3 years and beyond. If you are a GP Practice Managers, Lead Nurse or PCN Manager and are interested in growing your own nursing workforce please do register here SGPET: Event details: Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) Event - Specifically for Primary Care (

Trainee Specialist Paramedic Placements Request: SWASfT have developed a new Specialist Paramedic role to work in tandem with the ambulance doctor response cars with additional skills and training in order to safely assess and appropriately manage patients avoiding admissions where possible. The scope of practice is similar to that seen in Primary Care Specialist Paramedics. They are now looking for three further placements in general practice, all the detail including remuneration can be found here, if this is of interest please contact Lily Dixon, BNSSG Training Hub Primary Care Development and Paramedic Lead – who is coordinating the placements.

Management of Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Primary Care Survey: Dr Megan Spearman a Junior Doctor working at Yeovil District Hospital and her team are working on a QI project regarding the management of Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Primary Care. They are aiming to reduce the number of ED visits and make GP lives easier by developing a more GP and patient friendly pathway.  They have created a brief survey on this topic and would be grateful if GPs could complete it, please feel free to add any comments which would make lives easier in Primary Care.

Kind regards


Jill Hellens

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

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