Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 23rd October 2015
Date sent: Friday 23 October 2015
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available online here
- Pneumococcal Back Payments
- X Ray referrals to MPH
- Upper limb orthopaedic pathway
- Flu Jabs for Locums (The CCG have confirmed that they are happy to reimburse practices for the Locums Flu Jabs)
- Qualitative research with GPs to explore their views of joining and leaving the profession
- HSCIC patient objections
- GPC News 3 - 16 October 2015
- Flu Advert and the National NHS Stay well this winter campaign
- Information also attached
- Vaccine Update 235
- Chaand Nagpul Blog Oct 23rd
Pneumococcal Back Payments
We have today sent a letter to all Senior partners and Practice Managers with an update on the LMC iclaim for the back payments, this should arrive with practices on Monday.
SPQS. Some practices have contacted the office regarding the payments for SPQS for the year 2014-5 The issue seems to be a discrepancy between actual and relative prevalence in the calculation for payment. We are advised that Practices should appeal direct to the Area Team if they feel that their payment is not appropriate, we are in discussion with the CCG and Area Team regarding this.
X-Ray Referrals to Musgrove Park Hospital The Imaging Department at MPH report that they are getting large numbers of patients with GP requests attending between 11.00 and 14.00, especially on Mondays.They have asked us to remind referrers that the department is open for GP patients from 08.00 to 18.00 every weekday and it is actually better if patients do not attend over lunchtime.
Upper limb orthopaedic pathway Following the recent meeting between all the Upper limb Consultants (T+S,YDH,Shepton,Circle all represented) and the OASIS practitioners, it was agreed that they would all follow the Commissioning guide for the management of subacromial pain produced by the BOA/BESS.
Please see page 15 for Primary Care algorithm
It was agreed that the investigation of choice for patients who have failed conservative treatment would be Ultrasound, not MRI, and that this would reduce some of the demand on MRI capacity
It was also recognised that U/S was being requested by Primary care outside of the pathway, and the guide states that scanning is rarely needed to initially manage this disorder. T&S therefore propose to return GP requests for U/S for shoulder pain and for U/S guided injections. They will still carry out scans for investigation of shoulder lumps.
Qualitative research with GPs to explore their views of joining and leaving the profession: As part of the GP workforce 10 point plan, a partnership between NHS England, Health Education England, the BMA GP Committee (GPC) and the Royal College of GPs to increase workforce numbers and reduce GP workload burden, Ipsos MORI is conducting some independent qualitative research with GPs to explore their views of joining and leaving the profession.
They are especially interested to hear from GPs who identify with the following characteristics:
- with a health condition which, at times, makes them question how easy it is for them to continue working as a GP;
- currently care for another adult or think they might need to care for another adult in the future, which may challenge their ability to stay in the profession;
- returned to practice in England following a period of not working as a GP or as a GP in England; or
- that trained in England but are now working as a GP outside the UK.
If you would like to know more about taking part in the research, and to find out if you are eligible, please contact Ipsos MORI via ResearchGP@ipsos.com
If GPs are eligible and able to participate in an interview, Ipsos MORI will be able to pay an incentive to thank them for their time.
HSCIC patient objections Practices in England are due to receive a communication from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) about the collection of patient objection data. GPC strongly recommends practices participate in this collection to allow the HSCIC to uphold patient objections to their data being shared.
Patients are able to register objections with their practice to prevent their identifiable data being released outside of the practice for purposes beyond their direct care (known as a Type 1 objection), or to prevent their identifiable data from any health and social care setting being released by the HSCIC for purposes beyond their direct care (known as a Type 2 objection).
The HSCIC will be collecting the following data:
- For patients with a Type 2 objection (or a withdrawn Type 2 objection), the NHS Number, objection code(s) and code date will be extracted. The collection of patient identifiable data (NHS Number) is necessary to allow the HSCIC to uphold these objections. The data will be used internally by the HSCIC and will not be published or released;
- Aggregate data on the number of Type 1 and Type 2 objections. This will allow the HSCIC to monitor the rate of objections.
The legal basis for the collection of this data is the issuing of directions under section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Practices will receive an offer from the HSCIC, available from 21 October, to participate in the collection called ‘Patient Objections Management’ within the Calculating Quality Reporting Service. The deadline for participation has not been specified, but practices have been asked to participate as soon as possible ahead of the first extract. Extractions will run monthly from December 2015.
Queries on how to participate should be directed to the HSCIC contact centre via email@example.com with ‘Patient Objections Management data collection’ in the subject line, or by calling 0300 303 5678.
TEL: 01823 331428
Attached file: Stay-well-this-winter-GP-Brief-22-10-15.doc