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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 7th October 2022

Date sent: Friday 7 October 2022

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

Filling Big Shoes! 

I hope this finds you all well and I am sure many of you are looking forward to the weekend. I wanted just to take a moment to introduce myself as I start my new role as Medical Director for the Somerset LMC. My appointment has come about following the very sad passing of Barry Moyse who I know many of you knew so well, he leaves some very big shoes to fill. I will be working alongside Catherine Ievers the other Medical Director.

Some of you may know me through the work that I have previously undertaken in urgent care. I was the CEO for Devon Doctors for seven years leaving last month. During this tenure I also worked as a salaried GP in Devon and have worked extensively in out of hours in Somerset, mainly out of the Taunton treatment centre for the last 3 years. I have previously been a GP partner in East Devon for 12 years and am currently combining my LMC role with working as a locum in Somerset. I believe my array of experience puts me in a very good position to understand the pressures that you are facing daily and to support you if needed. As Barry would say the LMC worries so that you don’t have to. I will be reaching out as I am eager to meet as many of you as possible. If you believe I can help please do not hesitate to contact me on justin.geddes2@nhs.net

Have a good weekend. I know you will have deserved it.

Best wishes

Justin

Justin Geddes
Somerset LMC Medical Director


Somerset Practices Tier 2 Sponsorship Licences: 40% of our current GP trainees will need a tier 2 licence to remain working in Somerset, and next year this will rise to 60%. A recent Severn deanery event noted that 80% of interested GP also required this licence. We strongly urge practices to apply in order to retain these GPs in the Somerset system, the ICB has agreed to fund the application for the resilience of our practices. We are planning to hold a training event on the application process, more news on that soon. Information on tier 2 visas for practices.

Suicide Prevention - Priorities in the Next Decade – Lunchtime Webinar: The BMA’s Board of Science is hosting a live lunchtime (12.30-13.30) webinar on 19 October, where Dr JS Bamrah will speak to Prof Louis Appleby, from the University of Manchester. Prof Appleby leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England and directs the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness. Prof Appleby will present on current suicide prevention priorities, tying in with recently announced suicide prevention strategy from the UK government, before answering questions from the chair and the audience. This event is free, and open to both BMA members and non-members. You can sign up for it here .

GPC Survey on How Inflation and Energy Costs are Impacting your Practice: GP practices across England are feeling the impact of inflation and high energy costs. Please complete the survey so that the GPC can collect the evidence needed to advocate on your behalf. The survey asks for a range of information relating to practice costs including energy, staffing and other expenses. While the GPC would encourage practices to complete the whole survey, if you do not yet have the information, please still complete the parts you can. They need to hear from as many practices as possible to enable them to make a strong case to NHSE/I, DHSC and the government to seek solutions. Take the short survey here (closing Thursday 20 October).

qFIT – Unsuitable Samples: The laboratory are receiving an increasing frequency of faecal qFIT samples that are unsuitable for analysis because they have not been collected into the appropriate collection device, but directly into the plastic sample bag or postal envelope. Unfortunately, with some of these the patient information is too soiled to identify them or the requesting GP/surgery and we are unable to let you know that a repeat is required. When issuing a qFIT kit to patients, please remind them to follow the collection instructions given in the collection pack. If you do not receive a patient’s results within the expected turnaround time (a few days from receipt), please contact the lab to check if we have a record of receiving a sample.  Many thanks, Dr Sadie Thomas Consultant Clinical Biochemist

Salaried and Locum GP Pay Survey: The Sessional GPs Committee has launched a survey to obtain some data on pay for salaried GPs in order to inform the Sessional GPs Committee’s policy on what the DDRB’s pay range should be as the current range does not reflect reality. The survey will also collect data around locum pay rates, which will allow them to create a heat-map of how rates vary across the country to aid both locums and contractor GPs to agree appropriate rates. The survey is open to all GPs and a wider range of views on how the DDRB pay range is used and pay is actually set and increased in practice – which should make the argument to DDRB more compelling. The survey also includes a few questions on whether GPs compare themselves with other professions or different grades of doctors, which might be another way of testing whether the pay range is set at the right level. Click here to complete the survey by 18 October. 

Top Tips...
Immediately Necessary - Seasonal Influenza Recording:
 Any patients that are not registered at your practice but receive a vaccination by you at your practice, for example, GP locums, practice staff please remember to register on your clinical system as “ Immediately Necessary Treatment (INT)” and not as a temporary Resident. INT is used to provide a mechanism to record the vaccination given to eligible patients. Please refer to page 5 and 6 of the NHSE Seasonal Influenza Vaccination ES 2022/23 guidance. Somerset LMC national flu guidance 2022/2023 page can be found here.

Kind regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

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

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