Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 26th February 2016
Date sent: Friday 26 February 2016
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates can be located here
- Health Protection Reports
- Effective support for children and families in Somerset
- GP Contract agreement 2016/17
- GPC News February 2016
- Online Portal-Supplies and Medical Records
- Pertussis in Pregnancy; Message from Public Health
- Men B Vaccine shortage
- Images on Websites and publications
- FrontDesk appointments service
Health Protection Reports Public Health England periodically publish a brief digest of interesting public health information that is usually well worth a look. The Edition published on 19th February is just one page, but it contains a report on the current prevalence of Strep A infection, a successful way of reducing high GP antibiotic prescribing, and evidence that antivirals are of use in treating influenza. You can subscribe to this and other PHE reports at Subscriber Preferences Page.
Effective support for children and families in Somerset County Council Guidance Document to make Thresholds of Need clearer for professionals
“Embedding Early Help” is one of the nine priorities that have been identified for the improvement of Children’s Services in the county , and part of implementing this is to help ensure that when children and families might need support can ensure they are directed to the right service, in the right place, at the right time.
This slightly wordy but very accessible document contains a lot of useful information but it’s main purpose is to describe the sorts of concerns or problems that should trigger involvement of the different levels of social care intervention available. It’s worth a read. Referral should continue to be made to Children’s Social Care via Somerset Direct as before.
Pertussis in Pregnancy There have been reports that some pregnant women have been told by health professionals that they only need Pertussis vaccination during their first pregnancy and not for any subsequent pregnancies. It is unclear where this confusion comes from but we thought we should send something out widely to ensure there is clarity:
The purpose of the pertussis vaccination programme is to boost immunity in women in late pregnancy so that pertussis antibodies are passed from mother to baby to passively protect infants in the first months of life before they reach the age of routine infant vaccination. This is achieved by vaccinating pregnant women from 28 weeks of gestation in order to maximise the transplacental transfer of pertussis antibodies. Therefore, it is important for all women to be offered the pertussis vaccine during each pregnancy (see pg 6 of attached guidance).
Practices will need to ensure that systems accurately update the target population and record the estimated due date (EDD) so it is known when they are eligible for vaccination to make contact.
If you have any queries on this please contact: sara Dove Tel: 01138247330|Mob: 07900715103 firstname.lastname@example.org
Men B Vaccine shortage Following the very sad news about the death of a two year old from MenB disease on February 14th, and the petition calling to make the vaccine more widely available the result has been a lot of concerned parents asking where they can get the MenB vaccine privately. Practices should be aware that there is still a national shortage of the vaccine and more information which can be shared is available on the meningitis research foundation website
Images on Websites and Publications We have once again been contacted by a practice that are being pursued in excess of £700.00 for using an image subject to license on their website, this really serves as a reminder never to upload any images which may require a licence. If you do download an image from a free image website please check the usage restrictions and print off and file any documentation before using it.
The web is still probably the best for free images. http://www.freeimages.com/ is a good resource for free images. Just make sure you download from the free images section (not the iStockphoto section) and that it says ‘Standard restrictions apply’ and have a quick look at the image license in the link. Create an account to download the full size image. Once downloaded print off the details sheet. There’s also lots of free icon sites, just Google ‘free icons’ and once you've found a site and icon follow the procedure as above. As websites are archived it’s a good idea to keep the image details sheet forever.
Front desk Funding is now centrally funded with immediate effect in England under the GPSoC Lot 1 framework.Any practices who place orders for FrontDesk on GPSoC by 31 March 2016 will have their refund backdated to 1 January 2016. Practices who do not place orders by 31 March 2016 will only be refunded from the date at which their order is accepted by GPSoC.Further info here
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