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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 27th May 2016

Date sent: Friday 27 May 2016

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers                                           This and Previous updates can be found here

Dispensing Services Quality Scheme (DSQS) for 2016-17 The LMC advice  at this stage is  that it is important  for Dispensing Practices  to sign up to the DSQS.  Our  dispensing lead, Dr Nick Chapman, is in discussion with  NHS England the about the DRUM groups, and it is important to note that  what NHSE  are asking for is outside the  DSQS specification and though  they would ‘ like’ practices  to do  particular things, it is still possible to offer alternatives. We will keep you updated on progress

Urgent Care Provider Access to GP Records via EMIS Viewer The LMC believes that there are important benefits  for patients if clinicians seeing them in an urgent care setting can have access to the GP notes, as is  proposed in the first phase of the EMIS Viewer project. Because patients give specific consent for each  access at the time , patient consent worries are largely eliminated so  those  who have previously indicated that they do not want their records uploaded to the spine or  accessible via care.data do not necessarily need to be excluded.  

But before making an unqualified recommendation that practices participate the LMC has asked the CCG to clarify with the Information Commissioner whether there are any data protection concerns about possible access to third party information that may be recorded  as free text.

CQC Strategy 2016-2020 The CQC, having finished its consultation exercise, has published its strategy for 2016-2021. Its ambition is to take “a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so more people get high quality care.” Anyone hoping that CQC would switch to ensuring a basic quality of care, such as The King’s Fund for example,  will be disappointed as the CQC says  “We will know when we have succeeded when…organisations that deliver care improve quality as a result of our regulation.”  The assertion that quality can be “inspected into a system” is then reiterated. What will Roy Lilley say? In the recently published GP Forward View, Simon Stevens speaks of negotiating a new arrangement for CQC inspection where practices ranked “good” or “outstanding” after the first round will be inspected at intervals of not less than five years. This document echoes that by saying that CQC will put more of its diminishing resources into assessing services with poorer ratings and making more use of unannounced inspections “where our insight suggests risk is greatest or quality is improving (sic) – with ratings updated where we find changes.” This does sound rather unlikely:  the CQC will descend on a practice where intelligence has been received that things are getting better. Almost, one might say, a perverse incentive? As well as encouraging reports from service-users there will be more use of self-reporting by providers and shorter, more timely reports are promised in future. The CQC is here to stay, and we are going to have to live with it.

Plymouth Student Nurse Indemnity - We have received further clarification from Plymouth university. 

"Just to update you following a meeting with the university insurance and legal teams.  'Our insurers Zurich clarified that Plymouth University students have always been indemnified by our policy for their educational activity whilst out on clinical placement.  To clarify, the University is therefore not asking the host placement organisation to indemnify the educational activity of our students whilst on placement.  The University only requires the host placement organisation to indemnify their own staff's teaching and clinical supervision.

The University legal team is working on the WPA to clarify this at section 7 and 8, and once the wording is agreed by Zurich and the University legal team a revised wpa will be sent out in due course.   Please accept our apologies for the confusion this misunderstanding this may have caused for some GP practices around indemnity insurance cover for students whilst on placement. "

Yeovil GP Update (20-23 June, YDH) the Full programme is online and bookable, we understand that some SGPET e mails are going into borderware so please check your junk folders and mark them as not spam!

Somerset LMC Training
Information Governance/Data Protection , half day training session - Thursday 9 June 2016 at Taunton Rugby Club (10.00-12.30), last few spaces available.

Summarising Patient Records, half day training session - Thursday 9 June 2016 at Taunton Rugby Club (13.30-16.00), last few spaces available.

Kind Regards

Jill

 

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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www.somersetlmc.co.uk

 

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