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Somerset LMC weekly update Friday 23rd December

Date sent: Friday 23 December 2016

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers         This and previous updates can be found here

Online Proxy Access by Parents and Carers to the Medical Record of Young People NHSE and the RCGP have produced a helpful  learning document on this subject which suggests that at age 11  practices should consider restricting proxy access after the age of 11 before blocking it at age 16.  EMIS currently does not do this automatically, so if proxy access is allowed,  these dates need to be thought about so only appropriate access continues as children grow older. It is possible to allow only appointment requesting and repeat medication ordering access to continue, but even this could be awkward if a young person is, for example, using a prescribed contraceptive. EMIS  v6.0 and after allows  access to certain consultations and note entries to be blocked, but this is not possible for repeat prescription items.

LMC Letter to Care Homes re DNAR following the article in a previous recent update we have been contacted by several practices who are still being asked by Care Homes for a new DNAR, we have therefore sent the attached to all care homes in Somerset to help clarify to all the agreed process.

Immunisation Posters Public Health England are aware that there is quite a lot of confusion amongst patients about who is eligible for a Shingles immunisation, and uptake of this effective and safe vaccine. has dropped off.  They’ve produced patient information poster which we think practices may find helpful.

Although flu immunisation uptake amongst pregnant women has improved this year,   quite a few are not getting pertussis immunisation as well, possibly because of the different gestation window, and possibly because women are still anxious about the vaccine.  The other poster may be a useful memory jogger  to help increase uptake.

Next phase of the clinical pharmacists in general practice programme NHS England will be inviting GP practices and other providers of general practice medical services to apply for funding to help recruit, train and develop more clinical pharmacists to meet the commitment of an additional 1,500 clinical pharmacists in general practice by 2020/21.

Providers participating in the programme will receive funding for three years to recruit and establish clinical pharmacists in their general practices for the long term.

Applicants from provider organisations will be able to submit applications from 9th January 2017 through an online portal. The first cohort of successful participating providers will be announced in March.full information

Long waiters and advice letter from Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust T&S Trust have issued a letter for practices, as the trust don't appear to have an up to date circulation list and the CCG unwilling to distribute they have asked that we send to you all, so please don’t shoot the messenger!

 

and finally...

 

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Somerset LMC would like to wish you all a very Merry and restful Christmas, and a happy healthy New Year,  we have donated to Medicins Sans Frontiere this year rather than sending cards.  The LMC office will be closed for the three days between Christmas and The New Year and will re open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. For anything urgent please phone the LMC office for the emergency numbers on call.

Kind Regards

Jill

 

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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