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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 17th February 2017

Date sent: Friday 17 February 2017

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

A good news story for a Friday: LARC Update “Dear Practices thank you for your patience for those of you waiting for clarification from SCC regarding LOC’s in IUT’s. I am happy to confirm that for the time being fitters without LOC’s do not need to stop fitting devices as long as they are maintain their competency to do so. SCC are keen for practices to complete their audits as soon as possible following which the service can be reviewed including LARC training planning.

For those of you who wish to obtain their LOC’s in IUT’s there is clear guidance on the FSRH website on how to do this. One does not have to be a member to have a LOC.”

Dr Karen Sylvester Vice Chairman

CQC GP Insight Practices may start receiving information as early as next week from the CQC regarding its new monitoring system GP insight  This new scheme is designed to replace the previous Intelligent Monitoring process with CQC’s stated aim being to use GP Insight to inform the prioritisation for the next phase of physical inspections.GPC England Exec have called on CQC to halt the distribution and publication of these Insight reports. As LMCs will undoubtedly receive queries from practices if the distribution of reports goes ahead. find the GPC full report to LMCs here and the letter to Steve Field here, we will keep practices updated as soon as we know more.

Sessional GPs Newsletter February Please find a link to the latest edition of the Sessional Newsletter which this month, amongst other important issues, includes updates on changes to funding for indemnity arising from changes in the 2017/18 GP contract, and progress on pensions issues following a further meeting with NHS England and Capita.

LMCs Conference 18 &19 May 2017 The LMC exec will be heading to Edinburgh for this years LMCs conference , this gives Somerset LMC an opportunity to submit motions on topics that are currently concerning primary care in order to influence the national agenda for future policy. The LMC executive will be putting together motions for submission to the agenda committee of the BMA in March, and we would welcome any suggestions of topics that you would like to see included. Please state the topic and an outline and forward to by Friday 10th March

Kind Regards


Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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