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Somerset LMC weekly Update Friday 12th May 2017

Date sent: Friday 12 May 2017

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers

GP Career Plus Are You Thinking of Leaving the Performers List? Would you be Prepared to Think Again? The New GP Career Plus Scheme may change your Mind

Somerset Primary Healthcare has won a contract with NHS England to provide one of the nine national pilot schemes looking at innovative ways of improving GP retention. GPs leave the profession at all stages of their careers but sometimes the right kind of support might encourage them to stay on the Performers List and remain in the primary care workforce in some capacity.

The Somerset scheme aims to recruit an initial eight doctors who might otherwise be lost to general practice and it has three components. Participants are employed at attend two educational sessions a month, organised by the LMC, which can cover any topic that group members feel would be helpful, and these groups will also provide peer support and a discussion forum as well. There is to be a “concierge” service that will provide PA type help for doctors with the bureaucracy and paperwork of maintaining their registration, and finally there will be help with identifying and finding suitable sessional or other work.

We hope to start the scheme in June, so if you are interested please do contact either or as soon as possible.Thank you

IFRP and Referral for an Opinion The LMC has been assured by the CCG that GPs remain free to refer patients for a specialist opinion even if any procedure subsequently advised will require an IFRP form to be completed. The LMC believes that in such cases it is primarily the responsibility of the hospital specialist recommending the procedure to do this.

We have also been assured that referrals are not blocked at the RMC because the letter includes a reference to, for example, a joint ganglion.

If you have a problem with a referral for an opinion for one of these or any other reason please can you contact the LMC office so we can take the matter up with the CCG

GP Payment Timetable and Guide This has now been updated with further information, links and useful telephone numbers, if there are any other areas that you think would be useful to include please do let us know

SPAM E Mail we have had a further spam e mail brought to our attention, practices have received an invoice from 'Fox Office Supplies’ asking for payment of brother toners, the company is not traceable and no orders were made

and Finally...

BBC 3 are looking for a GP to host a New TV Pilot details and contact details here

Kind Regards


Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

TEL: 01823 331428

Fax:01823 338561

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