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Somerset LMC weekly Update Friday 16 June 2017

Date sent: Friday 16 June 2017

Sent to all Somerset GPs, Practice Managers and Lead Nurses          This and previous updates are available here

Webinars for IBS patients  You may know the Somerset pathway for a dietetics – led IBS service has been very successful and won a NICE award last year. They are now looking at developing the pathway further and have set up first line advice webinars open to all IBS patients in Somerset. They do not need a referral to attend, and you can simply give them a copy of the Webinar Information Sheet. The patient can then email the gastro.webinars@nhs.net address on the flyer and they will send the registration link. The webinars will be run once per month from 7-8pm on a Monday night. The first is this Monday, 19 June and patients can register until one hour beforehand.

Clinical Practice Research Datalink Please consider contributing to this extremely valuable research resource.
Over 750 GP member practices across the UK contribute anonymised patient data to CPRD. This data is vital to organisations such as the MHRA and researchers to analyse drug and vaccine safety, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and healthcare delivery, develop clinical guidance and best practice, and to monitor past and future trends across diseases and risk factors. CPRD data was used to confirm the safety of the pertussis vaccine during pregnancy, identify the predictive value of common primary care symptoms for cancer and show that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Further public health improvements are possible if more practices contribute data.

Benefits for practices include the option of receiving regular practice-level feedback to help improve outcomes for patients and the opportunity to take part in clinical studies, ranging from GP questionnaires to clinical trials. These can be useful way of earning extra income while demonstrating that your practice is at the forefront of evidence-based healthcare.

Joining CPRD is simple, quick and free. Practices just need to complete an online joining form, after which data collection occurs with no extra work for practice staff. For more information, visit www.cprd.com/generalpractitioner  or email gpnetwork@cprd.com

Somerset LMC training - places available on the following training sessions

Places can be booked online

Best wishes


Somerset LMC
Crown Medical Centre, Venture Way, Taunton, TA2 8QY

Tel: (01823) 331 428            
Fax: (01823) 338 561     

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