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
- Letter from Andrea Trill, Deputy Medical Director, TST : Significance for Primary Care of the Collaboration between TST and Somerset Partnership - Link to letter
- Webinars for IBS patients
- Clinical Practice Research Datalink
- Bright Ideas - additional innovation/ideas added to website
- Somerset LMC training
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset LMC training - places available on the following training sessions
- Maintaining Resilience in a Challenging Practice Environment (Stress Management) – Thursday 29 June in Taunton – 9-12.30.
- Top Tips for Hassle-Free Health & Safety – Thursday 6 July in Ilminster – 13.15-16.30.
Places can be booked online
Crown Medical Centre, Venture Way, Taunton, TA2 8QY
Tel: (01823) 331 428
Fax: (01823) 338 561