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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 23rd June 2017

Date sent: Friday 23 June 2017

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers

LMC Position Paper on the Implications of the  Shrinking  GP Workforce in Somerset The LMC have issued this position paper to the STP NHSE and CCG it is attached for your reference

Team GP The LMC have been working closely with Somerset Primary Health (SPH) and Dr Rosie Benneyworth to improve communication and engagement around the STP process in Somerset. There was a presentation to the SPH AGM on June 20th to outline the reasoning behind this development, and what the aims and objectives of the group will be. At our initial meeting yesterday it was decided that the official title will be the Somerset General Practice Board. Practices will receive a letter within the next week or so with more information.

Anticoagulation (Warfarin monitoring) Enhanced Service Audit for CCG must be submitted by 30th June 2017. Practices providing the Anticoagulation ES should have submitted the audit required in the Specification by 31st May, but the CCG has extended the deadline to the end of this month. Please do try to get it completed and submitted by then as practices have already been paid £100 for so doing ( there is an element in the monthly payment for this) and the CCG will be expected to claw this amount back if you have not done so by the extended deadline date.

Police requests for medical notes from general practice The BMA has received new legal advice regarding medical note requests received from the police, full guidance and pro forma letter here

Frailty Guide and Templates We have been made aware that due to an EMIS update there has been a problem with the templates circulated to practice managers this week, please use support team advice to address this issue, this is also available on the support page of the  LMC website together with the guide.

Flu Immunisation of “At Risk” Patients last Winter Unexpected fall in the number of eligible patients it's hard to worry about the flu season in the middle of a heatwave, but planning for this year’s immunisation campaign is already underway and the final figures for 2016-17 have thrown up an unexpected anomaly. Generally both numerical and percentage cover increased, which is excellent, but despite a growing and ageing population, the denominator for the number of patients in the medically “at risk” group in Somerset appears to have fallen by nearly 5000 to just under 60,000. We haven’t been able to explain this so far, though it may be partly attributable to practices tidying up their data to remove old diagnoses and inaccurate codes. However, please can you start to think about this cohort and how we can make sure that they are all identified and as many as possible are immunised in the coming season. It’s also worth checking you using the correct codes to record all the patients who are immunised, including those done by a community pharmacist.

CQC Event Wednesday 5th July There are still a few spaces left for this event, we have received further information which will be helpful to read before attending, you can find the info here where you are also able to book if you have not already done so.

and Finally...

Tip of the week The online submission site for the National Diabetes Audit for 2016-17 is now open for submissions. Data landing has opened today and will remain open for data submissions until Friday 28 July 2017 however do try and encourage your practices to still submit their data by Friday 21 July.

Don't leave it until the last minute as it can take up to an hour to submit the data as the site keeps rejecting the CSV files. All 7 files must say complete on the data landing site and 7 emails must be received for the submission to count.

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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Attached file: LMC Position Paper on the Implications of the Shrinking GP Workforce in Somerset v1.4(final).docx

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