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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 15th September 2017

Date sent: Friday 15 September 2017

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers                 This and previous updates are available here

CQRS: individual GP level data These data extraction requests on CQRS seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment and this latest one on individual GP level data is causing concern with practices as it is yet another extraction mandated under the health & social care act.

GPC has been involved in discussions around this programme of work. It has arisen as the Secretary of State is keen to develop individual level GP metrics to help GPs to reflect and learn. The plan was for two collections initially, which will take place in October and January via the GP extraction service. This is why practices have received a privacy notice and data provision notice from NHS Digital. The extractions will be used to test the feasibility of collecting the metrics, the data quality, and the dissemination back to GPs. It is important to note that the data will not be publically available and will only be shared with the individual GP.

GPC has engaged in discussions about this programme and has expressed the view that the proposed metrics would not fulfill the brief due to the way practices are organised, particularly with the range of clinical teams involved in patient care which makes it difficult to ascribe accountability to a GP. Nevertheless, there is no additional work to do in order for the report to be produced and no requirement to act on the results. Following the data collection, the Department of Health plan to survey GPs to ascertain your views on the data and how the programme can be moved forward, however this is not mandatory and it will be up to individual practices if they engage in this work.

Regarding the Information Governance aspect, the original advice (from the Ethics team) remain in that NHS Digital should provide a DPN. The DPN will provide clarity about the legal basis for the collection, specifically whether this is a direction from the SoS under section 259 of the Health and Social Car Act 2012. If it is a direction under section 259 it is a legal requirement for practices to comply. The GPC had not seen the DPN for this, however they have confirmed that as this is an extraction of GP metric data, the provision of which would not breach the DPA.

Somerset Safehouse For many years the LMC has been active in looking after GPs and practice managers who are struggling, which happens to us all from time to time, having attended a recent practice managers meeting many were not aware that they can also access the Somerset Safehouse for support and advice, Confidential personal help is available (anonymously if required) through the Somerset GP Safe House website www.somersetsafehouse.co.uk.  Passwords were circulated to all when this initiative was first launched, if you have lost or forgotten yours please contact the LMC office.

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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