Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 24th November 2017
Date sent: Friday 24 November 2017
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates can be found here
- Frax and Fragility (Jane Austen does osteoporosis) The Latest blog from Nick bray LMC Chairman
- Little things to make a practice more attractive to Locums & How to set up a Locum on T-Quest
- Saving General Practice
- Sessional GPs Newsletter November
- Guidance for salaried GPs working under new models of care
- School Flu sessions and catch-up arrangements
- GPs Needed to Participate in “100 Day Challenge”
- Early Help Assessment Forms
Little things to make a practice more attractive to Locums following the article in last weeks update we have received a few more ideas:
Practices to ensure the locum is activated for ordercoms and radiology.
Room Stocking- A basic room stock take would be:
- Tongue depressors
- White top, red top urine bottles, Blue faeces bottles, Sputum pots
- Blood bottles, cotton wool, vacutanors, needles
- Speculums, KY jelly, Bacterial and Chlamydia swabs
- Microphone for dictation
- Biochemistry, microbiology and physio forms
- BNF for adults and children
If feasible to allow the locums some input on how the appointments are laid out over the course of a day. The LMC locum pack is useful to keep all important practice information in one place.
How to set up a Locum on T-Quest, we have now added an instruction document to our website, a copy of this document can be viewed here.
Saving General Practice This GPC England report focuses on the need for urgent action to address the funding deficit impacting general practice, the requirement for a sustainable expansion of the workforce, the importance of a strategy for reducing workload pressures, the need to remove the burden of the current indemnity system, to deliver IT and premises solutions fit for modern healthcare and to build this on the foundation of the national GMS contract. A copy of the document details can be found here
Guidance for salaried GPs working under new models of care The Sessional GPs subcommittee (working with the Health Policy team) has published a new focus on document for salaried GPs working under new models of care.
School Flu sessions and catch-up arrangements. The school nurse teams are leading on this programme and all children who they hold a signed consent form have been given the contact details via a written slip. (we suspect these are still at the bottom of a lot of children's bags!)This slip has the contact details for the local school nurse team for that area and instructions to contact the team to book their child in to a catch up session. Schools should also be aware to direct parents to the school nurse team in their areas to book a mop-up session. In order to meet demand the service have requested parents phone to book into a session as a walk-in clinic has not worked in the past.
Please find the link here to the school nurse teams for GP practices to direct parents who wish to book in a catch up session. New sessions in each area are being added due to the increase demand this year. If a parent needs a replacement consent form that they will be instructed by the team.
GPs Needed to Participate in “100 Day Challenge” As part of its Elective Care Transformation Programme NHSE is providing funding for STPs to see how care pathways in particular specialties can be improved. Local clinicians are encouraged to look at new ideas and to test and review these rapidly over 100 days. Initial pilots have been very encouraging, and Somerset has now obtained funding under phase 3 of the project to look at Urology, Cardiology and ENT.
The Project Manager is looking for 2 GPs from East of the County and 3 GPs from the West (ENT is dealt with by Dorchester in the East) to provide a GP perspective into redevelopment of referral routes to help demand management in Secondary Care,with reference on how this might impact on Primary Care.
The commitment will be from now until the end of the project in the Spring (100 days from 1/2/18). Work is often 'online' with a webinar at day 25 and 75 and a face to face meeting at day 50.
Please contact the LMC office for more information.
Early Help Assessment Forms Practices will have had a letter from Julian Wooster, the Director of Children’s Services at the County Council reminding referrers that they need to use the standard EHA form to request any social care involvement with a child. Because this is a multi-purpose form used by different agencies there will be much on it that may be inappropriate or which you cannot complete. The essential parts for a GP referral are the demographic information, your details as the referrer, and section 7, which covers the reason for your referral. The current version of the EHA and other useful information can be found at http://www.professionalchoices.org.uk/
If you need advice about a referral you can contact the Early Help consultation line on 0300 123 3078, and if you need to know whether a child already has an EHA form and is in the system you can phone the Early Help Advice Hub on 01823 355803.
TEL: 01823 331428