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Somerset LMC weekly update Friday 26th January 2018

Date sent: Friday 26 January 2018

All Somerset Practice Managers   This and previous updates can be found here

Dr Harry Yoxall LMC Medical Director Retirement We hope that Harry’s colleagues, current and retired, will join us for an evening get-together to celebrate Harry's contribution to the LMC, to be held at Taunton Racecourse at 7pm on Wednesday, February 21st. Please contact the office at LMCoffice@somersetlmc.nhs.uk if you wish to attend. Full letter

Collecting GP Practice Demand Information Although we know that general practice in Somerset is providing something like 3 million patient contacts a year, it has always been very difficult to measure how many of those are urgent “on the day” consultations. Practices are flexible and organic, so we adjust our working pattern, thresholds and consultation mix to meet demand as it happens, and that makes measuring urgent workload very difficult.

During the recent winter demand surge it was very helpful for us to have anecdotal information to share with the Foundation Trusts and others, and there was a general appreciation that general practice was also under very considerable pressure when the health system went into black alert (now, officially, “OPEL 4”). But it would be very helpful if we could find some way of capturing that qualitatively, even if the numbers are not exact. In discussion with the CCG we have agreed that the simplest way of doing this is to try and extract information from practices’ EMIS appointments system. Because everyone uses EMIS in their own way and practices have very different appointment options, we know we cannot compare data between practices, but we think we may be able to get something useful out of it longitudinally by looking at activity in the same practice over time.

Having some hard facts to take to future planning meetings will help ensure that the support and sympathy of the FTs and CCG can be turned into concrete actions and maybe even financial resources. So although participation in the scheme will be entirely voluntary the LMC believes it will pay dividends.

More details will follow, but the plan is to have something up and running during March if at all possible,

LMC Roadshow:Meet your GPC Representative Taunton Racecourse 27th February 2018 19.00 Our LMC Roadshow will be an opportunity for practices to meet the Somerset GPC Representative/GPC Deputy Chair Dr Mark Sanford-Wood.  Please book online , Topics will include information on:

Another Scam a local practice has received an invoice for Brother toners that they do not use, having explored further the company address was incorrect and the phone number unobtainable, we can only conclude that this is yet another scam.

NHS Pension Update 2018 with Fairway Training

Tuesday 6th February in Bridgwater 13.15-16.30

https://www.somersetlmc.co.uk/events/3321

 

 

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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