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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 23rd March 2018

Date sent: Friday 23 March 2018

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers  This and previous updates can be found here and on the LMC App

GP contracts (England) announcement As you will be aware the GPC have agreed the changes to the GP contracts in England for 2018/19 all the detail is available on the  LMC website, where you will also find a useful LMC summary kindly shared by Dr Nigel Watson Chief Executive of Wessex LMCs

Somerset's urgent out-of-hours GP service - Devon Doctors The LMC is delighted that Devon Doctors will be taking over the provision of the GP Out of Hours Service in Somerset from the end of next month. Devon Doctors is a Social Enterprise, jointly owned by the Devon practices, and it has a strong track record of providing good GP led OOH clinical care to patients. It also has a reputation for valuing and supporting thir staff, including GPs, and we hope that doctors currently working for Vocare in the county will be prepared to transfer to Devon Doctors.

One of the challenges for both Vocare and SWAST in the past was in retaining and recruiting local GPs to work out of hours sessions, and we would encourage doctors who have previously worked out of hours, or who would be interested in doing so now, to attend one of the drop-in sessions yo se what is on offer. We do not anticipate any problems for GPs working for Devon Doctors, but if you encounter any glitches please contact the LMC office and we will ensure that these are resolved as swiftly as possible.
Letter of introduction and invite to drop-in sessions in Taunton and new Clinician checklist.

GDPR Please don't panic you have time to show compliance, this is an ongoing process and it won't end on the 25th May, we are working with South West Colleagues, the GPC, Porter Dodson and the County Practice Manager group on clarification and a simple guide and templates for practices as there is a lot of confusion on what is expected, also we are exploring the role of a county wide Data protection officer  (DPO) that could work on behalf of all practices, more news in the coming weeks on this and the guide.

GP Services to Care Homes The Local Medical Committees (LMCs) of Cornwall, Somerset and Devon have collaborated with the South-West peninsula Clinical Oversight Group to produce guidance for GP practices and care homes in relation to the contractual framework expected of GPs providing GP medical services to care homes.The paper can downloaded here and on the LMC website

Update on syphilis - here are a few key points…

‘Any rash. Any ulcer. Think syphilis.’

Please advise any suspected cases to attend their local sexual health clinic and abstain from sexual contact.

 

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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