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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 17th May 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week... GP leaders in England vote to launch a ballot for collective action! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Dermatology Service Changes -...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 10th May 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week... new operating models GPAS (General Practice Alert State) News from the GPC Clinical News/Updates - Are you measles ready? Knowledge up to date? Know how to...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 3rd May 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week... Measles GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Access to Documents Held in the GP System - Adult ADHD Referral Process - Epimax Ocular...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 26th April 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week... meeting with Katie Bramall-Stainer GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Cervical Screening - COVID Therapeutics - LARC Payments -...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 19th April 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! This week... We are now in dispute! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Child ADHD/ASD Referrals - Death Certification Reform and the Introduction of...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 12th April 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! this week... BMA Update - share your thoughts with us GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - GP Appointments - February 2024 Headline from Recent NHSE...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 5th April 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week - Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training GP Contract 2024/25 Documents Published Clinical News/Updates - Adult ADHD Referral Difficulties - Annual Flu Letter -...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Thursday 28th March 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here We Wish all our Readers a Very Happy and Restful Easter! MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) New Funding Framework Clinical News/Updates - Measles Guidance - MMR Vaccinations...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 22nd March 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Connecting the Dots - End of Primary Care Knowledge & Evidence Specialist Provision in Somerset - Just a Reminder -...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 15th March 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week - Rebuilding General Practice GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - HRT Guidance Updates - Memory Clinic Update - Professional Record...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 8th March 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week... Staff feeling battered GPAS (General Practice Alert State) GP Contract 2024/25 Changes - IMPORTANT! Clinical News/Updates - Faecal Calprotectin Update - Memory...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 1st March 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Update on the GP Contract 2024/5 Clinical News/Updates - Safeguarding Update - Somerset's New Lipid Guidance - Connecting the Dots - A Brand New Somerset...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 23rd February 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week... Contracts and working within them GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - LMC Clinical Workstreams Survey - Postnatal Checks and Perinatal...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 16th February 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New this week... Sepsis Guidance GPAS (General Practice Alert State) News from GPC England - GP Contract 2024/25 - GPCE Letter to NHSE Regarding the Measles Outbreak - Cloud...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 9th February 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New - Good Medical Practice GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - LMC Clinical Workstreams Survey - Surgical Admissions to Musgrove Hospital - CAMHS...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 2nd February 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) News from GPC England - GPC England Contract Update YouTube Video - please share - Referendum of the GP 2024/25 Contract - Join the BMA...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 26th January 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Improved Referral Routes into Young Somerset - Next Connecting the Dots Meeting Information for GP...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 19th January 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - ADHD Referral Difficulties - Private Bariatric Postoperative Monitoring - Changes to Ordercomms - Home Oxygen...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 12th January 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Death Certification Reforms Draft Guidance Information for GP Partners/Salaried/Locums/Practice Managers - GPC...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 5th January 2024

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Clinical News/Updates - Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures - The Community Pharmacy BP Case Finding Service Information for GP...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 22nd December 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here Somerset LMC would like to wish you all a very Merry and Restful Christmas, and a Happy New Year. The LMC office...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 15th December 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New - The power of being able to listen GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Clinical News/Updates - Bacteriology - Important Changes to Age UK Somerset Toenail Cutting...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 8th December 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New - Measuring continuity…. May not be so hard! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) General Practice Provider Board (GPPB) Chair and Review of GPPB Clinical...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 1st December 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New - 'Private healthcare and the GP kickback' GPAS (General Practice Alert State) England LMC Conference 2023 Report The Ever Increasing Short Term Supply Issue of Drugs Ongoing...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 24th November 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New today - 'Sharing the learning' GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Reminder eDEC Declaration for Practices The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and...

SGPET Weekly Update - Mon 20 Nov 2023

SGPET/LMC EDUCATION NEWS/UPDATE BOARD First 5 Evening Meeting 7 Dec, 7.30pm via MS Teams - Jenna Clark from Monahans Specialist Medical Accountants is giving a talk titled 'What you need to know abut tax and pensions as a newly qualified GP'. This will over both salaried, locum and partner...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 17th November 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! New today 'Please be flexible' GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Patient Access to Records News from the GPC Chairman Katie Bramall-Stainer - Accelerated Access - Physician...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 10th November 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Onboarding Process for Advice First from Cinapsis Underway Across Somerset Winter Resilience Payment Staff Vaccination for Flu New Medical...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 3rd November 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) DSP Toolkit 2023/24 Somerset New to Practice General Practice Fellowship Programme for Newly Qualified GPs Want to Know More About NHSE...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 27th October 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Access to Records Somerset Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Dashboard 60% of Practices Now Signed Up PCSE Seniority Payments Reconciliation...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 20th October 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) 3 month supply shortages of ADHD medications New BMA guidance for sessional GPs DWP Fit note guidance National Turnaround Time (TAT) in...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 13th October 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) System Issue Affecting Correspondence from Yeovil Hospital (BigHand Dictation Software) Tellmi - Children & Young People App Commissioned by...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 6th October 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! - Updated GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Advice and Guidance from Cinapsis and the DPP District Nurses and Administration of Flu Vaccinations Somerset Cardiovascular Disease...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 29th September 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! - Updated GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Rebuilding General Practice Press Release Sexual Safety in Healthcare - Organisational Charter Somerset's New Lipid...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 22nd September 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) GPC News - Inclisiran - Free BMA Membership for International Doctors - Covid-19 Vaccination Programme - 2023/24 DDRB recommended pay rise...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 15th September 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) NHS England Suicide Prevention Toolkit Covid Medication Pathway EMIS Panic Button Somerset's Weight Management Service ECO Flex...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 8th September 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! - Updated today GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Cinapsis Sharing Access with External Providers - GREAT CARE NEEDED Southwest Pathology Services - Paper Lite Helpdesk...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 1st September 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! - New COVID Vaccination Programme Update from the GPC Referrals Rejected Solely on the Basis of a Lack of Capacity Completing Palliative Care Mars Chart (Reminder Re...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 25th August 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Shingles vaccination changes: Amendment from last weeks edition News from the GPC: Pay uplifts Total Rewards Statement New Contract...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 18th August 2022

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Covid medication pathway Updated 2WW Gynaecology pathway Evidence Based Interventions Southwest Pathology National Seasonal Influenza...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 11th August 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPAS (General Practice Alert State) Enhanced Service Specifications for COVID and Flu for the coming Autumn/Winter 23 LD Annual Health Checks (AHC) General Practice Responsibility...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 4th August 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! ICB-Funded Remote GP Sessions NHS Health Checks New Supplier NEW Referral Criteria for Somerset's Tier 3 Weight Management Services and Current Tier 2 Options Fit Note Update -...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 28th July 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! News from the GPC - Implementing a Triage System in General Practice - General Practice Responsibility in Responding to Private Healthcare - GP Trainee Visa Sponsorship Skilled...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 21st July 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Somerset GP provider Board Update All Salaried Practice Staff Pay Uplift Pharmacist in Training PC-SC Collaboration Forum Career Plus Safer Somerset Partnership (Violence...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 14th July 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! From the GPC: Call to Action for General Practice NEW Referral Criteria for Somerset's Tier 3 Weight Management Services and Current Tier 2 Options Expediting Delayed...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 7th July 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Covid Medication Assessment Service Somerset's One Website for ALL Referral Pathways and Resources Amendment to Annual Flu Letter 2023/24 - Addition of Secondary School Children...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 30th June 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! News from the GPC Onward Referrals from SFT Physician Associate Degree Apprenticeships What Does Good Look Like? Taking Back Control in General Practice LMC Study Day 12th...

Correction - Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 23rd June 2023

Apologies but there was an error in the Somerset LMC Weekly Update sent earlier today. The Men B Catch Up Immunisations information should have read Hep B Catch Up Immunisations, amendment below. Sorry for any confusion. Hep B Catch Up Immunisations: South West CHIS are making some small...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 23rd June 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Urgent - Digital Clinical Safety Update Update EMIS Panic Button Removal ProActive Physical Activity on Referral Scheme Update Men B Catch Up Immunisations Post Mortem Reports and...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 16th June 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Covid Antivirals Accelerated Access to Records Oral anxiolytics in MRI scanning - The Somerset LMC position below has been shared with the Trust Mar Chart Template Letter NICE...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 9th June 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Expediting Delayed Ambulances NHS CHC Fast Track Update to COVID Antivirals Adult ADHD Referrals Semaglutide (Wegovy) GP in Somerset Nurse Vacancies/Recruitment 'Oiling the...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 2nd June 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! EMIS Reverses Panic Button Decision OpenSAFELY Weight Management Veteran Friendly GP Practice Accreditation Dermatology GPwER - great opportunity! Adrian Poole, HR & Employment...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 26th May 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here We have been made aware of an error with one of the articles in the weekly update on Friday. The link for the table wouldn't open, we have now rectified, please see below. Sorry any...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 26th May 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Update to COVID Medicines Pathway Delivery Plan for Recovering Access to Primary Care - Key Points for GPs! Results of the Somerset Discrimination and Harassment Survey COPD in...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 19th May 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! What Does Good Look Like? Taking Back Control in General Practice LMC Study Day 12th September Taunton Racecourse Approval of Locum A Forms by Practices Retinopathy Screening DNA...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 12th May 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Access and the new contract Weight Management referrals End of Influenza Season Communications APP Improving access to OH assessments for small businesses Signposting...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 5th May 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! News from the GPC Add-on Tests and Sample Stability Clinical Correspondence Management Rheumatology SFT Contact Details Primary Care Mask Guidance Somerset's Discrimination and...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 28th April 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Industrial Action ADHD Referral Pathway Change General Practice Indemnity Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Transforming Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention in Somerset New...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 21st April 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! GPC Needs Practices' Feedback - Evidence of the Negative Impact of Imposed 23/24 Contract Changes GP Prospective Records Access Bereavement Services Adrenaline Auto-Injectors held...

SGPET Weekly Update - Mon 17 Apr 2023

SGPET/LMC EDUCATION NEWS/UPDATE BOARD UPCOMING SGPET STUDY DAYS We hope that you have all had a great Easter and now spring is properly upon us we can look forwards to the next few months of education. Coming up soon is the Urgent Care Study Day on the 10th May. This is suitable for GP...

Amended Link from the Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 14th April 2023

All Somerset Practice Managers & GPs Apologies but there appears to be a problem with the Clinical Investigation Hub link in our update email this morning, the document is now attached for your information. Kind Regards Jill Jill Hellens Executive Director Somerset LMC TEL: 01823...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 14th April 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Skilled Worker Visa (Formerly Tier 2 Visa) Application Event Emergency ICB on call Director PC-SC Collaboration Forum (NB Early Date) Clinical Investigation Hub Update GP in...

Somerset LMC Weekly Update Thursday 6th April 2023

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here MD Soundbites! Maximising Available Funding for General Practice Update for the Statutory Phase of the Medical Examiner Service - Delayed! General Practice Pay Declaration - Guidance from the...

GP contract 2023/24 Update

All GPs and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues On 3rd March 2023 Dr Kiran Sharrock, Acting Chair of GPC England (GPCE) shared details of the contract changes for 23/24 with all LMCs. Unfortunately, repeated negotiations last week failed to change February's contract offer. The BMA now expects...

Quality and Outcomes Framework

All Somerset Senior Partners and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Please find attached the revised QOF guidance which details the requirements for 2020/21. This includes detail of the following: • The points and payment changes for the four flu vaccination and two cervical screening...

LETTERS REQUESTING EXEMPTION FROM WEARING A FACE MASK - YOU DON'T HAVE TO PROVIDE THEM.

All Senior Partners and Practice managers Dear Colleagues After the government finally decided to make wearing a face covering in a shop compulsory from 25th July it did not take long for a practice to get a request for a letter of exemption. The LMC consulted the GPC and received the...

All Somerset GP's & Practice Managers

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here SGPET Covid weekly update with all online education can be found here Staff CV19 Antibody Test Results - Please tell people not to ring the laboratory COVID & Fitness to fly...

Death & Cremation Process in Time of COVID: Flowchart

Dear Colleagues Apologies for a further e-mail the Flow chart kindly shared by Wessex LMCs was not attached to the Friday update. It can be found here . Kind Regards Jill Jill Hellens Executive Director Somerset LMC TEL: 01823 331428 Fax:01823...

EMIS information - GP Connect and COVID Clinical Assessement Service (CCAS) information

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Hope you have all managed to get some rest over the Easter weekend Apologies the EMIS guide was not included in the weekly update article, it is now attached for reference, Please do direct any questions about this to the...

Zoom Support Calls

All Somerset Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Hope you are all well The feedback given on the recent survey showed that many of you would like face to face group support. Yvonne Vigar has therefore set up a series of these over the coming weeks that you can join via zoom. Yvonne is...

GP-preparedness-update-letter-27-march-2020

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Apologies if you are receiving this letter twice but it appears from the e mails that we are receiving many of you haven't. it includes a lot of useful information including Easter opening Stay well Kind Regards Jill Jill...

Update for Primary care from MPH-Covid 19

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers Apologies for a further Friday e mail our systems crashed and this should have been included in the weekly update We are aware that the daily Sitrep that went out to practice managers today was a little complex to complete we will go back to more...

CHIS and Data Extraction

All Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Apologies for a further Friday e mail CHIS and data extraction The LMC is well aware of the confusion surrounding the various data sharing agreements (DSAs) which have been issued recently by Health Intelligence and are trying to make sense of the...

Electronic Transfers of Childhood Vaccination-Potential GDPR Breach

All Somerset Senior Partners and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Some practices were concerned, after reading last week’s update, that EXISTING data sharing agreements were potentially in breach of GDPR. This is NOT the case. There was indeed considerable debate leading up to last April but...

VAT query From NHSE

All Senior Partners and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues We are receiving a lot of enquiries about an e mail that has gone out from NHSE regarding information on VAT and the business, we have no idea why they are asking for this and can find nothing in either the PMS or GMS contract...

Recruitment Evening date correction

All Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Apologies the recruitment evening at Dillington is the 17th October not the 19th as stated in the update, the details are correct online for booking. Kind Regards Jill Jill Hellens Executive Director Somerset LMC TEL: 01823 331428 Fax:01823...

GDPR Privacy Notices

All Somerset Practice Managers Dear Colleagues We have received quite a few queries on which privacy policies you need in primary care, you are not alone in the confusion, and day by day we expect this will become clearer, please do remember full compliance is a work towards. The important...

Somerset LMC Christmas update Friday 22nd December 2017

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers General Practice in Somerset: Great Place Great Potential "Yule Blog" A festive Blog from LMC Chairman Dr Nick Bray General Practice in Somerset: Great Place Great Potential: The GP in Somerset campaign that was launched to encourage more GPs to live and...

CCG Update-NHS E referral

All Somerset Senior Partners and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues The CCG bulletin this week contains an article on e referrals to MPH, saying "As you may be aware NHS England has commissioned and mandated a project to change the way GP practices refer patients to secondary care.” This is...

New Chief Officer at Somerset CCG-Letter from LMC Chairman

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues Please find attached a letter from Dr Nick Bray LMC Chairman in reference to our meeting yesterday with the CCG and their new Chief officer Mr Nick Robinson Kind Regards Jill Jill Hellens Executive Director Somerset LMC TEL:...

Childcare costs for doctors to be covered in drive to boost GP numbers

24 July 2020 General practice The NHS has launched a new scheme to encourage hundreds more doctors to return to general practice by offering help towards the costs of caring for children or family members. Qualified GPs who are interested in coming back to the NHS or joining from overseas...

Deployment of port security software - Removable Devices

Deployment of port security software Somerset CCG are taking steps to improve the security around the use of removable media devices (such as USB sticks, memory cards and other intelligent devices), and mitigate the risk of cyber-attack, data loss or the transfer of viruses / trojans by...

ORCHA - Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications

Somerset ICB have teamed up with ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) to create a website which contains over 6000 health and care related apps. ORCHA has a team of professionals, including actively practicing clinicians, to independently review and accredit...

PREVENT Training

GPC confirmed that it is not compulsory for GPs to attend Prevent training and therefore practices won’t be in breach of their contract if they answer no to this question. GPC wrote: Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on certain bodies (“specified...

Top Tips

Top Tips 2024 National Funding Framework (NFF) 2024/25 Top Tip A tip for Enhanced Drug monitoring is to continue to record your results quarterly and store them at the practice as this would make the annual activity reporting easier. Monitoring requirements for Enhanced Services included in...

Wellbeing support in Primary Care

National Primary Care Coaching - Looking After You A communications toolkit has been developed to support The Looking After You National Primary Care Coaching Service. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aS8-sTH1W9gv49d9Tq3hhwg9jJZZ5MFs Within the toolkit you will find social media...