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LMC Policies and Position Papers

Somerset LMC Position Paper on the PCN DES

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers Dear Colleagues We are aware that a number of LMCs have published their view on the DES, including if they think practices should sign up. We do not believe that there is a 'one size' fits all answer that we can give practices in Somerset about how they...

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...

Collaboration for Survival

An LMC Position Paper on Proposals to Secure the Future of General Practice in Somerset Published June 2015 Download here Introduction The LMC Study Day on 14th May 2015 looked at some possible future directions for general practice, in particular what actions practices need to start taking...

LMC Discussion Paper on Federations in Somerset

Summary GP Federations are an important building block in the arrangement of primary care in Somerset. They need to be constituted in a way that minimises organisational costs whilst keepings provider and commissioning activities separate. Background Although GP practices are technically in...

LMC Postion paper on Collaborative Working

Introduction With the passage of the Health Bill, the development of CCGs with their obligation to deliver the QIPP programme, and the continuing drive to provide services nearer to patients' homes, there will inevitably be a growing wish to transfer of work from Secondary to Primary Care....

LMC traffic light system for classification of documents

When a new document is released to Practices by the CCG and other agencies, there has been some confusion about the LMC's involvement i.e some are being viewed as ones where the LMC has been consulted and practices have mistakenly thought that the LMC has agreed to them. So, in the interests of...

Making Retrospective Changes to Entries on the GP Medical Record

As a rule entries in the medical record should not be changed once written. All changes can be picked up in an audit trail if ever the electronic record is examined forensically, so if for any reason a record is altered, the reason for this should be permanently recorded. There will be...

Practice Support Documents (Including GP payments Timetable and Guide)

This GP Timetable and Guide was developed by the LMC and Resilience team and we hope practices find it useful, it is being updated continually as services change or are updated.The support documents are listed below Enhanced Services Quarterly Returns Form 19/20 CQRS Amendment Form LARC...

Somerset LMC Traffic Light System for Classification Documents

When a new document is released to Practices by the CCG Area Team and other agencies, there has been some confusion about the LMC's involvement i.e some are being viewed as ones where the LMC has been consulted and practices have mistakenly thought that the LMC has agreed to them. So, in the...

Somerset LMC Unfunded Work Survey

Introduction The work that General Practices are being asked to do on behalf of other organisations has increased significantly over the last few years, and this cannot continue without some recognition of, and funding for, such work. One difficulty has been quantifying the size of the...

Sources for GP Support

Somerset Local Medical Committee Pastoral support services and Somerset GP Safe House website The Somerset LMC Pastoral Support Network provides confidential support and guidance to all GPs in Somerset You might be struggling with internal strife in a partnership, with burnout, or your...

The Case for Funding Primary Care for work transferred from other agencies

Background - Structure of General Practice General Practitioners are self-employed. Their Practice is a business. GP services are delivered under the national GMS (General Medical Services) contract of 2004 which superseded the Red Book containing statements of fees and allowances. About 1/3 of...

We Know That...

Following on from the LMC campaign 'Did you Know' giving practices resources to share with their patients on how General Practice is funded, a new LMC poster has been developed We Know that regarding appointment shortage which practices are free to download and put up in their reception rooms,...