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End of Life Care

BMA - ELCPAD follow-up - emotional and practical support for GPs caring for dying patients in the community

Dr Anthea Mowat, Chair of the BMA’s representative body, undertook some work recently exploring the experiences, views, and perceptions of doctors and the public on end-of-life care and some aspects of physician-assisted dying. With a specialist social research agency, we held 21 dialogue events...

Care Homes

Patients in Care Homes, Deaths in Care Homes and GP responsibilities. LMCs often receive questions from practices about the provision of medical services for patients in nursing and residential homes. Most care home patients will fall within the remit of standard primary medical services...

Communication between Somerset NHS 111/OOH Service & GP Practices

Communication between Somerset NHS 111/OOH Service & GP Practices Since 1st July the EPaCCS End of Life register has been provided by SDUC .Immediately after the transition several Practices reported problems with the receipt of Post Event Messages (PEMS) about their patients The CSU...

Data Sharing Agreements

The following are agreements which we are aware of that involve GP practices (either across the whole county, or specific practices or groups of practices as indicated). Symphony Complex Care (South Somerset Federation group of practices) – Sep 2015 Consultant Connect – Oct 2016 (now...

Department of Health Guidance: Response to the Supreme Court Judgment/ Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard

Original Document: Response to the Supreme Court Judgment/ Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards LMC Commentary December 2015 This important document, The Department of Health Guidance: Response to the Supreme Court Judgement/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), refers to a judgement given in...

Electronic Palliative Care Coordination System (EPACCS) FAQ Document

What is EPaCCS anyway? The Electronic Palliative Care Coordination System, (EPaCCS), is a secure web based information sharing tool to ensure that important information about patients end of life care wishes, including information about their illness; important contacts; health professionals...

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....

Issue 181

Changes to Locum GP Employer Superannuation - March 2013 DWP Fit Note Guidance - March 2013 Looking Both Ways - March 2013 New Service for Gestational Diabetes at TST - March 2013 Safeguarding Children Training - March 2013 Somerset LMC Practice Levy - March 2013

Quality Improvement Activity

Along with a minimum of 50 CPD credits annually, an average of two significant event analyses to make at least 10 over the five years, a verified patient feedback and colleague survey for the purposes of revalidation you are required to demonstrate participation in activities that evaluate the...

Somerset Practice Quality Scheme Learning points to assist other areas

1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Somerset introduced a local alternative to the national GP quality incentive scheme (Quality and Outcomes Framework), in 2014. The Somerset pilot is regarded by NHS England as an early pilot of co-commissioning arrangements. This brief paper is intended to help colleagues in...

St Margaret's Hospice is Here to Help

St. Margaret's Hospice has been supporting patients with any life-limiting conditions - not just cancer - and their families for almost 40 years. The charity provides a range of services to you and your patients across Somerset, including: 24-hour advice and response line - 0845 070 8910 - for...