All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and Previous Updates can be found here
GDPR – SAR
BMA Template in response to a SAR from an insurance Company
Over the counter medications and care homes
Practice and GP “Speed Dating events” Hold the dates
From NHSE Urgent –...
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates can be found here
A cup of tea and biscuit needed, its a long one this week, we have tried to reduce and include as many links as possible
Somerset GP Board
Early Help Assessment Form again
Vaccs and Imms Guidance 2018/19...
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers
The Alternative Canary Latest blog from LMC Chairman Nick Bray
Somerset LMC Spring Newsletter 2017
NHS Standard Contract 17/18
Changes to the Statement of Fitness for Work form
EMIS Remote Consult: Sharing Agreement
Dols Legislative Change
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates can be located here
Health Protection Reports
Effective support for children and families in Somerset
GP Contract agreement 2016/17
GPC News February 2016
Online Portal-Supplies and Medical Records
Pertussis in Pregnancy;...
All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers This and previous updates are available here
Flu Immunisation 2015
Somerset LMC Roadshows Collaborative working: Dates for your diary
Open Access Echocardiography Services
Focus on Subject access requests for insurance purposes
Individuals have a right to access their own health records, and in limited circumstances, access to the records of other people. The Government has made a commitment that patients should gain access to their health records within 21 days following a request. Access to health records may also be...
The following is a list of obligations relating to Certification by GPs:
GPs are obliged to provide data essential for a clinical referral free of charge.
A GP has a statutory duty to supply a registered patient, free of charge, with any of the prescribed certificates set out in Schedule 4 of...
GPs receive many requests for reports from government organisations or other third parties. Remember that unless they are specified in legislation (e.g Death Certificates ) or NHS Regulations or contracts (e.g. Med3 Certificates) you do not have a contractual obligation to fill in these...
COVID -19 Mass vaccination guidance for PCNs
BMA Covid Page
11.November GPC advice on Covid 19 DES
10 August 2020 More Accurate General Practice Data
20 July 2020 Covid19: Toolkit for GPs and GP practices
23 June 2020: Trust GPs to lead: learning from the response to COVID-19 within...
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...
DOLS CONTACT DETAILS: (Please do not call Somerset LMC)
Somerset County Council
Sarah Baker 01278 447702
Chris Hamilton (Mental Capacity Act and DOLs Manager) CAHamilton@somerset.gov.uk
DoLS - legislative change Patients who die while subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of...
The DH commissioned from the Law Society a comprehensive guide to the law relating to deprivation of liberty safeguards. This has a helpful section on care homes and other health settings.
It's easy to assume that domestic abuse only affects partners or ex-partners within a relationship. However, an increasingly common form of abuse, with potentially devastating results, is set to challenge those inherent beliefs. In 2014/15, 3% of the approx. 700 referrals to Somerset's...
Safeguarding Children - A Beginner's Guide (with acknowledgements to Wessex LMCs)
RCGP supplementary guide to safeguarding training requirements for all primary care staff
Although the intercollegiate document 'Safeguarding Children and Young people: roles and competences for health care...
Controlled Drug Abuse and Security of Blank Prescription Forms
Survey for GPs
Annual LMC Awards
Somerset Local Medical Benevolent Fund Charitable Donations
Dr Whimsy's Casebook
The Somerset GP Education Trust (SGPET) was established in 2008 and is committed to supporting Somerset GPs in their learning, work and professional development through the provision and coordination of a wide range of educational activities throughout Somerset. We recognise the importance of...
There are no statutory regulations that specify how often primary care staff should be trained. Fundamentally, it is important that if anything untoward happened in your practice, the Partners could stand in front of a coroner or judge and justify that the training they had provided for their...
Medical Records - Adopted Children (with acknowledgements to Wessex LMCs)
Under adoption legislation an adopted child is given a new NHS number and all previous medical information relating to that child is put into a newly created health record. Any information relating to the identity or...
If a child has a very poor attendance record an Educational Welfare Officer may be asked to investigate. EWOs are employed by the local authority and past of their role is to prepare the case if an authority is considering taking legal action against parents or guardians for failing to send...
GMC guidance refers to an Intercollegiate document (see below). An updated version was released in January 2019. The ultimate statement to which we are beholden is:
'It is now recognised that the complexity of relationships with child and young people patients and their parents and carers in...
Since 1st April 2008 Child Death Review (CDR) processes have been mandatory for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in England.
CDR includes two interrelated processes that may trigger a serious case review:
review of all deaths under the age of 18 by the local Child Death Overview...
Schools are under increasing pressure to reduce non-attendance and will make contact with parents/guardians if there is a concern that any missed schooling is not justified. When parents turn up to ask for a letter or certificate about a possible health problem they may see this as a way of...
Safeguarding Adults Safeguarding is about organisations working together to protect an adult's right to live in free from abuse and neglect. It is also about ma king sure that, wherever possible, organisations listen and give regard to the adult's wishes, choices and feelings. The aim is to...
The October edition of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board’s Learning Bulletin “Things You Should Know” now available at the following the link: Link
This month’s issue includes:
learning points and actions from the Serious Case Review on ‘Child Sam’
an overview of what...
Safeguarding children arrangements in Somerset
Multi-agency communication; New safeguarding children arrangements in Somerset
This policy document Resolving...
A new public awareness raising campaign, called 'Thinking it? Report it', launched in Somerset encouraging people to make contact with Adult Social Care if they think someone is being harmed.
The campaign has been launched with the direct support of the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board...