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Business Continuity Plans

Business Continuity Plans NHS bodies are required to have Business Continuity Plans to cover contingencies such as flood, fire, national disaster, flu pandemics etc. The LMC strongly recommends (whether or not you are an NHS body) that you should have a plan and we have created the following...

C THE SIGNS PATIENT CONSENT TO DATA UPLOAD

C THE SIGNS PATIENT CONSENT TO DATA UPLOAD The LMC has heard concerns about patient consent to upload data to the C the Signs platform. CCG DPO Mr Kevin Caldwell has reassured us that a DPIA was completed in which consent was not judged the appropriate legal basis for the processing of patient...

Childhood Conditions and Handy Apps and websites

Handy Apps and websites for Childhood conditions HANDi Paediatric app : advice for common childhood conditions -Written by MPH consultants (Once you click on that link, please click 'advanced' and then 'Continue to devonccg.nhs.uk' Worried about your child? : Healthier Together by RCPCH A&Es...

CQRS Local

CQRS Local CQRS Local has been built with practices in mind, and offers several new benefits with its uptake. The new system offers a single point of access for local and national claims, with payment from CQRS local going directly to the practice bank account in the same way as national...

Death Certification (MCCD) process

Death Certification (MCCD) process from 25th March 2022 following expiry of the Coronavirus Act temporary provisions Link to download flowchart process Changes to Death Reporting Requirements Following the expiry of the Coronavirus...

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...

Disclosing patient information without consent

Disclosing patient information without consent- A precis of GMC advice You must disclose information if it is required by statute or if you are ordered by a judge. Although obeying a judge's directions is mandatory you should only disclose information that is relevant to the request. But other...

Enhanced Services Local and National 2021/22

FLU CQRS includes a new service to support the 2021/22 Flu ES requirement for practices to report on the number of flu vaccinations administered to primary care staff 21 December 2021 Enhanced Service Specification Seasonal Influenza Vaccination programme 2021/22 - Updated 29 September...

Firearms

Updated guidance for Firearms Licensing - 1st November 2021 Following the tragic events in Plymouth, new Firearms Licensing Guidance has been issued by the Home Office and came into force on 1st November. This had been under consideration and consultation for some time. The relevant sections...

Future of General Practice

Future of General Practice Written by Barry Moyse, Medical Director of Somerset LMC, This has been submitted as we are the Somerset LMC which represents all GPs and GP practices within Somerset. What are the main barriers to accessing general practice and how can these be tackled?

GMS Contract Quality Outcomes Framework 2022/23

GMS Contract Quality Outcomes Framework 2022/23 To provide practice stability and support recovery, QOF for 2022/23 will be based on the indicator set already agreed for 2021/22, with the only changes being the introduction of two new Quality Improvement modules. Full reinstatement of QOF from...

Infection Control guidance

Updated Ventilation guidance (HTM 03-01) Specialised ventilation for healthcare buildings These documents give comprehensive advice and guidance on the legal requirements, design implications, maintenance and operation of specialised ventilation in healthcare premises providing acute care. In...

National Bereavement Care Pathway

National Bereavement Care Pathway A tool kit that has been developed to enable healthcare professionals (GPs, Practice nurses, HCAs, Receptionists/Secretaries) to use and deliver the pathway effectively in the primary care setting. It explains about the National Bereavement Care Pathway and the...

NEW Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) Pathway ‘Goes Live’ at 1100 hours on Wednesday 4th August 2021

NEW Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) Pathway 'Goes Live' at 1100 hours on Wednesday 4th August 2021! The new CES pathway is designed for patients who would normally be referred to Musgrove Park Hospital for their usual care. It is not intended to be used for out of area referral of patients who...

NHSEI rescue package for General Practice

What the NHSEI package means for general practice - BMA England NHSEI (NHS England and NHS Improvement), supported by the Government, has published a plan it claims will improve access for patients and support general practice in the current crisis. This has not been negotiated or agreed by GPC...

Occupational Health Resources and Guidance

Occupational Health resources and Guidance Practices have a legal reasonability under the Health & Safety at Work Act to identify hazards that any employee may face and put in systems to reduce the risk of harm to their staff, part of this is immunisations and infectious diseases. Practice...

ORCHA - Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group 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...

Practices

Records Management

The revised Code and Retention Schedule was launched in July 2016 and the IGA has committed to at least an annual review cycle. Feedback will be important evidence to support the first review in 2017. See full guidance including the retention schedule Offsite Storage of Medical Records The...

The National standards of healthcare cleanliness 2021

The National standards of healthcare cleanliness 2021 'The National standards of healthcare cleanliness 2021 (the national standards) apply to all healthcare settings - acute hospitals, mental health, community, primary care, dental care, ambulance trusts, GP surgeries and clinics, and care...