Email update - Wessex LMCs part 2
Date sent: Wednesday 30 March 2016
Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday 30th March 2016
Sorry to fill your inbox with more LMC emails but shortly after I sent my previous email more useful information became available and I thought that this should be shared with you sooner rather than later.
Dr Claire Lehman - New Medical Director at the LMC
As many will know Dr Laura Edwards, LMC Medical Director had a baby in December and is currently on maternity leave. The LMC appointed Dr Claire Lehman, a GP Partner in Swanage and a Public Health Trainee to cover Laura's maternity leave.
Although Claire started work with the LMC a couple of months ago, I thought I had included an introduction in one of my previous emails, so I must apoligise to her and to you for failing to do this.
Claire is already proving to be a great asset to the team, and will be with us until Laura’s return at the end of the year.
I know that I included an update about this important topic in my last email but this article was shared with me this week and I thought it might be of interest to you.
The article was included in the new RCGP magazine called GP Frontline and quotes Dr Amir Mehrkan, a Southampton GP and member of the RCGP Informatics Group.
Please see attached.
Department of Works and Pensions - GP Bulletin
The DWP has produced a useful bulletin for GPs that looks at Fit Notes, DS1500, and ESA allowances. Please see attached.
Appraisal and Revalidation - updated RCGP Guidance
I know that appraisal and revalidation is not the most popular area for over stretch and overworked GPs. I believe the system of annual appraisal locally is of high quality and is seen as one of the best systems in the country.
The LMC has worked closely with Dr Susi Caesar, who is a local GP and the Appraisal Lead for the Wessex Deanery to help promote a sensible and positive system that is intended to provide a degree of reassurance to the general public and encourage doctors to keep up to date and develop their knowledge and skills. Much of the common sense that was promoted in Wessex now appears in the new RCGP guidance, which is not surprising as Susi is now the RCGP lead for Appraisals and Revalidation.
The RCGP has approved a new Guide to Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation (March 2016) that aims to reduce inconsistencies in interpretation and simplify and streamline the recommendations.
It is designed to ensure that any areas where there has been a lack of clarity are better understood. The guide confirms that:
- all time spent on learning activities associated with demonstrating the impact of learning on patient care, or other aspects of practice, can be credited as continuing professional development (CPD)
- Quality over quantity - GPs should provide a few high quality examples that demonstrate how they keep up to date, review what they do, and reflect on their feedback, across the whole of their scope of work over the five year cycle
- Only incidents that reach the GMC level of harm need to be recorded as Significant Events in the portfolio. Reflection on all such Significant Events is a GMC requirement and must be included whenever they occur
- GPs only need to do a formal GMC compliant colleague survey once in the revalidation cycle (like all doctors)
- here are many forms of quality improvement activity and they are all acceptable to demonstrate how you review the quality of what you do, and evaluate changes that you make. There is no requirement for GPs to do a formal two cycle clinical audit once in the five year cycle.
The RCGP recognises that GPs need to be supported by their College in resisting inappropriate additional bureaucracy and is working with key stakeholders such as the BMA GP Committee, GMC and Responsible Officer networks to look at reducing the regulatory burden.
The guide is available on the RCGP website – click here
Publication of GP earnings
Following my last email about what practices need to publicise in relation to the average GP income in their practice I received a useful update from Medeconomics on the topic - click here for further details
Dr Nigel Watson
Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Rd
Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh
Hants. SO53 1JB (Registered Office)
Attached file: GP-Frontline-Patient-Online-article.pdf
Attached file: DWP-Bulletin-for-GPS-17-March-2016.docx