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Press release - winter pressures and general practice

Press Release Please consider using this information to help your readers over the winter. The cold weather has now come and follows a period of exceptionally mild weather. For the NHS this will...

December 11th 2017 - LMC Update

It seems appropriate with the cold weather that there is a focus on what patients can do to help themselves and where they can seek help if needed. We need to ensure that the default for every...

Email update November 26th 2017

As soon as I finish writing one email I seem to get a number of items that I think are worth sharing with you. Some topical and some which are old issues but more information has become...

Email update November 26th 2017

As soon as I finish writing one email I seem to get a number of items that I think are worth sharing with you. Some topical and some which are old issues but more information has become...

What did the GPC or LMC ever do for me?

I recently attended the national conference of English LMCs, the Chair of the GPC always starts off the day with their “State of the Nation” address. This year Richard Vautrey, the Chair of GPC...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Saturday, 28 Oct 2017

Contents 1. Urgent - are we facing a Flu epidemic in December? 2. SNOWMED CT - replacing READ CODES 3. Next generation GP 4. Revalidation and appraisals Urgent - are we facing a Flu epidemic...

LMC update - October 2017 - part 2

The LMC is the only statutory body that represents GPs at a local level. This has been the case since 1911 when the local representation committee of panel doctors (the name give to the GPs of...

LMC email update October 2017.

This email covers a couple of important topics namely End of Life Care and the sharing of clinical records. Both of these topics have been areas that the LMC has been involved in representing the...

Providing patient information to the Police

Email to all GPs, Practice Managers and CCGs Following my recent email update in which I included a section on our statutory responsibilities and professional obligations (click here for the...

LMC Update Sept 2017

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 15th Sep 2017 I am sorry that this is another long email but there seems to be so much going on at the moment. I would like to start off this email update...

Wessex LMCs Email Update - Aug/Sept 2017

Wessex LMCs Update I always think this is a rather strange time of year when the days are getting shorted and the summer is coming to an end. The 1st September is the meteorological first day of...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 23 Jul 2017

General Practice is Wessex – have we turned the corner? This is the subject of my latest email update, because although I can see all the problems that we face as individuals, practices and as a...

LMC Email update July 2017

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on 2nd July, 2017 I sent you an email update a week or so ago but one or two issues have come to my attenntion that I thought were worth sharing with you. Contents 1....

LMC Update June 2017 - part 2

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, Normally at this time of year the focus for the LMC moves from new contract changes, year end problems, negotiations related to new enhanced services but this year it...

LD Conference - a summary for practices

Recently the LMC held a very successful conference with over 120 delegates with the aim of raising the profile of learning disabilities, significantly increasing the uptake of Learning Disability...

Wessex LMCs email update - 28th May 2017

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on 28th May 2017 With the tragic events that occurred in Manchester this week, we can reflect on our troubles and such events put our issues into perspective. I am...

Ransomware cyber attack - wannacry virus

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 14 May 2017 As most will now know, there has been a Ransomware cyber attack, globally in approximately 99 countries. In the UK, it is being reported that...

Hospital contract changes

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 Last year NHS England accepted taking forward GPC’s urgent prescription for general practice . This was followed by them setting up a...

IR35 is an anti-tax avoidance measure introduced by the Government

Be prepared for changes to IR35 rules which could affect how locum GPs are paid This is an issue that is causing confusion and a high degree of concern with GPs and other providers of care, esp....

Workforce - retained doctor scheme

Email to all GPs and PMs in Wessex It has been pointed out to me that my last email was quite long and contained lots of information - possibly too much. I am therefore going to try and reduce...

LMC guide to ear wax

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and PMs on Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017 Really sorry but in my recent email the link was broken to the ear care information, lots of you have tried unsuccessfully to...

LMC Update 2nd April 2017

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and Practice Managers As we leave one financial year and start another, there is a sense of relief in my practice that we have completed the work for QoF and...

NHS GP Health Service

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 As GPs we are really good at looking after our patients health and wellbeing but we are really poor at looking after ourselves. This is...

Changes to Hospital contracts 2017/8

NHS Hospital Contract Email sent to all GPs, Practice Managers and CCGs Changes for 2017/8 There are six new requirements in NHS Standard Contract for hospitals and other providers in relation...

LMC email update

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Friday, 24 Mar 2017 This email provides some additional information about data sharing and also some information about indemnity payments and reimbursement for sick...

Data Sharing and TPP

Dear Colleague You will probably have read that concerns have been raised about the NHS IT systems in general practice and the sharing of data - click here - to read the Daily Telegraph article...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 At the last two Olympic Games, Great Britain has become a world dominating force in cycling. When asked how this has happened, the reply has...

National Diabetes Audit 2017

Email sent to all GPs and Practice Managers in Wessex The 2017 National Diabetes Audit published 31st Jan 2017 The data for this important audit comes from various sources but probably the most...

Contract changes for 2017/8

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday, 7 Feb 2017 The contract changes have been announced today for 2017/8. These will apply to both GMS and PMS practices. In previous years the changes have...

LMC Update

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday 24th Jan 2017 Life can only get better from now on, apparently Monday 16th January was known as Blue Monday because it was the most depressing day of the...

BMA Press Release: Doctors’ leader accuses Prime Minister of scapegoating NHS staff and risking patients’ lives due to underfunding of services

(Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 to all GPs and PMs) Dear Colleague Please find below (along with a link) the BMA Press Release in relation to the crisis in the NHS and the...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 5 Jan 2017

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 5 Jan 2017 There are a number of issues that are currently dominating my life and these include: Ensuring the GP Forward View is implemented in full and...

LMC Email Update Christmas 2016

1. Say goodbye to one Medical Director and welcome back to another  ​2. Leaflet to help practices  This leaflet provides guidance on what to expect when you are referred by your GP to see a Specialist (or therapist).  3. LMC Conference - Cardiovascular Disease  Back by popular demand, another clinical focused local conference aim at what the average GP or practice Nurse wants to know. 4. GP Forward View - Update No apologies for this topic being repeated, if you and your practice are going to survive you need all the help you can get. The GP Forward View may not put money directly into your practice but there will be £2.4bn worth of resources available each year - do you know how this can help you? 5. Online consultation What most GPs ask me when this topic is raised is how does it work, is there any proof it works and can I see it in action or better still talk to a GP who finds it saves time? Read this section and watch the video - it may answer some of these questions! 6. Dental problems presenting to general practice The average practice gets one a week (my practice seems to get far more than this), what can you do and what are your responsibilities? 7. Electronic Clinical records and interoperability This is one for those interested in IT! 8. Adult Safeguarding With all the publicity around historical child abuse it is understandable why there has been so much focus on Child Safeguarding. The publication in March 2014 of an Intercollegiate Document titled  "Safeguarding children and your people: Roles and competencies for health care staff" clarified the knowledge and competencies that would be expected of health care staff. Earlier this year a similar document was published regarding adult safeguarding called - "Safeguarding Adults: Roles and competences for health care staff –  Intercollegiate Document" Are you sure you and your staff have the required skills you need? Have you had a recent update? 9. New Models Care - Vanguards, MCP This week the new Voluntary MCP contract has been published with associated documents to help those who are interested to learn more about GP involvement. 10. Sessional GP Newsletter The latest newsletter from the GPC.

Nigel Watson's Email Update - November 2016

Nigel Watson's Email Update - November 2016 Has General Practice got a future in the UK? This sounds like a dramatic question but it is a subject that has been in my thoughts quite a lot lately....

End of life care - update part 2!

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 For those who are wide awake and observant will have seen my email earlier this morning will have noticed that the important web address was...

LMC September email update

LMC Email update Sept 2016

Wessex LMC email update July 2016 - summer bonus edition!

Email update for Wessex general practice LMC Email - special bonus summer edition! I am sorry to fill your inbox with another email but I thought that there were quite a few things...

Email update from the LMC

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on 28th July 2016 The summer has finally arrived, the world of general practice used to go through a quieter spell before the winter infections returned. I don't know...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 19th Jun 2016

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 19th Jun 2016 I would normally only send you an email update every 3-4 weeks, so I am sorry to fill your inbox with 2 emails in the space of a week. Having...

Diabetes care in Dorset

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and Practice Managers in Dorset, on Saturday, 18 Jun 2016 Dear Colleague I am sure you are aware of the email traffic that relates to proposals about...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs

Email sent by Wessex LMCs One could be forgiven in thinking that nothing changes in the NHS. I go into my surgery on a Monday and Friday and face the same clinical challenges and the demands of...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 Over the last week there are two very important issues that have been raised which I thought the LMC should bring to your attention. 1....

General Practice - are there solutions in sight!

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 5 May 2016 King's Fund Report: Understanding pressures in general practice This morning the King's Fund Published a report called: Understanding pressures...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday 21st April 2016

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 21st April 2016 Another email I am afraid, I started to put one or two things together and seemed to be overtaken with topics that I thought worthy of...

Email update - Wessex LMCs part 2

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...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Monday, 21st Mar 2016

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and Practice Managers, on Monday, 21st March 2016 We are probably about to enter one of the most significant year for the NHS since its introduction in 1948....

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 21st Feb 2016

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 21st Feb 2016 If general practice is to address the challenges we faces then we need of solutions and not empty promises or political spin. The Editorial...

Wessex Charter of General Practice

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and Practice Managers, on Thursday, 18 Feb 2016 Over the last few months there has been a lot of discussions about the problems that general practice...

LMC Email update Dec 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday 22nd Dec 2015 Dear Colleague On behalf of your LMC I would like to send you seasonal greetings, and wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and New...

The Future of General Practice

Government e-petition to try to save general practice Dr Lorna Clarson the Vice-Chair of North Staffordshire LMC has created a government e-petition to try to save general practice. You may...

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on 22 Nov 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on 22nd Nov 2015 Despite the mild weather the inevitable rise in demand that happens every winter has started. This could prove to be one of the most difficult winters...

Data sharing agreement

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to GPs and Practice Managers in Wiltshire Dear Colleague To provide good quality care to our patients it is vital that we share clinical information. This must be...

LMC Email Update 2015

Email sent by the LMC to all GPs and Practice Managers in Wessex I do not need to tell you of the major challenges that the NHS in general and general practice specifically faces currently or the...

LMC Update Sept 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 11th Sep 2015 to all GPs and Practice Managers Normally during August the LMC can look forward to a slightly quieter time as no one seems to want to have...

Older Drivers Awareness Week 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 Driving and the elderly Are your GPs concerned about patients who may not be fit to drive or perhaps nopt sure where help can be sought...

LMC email update 9th August 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to GPs and PMs, on 18th Aug 2015 There are a few issues that need your attention so I have written a brief email to update you. Contents 1. The 2015/6 Vaccination and...

LMC Email update July 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs sent to all GPs and Practice Managers on Sunday 19th July 2015 This week I have spent much of my time thinking and talking about the future of general practice and the...

Duty of care regarding communication of investigation results

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 Dear %recipient.firstname%, Amongst the most common enquiries that the LMC has to deal with are regarding: The prescribing of medication...

New Models of Care, or Vanguard or MCP please see below

This email describes what is happening in one part of the Wessex LMC patch. I am involved in the development of the new structures and proposed change in services. I have been asked by many GPs to...

Men C for University Freshers - amendment

This email is being disseminated to all GPs and Practice Managers by Wessex LMCs on 1st July 2015 Men C for University Freshers - Amendment Please note that we have been notified by the GPC...

LMC Email update June 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on 28th Jun 2015 Whilst recognising the major challenges we face in general practice, we are now seeing positive changes that will help and support general...

The First Steps in New Deal for General Practice

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 21st Jun 2015 The New Deal for General Practice On Friday the Secretary of State for Health, announced what he has described as a new deal for general...

LMC EMAIL UPDATE - June 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 31st May 2015 We have now got over the General Election and the many promises that the political parties made about the NHS in general and general practice...

PM Newsletter - May 2015

Email sent to all Practice Managers Wessex LMCs, 19th May 2015 Good afternoon This is the third in the series of our email newsletters for 2015, which we hope will be helpful - as ever, we have...

LMC Email update

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on 9th May 2015 Did the outcome of the election have a major impact on the NHS and would it have been different if another political party was elected? Probably not as...

Patient safety - are we doing enough?

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 Openness and honesty - a professionals duty of candour Following the Mid Staffordshire enquiry, there was significant publicity to the...

LMC Update - April 2015

We have now entered a period before a general election where the Government is not allowed to announce any new initiatives that could be advantageous to candidates in the election, this period is...

BBC News TV Election Debate - NHS/Health: 27th April, Southampton

Do you want to talk to senior politicians live on TV and tell them what they need to do to win your vote? Victoria Derbyshire is holding a series of big debates during the General Election - the...

Sharing Good Ideas and Solutions

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 I am always impressed when I visit practices and see the soluions they have found to meet the demands that we all face. What we are not...

LMC Email update Part 2 - February 2015

LMC EMAIL UPDATE - Part 2, February 2015 It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this email that with less than 100 days to go before a general election the subject of the NHS has become a...

LMC Email update February 2015

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 Over the last couple of years I seem to start my emails by telling you what you already know (times are difficult) then I tell you things will...

Wessex LMC Campaign Launch: Helping YOU to re-write the S.C.R.I.P.T

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs & PMs, on Saturday, 17h Jan 2015 Helping YOU to re-write the S.C.R.I.P.T Solutions / Challenges / Resilience / Innovations / Productivity /...

LMC Christmas email update

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday 25th Dec 2014 By the time you read this, hopefully you will have had a great Christmas with your family and friends and as is traditional around this time,...

Dementia DES, Out of Area Registration DES and Co-Commissioning

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Saturday, 6 Dec 2014 Over the last week or so there are three issues that have generated a significant number of questions seeking the LMC's advice or...

LMC Email update - Dec 2014

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 What a great couple of weeks we have had in general practice! There was the Daily Mail article entitled 'GPs are part of the NHS's problem and...

Intelligent Monitoring - a letter sent to the Bournemouth Echo

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 This is the article that my letter refers to....

Ebola - Latest Update for General Practice

Update 30.12.14 Please refer to the latest guidance as follows: Supplementary Guidance Preparing for Ebola in Primary Care Frontpage Supplementary Guidance Action for Practices Supplementary...

National updates for information

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 I am sorry to fill your inbox on a Bank Holiday weekend but thought that the information that LMC's have received about Ebola was worth...

LMC Email update June 2014

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and Practice Managers, on 20/06/2014. Over the last few weeks I have spent much more time defending general practice and promoting the strengths of the...

Your profession needs your support. . .

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and PMs in Wessex, on 28/05/2014 Your GP Cares is a campaign that was launched recently by the GPC to highlight the challenges that we face in general...

Unplanned admissions enhanced service: a step-by-step guide

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and PMs , on 07/05/2014. The GPC have just published a short guide to implementing the unplanned admissions enhanced service. This should minimise the...

Wessex LMCs email update May 2014

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and Practice Managers in Wessex, on 01/05/2014. All my recent emails seem to focus on the future of general practice and the challenges that we face. This one...

CEO Email Update - April 2014

This email contain information on: General practice in crisis or an opportunity? Integrated Care Teams; Changes to the Contract for 2014 - MPIG and PMS; Should all awards go to hospitals? Coming Soon – New LMC Website – watch this space!!! PSA is it a good screening test? Revised guidance on the unplanned admissions enhanced service is now available

CEO Email Update - Feb 2014

I am writing this email sitting in my office at the LMC looking out at the dark sky and persistent rain. Thankfully despite the dreadful rain we have not had to endure the flooding that many of...

CEO Email Update - December 2013

This email contains information on: Practice Managers and workload; Revalidation and Appraisal – again! Delay in the diagnosis of cancer; Provider companies, tendering and procurement; LMC Conference 2013; Care Quality Commission; Practice Surveys; Some interesting information for the elderly; Local Media Contacts