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Wessex LMCs Email update 26th May 2020

There is much discussion about the schools opening up next week and being mindful of the issues of social distancing and the potential spread of Covid19. The LMC is aware that parents are approaching practices to ask for a letter for the school as they do not want their child to go back to...

LMC Update June 2019

LMC Update June 2019 Over the last couple of weeks, I have spent a considerable amount of time in meetings supporting emerging Primary Care Networks (PCNs), discussing the challenges we face locally with the Chief Executives of our local hospitals, Community providers and with the Chief...

Practices with NHS Property Services as Landlords

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Friday, 7 Nov 2014 Dear Colleagues, The new Heads of Terms from NHS Property Services have been shared with us. We have taken the initiative to seek an independent opinion from a lawyer experienced in these matters on these, especially in light of the fact that...

New Dementia Identification Scheme – Enhanced Service - FAQ

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 New Dementia Identification Scheme - Enhanced Service - FAQ NHS England has announced a new dementia identification scheme enhanced service that will run from 1 October 2014 to 31 March 2015. Why? Around 800,000 people in England are...

Summer email update

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 Issue date:21st August 2014 Wessex LMC email update Content highlights 1. General Practice Update There is quite a lot going on at the moment. This will provide a summary of the things that could be done to help practices and also...

Funded training for Nurses based in general practice

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and PMs in Health Education Wessex, on Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 Below is the text of a letter I sent out with my last email update. So far 11 practices have expressed an interest to become part of the training of student nurses. The proposals are to pay...

Launch of iPad and iPhone App for Wessex LMCs website

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and PMs, on 18/06/2014. We are aware that many PMs and GPs look at our website for information. Today we have launched an iPad and iPhone App. to make it easier to access information on our website. When you want information it is not always convinient to...

GPC's Campaign - Your GP Cares

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and PMs in Wessex, on 26/05/2014. Your profession needs your support Your GP Cares is a campaign that was launched recently by the GPC to highlight the challenges that we face in general practice. The surveys that the LMC recently undertook has confirmed...

BMA Template Letters for Breaches to Standard Hospital Contract in England

13 September 2016: GPC has today launched template letters for GP practices to push back on instances where hospitals breach new requirements in the standard contract. To recap, following lobbying by GPC, NHS England have added the following requirements to the hospital standard contract as of...

Good Practice Guidelines for GP Electronic Patient Records

The links below give useful guidance on all aspects of GP electronic records, produced by the DOH, in conjunction with RCGP and BMA: Good Practice Guidelines for GP Electronic Patient Records, Version 4, 2011 (Full Version) Good Practice Guidelines for GP Electronic Patient Records, Version 4,...

GP Partnership Review

GP Partnership Review - Final Report Please find below links to Dr Nigel Watson's final report relating to the "Independent GP Partnership Review", alongside videos that summarise each of the key sections:- Final Report: GP Partnership Review - Final Report DOH Website Link:...

Information Governance Requirements for General Practice

The Data Security & Protection Toolkit has replaced the IG toolkit. Information can be found here: https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/ There is a version for General Practice. The new toolkit is linked to the ten data security standards, published by the National Data Guardian and CQC and link to...

Latest News Articles

Please find below the latest news articles from Pulse Today and GP Online featuring Nigel Watson, CEO of Wessex Local Medical Committees. . . Support scheme extended for overworked Practice Manager. . . 27 February 2014, GP Online GP representatives are extending a pilot scheme to support...

LMC Campaign to help Practices Bulletin 2 - DNAs and how patients can help us

The LMC is frequently contacted by GPs and Practice Managers who are frustrated by the number of patient who DNA. It has been estimated that practices experience DNA rates of anything between 2% and 8%. Is there anything you can do to reduce this rate? This Bulletin focuses on "getting the...

Medical Records - Handling and Retention

A brief summary of the more detailed advice is available here which includes advice about how long medical records should be kept. For definitive advice please click here: Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016 GMC Good Medical Practice requires that: 'you keep...

NHS Choices - Responding to Negative Feedback

Negative comments posted on the NHS Choices website. . . GPC has been made aware that there is some confusion concerning the procedures in place when a practice receives notification of negative comments posted on the NHS Choices website. To clarify. . . Practices are notified of a comment...

Pathology Requests: Providing Adequate Information

Medical problems that require urgent clinical follow up may be detected by diagnostic tests which are processed, and/or reported, in the Out of Hours period. Unless the pathologist has access to an adequate history and accurate contact details, serious difficulties may arise. Adding the...

Patient Demographic Services (PDS)

Please refer to the following document for Guidance: Patient Demographic Services, Nov 2008

Patient records on USB memory sticks or email

Do not let a USB device plug into your computer from an outside source (e.g. a patient) to copy data. This would be very unsafe and outwith most information governance policies. Remember if putting data onto disc/USB/data device that you should suitably encrypt the data and this is especially...

Summary Care Record (SCR)

What is Summary Care Record The SCR is intended to support patient care in urgent and emergency care settings. The SCR stores a defined set of key patient data for every patient in England except those who elect not to have one. This data makes a summary record created from information held on...

Wessex LMC Christmas Email Update

Click here to read the latest guidance on the following topics: 1. Things will get better, not quickly, but they will improve 2. Changes to the LMC 3. Personal Independence Payments 4. Payment of the NHS Pension Scheme contribution 5. Sessional GPs monthly e-newsletter 6. Mental Health and...

Wessex LMCs Recruitment Surveys (May 2014)

GP services in Wessex are facing a workforce crisis that could undermine patient care across the region. These are the stark warnings from a new survey undertaken locally. Fewer GPs will result in less appointments available with longer waits to see a GP and some practices may face closure....