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Wessex LMCs Update 17th Aug 2020

Please note we are holding an LMC News update Webinar this Wednesday between 13.00 and 14.00. This Webinar will focus on the GP contract changes and the PCN DES for early detection of cancer. Our two guests for this Webinar are: Dr Richard Roope, a GP from SE Hampshire and a Senior Clinical...

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...

Nursing Bursaries 10th Jun 2019

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Monday, 10 Jun 2019 Dear All, The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation Professional Bursary Scheme is offering grants of up to £5,000 per year for career development and CPD activities in the following areas: Primary care nursing (up to £5,000) Long...

RCN - Childhood immunsiations and QNI - Induction template 10th Jun 2019

Email sent on Monday 10th June 2019 Dear All I wanted to bring two documents to your attention that you might find helpful. One is published by the RCN on childhood immunisations and the second on the new NHS New Induction Template for General Practice. 1. The New Induction Template for...

Nurse Survey April 2019 - Executive Summary 25th Apr 2019

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 25 Apr 2019 Dear Colleagues Please find attached an executive summary of a recent survey I undertook on behalf of Wessex LMCs, the objective was to consider and make recommendations on: the challenges currently facing nurse recruitment and retention...

Practice Nurse Newsletter - April 2019 24th Apr 2019

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019 Dear All Hope this finds you well and you have enjoyed the sun over the Easter break. Attached is the April newsletter, if you would like to be featured in the next newsletter or would like to have something included please let me...

Wessex LMCs Recruitment Showcase Events 29th Mar 2019

All qualified nurses, HCAs, Allied Health Professionals and final year student nurses Wessex LMCs Recruitment Showcase Events - 'where opportunity meets talent' . . . Dear Colleague For yourself or to highlight to someone you know? Check the following questions - do any of them apply to...

Quality Improvement Fellowship - 6th Feb 2019

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 Dear All Just wanted to highlight that applications for the above fellowships are open, the closing date is March 4th 2019, with a start date in September 2019. These can be for individuals and or teams, please read through the overview...

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...

The Nursing Team - Careers, Competencies and Capabilities

As services move more to Primary Care and away from Hospitals, the role of nurses within General Practice is becoming more important. Below are links to sites offering information and videos that you may find useful. The QNI/QNIS Voluntary Standards for General Practice Nursing Education and...

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....