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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...

Antibiotic Resistance

This topic is reported on a regular basis and the blame for prescribing 90% of all antibiotics is usually laid at the door of GPs. This, of course, is associated with the fact that GPs clearly do not see any really ill patients because we send all of these to hospital. Is that a fair or...

Cervical Cytology - Keeping in date

Cervical Screening Campaign The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has made a significant impact on cervical cancer mortality since it was established in 1988, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year. However, coverage is at a 20-year low. To help address this issue, on 5 March 2019 PHE will...

Ebola - Additional information about Ebola Virus Disease

Additional information about Ebola Virus Disease Ebola is a Filovirus, first recognised in 1976. The virus is believed to be zoonotic or arboviral (dependent on animals or insect hosts for transmission). However, humans are not reservoirs of these viruses. There are 5 species of Ebola, 4 of...

Female Genital Mutilation - FGM (Webinar Recording)

Fitness to Fly in Pregnancy

Please see the following advice leafelt from the RCOG concerning fitness to fly during pregnancy. https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/air-travel-pregnancy.pdf There is no statutory requirement for GPs to complete the airline form for...

GP Health Service & Financial Support for Doctors in Difficulty

What is GPH? Access to confidential mental health and addiction support for GPs and GP trainees across England. How to access the NHS GP Health Service http://gphealth.nhs.uk/ The NHS GP Health Service (GPH) is a service for GPs or GP trainees across England, with issues relating to mental...

GP Support and Development Scheme

A core part of the role of Wessex LMCs is pastoral support. The LMC offers one to one support for GPs and Practice Managers. Like everyone they might face a range of situations from both challenges in the practice to those in the rest of life. The LMC aims to support and develop individuals as...

Health and Wellbeing: Burnout

Ok, it’s time to get more serious now. If the constant stress of work and life is leaving you feeling disillusioned, helpless and worn out then you may be suffering from burnout. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive demands and prolonged stress....

Health and Wellbeing: Organisational Stress

So far we have considered the implications of stress and burnout for individuals. However we have another important dimension to consider – what are the practices responsibilities to manage stress caused by or made worse by work. As we have seen individuals differ in their risk of experiencing...

Health and Wellbeing: Stress

“Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that their demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize”. In short, it’s what we feel when we think we have lost control of events. The key concept here, is that it is an emotional and...

Health and Wellbeing: Introduction

We live and work in difficult times. Everyday the news seems full of bad news stories, the pressure of daily life seems to increase exponentially and there never seems to be enough time in the day. The NHS is facing unprecedented challenges as it struggles to meet increasing demands and...

Injury Benefit Scheme

What is the NHS Injury Benefit Scheme? The NHS Injury Benefit Scheme is an income protection scheme available to qualifying NHS employees. The scheme is intended to provide a supplementary income to employees who suffer a temporary loss of NHS earnings through the payment of a Temporary Injury...

Living Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Enduring Power of Attorney An Enduring Power of Attorney was an instrument used by a person to nominate someone to look after their affairs. Any Enduring Power of Attorney executed prior to 1st October 2007 will still be valid. No new Enduring Power of Attorneys can be created. They have been...

LMC Guide to Ear Care

As I'm sure you are aware, ear irrigation is not stipulated within the GMS contract. The GP and or qualified nurse has a duty under contract to assess the patient, undertake the appropriate examination and decide whether ear irrigation is the best course of action. Never refusing appointments...

Managing Bariatric Patients

Obesity in England is increasing and it is estimated that 27% of adults in England are obese and a further 36% are overweight. This equates to 63% of the population being either overweight or obese and 3% of this group will be morbidity obese. We are all aware of the health risks of obesity...

Pensions - Ill Health Retirement

Depending on your situation and condition there are different options available. You can apply for a particular type but the option awarded will be decided by a medical assessor. Tier 1 If you are unable, on a permanent basis, to continue in your present job, you may be able to retire early...

Practice Managers Conferences 2014 - Resources

The following resources are now available: 01 Nigel Watson and Carole Cusack Introduction 02 Practice Manager Supporters How Can We Help 03 Andrew Lockhart-Mirams, Peter Farrier Merging & Federating An Accountant's Point of View 04 Julie Perryer Top Tips 05 Anne Moger Wessex Nurse...

Self Management

The Self management programme is for people who are living with a chronic (long-term) condition. The aim is to support people with long term conidtions and thier carers by: increasing their confidence improving their quality of life helping them manage their condition more effectively Improving...

Smoking Cessation Prior To Surgery

It is good practice that any patient we refer should be advised of the significant health benefits of smoking cessation. This article provides links to some useful documents that may help you with this. The LMC view is that we support this good practice. We do not support anything that...

Support for Locums / Sessional GPs

Being a locum whilst it gives huge flexibility, can lead to people feeling isolated. It is vital both for you professionally and personally to make sure you look after yourself and keep linked in with others. Each person is different and in the world now there are multiple ways of finding that...

Travel Vaccinations

This is taken from and for more detail see: BMA's Focus on Travel Vaccinations Travel immunisations that must be given as part of NHS provision through GMS & PMS Additional Services (i.e. you cannot charge for the following vaccinations) Hepatitis A (infectious Hepatitis) first and...

Travelling with Prescribed Drugs

The rules concerning travellers who are carrying prescribed drugs controlled under Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 Part 1 of The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 changed. Historically until D.S.T. December 2007, those travelling for a period of up to 28 days were automatically covered under the...

Wessex Healthier Together

The “Wessex Healthier Together” project is exploring how parents, carers and community services might be better supported and integrated with hospital based services so that children are able to access the ‘right care at the right time from the right person’. The Wessex Healthier Together...