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Bite Sized Learning

We are delighted that you are interested in our innovative Bite-Sized Learning sessions, funded via GP Forward View monies for Practice Managers. These sessions have been written as part of Wessex LMCs Practice Manager Programme and the topics have been developed as a result of training needs...

BMA Template Letters for Breaches to Standard Hospital Contract in England

13 September 2016: GPC has 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 1...

Certification - Notes for School Children

Schools Requesting Certificates for Children's Absences Schools are under pressure to reduce non-attendance and will make contact with parents/guardians if there is a concern that the missed schooling is not justified. The parents/guardians turning up and asking for a letter may be to avoid the...

Chaperones

The GMC has guidance at: https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-guidance-for-doctors/intimate-examinations-and-chaperones/intimate-examinations-and-chaperones Wherever possible, you should offer the patient the security of having an impartial observer (a 'chaperone') present during an...

Clinical Governance for Health Care Assistants

Clinical Governance for Health Care Assistants Please click here for more information

Counter Fraud - Drug seekers

Wessex LMCs hosted a meeting with NHS Counter Fraud services to discuss the issue of patients who try to obtain drugs (usually opiates and benzodiazepines) under false pretences. This is a summary of some useful points we believe are worth sharing with practices across Wessex Some patients may...

CQC Infection Control

There have been a lot of 'urban myths' floating around over the past few years about what CQC means for practices, such as practices having to remove any toys from waiting rooms and replacing all their carpets. These aren't true but there is a need for practices to be compliant with regulations...

Developing the Workforce Janaury 2012

DH Document on developing the workforce January 2012 Future Forum 2nd Stage report on developing the workforce January 2012

FAQs/Hot Topics

We hope you have found these webpages useful. Any comments / suggestions gratefully received. If there is anything you would like to ask (or think has been missed) please email office@wessexlmcs.org.uk Pensions: There are currently huge issues with locum pensions. Please see the blog below...

General Practice - The Facts

In the past GPs worked in their practice during the day and also covered patients overnight. The change to split day time working from overnight was done because it was not seen as being safe to be up much of the night and then work the next day and be expected to make safe decisions. Between...

General Practice Forward View & Sustainability and Transformation Plans

General Practice Forward View (April 2016) GPs and practice teams provide vital services for patients. They are at the heart of our communities, the foundation of the NHS and internationally renowned. But services are now under unprecedented pressure and, as set out in the NHS Five Year...

Getting Involved

You may have heard the name Wessex LMCs but do you know what the Local Medical Committee looks like or how it works? Likewise with the BMA – you may hear about the General Practitioner’s Committee or GPC but what does that mean or feel like? If you are interested then please consider coming...

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...

GP Supporter - Karen Irwin

Dr Karen Irwin (Swindon) Background: Former Partner Experienced Locum Quality Improvement Projects If you believe your practice would benefit from GP Support, please do not hesitate to contact Wessex LMCs by email: office@wessexlmcs.org.uk or if you wish to speak to someone first then please...

GP Supporters

Are you a struggling practice in need of help and guidance? Wessex LMCs is acutely aware of the increasing number of practices that are really struggling and finding it difficult to recruit new staff and sometimes short term locums, which inevitably means that the situation they find themselves...

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...

Helping YOU to re-write the S.C.R.I.P.T

Solutions / Challenges / Resilience / Innovations / Productivity / Transformation The LMC has a long history of supporting GPs, Practice Managers and General Practice and we are all too aware of the challenges that General Practice is facing at present. We are regularly seeing GPs and Practice...

How to get the best from your GP appointment?

Top Tips. . . Ask yourself: How important is it that I'm seen quickly, or would I be better waiting for an appointment with a particular GP? If you have a long-term condition you'll probably benefit from a GP who knows you. Don't be put off by a GP who runs late - they may be spending needed...

Innovations in Practice

The Blackmore Vale Partnership The Blackmore Vale Partnership have bought together some fantastic innovations demonstrating we are 'Altogether Better' There is a series of 6 short films that show how this has evolved. Part 1 1 The Idea 7 minutes Altogether Better Health...

LMC Buying Groups Federation

Wessex LMCs joined the LMC Buying Groups Federation in October 2009 to deliver savings to practices without creating any additional work or inconvenience. All practices were given the opportunity to 'opt-in' to membership at that time and over 300 practices in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire...

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...

Local Workforce Issues – A Future Model?

Much has been written in recent months about the crisis in general practice due to difficulties in recruiting to and retaining the workforce, changing working patterns, increasing care demands and bureaucracy in the system of care. The debate has appeared in the popular press. Whilst rarely out...

Locum / Sessional Education & Training

Local education events are not only important for CPD points but provide an opportunity to network with colleagues. However there are plenty of useful online learning resources too. BMA https://www.bma.org.uk/events Learning and development webinars:...

Locum / Sessional GP Appraisal and Revalidation

The RCGP and GMC are aware that fulfilling appraisal and revalidation requirements can be more difficult for sessional GP's and changes have now been made to help others address this. Make sure you (and your appraiser) are clear on what is needed. RCGP Mythbusters A really great guide to read...

Locum Pensions / Indemnity / Finances

Getting your finances in order and ensuring that you access the pension scheme are both important aspects of being a successful locum. As a salaried GP the complexity is generally less but you must remember that you need to fill out a Type 2 medical practitioner form each year to ensure that the...

My Ageing Parent

If your practice is getting a lot of questions about elderly care and resources, it is certainly worth having a good look at www.myageingparent.com a new FREE UK focused website which provides all the information needed in one place to help those caring for older parents, friends and relatives....

Newsletters / Updates for Sessionals

BMA SGP Newsletter How to sign up: https://www.bma.org.uk/membership/bma-newsletter?gclid=COLNoIDgqNICFUKZGwodNg4Ayg Capita/NHSE Update from the Deputy Chair of the Sessional sub-Committee of the GPC' dated 17 May 2017 As some of you may already know, I have been meeting monthly with Capita...

NHSE GP Resilience Programme

The new General Practice Resilience Programme (GPRP) will operate to deliver the commitment set out in the General Practice Forward View to invest £40m over the next four years to support struggling practices. This programme aims to deliver a menu of support that will help practices to become...

Patient Registration

Guidance on Requirements for Registering with a GP - Standard Operating Principles for Primary Medical Care. Although there has not been any change in national policy in respect of patient registration for primary medical care services - this guidance clarifies the rights of patients and the...

Portfolio GP's

One of the wonderful things about being a GP is the flexibility that it offers you. One of the protective factors against burnout is to have a special interest or project that you want to do. As a GP there are many options that you can do alongside day to day General Practice. Below are some...

Practice Manager Appraisals

Wessex LMCs has recognised the value of Practice/Business Managers to General Practices within Wessex and has supported an initiative to develop a system of appraisal for them. The Practice Managers' Supporters Scheme and the linked Appraisal Scheme have been based, with kind permission, on the...

Practice Manager Supporter - Jayne Tabor

I am newly 'retired' having spent over 30 years as a Practice Manager! Most recently at Chawton House Surgery, Lymington (9yrs) and New Forest Central Medical Group, Brockenhurst and Sway (4yrs) - having also managed The Arnewood Practice, New Milton (19yrs). I have seen many, many changes in...

Practice Manager Supporter - Karen Jeffries

Hi, I'm Karen and I have been working in primary care since 1991 so have seen many contractual and organisational changes over the years. I undertook a BA in Business and Management in 2005 as I was keen not only to formally develop my management skills but also to look beyond the NHS. It...

Practice Manager Supporters

Wessex LMCs is delighted to offer support to Practice Managers through our Practice Manager Supporters who are based throughout Wessex. Practice Manager Supporters provide ad hoc advice and support to their practice manager colleagues, and offer learning opportunities to support Continuous...

Prescribing - Nurseries, schools and OTC Medications

Non-prescription (OTC) medication does not need a GP signature/authorisation in order for the school/nursery/childminder to give it. It has been brought to the attention of the GPC Clinical and Prescribing Subcommittee that the revised 'The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework',...

Regulations

GMS/PMS Contracts Services Agreements (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2020 Richard Vautrey of the BMA summarised the amendments as follows: - GMS and PMS regulations changes from October 2020 (England) The amendments to GMS and PMS regulations in England to commence from October 2020 have now...

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...

Sessional / Locum Job Opportunities

At the moment there is a wealth of work available out there for locums. The challenge is where do you want to work, what do you want to do and how do you let prospective employers know about you? Locums can advertise their availability via the Wessex LMCs website, please see the following link...

Stalking and Harassment

This question came into the office in 2008 Question One of our doctors is concerned that she is being stalked by a patient and is concerned for her own safety and for that of her young children. What is the best course of action? Answer The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 makes it a...

Starting As A Locum

Starting out as a locum can feel very daunting. You have qualified as a GP and are happy with the challenges of clinical complexity but being self-employed and running yourself as a business commodity can feel like a whole new world. The following links and pages are here to help you along that...

Students in General Practice & Work Experience

Given the current recruitment and retention crisis in primary care, anything we can do to encourage interest and generate enthusiasm for primary care is to be strongly supported, so if your practice feels it can host work experience students, we would support this. Furthermore, we understand...

Support for GP's - What is available?

Support for GPs Click here to download: Support for GPs, What is available? Click here to download: Raising a concern - Advice for GPs Time For Care Document As General Practitioners, we spend much of our time helping and supporting our patients through their many physical and mental health...

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...

Tips and Info on Locuming as a GP

Contributed by Duncan Walling, Aug 2010 Updated by Laura Edwards 2014. I started working as a locum GP in February 2010 after having become a partner straight from my GP Registrar year almost 5 years previously. I left the partnership to go and work as a Medical Director for the LMC. I thought...

Trainee GPs

We are always keen to hear from GP registrars so please feel free to get in touch, we are here for you too. We try and get round all the VTS schemes to talk on the LMC, current general practice and political issues - if you don't have us in your year's agenda ask your course organiser to get in...

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...

Wessex LMC Videos

Wessex LMCs PCN Conference - “The Next Steps and building a better future” Clinical Directors Interviews Commissioning Finance Questions IT & Information Governance Population Health Management Removing the Divide The Role of a Sessional GP Where are we now? Where we are now Workforce...

Zero Tolerance

Patients who exhibit habitually unacceptable behaviour, can be a common problem in general practice. Handling such behaviour puts a huge strain on time and resources and causes unacceptable stress for staff, who may need support in difficult situations. The following guidance has been developed...

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