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Member Practice Update

10 January 2020 

Welcome to the Member Practice Update

This weekly Member Practice Update is produced by NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire and NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Groups for circulation in your practice, to provide you with essential guidance, information and useful support.

Your views and feedback are very much appreciated. If you have any comments, suggestions or contributions for inclusion in the Member Practice Bulletin, please e-mail the communications team.

In this issue:

  1. PCN - Update
  2. The Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) & ReViVo
  3. Tri Service
  4. Help Develop Your Local Community Hospital
  5. Prescribing Top Tip
  6. 3 Counties Medical School Clinicians Conference
  7. Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society Event
  8. RCGP Midland Faculty PLUSbaby Event
  9. Impulse AF Workshop 
  10. RCGP - Your Ticket to a Happy Retirement
  11. Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes
  12. RCGP Midland Faculty GP Recruitment Evening
  13. Vacancy for a GP Educator 

Find out about local and national events and training here

  • No Redditch & Bromsgrove news 
  • No South Worcestershire news

  • No Wyre Forest news

PCN - Update

Portfolio Role Development Grant Scheme - Expressions of Interest sought

National workforce strategies have highlighted portfolio careers as a means of reducing burnout and encouraging GP retention. Thanks to the General Practice Forward View and NHS England’s Four Pillars Targeted GP Retention Programme, Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCGs GP Workforce Team has funding to support the development of flexible career opportunities within general practice.

The scheme has been designed to retain existing GPs within the counties whilst enhancing an individual’s skills and knowledge in areas of interest to them, and supporting areas of need for Primary Care Networks in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They encourage a different approach to tackling recruitment difficulties by encouraging GPs to adopt a portfolio approach to their employment options. The schemes are bespoke and flexible with the intention that all roles benefit local Primary Care Network needs and the wider health care system within Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The STP is able to offer 25 individual educational grants of up to £3000 to existing GPs to support developing a portfolio role that creates additional expertise within Herefordshire and Worcestershire general practice and particularly within PCNs. These grants may be used to support a key learning objective such as funding a diploma (which would in time support work within Herefordshire and Worcestershire PCNs), support time to develop a GPwSI / GPwER post, further training in medical education or be used to develop a leadership role or research expertise.

For more information, please read the guidance and if you are interested, complete the Expression of Interest form by Friday 24th January 2020. If you have any questions please contact the Workforce Team.

FutureNHS Collaboration Platform

NHS Confederation is setting up a new network to give PCNs an independent voice and make sure they have access to expertise, resources and guidance. If you are a PCN you can register here for more information. If you have good ideas to share or want to talk about how we can help engage in the wider system please email NHS Primary Care

The Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) & ReViVo

National service specifications 2020/21 engagement

We are disappointed locally with the approach proposed by NHSE and hope that you have expressed your views as part of the consultation which ends on 15th January. The document describing the outline service specifications is available on NHSE website, with a number of questions to be answered to help  shape the final service specifications. NHSE hosted a webinar this week and the slides are attached here. Herefordshire and Worcestershire PCNs have come a long way since their establishment in July. It will be a real shame if the levels of motivation and enthusiasm seen at our local PCN Development events are crushed by this turn of events. We cant afford to let that happen.

As you already know, we have established a Herefordshire & Worcestershire Clinical Advisory Group to help us develop our new local contract – ReViVo. The lack of clarity in the national consultation in respect of funding is not helpful but we will continue to work to identify how the £11 per head per PCN can best be deployed. Our next meeting takes place on 20th January when we will consider in detail the draft national service specifications as well as our original deliberations on likely content of the local contact. We’ll keep you informed of developments.

Tri Service

To support the increasing demands and pressures locally for patients dealing with mental health issues, a tri service street triage ambulance is being funded by Worcester City PCN. The car will host a Community Psychiatric Nurse, paramedic, and a police officer all working together to address the mental health, physical health and wellbeing of the patient. The CPN will have access to EMIS community to enable them to see the GP records.

This service will be available across South Worcestershire Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 18.00 – 02.00.

The idea is to reduce inappropriate A&E attendances, patients being passed back to their GP the next day when the issue could have been dealt with there and then, to de-stigmatise and de-criminalise mental health.

The CPN will be directly employed by the HACT and the paramedic will be employed by WMAS. The Federation will be in charge of the finances for this service.  

Help Develop Your Local Community Hospital

Community Hospitals are a really important part of our local NHS and they will continue to be into the future. They are also really loved and valued by the communities they serve and we want to build on that.

Community Hospitals - more information

Help Develop Your Local Community Hospital 

Prescribing Top Tip

This week's Prescribing Top Tip is regarding the prescribing of Domperidone

3 Counties Medical School Clinicians Conference

Tuesday 14th January 5pm-9:15pm
Cotswold Suite
Edward Elgar Building
St John’s Campus
University of Worcester
WR2 6AJ 

A conference/symposium is planned on 14th January 2020 5pm-9:15pm at Worcester University for all clinicians with an interest in the new medical school. They will be presenting information on where they are in the process and seeking ideas about the way forward. The intention is for this to be the start of the recruitment effort.

Read more

Please respond to rsvp@worc.ac.uk

Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society Event

Arthritis, Joint Replacements and the Law

Tuesday 21st January 7:30pm
The Courtroom
School of Law
Jenny Lind Building
Farrier Street

Read more 

RCGP Midland Faculty PLUSbaby Event 

If you have any GPs or clinical staff on maternity leave or newly back needing some CPD time, the RCGP is hosting sessions which will allow them to attend with the baby. The current session will be held on 22 January, we will post subsequent sessions as they are available.

22 January - Touch Base, Selly Oak - 9:30-4pm - sign up here

Created by two doctor mums, PLUSbaby stands for Parental Leave Update Seminars and provides infant friendly CPD points for GPs and other healthcare professionals. Working with PLUSbaby, the Midland Faculty have put together a parent friendly event to include baby soft play, a baby sensory class and 3 CPD sessions looking at various topics connected to the well-being and physical health of parents and babies. Suitable for babies 0-12 months.

The event will be held at TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak, which is a baby friendly venue with parent and child parking and baby changing facilities.


For more information on the programme click here  

Impulse AF Workshop 

This is open to any clinical member of staff (or locum) – The session covers what is new in AF management and is presented by Consultant, Jasper Trevelyan from Worcester Acute Trust.  There is no charge to attend, and a light lunch will be provided.

29 January - Mount Pleasant Hotel, Malvern - 12:30-3:00

RCGP - Your Ticket to a Happy Retirement

14 February - Wesleyan, Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6AR - 10:30-4 - sign up here  

Preparing for retirement?  This course is aimed at any GP who is within 5 - 10 years of leaving. It looks at both the financial and social preparations. Content will include step-down career options, new choices and key dates for your continuing journey. There will be sessions on pensions, financial planning, personal narratives and a session with a life coach.

This is a free event. However, non-attendees will be invoiced for £15.00

Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes

Challenging Conversations

Thursday 19th March 9.30am- 4.30pm
Charles Hasting Education Centre 
Charles Hastings Way

Read more

RCGP Midland Faculty GP Recruitment Evening 

Thursday 30th January 2020 6pm-8pm 
Village Hotel Club 
Castlegate Drive

If any practices have any current or upcoming GP vacancies, we recommend attending the RCGP Midlands Faculty recruitment evening. We know some practices successfully recruited after attending this event and speaking to prospective GP candidates. If you are a potential employer and would like to book a stand, please contact LDenton@bma.org.uk for info.

Vacancy for a GP Educator

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Training Hub has an exciting portfolio role opportunity for a GP Trainer to lead a pilot  providing additional support for clinicians undertaking the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and reduce supervision workload for GPs. We are only advertising locally to encourage our own GP Trainers to apply. Please review the information and apply via the Training Hub.