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Member Practice Update

13 September 2019








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. Severe Mental Illness Physical Health Checks Local Incentive Scheme - Update
  2. H&W CCG Governing Body GP Locality Leads - Nomination Now Open 
  3. H&W CCGs GP Communication and Engagement Survey
  4. Social Prescribing Pilot presented at Public Health England Conference
  5. Patient Proxy Access Newsletter 
  6. Prescribing Top Tip 
  7. Productive General Practice - Quickstart Opportunity 
  8. LMC Law Seminars


Find out about local and national events and training here

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Severe Mental Illness Physical Health Checks Local Incentive Scheme – Update

Apologies for the confusion and extra work caused by the EMIS issues with importing the previously sent Version 2 of the SMI EMIS template.

We have now removed the problematic ‘EMIS Library’ Items and have added a couple of extra Codes and a Weblink on the first page of the template.

Please can we ask practices to deactivate any previous versions of the SMI Physical Healthcheck Template and to import the revised SMI Physical Health Checks Worc. V3 locally so that it can be used for all future health check recording.

Where practices have used the old template and experienced difficulties around particular sections, these will be addressed directly with practices on an individual basis once claims are received, to ensure there are no difficulties with payments.

If there are any queries or further feedback on the reporting template, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email to jack.wainwright@nhs.net




H&W CCG Governing Body GP Locality Leads – Nominations Now Open 

To confirm, the nominations period for these roles opened on Monday 9th September. Full details and all the associated, role specific documentation was circulated on Monday to the relevant GP and practice manager mailing lists, as well as via Teamnet in Herefordshire.

Please note that the deadline for submission of nominations is Friday 20th September, 5pm.

If you have any questions around this process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Hana Taylor, Head of Governance and Corporate Affairs.




H&W CCGs GP Communications and Engagement Survey

Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCGs are reviewing our approach to Primary Care communication and we are asking if you would please complete this short online questionnaire

As Worcestershire colleagues will be aware, the Worcestershire CCGs have previously conducted an annual survey on general practice communications and engagement. In Herefordshire the CCG has previously received feedback through the annual Ipsos Mori 360 stakeholder survey. 

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCGs would now like to conduct a single survey across both counties to ensure we provide practices with an opportunity to feedback on the CCGs approach to communications and engagement, and in order for us to review and improve our processes. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please note the survey will close on Friday 20th September. 




Social Prescribing Pilot presented at Public Health England Conference

Lucy Chick, Senior Public Health Practitioner in the Public Health Team at the County Council attended the National Public Health England Conference held at Warwick University this week to present the findings of the Social Prescribing pilot in Worcestershire. Click here to see the conference poster. Highlights of findings include;

  • Using the shortened Warwick-Edinburgh wellbeing scale, 237 people had wellbeing scores recorded at initial referral and at a follow up call or appointment. Of these, just under 75% of entrants to the programme (73.2%, n.175) had an increase in SWEMWBS score suggesting improved sense of well-being.
  • Data provided through EMIS by 8 GP practices suggests that, following referral to social prescribing, a reduction in the number of GP appointments was evident at both 6 and 12 months from referral. Although further monitoring over time is needed to see if this positive trend continues. 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank those involved in the success of the pilots from inception to implementation. The project has received regional and national interest and recognition. 




Patient Proxy Access Newsletter

This is a newsletter aimed at ensuring practices follow the requirements of Patient Proxy Access and ensure they have the appropriate policies in place to support this.  It is also to raise awareness that help, support and guidance is available to them via our Information Governance Service Hub.




Prescribing Top Tip

This week's Prescribing Top Tip concerns the prescribing of liquid carbocisteine preparations.




Productive General Practice - Quickstart opportunity

We’ve been made aware of an opportunity for practices to participate in the Productive General Practice quickstart programme. An outline of the programme is available. If your practice is interested, please let us know by emailing the Primary Care Team by Friday 20th September 2019. We realise this is a tight turnaround, but an EOI is not a firm commitment and more details will be shared during the engagement phase before that firm commitment is required.

The Team are keen on reaching new practices and new areas, but are happy to receive expressions of interest from any practices, whether or not they have already received PGPQS in their area. 

More information about the impact of PGP QS can be found in the stories on page 1 and top half of page 2 at this link.

There is also a 5 minute film from Bury practices who took part in PGP QS at this link




LMC Law Seminars

The LMC has managed to secure two legal seminars to be facilitated by Shanee Baker from LMC Law.

1st October 2019: Problems in General Practice 

- This is a 2.5 hour seminar is about the myriad of issues that can go wrong within general practice and for GPs and how to deal with them.  It will include issues with Indemnity, Commissioners, Employees, Partners and other External Organisations.

The seminar will focus on these issues and how they can be resolved and will offer practice advice on how to avoid similar issues going forward. There will also be plenty of time for questions to be raised.

The training is suitable for Practice Managers, Practice Partners and GPs.

15th October 2019: A Journey Through the GP World 

– This is a 2.5 hour seminar is for newly qualified GPs and the key considerations for your career in general practice. It will cover issues such as Indemnity, Partnerships, Contracts, Employment Matters, Decision Making and more.

There will also be plenty of time for questions to be raised.

The training is suitable for all Newly Qualified GPs.

The LMC are covering the cost of these seminars.  The cost of £10 is to cover administration and refreshments.  Both seminars are expected to be popular – you can book your place on the LMC Website here.




Job Vacancies please visit– https://www.primarycaretraininghub.co.uk/vacancies

GP Mentoring –  The service can be used by any GP who would like to explore ways to develop themselves. This could be personally, professionally or within their career. The aim is to provide mentors to support GPs in fulfilling their potential, whether this is in practice or in other leadership positions. If you’d like a mentor, please email the Workforce Team on sowoccg.workforce@nhs.net

GP Support Team –The CCGs and LMC have a well established GP Support Team in place, whose main focus is to respond to, and empower practices to make operational and team changes that directly and indirectly address challenges they are facing in the short to medium term. The GP Support Team can be accessed via the LMC or Sally Everton sally.everton@nhs.net at the CCGs.