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Member Practice Update

17 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. The Member Practice Update is Expanding
  2. IQSP Educational Event – SAVE THE DATE
  3. STP Mental Health Strategy
  4. Spirometry Audit
  5. Gastroenterology - Update
  6. Vasectomy Service
  7. Prescribing Top Tip
  8. Opportunity - Healthcare Navigation Support Role
  9. GP and Hospital Portfolio Working Opportunities 


Find out about local and national events and training here

Redditch and Bromsgrove

South Worcestershire

Wyre Forest 


  • No Redditch & Bromsgrove news 
  • No South Worcestershire news

  • No Wyre Forest news
  • No Herefordshire news 

The Member Practice Update is Expanding

From February 2020, we will be expanding the Member Practice Update to include Herefordshire Practices. This will ensure consistent messages and information are shared across all practices. 

IQSP Educational Event – SAVE THE DATE

Thursday 19th March 1:30 – 6:00pm 
Bank House Hotel

In conjunction with Red Whale we are planning an MSK and Opioid event. Attendance arrangements and conference details will follow.

STP Mental Health Strategy 

Follow-up Engagement Sessions

Following on from the successful engagement sessions in October 2019, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are hosting two follow up engagement sessions to further discuss the Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) Mental Health Strategy.

These will be structured co-production sessions and will aim to include an equal mix of participants (public members, staff and partners) from each background and/or specialty. The purpose of the sessions is for participants to give their views on the first draft of the mental health strategy and explore how this can be developed further.


  • Worcester: Thursday 27 February 2020 - Warndon Hub, Shap Drive, Worcester, WR4 9NX – 10.30 am – 1.30pm 
  • Hereford – Thursday 5 March 2020 – Hereford Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ – 12.00 pm Midday – 3.00pm

Both sessions will last three hours and will include lunch.

Who are these sessions for?

We are looking for the views of  an equal mix of participants with lived and/or work experience of adult and/or child mental health. This includes, but is not limited to; patients, service users, carers, GPs, doctors, consultants, nurses, allied health professionals, other health staff, social workers, social care staff, partner organisations (private and public), voluntary and community sector organisations, psychology staff, management and commissioning staff, Healthwatch.

Book your place

Booking is essential. Please book your place directly on Eventbrite.

Additional booking information

You do not need to have attended the first engagement session to take part in either of these events. Places will be given on a first come, first served basis. To ensure that there is an equal mix of participants from each background / specialty, availability will be limited for each group represented. When booking your ticket, please select the group that you most feel aligned to (you might feel aligned to more than one 'group').

Those who are unable to get a place will be added to a waiting list and notified if a place becomes available.


Across Herefordshire and Worcestershire all local health and care organisations are committed to providing the best mental health care possible. We want mental health and wellbeing to be high on our local agenda, to ensure members of our communities are aware of mental health and are able to recognise issues in individuals, and to be able to support or signpost appropriately. When things get harder or more serious we want our specialist services to be equipped to provide support as early as possible, with a focus and commitment to recovery.

Organisations across our two counties are working together in partnership to provide services which are safe, effective and sustainable. We think it is important for people to be able to get help and support as early as possible and to live healthy and independently for as long as they can. When more support is needed, we want people to be able to access services quickly, in the right place at the right time.

The CCGs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are working on behalf of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) to set out a Herefordshire and Worcestershire Mental Health Strategy. We are interested to speak with local people, staff and partners to better understand your views on mental health, so that we can ensure the new strategy meets the needs of local people. We are hoping to gain a greater understanding of what you think works well and where we need to make improvements.

Your views will build upon previous engagement work that has been carried out, but will provide us with an opportunity to work with patients, stakeholders and the wider community to understand what more we need to consider. This is an opportunity to work together to shape our mental health strategy over the next few years, to ensure mental health awareness is embedded across our communities, and to develop new and existing services so that people can get the help they need to support them in their recovery.

Previous Engagement

The engagement evaluation report for the survey and listening events which took place in Oct-Nov 2019, can be found online.


If you have any queries about this invite or the co-production sessions, please contact the CCG Engagement Team directly on 01905 681956 or email

Spirometry Audit

As part of a wider STP Respiratory Programme, Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG would like to undertake a short survey to develop an understanding of Spirometry testing within GP Practices. Completing the survey will provide vital information that will greatly assist with evaluating the Spirometry testing provision across the STP and the testing equipment being used. If your practice currently performs spirometry testing, we would be very grateful if each member of staff who completes the test could spare a few minutes to participate in the survey

The closing date for completion of the survey is the 24th January - Your participation in completing the survey would be very much appreciated.

All responses will be treated in accordance with GDPR principles. If you have any queries regarding this survey, please email Paul Etheridge  or telephone 07725 751996.

Gastroenterology - Update  

Gastroenterology Common Conditions Leading to Referral Document & Faecal Calprotectin Testing

Representatives from Primary Care, Worcestershire Acute & Worcestershire CCGs have developed a lower GI common conditions leading to referral document for Gastroenterology.

The guidance has been written to:

  • Promote evidence-based assessment and management of patients for some of the most common GI conditions
  • Streamline referral and treatment pathway for patients
  • Build consistency and support decision making


The common conditions document includes a pathway for faecal calprotectin testing, the test will be available for Primary Care to request from Monday 6th January.

Both documents (the common conditions document and faecal calprotectin testing commissioning policy) can be found on TeamNet. The commissioning policy can also be found on the CCG website

Vasectomy Service 

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is contracted by Worcestershire CCGs to provide a county wide Vasectomy service for Hereford and Worcester. Here is a pathway guide to help inform clinicians and patients of the correct pathway, in particular in regards to e-referrals. 

Prescribing Top Tip

This week's Prescribing Top Tip is an update on current key supply issues

Opportunity - Healthcare Navigation Support Role

The CCGs are looking for individuals who are able to give a hands-on approach to support Practices with implementing Healthcare Navigation within practices. There are a number of Practices across Worcestershire who have had reception staff trained in Healthcare Navigation and would like some support with implementing the model.

The role would involve visiting a practice and supporting them with the Healthcare Navigation process. The CCGs will provide funding which can be used to pay for the successful applicants time or to backfill their time at their practice.  

If you would like to express an interest, please complete the short expression of interest document and email back to Steve Connelly by Wednesday 22nd January.

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the role please call Steve on 07540 127 100.

GP and Hospital Portfolio Working Opportunities 

Expression of interest sought

We are pleased to confirm another Portfolio role opportunity for a GP interested in Frailty and Elderly Care working at Worcestershire Health and Care Trust on a 12 month contract for 15 hours (2-3 days per week).

What benefits are there for me?

  • Opportunity to develop an extended role
  • Working with community colleagues
  • Diverse work opportunities
  • Flexibility


What funding is available for the GP?

A payment including educational bursary will be available to the successful GP. This is in addition to a paid salary from the Health and Care Trust as the employer.

Expressions of interest

If working within a portfolio arrangement like this would be of interest to you as a GP, please review the role offered by the Provider and complete the expression of interest form via e-mail and send to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Primary Care Workforce Team by 31st January 2020