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Antenatal Clinic at Alexandra Hospital

It has been highlighted that some doctors think that the Antenatal Clinic at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is closed. This is definitely not the case, full antenatal care for midwifery led care ladies and consultant led care ladies are still being offered. The only change in circumstances is that delivery takes place at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

It is important to note that cross trust care isn't available. If ladies want to have their babies at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and need consultant led care then all their care beforehand can be at the Alexandra Hospital but if they want to deliver at Warwick or Birmingham then all their care will be with that trust.

The Early Pregnancy Unit is still at the Alexandra Hospital as well and is able to offer full support to those ladies needing it. 

Travel vaccines and PGDs

There have been a number of queries regarding Patient Group Directions (PGDs)  for travel vaccines now NHSE are not updating theirs. 

PGDs are for use when the patient is unknown at the time of presentation but for travel vaccines patients pre-book their appointments and are not therefore unknown. 

The CCG will not be preparing any PGDs for travel vaccines and would expect practices to use patient specific directions.  

Domestic abuse tender update

Worcestershire County Council (WCC) recently tendered for Domestic Abuse Services in August 2016, but were unable to award a contract as no suitable bids were identified.

This has provided an opportunity to review the potential for future contracts in this area following feedback from partners and stakeholders.

The current providers, West Mercia Women's Aid and Stonham Home Group, have both agreed to continue providing existing Domestic Abuse Services until 30 June 2017.

An executive group, including representatives from Housing, CCG, PCC and Local Authority, will be meeting in November to consider their joint responsibilities in ensuring appropriate funding and effective care pathways for victims of domestic abuse. This meeting will be chaired by Dr Frances Howie, Director of Public Health.

In addition, WCC will be reviewing the potential for developing training for professionals and Perpetrator programmes in partnership with the PCC, to help break the cycle of domestic abuse.

WCC plan to go out to tender for the Domestic Abuse support service early in 2017 and will shortly be making further information available via In-Tend. www.in-tendhost.co.uk/worcestershire/aspx/Home

New Deputy Director of Primary Care

Helen Southwell has been appointed to the role of Deputy Director of Primary Care within the three Worcestershire CCGs.

Helen, who has a clinical background in physiotherapy, is currently employed as Long Term Conditions\Urgent Care Programme Lead, a county-wide role, and key areas of responsibility include mobilisation of the national diabetes prevention programme.

Other successes include project management of the implementation of the first IQSP visits in south Worcestershire. 

Helen's 20 years of NHS experience in primary care includes leading a practice based commissioning consortia in Birmingham.

Helen’s priority in her new role will be producing the General Practice Forward View Local Delivery Plan with a view to moving to her new role completely early in the New Year.

Helen Southwell


New Intranet for Worcestershire Practice Staff 

The new Worcestershire GP Portal holds a wealth of information ranging from IQSP information to a range of useful documents. The new and improved intranet will combine content and functionality, providing the work related information you need easy to find.

Access the Worcestershire GP Portal here

Single login for multiple users

There will be one user log in as the system allows multiple logins at a time, please use log in details below:

Username: MemberPractices
Password: Portal1

Please be aware that moving forward existing intranets will no longer be updated.

If you have any suggestions, or if there is anything we can add please let us know by emailing:

Cardiology out-patient clinics at Evesham Community Hospital

From 29 September 2016 out-patient Cardiology Clinics at Evesham Community Hospital have  been increased to weekly clinics, run by Dr Williams Roberts, Consultant Cardiologist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The weekly clinic sessions are on Thursday afternoons. Referrals for the clinic should be sent to Dr W Roberts at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The increased clinic sessions from alternate weeks to weekly aim to improve access and reduce waiting times for patients.

Dementia Enhanced Service Post Payment Verification (PPV) Check 

Practices that received payment for the Dementia Enhanced Service in 2015/16 and have completed assessments above the national average of 0.98%, will be contacted by NHS England and asked to complete a brief form. This is part of a routine PPV exercise and your support would be appreciated, as there will be a fairly quick turnaround requested.

If you have any queries please contact england.gp-contracting@nhs.net or contact Carol McNeil – 0113 825 1680.

Prescribing Top Tips

Prescribing policy and patient information leaflets

A Countywide Worcestershire Prescribing Policy has now been approved and is available on the APC website. It can be found on the prescribing resources for clinicians section of the website. A link to the document can also be found here. 

This document relates to prescribing in Worcestershire and has been approved by all three Worcestershire CCGs. It outlines the expectations for NHS prescribing and details standards that all prescribers are expected to adhere to. It includes sections on the NHS provision of medicines for extended travel abroad, prescribing of travel vaccines, prescribing of unlicensed medicines and prescribing following a private consultation.

To help manage patient expectations two CCG branded patient letters are available:

This is information that can be given to patients prior to a private consultation and could be included in any information sent to the consultant. 

  • Unlicensed medicines information for patients

This provides guidance to patients around GP NHS prescribing of unlicensed medicines such as health supplements and herbal medications.

If you have any suggestions for inclusion in the 'Top Tips' then please send them to Anne.kingham@worcestershire.nhs.uk

MND study day 

Coventry and Warwickshire MND Networks are hosting an MND study day on Thursday 24 November at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton.

Topics for the day are MND & Cognitive Change, Oral Hygiene and MND & Sexuality.

Please click the link below for more information, and to register your place.


For queries about registration and payment please contact our Conference team on 01604 611696.

Save the date - Worcester Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) Primary Care Workforce Event

Worcester Racecourse - 29 November 2016 6.00pm - 8.30pm (food and refreshments will be served)


6.00pm – Registration, networking and refreshments
(food will be available)

6.30pm – Welcome and introduction
Simon Rumley, Jane Perry (TBC)  and Karen Storey

6.45pm – Physican Associate’s
Janina Iwaszko

7.15pm - Pre-reg placements
Robert Dudley and Caroline Donley

7.45pm – Fundamentals in GPN
Karen Mayne and Lorna Hollowood

8.15pm – Next steps and Q&A
Simon Rumley

8.30pm – Close

Please let Louise Folkes know if you wish to attend.

Making the most of social prescribing in Worcestershire

Worcestershire's next Health and Wellbeing Board event is being held on 14 December 2016 at Areley Kings, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 0NB.

This next event will explore how social prescribing can be further developed across the county.

Social prescribing is an approach that helps connect patients with voluntary and community organisations in order to improve their health and wellbeing. It focuses on enabling people to use their own assets and those within their local communities to build resilience, confidence and skills to manage long term health conditions, overcome problems that affect their health and wellbeing and much more. Social prescribing is a key part of our approach to prevention, self-care and the management of long term conditions.

There are many different approaches to social prescribing both locally and nationally using different referral systems and focusing on different patient groups. This event will provide an opportunity to consider how we build on current local and national best practice in developing social prescribing at scale across the county.

You will receive confirmation of your place within two weeks of the event with your delegate pack.

To reserve a place at the event please register by Friday 25 November 2016  by emailing GWhistlecraft@worcestershire.gov.uk with your name and area of work/service(s) provided by your organisation.

Innovative doctors invited to join unique training programme

Health education leaders in England are calling for the country’s most innovative and forward-thinking junior doctors to apply for a unique national training programme.

Integrated Clinical Entrepreneur Training, developed and managed by NHS England and Health Education England, is designed to keep the most forward-thinking, entrepreneurial clinicians within this country, bringing the benefit of cutting-edge new treatments and care pathways to the patients who need it – and keeping the money generated within the British economy. 

More information is available here.

West Midlands Leadership Academy Regional Leadership Recognition Awards 2016/17

The 2016/17 NHS Leadership Regional Recognition Awards are open for nominations via this website.

The NHS Regional Leadership Recognition Awards recognise great leadership at every level in the NHS, They celebrate leaders at all levels and across all professions who have ultimately improved people’s health, the public’s experience of the NHS and those leaders who we are truly proud to work alongside. 

Nominations close on Friday 30 December 2016.

University of Worcester workshops

The University of Worcester currently have two dates for the following workshops:

More information, including how to book on to one of the workshops, can be found by clicking on the above links.

16 Days of Action - Programme ADVANCE

Following on from the recent invite distributed for the ‘16 days of action against gender-based violence’ launch event, here is some information about a new project that the university is undertaking in partnership with Kings College London; namely, programme ADVANCE.

Although there is a session scheduled on 25 November, we would like to take a moment to introduce you to the project and invite all interested parties to attend the information session closing the launch event scheduled on the 25 November (view the event programme).

Programme ADVANCE is a National Institute Health of Research (NIHR) funded project developing an integrated intervention that will target Domestic Abuse and substance use. In total, it will run for 60-months in both the West Midlands and London. The focus of the programme is to develop an integrated intervention to reduce domestic abuse by male perpetrators attending substance misuse treatment. Subsequently, the primary outcome of this will be to reduce survivor’s depressive symptoms, whilst improving their quality of life and safety. The session scheduled for 25 November will consist of a brief overview of a multi-agency learning alliance that we wish to develop in informing and steering this exciting, large-scale, multi-disciplinary project.

We urge all interested parties to come along to the information session, meet the team and get acquainted with the project, but in the meantime, if you have any queries or would like more information on the project please contact the project research assistant, Amy Johnson (a.johnson@worc.ac.uk).

OxyShop the new easy to use on-line Home Oxygen Ordering Service 

The Home Oxygen Regional contract management team are pleased to announce the roll out of OxyShop, our NHS on-line Home Oxygen ordering system. OxyShop will replace the current paper based system including the completion of Home Oxygen Order Forms (HOOFs).

The system will ensure easy, accurate ordering for you and your practice colleagues. You will be able to order Home Oxygen equipment and services for your patients at any time and in any location. Your order will be sent immediately to our regional supplier which will eliminate the need for printing, signing and faxing request forms. Information connected with the progress of your order will available via the OxyShop using overnight updates.

Go Live - 28 November 2016.

To ensure the smooth transition to this new Home Oxygen ordering system we will require you to create an account on OxyShop website. To create an account all users must have a current nhs.net e-mail address. To create an account click on the ‘create account’ button on the website sign in screen and follow the instructions.

OxyShop can be accessed via the following website address: www.oxyshop.org

Each GP or clinician within your practice, who orders Home Oxygen, will require their own user account to use the system.   By registering we will then ensure an account is available for use on the launch date.

The paper process will be phased out by 2 January 2017.

If you require any support please e-mail: oxyshop.service@nhs.net  or call 0121 612 2806/1675

All users must have an nhs.net e-mail account if you or any members of your practice team do not have an nhs.net e-mail account please contact your local IT support.


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