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Member Practice Update

7 February 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. Update to the GP Contract Deal
  2. Coronavirus Updates
  3. PCN Training
  4. COPD App
  5. Workforce Update
  6. Podcast - Frailty Nurses
  7. H&W CCG Constitution 
  8. IQSP - Save The Date
  9. NHS App Webinar - 13th February
  10. CAMHS Stakeholder Events
  11. 3 Counties Medical School Clinicians Conference
  12. National Thrombosis Conferences 2020
  13. GPN Mentor Opportunity
  14. Salaried GP Advert

Find out about local and national events and training here

Redditch and Bromsgrove

South Worcestershire

Wyre Forest 


  • No Redditch & Bromsgrove news 
  • No Wyre Forest news
  • No Herefordshire news 

Update to the GP Contract Deal


NHS England and NHS Improvement and the BMA have agreed and jointly published an “Update to the GP contract agreement 2020/21 to 2023/24”. This agreement updates and enhances the existing five-year GP contract deal: Investment and Evolution.  

A summary of the changes can be found in the link, along with the updated documents.

Coronavirus Updates

New Public Information Campaign on Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Public Information
Public Health England: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) assets website 
Coronavirus: latest information and advice

Coronavirus – update on public facing materials

We have now received confirmation that the below PHE posters can be used in healthcare settings. Work is ongoing nationally to prepare bespoke materials for NHS organisations and we expect these very soon but the below posters can also be used. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you again for your patience and co-operation in what is a developing situation.

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Identifying and Tracking Potential Wuhan Coronavirus Infections

Sent on behalf of EMIS Health 

As you will be aware, the situation regarding the global outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus continues to evolve, and authorities worldwide are on high alert to identify and isolate any new cases. As a precautionary measure, EMIS Health are working closely with Public Health England and other national organisations to ensure that any potential infection is identified, recorded, and tracked.

To support this, the following EMIS National codes have been created to support the care and tracking of patients during this outbreak - these will be made available to you in an emergency MKB update (MKB 159.1.0) which we will be releasing as soon as possible, timescales will be published shortly:

  • Exposure to 2019-nCoV (Wuhan) infection
  • Suspected 2019-nCoV (Wuhan) infection
  • Tested for 2019-nCoV (Wuhan) infection
  • Confirmed 2019-nCoV (Wuhan) infection
  • Excluded 2019-nCoV (Wuhan) infection


EMIS has worked closely with the NHS Digital terminology service and all other GP Suppliers to ensure consistency of terms are being used across the UK. We have created EMIS National codes for the above terms (these will be automatically updated by EMIS when SNOMED-CT terms become available in the next few months). These terms will be made available in both Read and SNOMED CT EMIS Web systems.

Once the emergency MKB update has been patched out to all organisations, we will notify you of the release of a clinical template, to be triggered when patients are coded with influenza-like symptoms e.g. ‘Acute upper respiratory infection’. The template will allow you to quickly record relevant symptoms to evaluate the influenza-like illness and recent travel history that could suggest the patient may have symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus.

For practices connected to QSurveillance or RCGP Flu Surveillance Program, the Wuhan coronavirus codes will be included in the relevant extracts.

This work is being undertaken as a high priority, and further information will be provided as the situation progresses.

The latest UK government information and advice regarding coronavirus can be found here.


EMIS Health

PCN Training

PCN pharmacist training pathway and support for training for clinical supervisors

The Primary care pharmacy education pathway (PCPEP) is now open for bookings for the third cohort starting May 2020. The training pathway is mandatory for all NHS funded PCN pharmacists unless they are exempt. For more information about the pathway, how to enrol or to check exemption status please see the CPPE: Primary care pharmacy education pathway.

PCN pharmacists on the education pathway require a clinical supervisor in practice. An updated clinical supervisor handbook has been published: Handbook and training is available for clinical supervisors either as face to face or a webinar. If you have any queries about the pathway that you can’t find the answer to the website, please email CPPE Primary Care


As you are aware, myCOPD, a powerful self-management app designed by experts for patients and clinicians is now available across primary care in Redditch and Bromsgrove, South Worcestershire and Wyre Forest CCGs. The CCG’s have acquired licences through funding from NHSE. Practices can therefore access licences free of charge for their COPD patients who meet the criteria set by NHSE.

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Workforce Update

Sent on behalf of Dr Meeraj Shah, GPFV Workforce Clinical Lead for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

It has been 6 months since I was appointed as the GP Workforce lead for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. I thought it will be a good idea to share what the workforce team has accomplished and what our future plans are.

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Podcast - Frailty Nurses  

Sheinaz Stansfield on the role of the frailty nurse in general practice

It turns out there are more new roles that can be introduced into general practice than just those identified in the PCN-funded list. One of those missed by PCNs is a frailty nurse, and I find out in this week’s podcast how it works in a large practice in Gateshead and the impact it has had on the practice and its patients.  

Listen to the podcast 

H&W CCG Constitution 

Practice Sign-off Required by Friday 14th February 

As part of  the Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCGs’ merger into a single CCG from 1 April 2020 and the authorisation process put in place by NHSE/I, we are required to develop a new Constitution signed up to by all our member practices, which sets out how the CCG will operate. Please find the following documentation as a single, consolidated document:

  • Constitution – Sets out, in high level terms, the CCG’s operating model, structure and responsibilities
  • Appendix 2: Statutory Terms of Reference – The terms of reference of the CCG’s statutory committees; Audit Committee, Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Remuneration and Appointments Committee
  • Appendix 3: Standing Orders - Sets out the arrangements for meetings and the selection and appointment processes for the CCG’s Committees; and the CCG Governing Body
  • Appendix 4: Standing Financial Instructions - Sets out the delegated limits for financial commitments on behalf of the CCG.

This attachment was also circulated by email on 23rd January and we would be grateful if all practices could confirm that you’re happy to sign up to the constitution by no later than Friday 14 February.

We are of course happy to answer any questions you may have in relation to the document. Could any queries be directed to Tony Ciriello, Corporate Governance Manager in the first instance.

IQSP - Save The Date

Thursday 19th March – MSK & Chronic Pain Update Course

This is an IQSP Education Event, in Conjunction with Red Whale (GP Update)


The Bank House Hotel

– Registration 1:30 session will commence 2:00pm – 6:00pm

This is a free entry event for one GP from each Herefordshire and Worcestershire practice (standard fee for the day’s course is £225 per head)

Please note for Worcestershire GPs this is one of the IQSP/PCE Study Events so backfill funding has already been paid for one GP from each practice to attend. Once the free tickets have been allocated a number of spare tickets will be available at a subsidised fee of £80.

Please follow the link to book your tickets (allocated ticket and additional tickets) or use the link on the attached flyer.

Course flyer

NHS App Webinar - 13th February 

GP reception teams invited to NHS App webinar

A webinar is being held for GP reception staff to make them familiar with using the NHS App. 

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CAMHS Stakeholder Events

We are holding 4 Stakeholder events for professionals throughout the year and if you would like to learn more about our services including, BESTIE, SPA, CAST, REACH4WELLBEING, SPECIALIST CAMHS, CAMHS+ and CEDS, then you are welcome to join one of events, where key representatives from each of our services will be on hand to provide a ‘Walk through CAMHS’.

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3 Counties Medical School Clinicians Conference

Tuesday 17th March 5.45pm-8.30pm  
The Bank House Hotel

A symposium is planned on 17th March 2020 5.45pm-8:30pm at the Bank House Hotel, Bransford 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.  For more information, please see the flyer.

To book your place, please visit the link

National Thrombosis Conferences 2020

Belfast – Bristol – Cardiff – Glasgow - London - Manchester – Oxford

Thrombosis UK’s annual National Thrombosis conferences are being held across the UK between 1st – 21st May 2020.  

(VTE) remains a major disease burden resulting in premature death, long-term health issues and considerable cost to health services.

Working in collaboration with VTE leads and haematology specialist, the one-day events are open to all health care and allied professionals working in or with an interest in venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Each conference provides between 5-6 CPD credits and will include presentations and workshops covering many of following topics:

  • Hospital based VTE prevention and management
  • Ambulatory PE
  • Women’s health and VTE
  • The role of IVC filters in VTE
  • Preventing AF related stroke
  • Anticoagulation management in the community
  • Thrombosis prevention and management in cancer patients
  • Therapy updates, management in complex patient cohorts and reversal
  • Update from studies and guidelines
  • Learning from root cause analysis
  • Overcoming challenges in implementing learning from audit

We would be most grateful if you would circulate news of the conferences to all HCPs and allied professionals within your region. 

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Link to full details and registration

GPN Mentor Opportunity 

Our Mentoring Support Teams are expanding!

Mentor Opportunities for General Practice Nurses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Building on our existing Mentoring Support for GPs and Practice Managers, we are planning to expand the scheme to include General Practice Nurses. The Mentoring Support teams run in conjunction with our General Practice Support Teams.

Are you an experienced General Practice Nurse who has an interest in mentoring? Would you be interested in supporting your peers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire? If you answer yes to both of these questions, we have an opportunity that you may wish to consider. 

We are looking to recruit a small group of General Practice Nurses to provide support to Nurses with regard to career and personal development, as part of our Mentoring support scheme.

Commitment required from Mentors - will be dependent on each request, each mentee will be offered 3 x 1 hour sessions. Support will be time-limited and no longer than 3 months.

Reimbursement – GPN Mentors will be reimbursed an hourly rate, either via their practice or if via self-employment.

Training available – ½ day Mentor Training session delivered by  Dr  Patricia Houlston and Dr Gilly Cooper. Lunch and refreshments will be available, as well as backfill for attendance at the training. 

Date of training: 

Thursday 2nd April 2020
Bank House Hotel

What we require from you - If you are interested in being part of this scheme, please complete the expression of interest form and send to sowoccg.workforce@nhs.net by 28th February 2020. You must be able to attend the above training date to become a mentor. 


Salaried GP Advert

Would you like to join a friendly, supportive and close-knit team to provide high quality care to the local Redditch community? If so, come and join us!

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Tri Service Launch Date 

13th February 2020

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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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.