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Member Practice Update

10 October 2018

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:

Find out about local and national events and training here.

  • No specific Redditch and
    Bromsgrove news
  • No specific South Worcestershire news

Dementia Diagnosis Rates Reminder

Thank you to all the practices who have now run the EMIS searches and for confirming that your GPs are in the process of assessing identified patients.

We would like to encourage those practices who have not already submitted a response, to do so. There is a real benefit in running the dementia searches, as highlighted in the GP Bulletin on 19 September, doing so will enable us to have a clearer picture Countywide of where we are with our dementia diagnosis rates. Your support is crucial to ensure we have accurate data and funding was designated to complete this work following the last round of IQSP visits.
If you are experiencing any problems running the EMIS search or have any issues regarding case findings please contact Jeanette Howes.

STP Stroke Services

As you may be aware, the STP has been reviewing stroke services across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to identify potential clinically sustainable and resilient service models.

Further details of the work undertaken to date is available in this briefing.

If you have any queries please get in touch via this email address.

Enhanced Clinical triage support for Paramedics on scene with patients

Now that West Midlands Integrated Urgent Care Alliance has had an embedding period with the first Clinical Assessment Service (CAS) of its kind, they are looking to expand the service, with a view to reducing pressure on the wider healthcare economy by reducing ED attendances and ambulance conveyances to hospital.

This joint work with West Midlands Ambulance Service, is critical as the fast approach the winter months of 2018.

Phase one of this development is the facility for WMAS paramedics on scene, to seek clinical advice from a GP via a dedicated phone line, accessed by the crews pressing *5 on their handset. We want to have regional access to this system by 1 December 2018.

Read more.

Prescribing Top Tip

This week we bring you a summary of the Medicines Commissioning News and top tips from July to September 2018.

Access the summary here.

Now We're Talking

A new campaign to encourage men to talk about and seek support for mental health has been launched across the county this week.

Called Now We’re Talking, it aims to raise awareness of Worcestershire Healthy Minds, a self-referral service run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust for local people aged 16+ experiencing common mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression. It’s estimated these sorts of issues affect around 50,000 people in Worcestershire alone.

As well as raising awareness of the local service available, the campaign will encourage people to support their mental wellbeing, to talk and open up about mental health and, working with Time to Change partners, will contribute to the aim of reducing the stigma around mental health.

Find out more about the campaign here.

FGM Materials

The Home Office launched a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign on 5 October, which will be running for eight weeks as part of the commitment to tackling this crime and protecting vulnerable women and girls.

The campaign will support on-going work to tackle FGM, which includes an on-going programme of outreach by the Home Office’s FGM Unit, work with law enforcement bodies, and working with partners to help ensure the Government’s response is as effective as it can be.

The campaign seeks to help prevent FGM by changing attitudes among affected communities through raising awareness of the negative long-term health consequences of FGM. The campaign also encourages communities to report via the NSPCC’s FGM helpline.

Download the information pack and posters here.

ANP Opportunity - Church Street Surgery

We are looking to recruit a committed, enthusiastic, highly motivated ANP to join us at Church Street  Surgery, Kidderminster – part of the Wyre Forest Health Partnership - Development is actively encouraged and supported

You will work as part of a supportive, enthusiastic and friendly clinical team for up to 37.5 hours per week with the opportunity to work at our other practices across the Wyre Forest Health Partnership.

For further details or an informal chat please contact s.hookes@nhs.net or call 01562 757201.

Wyre Forest Locality News:

Pregnancy Termination Services in Wyre Forest

Please see updated information regarding Termination of Pregnancy service providers commissioned by the Worcestershire CCGs and available to patients of Wyre Forest GP Practices. The current pathway for patients under the remit of Wyre Forest CCG is that they obtain access to Termination of Pregnancy services via their GP Practice.

There are two commissioned Independent Sector providers available to your patients, as follows:

  • British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS)
  • Marie Stopes International (MSI)

Updated contact details and service information can be downloaded here.