[Skip to content]

Enter search here...
Member Practice Update

16 May 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 Redditch and Bromsgrove specific news 

  • No South Worcestershire specific news   
  • No Wyre Forest specific news 

CAS Alert - Influenza Season 2017/18  

The most recent surveillance data from Public Health England (PHE) indicates that circulation of influenza in the community has returned to baseline levels.

GPs and other prescribers working in primary care should no longer prescribe antiviral medicines, for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza on an FP10 prescription form. Community pharmacists should no longer supply antiviral medicines in primary care, on presentation of an FP10 prescription form.

This is in accordance with NICE guidance and Schedule 2 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of drugs etc) Regulations 2004), commonly known as the Grey List or Selected List Scheme (SLS).

Find out more

Sepsis in paediatrics - A case based guide for clinicians  

A new learning package aimed at improving the rates of accurate diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in children has been launched by Health Education England (HEE).

Find out more.

GP Retention Scheme  

As we work collectively to address the sizable workforce targets we face, the GP Retention Scheme provides an opportunity to help retain our GPs within our practices.

This scheme is beneficial for GPs looking to reduce their hours due to parental or other carer responsibilities, reduce their hours later in their career or if they wish to reduce their hours due to other work commitments (either inside or outside of general practice). It can help them to find a practice which has suitable working hours available. These Retained GPs (RGPs) may work between one and four sessions per week and may be on the scheme for up to five years with an annual review each year to ensure that they remain eligible.

The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice employing them by offering financial support in recognition of the fact that this role is different to a 'regular' salaried GP post.

The retained GP will be offered an annual allowance as indicated in the table below. All of this money (aside from tax and national insurance deductions) is to be passed on to the retained GP. The practice must not make deductions for any other reason.

Annualised sessions*

Number of sessions per week

Bursary payment per annum £

Fewer than 104












Practices employing a retained GP will be able to claim an allowance relating to the number of sessions for which the GP is engaged. For each session a retained GP works, the practice can claim a payment of £76.92. As an example, a practice will be eligible to claim £16,000 per year for a retained GP undertaking four sessions per week. This allowance will be paid for all sessions including sick leave, annual leave and educational leave where the retained GP is being paid by the practice.

Practices interested in further information can find it at the following links:

Prescribing Top Tip  

This week’s prescribing tip is a summary document of prescribing tips and Medicines Commissioning Newsletters (Jan - April 2018).

Download here.

Training Opportunities   

Mandatory Level 3 Safeguarding Adults and MCA Training

These sessions are for Safeguarding Adults and Mental Capacity Act Training at Level 3, in order to satisfy the requirements under the Care Act of the CCG, CQC and NHS England. They are being held at the following venues on the dates shown.

The sessions will take place from 13:00 until 17:00.

  • Thursday 7 June - Barnsley Hall, Bromsgrove
  • Wednesday 1 August - The Coach House, Worcester
To ensure your training is up to date please email Jessica Bryant: rbccg.centralbusinesssupport@nhs.net

Level 3 Safeguarding Children Training

Do you need Level 3 Safeguarding Children Training  for your role?  (For example, GPs, Safeguarding Lead GPs, Practice Nurses, Midwives).
Its recommended that clinicians requiring Level 3 Safeguarding Children Training should do an element of ‘face to face’ training(Intercollegiate  Document 2014).

Sessions delivering Safeguarding Children Training at Level 3 are being held on the below dates and times: 

  • Wednesday 5 September - Barnsley Hall, Bromsgrove
  • Wednesday 21 November - Upton Surgery

Registration: 13:00
Training session: 13:30 - 16:30
To ensure your training is up to date please email Rebecca Inman at rbccg.centralbusinesssupport@nhs.net

Prevent and Domestic Abuse Sessions: 

Thursday 16 August - POWCH, Bromsgrove                                                

To book a place: please email Jessica Bryant at rbccg.centralbusinesssupport@nhs.net

Unsure about Safeguarding requirements?

Find out more.

Safeguarding Adults, Prevent (WRAP) and Prevent, Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding Adults Level 3 training can all contribute to the total hours required for Safeguarding Adults competencies at Level 3 for GPs and other clinical staff over the three year period.

In addition, training in Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards will assist in evidencing the GP practices compliance with Regulation 11 of the Health &Social Care Act 2008, Regulations 2014. A further tranche of training in MCA/DoLS will be launched in the New Year, along with a link to a protocol which practices may wish to download to EMIS in order to evidence compliance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
The Prevent and Domestic Abuse sessions are schedules to take place from 13:00-17:00. If you have already attended Domestic Abuse Training you may wish to leave after the Prevent Training. Please indicate when booking which session/s you will be attending.

To achieve the required competences and in line with NHSE guidance, all clinicians with direct contact with patients must evidence attendance at the face to face WRAP (Prevent) training in addition to eLearning module which must bear completed by all non clinical practice staff.


Mobile Working Survey  

Calling all clinicians.

We would be extremely grateful if you would complete the mobile working survey which we have collaborated on with Egton. 
Please follow this link to take part.
The results will be used to improve services and will be published alongside a collaborative case study.
Thanks in advance for taking part.

Pathology User Survey Reminder 

The pathology user survey is open and can be accessed here, It closes at the end of May.

Thank you to those of you who have already taken the time to complete this. For those who haven't, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide your feedback on the service.

Salaried GP Required 

Due to retirement, we are looking for an enthusiastic salaried GP to join our friendly, happy hardworking practice.

You could be joining our very experienced clinical team working 4-8 sessions a week.

You will be extremely well supported by both administrative staff and your clinical colleagues including three excellent nurse practitioners who see and treat the majority of same day patients.

You will be working in a new purpose built surgery with great facilities.

We are a forward thinking progressive practice with a long history of training and innovation.

For more information or to apply contact Dr Tony De Cothi

Northumberland House Surgery
Hume Street Medical Centre
Hume Street
DY11 6SF


Closing date: 31 May 2018.

Suicide Prevention Programme Manager NHS AfC: Band 8b  

We are seeking to appoint a Suicide Prevention Programme Manager to join the Midlands and East Regional Transformation Team, based in Victoria House in Fulbourn, as either a fixed term or secondment position until 31 March 2019.

Find out more

Patient Online webinar for GPs and practice nurses  

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is hosting a free webinar about how Patient Online access can support End of Life care. It will be of interest to GPs and practice nurses who are involved in end of life care and will cover:

  1. How the practice can use Patient Online record access to support End of Life Care
  2. How it can help family members or carers support patients at the end of life.
  3. Understand where Patient Online record access can complement Electronic Palliate Care Coordination Systems

The webinar is on 16 May 13:00 - 14:00.

You can register here