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Member Practice Update

17 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
  • No specific Wyre Forest news

Flu Vaccines

We are aware that a number of practices have insufficient flu vaccines ordered. 

The manufacturers have additional supplies which you can order directly via the below order form. We know that delivery dates are not running smoothly, but unfortunately we have no influence over this.

Order form
Flu programme delivery guidance
Planning flu clinics

Colorectal 2WW Patient Pathway

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is looking to roll-out nurse led triage and FIT testing across the county to improve the colorectal 2 week wait patient pathway. A nurse led triage model was introduced in South Worcestershire to review all 2 week wait referrals, identifying those patients who can go straight to investigation or need to be seen in clinic. The Acute Trust will be expanding this across the county and additional specialist nurses are now in place to support the rollout from November 2018.

A video outlining the changes is available here.

If you have any questions regarding the changes, please do not hesitate to contact Deb Nicol, Colorectal Surgeon (deborahnicol@nhs.net) or Anita Roberts (anitaroberts@nhs.net

Save the Date

IQSP – Clinical Study Day Wednesday 16 January 2019 at the Pear Tree, Smite
9am – 5pm (PCE/IQSP Funded event – 1 GP per practice)

Morning:  Frailty – Past, Present and Future Planning
Afternoon:  Secondary Care breakout sessions  

Further details will follow.

Mental Health Urgent Care Services Review

Message sent on behalf of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

The trust is undertaking a review of Mental Health Urgent Care Services and they would like feedback on the service.

They're keen to hear from anyone that has had contact with the services to get a better view of what works well and what could be done better.

There's an event organised, that is open to anyone to pop along and give their opinion:

Tuesday 13 November
Waitrose, 223 Londong Road, Worcester, WR5 2JG

For any enquiries, please contact Kerry Beaumont by calling 01905 760854 or via email kerrybeaumont@nhs.net.

This poster is available to put up in your practice to advertise the event.

Now We're Talking

As advertised in last week's MPU, a new campaign has launched across the county to encourage men to talk about and seek support for mental health issues.

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.

Some slides are now available to explain more.

Prescribing Top Tip

Use of Salbutamol Inhalers in Schools

According to Asthma UK, 86% of children with asthma have at some time been without an inhaler at school having forgotten, lost or broken it; or the inhaler having run out.

Parents may request extra inhaler prescriptions from practices, for possible “emergency” use by their children whilst on school premises. These requests can be driven by the school’s medicines policy.

Whilst all such requests should be considered on an individual basis, and any measures or policies that schools may introduce to facilitate access to emergency asthma medication should be broadly welcomed, it may be worth highlighting to schools that a change in legislation- that they may not be aware of - could help them discharge their duty of care without the need for extra prescriptions.

From 1 October 2014 the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2014 allowed schools to obtain salbutamol inhalers for use in emergencies, without a prescription. Salbutamol inhalers and compatible spacers can now be purchased by schools directly from community pharmacies.

 A supplier will need a request signed by the principal or head teacher (ideally on appropriately headed paper) stating:

  • The name of the school for which the product is required;
  • The purpose for which that product is required, and
  • The total quantity required.

Prior to this amendment it was illegal for schools to hold “spare” salbutamol inhalers for emergency use by pupils whose own inhaler was not available, without a prescription.

Department of Health (DOH) guidance detailing the rationale behind the legislative change and their subsequent recommendations can be found here. It should be noted that the underpinning legislation is permissive and not prescriptive; schools do not have to follow these DOH recommendations.
If you have any suggestions for inclusion in the 'Top Tips' then please send them to akingham@nhs.net

Do Do Do you want to get involved?

Would any practices like to take part in the creation of a health version of the ‘Baby Shark’ song?

For any of you that are lucky enough to not be aware of baby shark it is a children’s song about a family of sharks.

The aim of this is to raise awareness of health services to promote during this winter period.

Requirements:The whole practice must be onboard to be filmed and sing a verse. This will be shared on different social media channels. Filming will take place in your practice on the week commencing 22 October. If you can accommodate this in your practice and would like to take part, please email worcs.comms@nhs.net

Primary Care Digital Transformation Conferences

In November and December, NHS England’s Primary Care Digital Transformation Team will be holding its second round of regional conferences.
The events will have separate streams which will include:

  • The clinical benefits and processes from new and emerging technologies in general practice
  • Engagement around the new GP IT Operating Model which is scheduled for publication in April 2019.

The events will run from 10am to 1pm, after which there will be opportunities for one-to-one and specific topic-led discussions. Please indicate on the booking form if there are additional issues you wish to discuss.

There are six events across the country and although regionally located, you can attend whichever is the most convenient for you.

To book please go to: www.events.england.nhs.uk/regional-primary-care-digital-transformation-conferences-november-december-2018