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Member Practice Update

23 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 

General Practice IT Newsletter - May 2018   

The May edition of the GP IT Newsletter is now available. It covers:

  • Qrisk
  • Huddle
  • Printers
  • Online Consultations
  • IT disposals
  • Monitors
  • GP Server Refresh
  • EMIS Top Tip
  • GP WiFi
  • Telephony
  • Docman 10
  • N3 replacement

Download it here.

Use your EMIS Anywhere Laptop to access Docman 10 remotely    

If you work at a GP Practice who have recently migrated to Docman 10 here is an online 'Knowledge Base' (please note this document will not open in older versions of Internet Explorer) to show you how you can utilise your EMIS Anywhere laptop to access Docman 10.
We would also 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.

Channel Panel Vacancy   

The Prevent Strategy Group is seeking an interested General Practitioner to become a member of the Channel panel.

The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Channel forms a key part of the Prevent strategy. The process is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

Download guidance.

Please contact Paul Kinsella, Public Health Practitioner Worcestershire County Council, tel 01905 846550 or Jez Newell Safeguarding Adult Lead for the CCGs, mobile no 07730 029810 if you would like more information about this role.

Prescribing Top Tip 

Prescribing of Calcium & Ergocalciferol Tablets

Calcium & Ergocalciferol tablets have historically been used to treat simple deficiency of vitamin D, however this product is non-formulary and represents poor value when compared to our preferred calcium & vitamin D preparations such as Calci-D® or Adcal D3. ®   

The NHS list prices of Calcium & Ergocalciferol tablets relative to comparator products as of May 18 are given in the table below:


NHS Price (DT/MIMS May 18)

Licensed Daily Dose

Cost/28 Days

Vitamin D Content per Licensed Daily Dose

Calcium & Ergocalciferol

£21.28  (28)

1 daily


10mcg (400 units)

Chewable tablets

£3.65 (56)

1 twice daily


20mcg (800 units)

Adcal- D3®  Caplets

£2.95 (112)

2 twice daily


20mcg (800 units)

Chewable tablets

£2.25 (28)

1 daily


25mcg (1000 units)

A UKMI document, hosted on the Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) website, located here states that colecalciferol (vitamin D2) is the treatment of choice in vitamin D deficiency.  All preferred vitamin D Worcestershire formulary lines contain colecalciferol rather than ergocalciferol (vitamin D3).

Note however that supplements containing colecalciferol are obtained from animal sources (usually as a by-product of wool fat) and are not suitable for strict vegetarians.

Practices are advised to review patients receiving courses of Calcium & Ergocalciferol. If continued prescribing is appropriate then a more cost-effective brand should be used.

Based on 12 month’s prescribing to the end of March 18, a 100% switch to Calci-D would generate savings throughout Worcestershire of £17,737 as detailed in the table below:


Total Actual Cost of Calcium & Ergocalciferol

Equivalent Cost of Calci-D®

Savings based on 100% switch to Calci-D®

















If you have any suggestions for inclusion in the 'Top Tips' then please send them to akingham@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.  

For all sessions:

Registration: 13:00
Training session: 13:30 - 16:30 at the following venues:

  • Thursday 26 July 2018 - Hume Street Medical Centre, Kidderminster
  • Wednesday 5 September 2018 - Barnsley Hall, Bromsgrove
  • Wednesday 21 November 2018 - Upton Surgery      

To  ensure your training is up to date please email Rebecca Inman to book a place.

GP Vacancies  

We've received a flurry of job adverts following the advert in last week's update.

As a reminder this update only goes out to GP surgeries in Worcestershire and not circulated any wider.

Barn Close Surgery:

Barn Close Surgery are looking for:

  • A Permanent salaried GP for 6-8 sessions per week. Starting 1 June 2018, but will wait for the right candidate.
  • A Maternity Locum from 8 October 2018 until 30 April 2019

Find out more.

Church Street Surgery:

Church Street Surgery is looking for:

  • A Salaried GP, 6-8 sessions per week

Find out more here.

Cornhill Surgery:

Cornhill Surgery is looking for:

  • An enthusiastic, highly motivated and dedicated Partner and/or Salaried GP to join our friendly, supportive and successful GMS practice. (8 Sessions / Partner)

Find out more.

St Johns Surgery

St Johns Surgery is looking for:

  • A Full Time Partnership Position.

Find out more.

St Stephen’s Medical Partnership

St Stephen’s Medical Partnership is looking for:

  • GP or 5-8 sessions in a friendly, supportive 13 doctor training practice over 2 sites

Find out more.