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Member Practice Update

  25 July 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 & Bromsgrove specific news

NHS CHC Fast Track Funding Guidance for GP’s:

  • NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is NHS money that covers the full cost of care for people who meet certain criteria in terms of their health needs as opposed to social care needs, and will therefore not be required to contribute to their care costs.
  • Within CHC Funding there is a ‘Fast Track’ process to get appropriate health based funding and care in place within 48 hours or less to support the rapidly deteriorating patient.
  • Fast Track is for periods of rapid deterioration at any stage in life. After all, you don’t necessarily know if a person is about to reach end of life – even though they may be rapidly deteriorating.

A snapshot of NHS CHC National Framework guidance in relation to Fast Track Funding states...

  • “Individuals with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase…”
  • “The completed Fast Track Tool should be supported by a prognosis, if available. However, strict time limits that base eligibility on some specified expected length of life remaining should not be imposed…”
  • “The purpose of the Fast Track Tool is to ensure that individuals with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase are supported in their preferred place of care as quickly as possible.”

How can we ensure this happens for patients that fit these criteria?

  • Complete the short form with as much detail to support the decision as possible and send to your CCG CHC team.
  • Gain the input and support of your Community Nurses within the Neighbourhood Teams
  • Contact the CCG CHC Department for advice, guidance and support on: 01905 681975


Safeguarding Adults Guidance:

Please see a link below to some recently published guidance from the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) as part of the learning from a SAR relating to the death of an individual who left a care environment without those responsible knowing.

It sets out what providers should consider within their own policy and procedure frameworks if an unsafe exit from a place of a care is identified. 

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board Guidance (link may not work properly in internet explorer)

Working Together to Safeguard Children - Statutory Guidance:

The statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018 and related documents have now been published. The documents have been produced over a number of years from the Wood Review in 2016 through the passing of legislation in the Children and Social Work Act, 2017; a consultation late last year and regulations being commenced last Friday 29 June 2018.
Now published is:

Breast pain leaflet:

Following on from Spring 2018 IQSP visits please find below an updated copy of the Breast Pain Information Sheet. Please pass to patients if required.

Access it here.

Medicines Commissioning News:

The July issue of Medicines Commissioning News is now available to read.

Access it here.


Be Clear on Cancer - Blood in Pee campaign:


Public Health England is re-running the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign (19 July - 23 September 2018). The aim is to raise public awareness of visible haematuria – a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancer – and encourage those who notice this symptom to see their GP without delay.

Commissioner and provider organisations can find out more, sign up for early notifications and order free resources from the Campaign Resource Centre. Resources include print materials and digital assets for usage on websites and social media. For bulk orders please email partnerships@phe.gov.uk

Books On Prescription:

We are pleased to announce that all our booklists have been updated and formatted and are ready to download and use from the link below.

Two new categories have been added “Domestic abuse” on the general book collection and “Postnatal depression” on the Children and Family book collection. Books have been added as a direct result of clinician input. If you have any suggestions please contact David.

All books are held in the public library and can be borrowed either as a prescription or self loan.

Book Collections include:

  • General Collection (now including Pain Management)
  • Children and Families book collection for parents and children      
  • Dementia Collection
  • Carers Collection

Some titles include:

  • “Self-Esteem for boys”
  • “The compassionate mind approach to postnatal depression”
  • “Living with the dominator”
  • “Mindful way through depression”
  • “What can I do to help”
  • “Still Alice”

If you would like a prescription pad, have any book recommendations or would like to join the steering group please contact David.Chamberlain2@nhs.net

For further details and full book lists please click here.

GP Recruitment:

GP Surgeries across Worcestershire are currently looking to recruit staff. find out more:

Thorneloe Lodge Surgery, Worcester

Salaried GP
6 - 8 Sessions per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Salaried GP to join our friendly, supportive and successful practice. We are a GMS practice based in the City of Worcester which is vibrant and historic with great motorway access and excellent housing.

For further information, please contact Mrs Gill Yip, Practice and Business Manager gill.yip@nhs.net or 01905 722802

Tenbury Wells Surgery:

Tenbury Wells Surgery is looking to recruit a salaried doctor to complement our team of 5 doctors either on a salaried or with a view to partnership basis.

We are looking to cover 4–8 sessions a week and are very flexible on days and times.

Set in tranquil surrounding countryside, Tenbury has 9,400 patients is a very friendly successful teaching practice for Keele University. There is an opportunity to develop personal interests including teaching if you wish and we also provide weekday cover for our local community hospital.

We are very child friendly and happy to accommodate hours to suit. The role can offer a range of responsibilities and associated generous rates of remuneration.

For more information please contact Stephen Andrews, Practice Manager, stephenandrews1@nhs.net
Main number 01584 810343

South Worcestershire & Wyre Forest Practice News:

PEARS Information:

PEARS is an NHS funded service available to all patients registered with a South Worcestershire or Wyre Forest GP. The service provides patients experiencing recently occurring medical eye conditions with appropriate treatment closer to home.

The service is provided by local Optometrists with the specialist knowledge and skills to carry out this work at a locally approved Opticians.

Find out more.