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Member Practice Update

28 March 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

GDPR Advisory Note

The CCG received the following message this week from NHSE regarding GDPR. It provides some useful information on the GDPR changes and what they mean.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to replace the existing Data Protection Act on 25 May 2018. A general practice advisory note has been put together drawing on already published guidance. The general practice advice can be accessed via this link to the Information Governance Alliance website.

Additional information on GDPR can also be found below:

Information Commissioner’s Office’s website
Information Governance Alliance website 

If there are practices that would like to attend a GDPR awareness training session, please email Denise Horton at dhorton@nhs.net to express interest.

Pathway for referrals to the Paediatric Epilepsy Service

This is a dedicated Paediatric Epilepsy Service with an Epilepsy Specialist Nurse.

The clinic is NOT Choose and Book, so please refer directly to Dr Mary Hanlon or Andrew Gallagher.

The pathway also informs you of our interface with Community Paediatrics and Tertiary Neurology services (which includes the Complex Epilepsy Service at BCH) and Transition services to adults both for children in mainstream education and those in special schools.

View  the pathway here.

Older Adult Mental Health Service Redesign

Sent on behalf of Emma Webber, Community Services Manager, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

We are now approaching the go live date of 3 April 2018 for our redesigned Older Adult Mental Health Service. Many of you will be aware of the changes to the service through our attendance at your GP meetings.

Important information for you:

  • We are continuing to be called an Older Adult CMHT and we will still have locality psychiatrists.
  • Referrals need to be sent through to the existing SPA for Adult Mental Health. The referral form has been updated after consultation with your GP leads and will be updated onto EMIS and ready to use from 3 April.
  • We will have 3 pathways:
  • Mental Health Needs Pathway (functional)
  • Complex Dementia Care (dementia)
  • Dementia Assessment Support Team (diagnostic pathway including the former EIDS team)
  • These pathways will continue to consist of nurses, OTs, SWs, support workers and psychiatrists.
  • We will review the impact of service redesign and keep you updated through the CCG locality meetings.

Many thanks for your continued support and we look forward to working with you within our new model.

Consultation on the re-procurement of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The current NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Framework Agreement was put in place in April 2016 and expires in March 2019. NHS England is now consulting on proposals relating to the re-procurement of the NHS DPP Framework from November 2018 running for three years with the option to extend for a further year.

The online survey for primary care and local health economies to share their views with us is now open. These surveys are open until 30 April 2018.

Diabetes UK is leading on the public consultation which is open for patients and the public to contribute to until May 2018.

Medicines Commissioning News

The latest edition of Medicines Commissioning News is now available to read.

This month it focuses on the prescribing of products for hay fever that are available over the counter.

Access the newsletter here.

Worcestershire community transport  

There are a range of community transport options available in Worcestershire, many of which offer services to help patients access health services across the county.

A slide has been developed for use on any screens that you may have in your practice, to ensure people are aware of these services and to know how to contact their local scheme.

The slide is available here.

Clinical service developments in Gloucestershire

As a number of practices refer patients to Gloucestershire's two main hospitals; Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, we thought it would be useful to keep you up-to-date about developments and changes to services, pathways and referral routes in that area.

NHS Gloucestershire CCG produces a regular bulletin for GPs and Practice Managers, which can be accessed here. The G-Care website for clinicians also contains details of clinical guidance, referral forms, local pathways and patient leaflets and this site can be accessed here.