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Member Practice Update

3 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

GP Participation/Reporting Form for clinical risk template letters seasonal flu 2018/19

GP Participation/Reporting Form for clinical risk template letters seasonal flu 2018/19.

NHS England would like to invite GP’s to participate in a GP Personalised Flu Invite Letter Enhanced Service for the 2018/19 flu programme.

The scheme will require the practice to send a personalised invitation letter to patients in specific clinical risk groups. There will be a payment of £1.50 for every letter sent.

There is a single form for agreeing to participate in the scheme and for providing the activity data once all letters have been sent out. The form should been completed fully to enable payment to be made. The completed form should be returned to england.phadmin@nhs.net on or before 5pm on 16 November 2018.

Please see the following attachments:

Changes to online safeguarding form 

Please note that the reporting of safeguarding concerns has now been changed on the Worcestershire Council website.

Find out more here: https://capublic.worcestershire.gov.uk/AdultsSafeguardingConcern

IQSP - 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.


Clarification regarding safeguarding training highlighted in the 5 September Members Practice Update  

We would like to clarify the use of the word mandatory in an item posted in the Members Practice Update dated 5 September. In that edition there was a piece headed Mandatory Training related to some Safeguarding and Prevent training being offered. 

This has caused some confusion within the practices, we would like to clarify that attendance at these sessions is NOT mandatory. The title was meant to highlight these sessions as an option to practices to complete any mandatory training needs they have.

Our apologies for the confusion this may have caused.

Redditch Maternity Services Hub - Launch

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Local Maternity System are delighted to announce the launch of the Redditch Maternity Services HUB. This service will be offering new ways of delivering antenatal, postnatal and community outpatient care close to home.

They hope that you can join them on Thursday 18 October 2018 to celebrate the opening and to find out more about the services on offer. You will find all the details you need in this invitation

Please circulate the invitation to any colleagues who may also be interested in attending.

Prescribing Top Tip 

Availability of Travoprost 40mcg Eye Drops

Generic preparations of travoprost 40mcg eye drops 2.5ml are now widely available, following the patent expiry of Travatan®. The current NHS list prices of travoprost compared to Travatan® are listed below:


NHS List Price

Travatan ® Eye Drops 2.5ml

£10.95 (Mims Sept 18)

Travoprost Eye Drops 2.5ml

£6.11 (Drug Tariff Sept 18, category M)

Travoprost is not currently listed as a prescribing “brand to generic” switch in the PCE contract, since the price reduction occurred too late in the year. Switching to the generic product therefore offers additional opportunities for practices to reduce prescribing variation.

Based on 12 month’s prescribing to July 2018, a 100% switch to generic travoprost could deliver the following savings throughout the Worcestershire CCGs:


Current spend on Travatan®

Savings opportunity over 12 months

Redditch & Bromsgrove



South Worcestershire



Wyre Forest






A prescribing message has been activated on the Optimise Rx® prescribing support software to direct prescribers to the generic product.

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

GP Forward View Bulletin 

The latest Midlands and East GP Forward View Bulletin is now available, including features on:

  • How patients in Herefordshire are benefiting from 100% access to GP services at evenings and weekends
  • The ways in which a new model of care in Wolverhampton is stretching the boundaries of traditional general practice 
  • Schemes to help GPs in Derby and Derbyshire to stay in practice 
  • Experiencing life in the UK as an international GP recruit with new films from the Lincolnshire pilot and a first visit to Birmingham and Solihull
  • The latest on other workforce initiatives such as mental health therapists, clinical pharmacists and physician associates
  • How care navigators at Deben Health Group in Suffolk have released clinical time and enhanced patient experience
  • The latest digital news.

Access the bulletin here.

ReSPECT Newsletter

ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment.

ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.

To help provide more information, a newsletter has been developed and the first edition is now available to read, access it here.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Stanmore House Surgery

We are looking to recruit a committed, enthusiastic, highly motivated ANP to join us at Stanmore House Surgery. Development is actively encouraged, and you'll be supported in the pursuit of further qualifications.

You will work as part of a supportive, enthusiastic and friendly clinical team for up to 37.5 hours per week (part-time considered).
Please contact Shirley.mackay@nhs.net for further details.