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Member Practice Update

7 February 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.

Practice Manager Training Website Launch 

We are pleased to announce Practice Managers’ training sessions are now available on the LMC website for practices to book into. GDPR (1,6,15 March) Conflict Management (1,6,15 March) and Marginal Gains (24 April and 2 May) are now on-line for booking. More sessions will be added throughout the year as they are confirmed. If you don’t see something you would like to have offered please get in touch with us and we will work to source it.

The cost for half day sessions is £25 and full day sessions are £50 and all sign up will be done via the LMC website. Details can be found here.

Any feedback or queries can be sent to Denise Horton dhorton@nhs.net or Lisa Siembab lsiembab@worcslmc.co.uk

Governing Body Elections 

Call for nominations to roles on all three Governing Bodies have now been issued as follows:

Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG (1 April 2018 - 1 October 2019)
Clinical Chair
1 Governing Body GP

South Worcestershire CCG (1 April 2018 – 1 October 2019)
Clinical Chair
2 Governing Body GPs

Wyre Forest CCG (1 June 2018 - 1 December 2019)
Clinical Chair
2 Governing Body GPs

All nominations must be received by 5pm on Monday 19 February.

If you are interested in applying and have not seen the nominations e-mailer, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Hana Taylor, Head of Corporate Governance.

Gluten-free prescribing

We are aware of the results of the national consultation regarding the prescribing of gluten-free food on NHS prescription. We will carefully consider the conclusions of the consultation but in the interim the current position in Worcestershire will continue (i.e. The Worcestershire CCGs do not fund the prescribing of gluten free food). 

Vaccine ordering for 2018/19 influenza season

This NHSE correspondence now supersedes the local position on influenza vaccine procurement for the 2018-19 influenza season. Practices should contact NHSE directly with any queries they may have in relation to this correspondence.

Orders will need to be placed by 29 March 2018.

Prophylaxis with antiviral drugs for influenza like illnesses 

A Local Improvement Scheme has been developed for prophylaxis with antiviral drugs for influenza like illnesses, with the aim of providing a timely response to local outbreaks in care homes.

A copy of the specification for this service is available here with sign up sheet, together with flowchart for management and claim form.

The scheme is effective from 1 January 2018 and sign up required by 9 February 2018.

Flu immunisation uptake data

The flu immunisation uptake results are now available for December, access them here.

2 Week Wait patient information leaflet 

Following on from recent distribution of new 2 Week Wait referral forms, some practices have asked about the ‘2 Week Wait patient information leaflet’. Most practices should already have a copy of this leaflet to give to patients, however, please find the latest version here.

The leaflet is there to try and reduce the number of patients who DNA or decline/cancel 2WW appointments because they do not understand the significance of the referral.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) Local Maternity System Event 

An event has been organised to review and shape future plans for maternity systems across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The event will take place on:
Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Worcestershire County Cricket Club, County Ground, Blackfinch New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ
Parking: Free parking
Refreshments: Free refreshments provided

An agenda and meeting papers will follow closer to the time. 

Please kindly confirm your attendance at the earliest opportunity to Linda Onerhime, STP Community Engagement Officer via email: l.onerhime@nhs.net

Mental Health Act service user and carer survey 

The Mental Health Act review service user and carer survey has now been launched and is open until 28 February.

An online version of the survey is available here.

Books on Prescription 

An update on the Books on Prescription service is now available to read.

The service is also on the look out for books on postnatal depression. If you know of any, please contact David Chamberlain, his details are in the update.

Anti-Fraud Update 

The latest Anti-Fraud Update is now available to read.

Access it here.

NHS South Worcestershire CCG

South Worcestershire Integrated MSK Service Self Referral Proforma

A copy of the South Worcestershire Integrated MSK Service Self Referral Proforma is available here. This form is available on the Move to Improve website, but in the event of patients being unable to access a computer, a copy of the referral proforma should be made available for patients to collect from the GP reception desk.

Details of where patients need to send the referral are on the form. As this is the most up to date referral proforma, please remove or delete all other forms.

NHS Wyre Forest CCG 

Wyre Forest Cancer Engagement

Jean Garner, Cancer Engagement Lead for Macmillan Cancer Support has put together this update on engagement work taking place in Wyre Forest.

Jean is currently looking to carry out engagement work with cancer patients and those affected by cancer, as well as people aged over 75, whether or not they have any cancer experience.

More information can be found here.