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Member Practice Update

13 February 2019

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.

CCG Key Messages  

The latest CCG Key Messages are now available.

Access the document here.

Perinatal Psychiatry Team contact details

Please be advised that Perinatal Psychiatry Team in Worcester no longer use a fax machine. 

To contact the team please email WHCNHS.WorcsPerinatalPsychiatry@nhs.net or telephone 01905 734531.

The team can accept all referrals via email or through SPA.

Gynaecology Pathway Reminder  

Please can all staff familiarise themselves with our Gynaecology Pathway Document. Initially released at the end of 2018, this document gives step by step information on how to assess and support Gynaecological Issues, as well as linking to further resources, proforma and guidance.

This document is being raised during the current IQSP meetings, Easy access to the gynae pathway is part of your IQSP requirement. 

Access the file via: bit.ly/worcsgynae

To ensure that this document is always up-to-date we advise staff to bookmark or store this link, rather than the file itself, meaning you always re-download the most current version.

A guide on how to create a desktop shortcut and EMIS protocol for the link can be found here. An example EMIS zip is also available here.

If you're having trouble accessing/storing this link please contact the primary care team who will be happy to help.

Prescribing Top Tip  

Pregabalin & Gabapentin – Regulatory Change & Emis Update

Following the advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) about the harm associated with pregabalin and gabapentin, these drugs will, from April 2019, be placed in schedule 3 under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

This means that as of this date gabapentin and pregabalin cannot be supplied via repeat dispensing and prescriptions will only be valid for 28 days after the appropriate prescription date. In addition, they will not be available to supply via the Electronic Prescription service (EPS) (until full rollout of controlled drug prescribing via EPS) and they will require the full prescription writing requirements in line with Schedule 2 and 3 drugs. 

Although this legislation is coming into effect from April 2019, EMIS is rolling out a system update over the next eight weeks to ensure that the necessary changes are in place in time for the new regulatory schedule. 

Practices will therefore need to be aware that following this update, the EMIS system will automatically generate a paper FP10 for pregabalin and gabapentin that will require manual signing and will not allow repeat dispensing of these items. It is therefore recommended that practices liaise closely with their local community pharmacies to ensure continuity of supply of these medicines.

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


New charity   

A new, local charity has been set up in conjunction with the Head and Neck consultants at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The charity aims to be an advocate and information service for sufferers of head and neck cancer, helping them to make informed decisions and local support.

Find out more here.

Redditch and Bromsgrove News

Funding to deliver mental health interventions 

Please note that this is only available in Redditch and that it's free to the practice.

Redditch Mental Health Action Group has been awarded some funding from the Postcode Community Trust to deliver a variety of  mental health interventions, typically one to one counselling and drop in sessions. The funding is available for people to experience an arts based intervention e.g. creative writing or singing; both of which are known to raise self esteem and confidence.

Jestaminute Community Theatre has been engaged to deliver that element of the project, and although some groups have already been set up, they're looking for any GP practices who are engaged with Social Prescribing or have any patient groups that might benefit from this work.   

They would be happy to visit any interested GP practices to explain further to the Practice Manager and can contact me by phone on 01527 514049 or by email jestaminute@blueyonder.co.uk  

South Worcestershire News

Cancer Update Course 

SW Healthcare is co-ordinating the arrangements of a GP Cancer Update Course being offered to all South Worcestershire GP's. The course will be delivered by Red Whale - GP Update Ltd. Red Whale is one of the leading providers of primary care medical education in the UK.

The course will be held on 6 March 2019 at the Charles Hastings Education Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, WR5 1DD. It will start at 3pm with registration from 2:30pm. Finish time will be 8pm and refreshments will be provided.

The cost of the course is £170 inc. Each delegate will be provided with:

  • The latest edition of the Cancer Update Handbook, a valuable resource document for current needs and future reference.
  • 12 months access to the electronic version of the GP Cancer Update Handbook.
  • 12 months access to gpcpd.com to continue learning when it suits.

Find out more here.