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Member Practice Update

20 December 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:

  1. Christmas Greetings from the CCG Accountable Officer
  2. 28 November - IQSP GP Study Day 
  3. PCN Update
  4. H&W CCG's Safeguarding Contacts
  5. Revised Colorectal 2ww patient 
  6. Fast Track Referrals for CHC
  7. HEE GP Clinical Supervision Training - West Midlands
  8. Midland Faculty GP Recruitment Evening 
  9. Medicines Commissioning News - December 2019
  10. Stop Loan Sharks Christmas Campaign Toolkit 2019
  11. Health Walk Groups in Worcestershire
  12. Guidance notes for hardware requests via Computacentre
  13. Duel Monitors 
  14. Advanced Clinical Practice Educator - portfolio role 

Find out about local and national events and training here

  • No Redditch & Bromsgrove news 
  • No South Worcestershire news

  • No Wyre Forest news

Happy Holidays, and please note the next Member Practice Update will come out in January 2020. 

Christmas Greetings from the CCG Accountable Officer

Sent on behalf of Simon Trickett, CCG Accountable Officer

The last weekly MPU of the year is always a time for some reflection I suppose, I will keep it brief though but will start with wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A few headlines from the last couple of weeks:

  • I had an early start on Wednesday and a day trip to London to a Chief Execs and AOs meeting with Simon Stevens and team. This was planned as a post-election rally for the troops I think and it did play out that way. The next document for us to watch out for is the Planning Guidance for the new year and this is planned to appear in mid-January apparently, a bit later than usual but with a few things still to sort by the sound of things. Simon Stevens was quite optimistic about the election outcome for the NHS and said he’d had encouraging noises about capital and training and education support. By his calculation about 85% of the additional funding commitments made by the Government in the election campaign related to the NHS in some form. He put up a map showing how many areas now had a full house of MPs who were from the same party as the Government – we had that already – but also an interesting slide which showed the significantly increasing numbers of constituencies with the most severe health inequalities issues also now having a Conservative MP. His theory was therefore that seeking to improve this would become an even greater priority now for the new Government and I think that there could be something in that. Simon’s other observation was about capacity and beds in particular, which in his view ‘capacity has not kept pace with predictable growth in demand over the last five years because of constrained funding growth’ so we will be into an era of growing bedded capacity in some areas. I think ours is about right to be honest in both counties, but only because we have incurred some significant system deficits in necessarily increasing capacity. The view is though that across the country we will need more of this and the growth in out of hospital capacity as well. The Planning Guidance won’t contain any massive surprises from what I heard on Wednesday. There will be a focus on system and shared accountability and we will need to embed our ICS governance structures, of which I think we have a massive head start based on what we have already done this year.


  • The Election did give us a conclusive outcome and some certainty and whatever your politics both of those things are a good thing. At least we know what we are working with now and the next few years will be reasonably consistent in terms of policy continuity and in terms of the funding commitments that have already been made and Simon Stevens was very clear on this. There are a lot of things that are far from certain but at least we are now going to be moving forwards and things like the Long term Plan direction of travel, integrated care systems, the five year budget settlement and hopefully big CCGs are all here to stay. There will also seemingly be legislative change as well to support and accelerate some of that.


  • The interviews for the Chair of the new CCG also took place on Wednesday last week and Dr Ian Tait was the successful candidate. This proposed appointment will be formally considered now by the CCG Remuneration Committee in Common in early January, after which we will hopefully also finalise the lay member posts and plans for recruitment of those. I am also conscious that we will have to move to fill the GP lead portfolio posts in the new year and the other Medical Director role in our Exec and Board structure.


  • It has been a momentous year even by our standards and we have made and been involved in some huge changes, with more of those to come in 2020. I know that we are far from perfect and we have got some enormous quality, performance and financial challenges, but I also know how hard people work with absolutely the right values driving that. Thank you all for all of your efforts and commitment, and for the positive difference that you make for people who live in these two counties, which is enormous. 


28 November – IQSP GP Study Day

Follow these links to listen and view the presentations from the 5 clinical breakout sessions held at the Pear Tree Inn on Thursday 28 November: 

PCN Update

PCN Portfolio Role Development Grant Scheme 

Expressions of Interest sought 

National workforce strategies have highlighted portfolio careers as a means of reducing burnout and encouraging GP retention. Thanks to the General Practice Forward View and NHS England’s Four Pillars Targeted GP Retention Programme, Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCGs GP Workforce Team has funding to support the development of flexible career opportunities within general practice. 

The scheme outlined below has been designed to retain existing GPs within the counties whilst enhancing an individual’s skills and knowledge in areas of interest to them, and supporting areas of need for Primary Care Networks in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They encourage a different approach to tackling recruitment difficulties by encouraging GPs to adopt a portfolio approach to their employment options. The schemes are bespoke and flexible with the intention that all roles benefit local Primary Care Network needs and the wider health care system within Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

The STP is able to offer 25 individual educational grants of up to £3000 to existing GPs to support developing a portfolio role that creates additional expertise within Herefordshire and Worcestershire general practice and particularly within PCNs. These grants may be used to support a key learning objective such as funding a diploma (which would in time support work within Herefordshire and Worcestershire PCNs), support time to develop a GPwSI / GPwER post, further training in medical education or be used to develop a leadership role or research expertise. 

For more information, please read this guidance and if you are interested, complete the Expression of Interest form by Friday 24th January 2020. If you have any questions please contact the Workforce Team

Funded Training for non PCN Pharmacists

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) are offering the 18 month training to pharmacists working in general practice but are not PCN pharmacists. The workplace-based education programme (worth around £5000) will support pharmacists in their roles, develop their skills, and promote pharmacy's integration into the wider NHS healthcare team.

If you have pharmacists who would benefit and are interested, an expressions of interest needs to be emailed by the practice CPPE as soon as possible and by Monday 6th January 2020. For details of what needs to be included in the expression of interest and further info can be found on CPPE website.

H&W CCG's Safeguarding Contacts

Please find the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Safeguarding Contact List for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Practice Managers. 

Revised Colorectal 2ww patient

There have been some minor amendments to the Colorectal 2ww Patient Information Leaflet circulated in July 2019.

Please ensure this version is uploaded on to your systems and the previous version removed and archived/deleted.

Many thanks for your co-operation. 

Fast Track Referrals for CHC

Over the festive period, local providers have advised that they will be shortening their office hours and therefore, any requests for care may be delayed. Also several local providers have already stated that they are unlikely to take on new patients until after the Christmas break due to current capacity levels.

Therefore, can we ask that any fast track referrals to be considered on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, are received by the CHC Team as early as possible on those days, and we will endeavour to access care over the coming Christmas and New year period.

Please bear in mind that it can take us longer to get care in rural areas of Worcestershire and we have known domiciliary care capacity issues in the following areas:

  • WR14
  • WR15
  • GL20
  • WR8

Referrals are to be sent in via email to the CHC Team

HEE GP Clinical Supervision Training - West Midlands

Are you a GP or AHP who wishes formal training in clinical supervision or aspire to be one?

The aim of this interactive day is to develop skills in effective clinical supervision of all learners in a General Practice environment. It is suitable for prospective supervisors of GP Retainers, Clinical Pharmacists, PAs paramedics, GPNs, Induction and Refresher Scheme doctors, and provides a foundation course for the supervision of “international recruitment” doctors.

Please note that as a foundation course it is designed to develop your generic supervision skills. Formal approval to mentor or sign off of particular groups usually requires additional specialty specific training (NB -This course is not suitable for established GP trainers)

During the day we will cover:

  • An overview of Clinical supervision –what is it?
  • Planning an induction –both practical and educational aspects
  • Creating a supportive & interesting learning environment for different learners
  • What is learning and how is it best facilitated?
  • How to teach something effectively
  • Giving effective and sensitive feedback
  • Managing a “difficult learner” or “trainee in difficulty”
  • Practical exercises -undertaking formative “case-based discussion” & summative consultation observation

This course is fully funded by HEE & FREE to attend

  • Registration at 9.00amand commence promptly at9.30amuntil 4.30pm.
  • Lunch and refreshments available.
  • Venue -TBC

LIMITED PLACES Please register your interest and direct any queries to Heidi.miu@hee.nhs.uk

Read more 

Midland Faculty GP Recruitment Evening

30 January 2020, Birmingham

A recruitment and networking evening for trainees, newly qualified GPs and GPs.

This event will give you an opportunity to network and speak to potential employers from around the region. There will also be an opportunity to speak to organisations such as the BMA, RCGP Midland Faculty and The Black Country and West Birmingham STP. 

Free event with refreshments and car parking included.

For more information and to book:

Link 1 - Event information and booking contact. 

Link 2 - Event Twitter Page 

Medicines Commissioning News - December 2019

The Medicines Commissioning News letter December 2019 is available here.

Stop Loan Sharks Christmas Campaign Toolkit 2019

Sent on behalf of Nadeem Mahammed MFPH, LIAISE Officer, England Illegal Money Lending Team 

Stop Loan Sharks Week is an annual opportunity for organisations locally and nationally to work together and deliver a cohesive public awareness campaign. We’re warning people not turn to loan sharks to cover the cost of Christmas as a small loan can quickly escalate into something much more serious and victims are often subjected to threats, intimidation and violence.

Loan sharks could be having a detrimental impact financially, physically and emotionally on your clients and service users.

We want to reduce the risk and impact of loan sharks by raising awareness and encouraging people to take action – recognising the signs and reporting illegal money lending activity in their community.

Using the hashtag #StopLoanSharksXMAS this year’s online campaign is providing the public with useful information and advice to ensure they stay safe and don’t fall victim to unscrupulous lenders. 

The campaign will run from Monday 16th December to Sunday 22nd December. The toolkit provides guidance and tips for your social media campaign throughout Stop Loan Sharks Week 2019, to support you in raising awareness of the dangers of illegal money lending.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Watch and Share the Stop Loan Sharks Festive Jingle

Health Walk Groups in Worcestershire 

Health Walks are free, easy and accessible and local. They are between 30-90 minutes long, you can walk at your own pace and you do not need any specialised equipment. Health Walk groups are friendly and welcome all ages and abilities. No need to book just turn up 10-15 minutes before the walk is due to start.

Health Walks Leaflet

Health Walks Leaflet - Easy Read


Guidance notes for hardware requests via Computacenter

This guidance details the process for requesting new hardware, installation requests, and the end user escalation procedure.

Download here 

Duel Monitors

The CCG has funded the purchase of a stock of monitors that can be deployed to GP Practices for the purpose of duel working or to replace older or small (17” or less) monitors.

If you would like to request additional or replacement monitors, please contact Stephen Morgan, Project Coordinator, Midland and Lancashire CSU, Office: 01562 51302

Advanced Clinical Practice GP Educator - portfolio role

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Training Hub has an exciting portfolio role opportunity for a GP Trainer to lead a pilot providing additional support for clinicians undertaking the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and reduce supervision workload for GPs.

We are only advertising locally to encourage our own GP Trainers to apply. Please review this information and apply via the Training Hub.