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LMC Annual Report Published

Date published: Wednesday 7 October 2020

The Humberside LMCs Annual Report 2019/20 has just been published and can be read online as a digital publication

The report covers a very busy period for the LMC, with major changes to primary care with the creation of Primary Care Networks, as well as internal changes at our organisation. The document covers how we helped our constituent practices adapt to the new landscape, with links to a number of useful resources. 

Read our annual report

PPE Portal Order Limits for General Practice

Date published: Tuesday 6 October 2020

Practices are now able to order PPE through the central portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 1st October 2020 the following limits apply:

GPs with fewer than 5,000 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 200 IIR masks
  • 200 aprons
  • 400 gloves (200 pairs)
  • one bottle of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • one box of visors (usually 50 per box)

GPs with between 5,000 and 7,999 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 400 IIR masks
  • 400 aprons
  • 800 gloves (400 pairs)
  • 2 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • 2 boxes of visors (usually 50 per box)

GPs with between 8,000 and 10,999 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 500 IIR masks
  • 500 aprons
  • 1,000 gloves (500 pairs)
  • 4 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • 2 boxes of visors (usually 50 per box)

GPs with between 11,000 and 29,999 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 1,100 IIR masks
  • 1,100 aprons
  • 2,200 gloves (1,100 pairs)
  • 8 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • one box of visors (usually 200 per box)

GPs with 30,000 patients or more can order up to (per week):

  • 2,600 IIR masks
  • 2,600 aprons
  • 5,200 gloves (2,600 pairs)
  • 12 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • 2 boxes of visors (usually 200 per box)

Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ppe-portal-how-to-order-emergency-personal-protective-equipment#order-limits.

Register and access the portal using your NHS registered email. Call the customer service team on 0800 876 6802 if you have any questions about using the PPE portal. The team is available from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week.

Job Vacancies at Humberside LMCs

Date published: Monday 5 October 2020

Join our team

Humberside LMCs are recruiting for the following vacancies to support our team delivering services to general practices in the Humber area:

  • Business Support Officer (Maternity Cover)
  • Team Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Business Support Officer (Maternity Cover)

The Humberside Group of Local Medical Committees is seeking maternity cover for a Business Support Officer role.

We will rely on you to provide a high quality, effective and flexible administrative support service within the team and to support the development and delivery of our services to local GPs and practices.

You will act as line manager for our two Team Administrators and will have responsibility for the day to day running of the office from a home and office base. An important part of your role will be to ensure that appropriate systems are in place to deliver an excellent service to our customers who are largely local GPs, practice managers and colleagues from partner organisations.

You will provide direct administrative support to our Senior Management Team including diary management, minute taking, agenda planning and dealing with queries.

£31,212 pa (37.5 hours)

Fixed term maternity cover from 4 January 2021 for 8 months (may be extended)

Between 30 and 37.5 hours per week (Negotiable)

Home and office based

Monday to Friday (Exact hours negotiable)

Employer pension contribution (See Terms & Conditions in the Application Pack)

Application Deadline: 19 October 2020, 12 noon

Interview Date: Week commencing 2 November 2020

For full details including an application pack and how to apply visit https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/E0011-20-9605

 

Team Administrator (Maternity Cover)

As a Team Administrator, we will rely on you to provide a high quality, effective and flexible administrative support service within the team and to support the development and delivery of our services to GPs and practices.

An important part of your role will be to ensure that appropriate systems are in place to deliver an excellent service to our customers who are largely local GPs, practice managers and colleagues from partner organisations.

You will provide direct administrative support to our Senior Management Team including diary management, minute taking, agenda planning and dealing with queries.

£23,409 (37.5 hours)

Fixed term maternity cover from 4 January 2021 for 8 months (may be extended)

Between 30 and 37.5 hours per week (Negotiable)

Home and office based

Monday to Friday (Exact hours negotiable)

Employer pension contribution 

Application Deadline: 19 October 2020, 12 noon.

Interview Date: Week commencing 2 November 2020. 

For full details including an application pack and how to apply visit https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/E0011-20-0382

Testing and PPE Issues in Primary Care

Date published: Thursday 1 October 2020

The LMC has today written to our four local CCG chairs, along the chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Testing Group and NHS England to express concern about access to testing and supplies of PPE in primary care. This follows calls and messages from practices in the Humber region who are experiencing problems. The full text of our letter is below:

"The evolving second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause significant pressure on primary care. The LMC is receiving calls from practices across the HCV area experiencing major issues in accessing testing for primary care staff, and in accessing adequate PPE. 

There remains an ongoing discrepancy between the ability of the primary care workforce to access testing compared to those colleagues working in secondary care. This compounds the perception that primary care is undervalued at present, and we welcome your influence in accessing equitable testing for all healthcare staff. All staff working in the NHS need to be assured of the same access to timely testing; general practice will not function over the coming months without this based on the current levels of staff needing to isolate while awaiting testing or results. Given no national solution is forthcoming, we urge the HCV area to source a local solution or risk destabilising healthcare services. 

PPE remains a problem, and while practices continue to order supplies via the portal as recommended, we request that additional supplies are procured at local level to support the increased need. The end of the Covid reimbursement fund means that practices cannot rely on reimbursement, and it is unfair to expect primary care staff to be personally funding their PPE when other parts of the NHS have it provided for free. We would urge all HCV CCGs to use local suppliers to secure adequate supplies and support primary care. 

This is the beginning of another incredibly challenging time for the NHS; locally the workforce is tired, demoralised, and running on empty. Your public support and commitment to addressing these key areas would provide a vital boost to colleagues."

We will keep you updated with developments on these important issues. If you need advice or support from the LMC please contact us. Resources and information can be found on our Support and Coronavirus pages.   

LMC Newsletter September 2020

Date published: Wednesday 30 September 2020

The latest edition of our regular monthly newsletter is now available, containing all the latest updates and opportunities for general practice in the Humber area. Included in this month's issue:

  • CQC mythbusters to help with inspections
  • Sending of death registration documents
  • Revised Network DES published

Download our September 2020 newsletter

Our Message to Practices in the Humber Area

Date published: Tuesday 15 September 2020

Humberside LMCs would like to thank all practices for their continued hard work in meeting unprecedented demand in primary care, and in the face of demoralising media coverage in response to NHS England's letter reiterating the importance of providing face-to-face appointments for those who need them.

We know that face-to-face appointments have been available to patients throughout the pandemic where there is a clinical need. We wholly reject any implication that practices are not seeing patients and subsequent negative stories in the media. 

Should your practice be in need of additional support, please contact the LMC or visit the support page on our website for information, links and resources.   

New Wellbeing Project to Support General Practice

Date published: Tuesday 8 September 2020

Humberside LMCs, supported by YORLMC, are delighted to announce the launch of their new project to improve the wellbeing of GPs and other staff working in general practice in the Humber, Coast and Vale ICS area.

Funded by NHS England, the project will involve developing new services, tools and resources to support wellbeing and enable individuals to look after their own health and know when to seek help before difficulties arise, or be signposted to help if problems have already arisen.

At this time of great stress and pressures for general practice, the wellbeing of people working in local health services – GPs, practice managers and all other practice staff – is particularly important.

The project is being led by Dr Zoe Norris of Humberside LMCs, recently recruited as Wellbeing lead. Dr Norris will be supported by Dr John Bibby of YORLMC whose Wellbeing project is well established. YORLMC is sharing knowledge & contact information to enable development of the project across Humberside. Dr Norris and Dr Bibby are working with their respective LMC teams to develop services in line with local priorities and feedback gathered from those working in general practice.

Services provided through the project will include mentoring for people working in practices, and learning events to support practice staff.

You can find details of resources, services and information for GPs and others working in general practice on our support page at  www.humbersidelmc.org.uk/supportgpspracticemanagers

If you’d like more information on the new wellbeing project at Humberside LMCs, please contact humbersidelmcgroup@nhs.net. Information about YORLMC’s project can be requested via info@yorlmcltd.co.uk

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