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LMC Newsletter July 2021

Date published: Tuesday 27 July 2021

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:

  • Update on face masks and infection prevention control rules in primary care
  • PCSE pay and pensions update 
  • ICS development update 

Download the July LMC newsletter. 

Infection Prevention and Control in Primary Care

Date published: Wednesday 21 July 2021

NHS England have confirmed that the existing Covid-19 IPC guidance continues to apply in healthcare settings. The IPC guidance confirms that: “Patients in all care areas should still be encouraged and supported to wear a face mask, providing it is tolerated and is not detrimental to their medical or care needs”. NHS England state in a letter to primary care practitioners that 'contractors continue to have our support in enforcing the IPC guidance'.

The letter also confirms that practices 'should continue to offer a blended approach of face-to-face and remote appointments, with digital triage where possible'. The Standard Operating Procedure for general practice in the context of Covid-19 (Version 4.3) has been withdrawn as of 19 July as much of it has become standard practice or is now redundant. 

You can read our earlier statement on the continued use of face masks, social distancing, and hand sanitising, accompanied by a downloadable poster here. The BMA has also published a poster which can be found here.   

Enhanced Service Specification for Phase 3 Covid Vaccinations Published

Date published: Thursday 15 July 2021

NHS England has published the new enhanced service specification for phase 3 of the vaccination programme

A letter to GPs accompanying the new specification states they have ruled out offering the vaccinations at individual practice level:

‘We have considered carefully whether we could support the administration of the Covid-19 booster vaccines at individual practice level. For a number of reasons, this is not operationally feasible. 

This is largely due to the need to expand the capacity in the delivery network (to deliver the Covid booster programme alongside the flu programme) but it will only be possible to on-board a limited number of new sites during the summer; the supply chain cannot support deliveries to all practice sites; and it is possible the vaccine characteristics will require at scale working.

For these reasons practices that wish to participate in the booster programme will need to do so as part of a PCN grouping. We will also give practices the opportunity to change their PCN grouping in phase three if they so wish, taking account of feedback in phase two.’

In a statement the LMC endorses, the BMA has expressed disappointment at this:

‘Doctors and their teams should be given support and flexibility to take part in a way that works best for their patients… Elsewhere in the UK we have seen GPs giving COVID-19 vaccinations from within their surgery buildings, so there is no good reason for it not to happen in England. And while practices should be able to work together in the campaign, this should not be mandated.’

Practices have been given until 28 July to opt in to the programme, which is provisionally due to start on 6 September. 

Continued Use of Face Masks in Health Premises

Date published: Tuesday 13 July 2021

Face Masks

A joint statement from:

  • Humberside Local Medical Committees
  • Community Pharmacy Humber 
  • Local Dental Committee
  • Local Optometry Committee 

"We are all committed to ensuring the health and welfare of patients, service users and staff. We’re aware of the lifting of the remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions from 19th July 2021. 

But we still need to act cautiously to stop the spread of the virus. The delta variant is more transmissible, and people may be contagious without knowing it. 

Face masks have helped to reduce the spread of the virus. Many people are still not yet fully vaccinated, so cutting virus transmissions is still important. 

Health premises are a higher risk environment and we will need to maintain some control measures to keep everyone safe. We are therefore asking everyone visiting health premises to continue to wear a mask, unless they are exempt, and to observe social distancing and keep hands clean by using gel or handwashing."

Practices can download an A4 poster to print and display to help with patient messaging.  

LMC Podcast Looks At Workload Pressures

Date published: Monday 12 July 2021

Podcast

The latest episode of the Humberside LMCs podcast is now available. 

In this episode we're looking at workload pressures in general practice in the light of the recent Health Select Committee report which said NHS and care staff in England are so burnt out that it has become an "emergency". Colleagues at Wolseley Medical Centre in Hull also recently invited cameras in from BBC Look North to show the reality of the pressures GPs and practice teams are facing every day. 

Dr Zoe Norris, LMC Medical Director explains how the LMC can help staff deal with pressures, and sets out some of the services and resources which can be accessed via the LMC. 

You can listen online and subscribe to our podcast on all major podcast platforms including AppleGoogle and Spotify.  

   

Delay in Roll-out of Patient Data Sharing Programme (GPDPR)

Date published: Thursday 24 June 2021

The government has announced that the planned roll-out of the GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) in England is to be delayed by two months, from 1 July to 1 September 2021. 

This follows extensive engagement by BMA and RCGP with NHS Digital and with the health minister, calling on NHS Digital and the Government to delay the introduction of their new data programme until patients and the public have had time to be aware of and understand the programme and choose to opt-out if they wish. Discussions are ongoing to ensure that there are appropriate safeguards in place as to how the data collected is used, and that the views of the profession are represented in all discussions pertaining to patient data. Read the BMA’s statement about the announcement to delay here.  

LMC Newsletter June 2021

Date published: Thursday 24 June 2021

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:

  • Events and opportunties across the Humber region 
  • Update on the delay to roll-out of the patient data sharing programme (GPDPR)
  • Issues with the PCSE pay and pension system and what you should do to check your records

Download the June newsletter

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