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India Covid Crisis - An Update

Date published: Thursday 6 May 2021

We are deeply concerned by the Covid situation in India as the country's healthcare system struggles to cope with the number of cases there. Many colleagues in the Humber have friends and relatives directly affected and we appreciate this will be a deeply worrying time for them. This is a short summary of actions and services which are being put in place:

A. There is a central NHSE response being coordinated by Prerana Issar with an emphasis on:
1. Advice on surge hospitals
2. Remote monitoring and management 
3. Clinician to clinician telelink
4. Equipment inventory 

B. The SAHF (South Asian Health Foundation), Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network), and Learn with Nurses are running a series of webinars sharing ​NHS experiences of COVID-19 with health and care professionals in other countries. The next webinar is on Friday 7th May, 16:00-17:00 with the theme of Hospital and ICU Management of Covid-19 - sign up here. Details of further sessions will be posted on the South Asian Health Foundation events page

C. These are some of the charities providing support to India 
British Asian Trust Oxygen for India Emergency Appeal 

BAPIO India Covid Fund 

APNA South Asian Heritage NHS Staff Leaders Network Covid-19 India Appeal 

BAPS India Covid Emergency Appeal 

D. BAPIO is also planning to provide free telemedicine support to health care staff in India. If you are interested in helping, please register stating your area of expertise and local language skills. Sign up link.   

E. Please also check in with your colleagues here who have family in India. They may be distressed and have to take additional breaks to stay connected with friends and family. Also please signpost them to help available through wellbeing schemes - our support page has information and links to sources of support.

 

New Report Calls for Action on Discrimination in General Practice

Date published: Tuesday 4 May 2021

A new report from a working group led by the LMC has highlighted discrimination faced by staff and patients from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds in general practice and calls for a zero tolerance approach to tackle racism in all its forms.

The report, Racism and Discrimination – the experience of primary care professionals in the Humberside region, is based on a survey of clinical staff, managers and administrators working in general practice in the Humber region. 

The survey is part of a Humberside-wide strategy, supported by the four CCGs in the region, to address racial inequalities and barriers, and provide support for all those staff from ethnic minority backgrounds working in primary care. 

238 people responded to the survey distributed by Humberside LMCs, the highest response rate for any consultation we have ever conducted. The responses highlighted respondents’ experiences of discrimination in areas including training, working patterns, and complaints. 

For example, 22% of Black and Minority Ethnic respondents reported that their ability to train in their careers was affected by racism or discrimination. One respondent commented: 

“Comments were made throughout my career that I was an inferior doctor…rather than seeing the positives - awareness of different cultures, languages and attitudes. My background was seen as a negative.” 

The report has been compiled by a working group made up of representatives from general practice and led by Dr Zoe Norris, Medical Director at Humberside LMCs. She says:  

“The report is not an easy read, and starkly illustrates the challenges our colleagues and patients are encountering every day due to racism and discrimination.” 

“It’s based on the lived experience of both clinical and non-clinical staff working in primary care across the Humber region, and we’re incredibly grateful to all the staff who shared what are clearly very difficult experiences with us.” 

“Despite the problems highlighted we hope that, through shining a light on these issues, this will be the beginning of a conversation between all of us working in primary care to tackle discrimination.”

Download the report (PDF). 

Please contact us with any queries or comments. 

 

LMC Newsletter April 2021

Date published: Thursday 29 April 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:

  • Racism and Discrimination Report - read the report on the responses to our recent survey on experiences of racism in general practice 
  • Details of the newly elected members of the LMC Committee
  • Invitation to take part in the new Humber Primary Care Collaborative 

Download the LMC Newsletter April 2021

Freedom to Speak Up - New Poster

Date published: Wednesday 28 April 2021

You can now download a poster which promotes the new Freedom to Speak Up Guardian service which supports people working in the NHS to raise a concern. 

Any members of staff from GP practices can speak up about concerns they have which they feel are not being listened to by their own management reporting. Reasons someone may wish to speak up might include if they feel they are being affected by racism or discrimination.

Download a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian service poster (PDF). 

More information on the service, including how to raise a concern can be found here.  

Integrated Care System - The Impact on Our Constituents

Date published: Monday 19 April 2021

You might already be aware that the next 12 months will bring significant change to how healthcare is commissioned and organised in the Humber region. This will bring about changes to General Practice and will impact on all of our constituents.

Humberside LMCs believe that Primary Care must have a strong voice and influence over how the ICS will be structured and the role of Primary care leadership going forward. We are working on your behalf to represent general practice and we propose to create a new Primary Care Collaborative body comprised of Clinical Directors, GPs, Federations, Primary Care providers, Commissioners and Humberside LMC (and 
potentially other primary care stakeholders including Pharmacy/Optoms/Dentistry and Community Services) - to be this voice.

We would like your support to take this forward please. There is more information in this discussion paper. We have recently sent an email to constituents with more details along with information on how you can support, comment and perhaps even volunteer to be part of the collaborative group. Please let us know if you haven’t received this, or if you have any queries. 

LMC Constituent Survey 2021

Date published: Thursday 15 April 2021

All our constituents are invited to give us their views by taking five minutes to complete this year’s LMC survey. The survey is one of the main ways we engage with GPs and practices in the Humber area and find out how we are doing in supporting general practice. Like other services, we have had to change how we work due to the pandemic and we’re really interested in your feedback on how we have performed, and how we can develop and improve.

The survey is open until 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021. Take the survey

Could You Be A Mentor for Your Fellow GPs?

Date published: Monday 12 April 2021

A two year General Practice Fellowship programme is supporting the development of newly-qualified doctors and nurses entering general practice.

The overarching aim of the Supporting Mentors Scheme is to retain experienced GPs working in primary care through creating this portfolio working opportunity, while supporting newly qualified GPs through high quality mentoring.

GPMplus is working with the HCV programme partners to recruit GP Mentors and to deliver the supporting mentors scheme.

The Supporting Mentors Scheme will support GPs who currently deliver a minimum of three clinical sessions per week, and are looking to conduct an additional weekly session (4 hours 10 minutes) of mentoring. Mentors will be remunerated at a rate of £289 per session, which will be paid directly to the mentor’s practice on a quarterly basis from June 2021.

More information:

If you are eligible and interested in joining the scheme as a Mentor, please complete the application form and return it by email to info@gpmplus.co.uk by 5pm on Thursday 15 April.

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