Owing to support and funding from NHS England, the LMC were able to recruit and train a cohort of freelance Practice Manager Appraisers, all of whom are currently working as Practice Managers across the Humber area.
Many of our local Practice Managers report feeling over-burdened and isolated, receiving little formal or ongoing personal and professional development. The peer to peer appraisals on offer as part of this scheme are designed to address this developmental shortfall. These are not intended to be a performance review, but instead an opportunity for reflection on the manager’s work and approach, and to help identify areas for ongoing improvement and development. There is also the opportunity to repeat the review with the same Appraiser at agreed intervals, such as six-monthly or annually.
Several of these peer to peer reviews have been completed over the past year, and the feedback from participants has been very positive:
“It was really nice to be appraised by someone who understood how you felt and was able to provide some good supportive advice that wasn’t just ‘text book’ but from actual real life experiences. The whole process was really informal and [my appraiser] was great. Overall I found it a really positive experience and yes I would definitely do this again”
“It was quite useful to actually sit down and complete the form to enable me to evaluate what my role is. I did find meeting with [my appraiser] and talking through what I had written very useful, and for me to be away from my Practice to do this was of great value.”
“It was really helpful, almost therapeutic! I think the work will lie in being able to implement some of the suggestions. We agreed to keep in touch and meet again to review progress in 6 months.”
Our trained cohort of freelance Practice Manager Appraisers are keen to continue to connect with their local PM colleagues and facilitate these valuable sessions. If you are interested in being part of this scheme, then please contact the Humberside LMCs team by email on email@example.com.
If you decide to go ahead and arrange a session, you will be matched with a PM from outside of your CCG area, who contact you directly to make all of the arrangements.
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:
- Could you be an LMC member?
- GP funding and contracts explained by The Kings Fund
- Update on GP revalidation
In response to NHSE’s recent undertaking for staff and patients to have access to antibody testing, local CCGs will be inviting practices to an provide antibody testing for primary care staff including dental, pharmacy and opticians, as well as GP staff and their patients. This is not a core service and is therefore not mandatory for practices to deliver. A service specification together with clear funding will be issued to practices shortly. The LMC have provided comments with respect to the service specification and we would advise practices who may wish to deliver this service to consider the following:
• The specification does not limit the scope and frequency of testing and extends to practice patient population. Some practices may have difficulty providing resources to respond to this level of demand.
• Practices may also be invited to test staff and patients of other practices who decline to be commissioned for this service. It is also possible that CCGs may commission this service through another provider to deliver a local solution.
• NHS Resolution have confirmed that where you are appropriately trained and competent to undertake this activity, and you are not covered for this activity under your existing indemnity/insurance arrangements, you will be indemnified under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Coronavirus (CNSC). More information is available here.
• There will be a significant component of practice time required for briefing and counselling post-test. This should be reflected in the funding rate you accept.
• There have been recent reports of actuarial impact of insurance and finance applications which should be made clear before consenting to a test. The BMA have provided this information.
• The communication and recording of results process requires further detail. It the LMCs understanding that a record of the tests will not be placed on the GP patient record but may be recorded on the occupational health record for staff members.
• The Daily Mail and Pulse have reported that NHS England has said that any patient can ask their GP for antibody test when having a blood test for another reason. In response to this GPC said there was no obligation to offer antibody testing and that this could increase inappropriate attendance at surgeries. GPs would use their clinical judgement to decide whether to offer patients COVID-19 antibody tests. The Pulse article can be found here (registration required).
The LMC will provide any further updates on our COVID web page.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Zoe Norris as the LMC’s new GP Wellbeing Lead. This is a new role dedicated to reaching out to GPs in the Humber region to help improve their wellbeing, working alongside our existing pastoral care team. She will be advising across a range of areas including workforce planning and developments, primary care management, system change and resilience of general practice.
Zoe already has a part-time post as Medical Director with the LMC and will be working an additional one day per week in this new role. She says: “I’m excited to start contributing to the increasing offering from the LMC around wellbeing, and to focus on practical and concrete improvements to the lives of our constituents. We have an amazing workforce in primary care locally, and I am looking forward to developing this role."
The Government mandated opening of schools for some year groups from 1st June 2020. The LMC would like to assist GPs in dealing with queries which may arise in connection with the return to school by providing the following links to trusted sources of information:
• The Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health has produced advice on returning to school.
• Clinically extremely vulnerable children are to remain shielded and not to return to school. The list of conditions included can be found here.
• Schools have received the following advice from the government to put in place where possible for pupils return.
• Specific advice with helpful links has been issued by the government for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
The LMC will add updates and additional links to this guidance as they are available.
The latest edition of our regular newsletter is now available with news, updates and opportunities for general practice in the Humber area. Included in this month's issue:
- Training and opportunities including our resilience webinars in June, plus access to rapid access mentoring
- Request for feedback re PCSE records
- Advice to GPs check performers list entries
Download the LMC's May newsletter.
NHS England have announced that GP practices will not be required to open, outside the normal bank holiday cover arrangements, for the upcoming Whitsun Bank Holiday (25 May).
Our colleagues at the LPC have published details of pharmacy opening in our region on the bank holiday which can be viewed here.