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Updated CQC Mythbusters

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has a page on its website titled - GP Mythbusters.

The site clears up some common myths about their inspections of GP services and share agreed guidance of best practice.

They are listed under the five key questions that they ask about services.

We have been informed that the following MythBusters have been updated. 

Unfortunately, we have no way of detailing the specific changes, therefore Practices should read the updated documents to ensure they meet the requirements


Lincolnshire General Practice Covid-19 Recognition & Reflection

The workload of our already overstretched general practice almost doubled during the pandemic and there are no signs of it reverting back. We felt it was crucial for all Lincolnshire’s practice staff be recognised for their hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic and continuing challenges. 

We were delighted to bring Lincolnshire practice teams together for a special event to reflect on recent years, recognise everyone’s efforts, and celebrate accomplishments. We hope that all attendees had a wonderful time and were able to share the sentiment with colleagues who were unable to attend.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Duncan & Toplis for their significant contribution to make this event such a special occasion…. To read the full article CLICK HERE.


The Cameron Fund - How to become a member:

The Cameron Fund have created a video explaining how to become a member and show your support for the Cameron Fund and help colleagues who are experiencing hardship:


Enhanced Access Webinar

This Enhanced Access Webinar is open to everyone in primary care, especially those who are working to finalise their draft Enhanced Access plans to give to their commissioners.

To register, please follow this link .

The webinar, in association with Hempsons, will guide PCNs through how to sub-contract the Enhanced Access service to another provider.

Speakers:

Ross Clark, Partner, Hempsons; Simone Yule, Clinical Director, The Vale PCN

Please note this session will take place on Zoom.


Nurses wanted for General Practice Nurse reference group

We have relaunched the General Practice Nurse Reference Group and we are looking for Nurses, Health Care Assistants and Nurse Associates that would like to help shape the future of general practice nursing.

The group was set up in 2017 and has been instrumental in increasing training opportunities, developing new nursing roles, improving recruitment and retention, and setting up the annual conference and awards.

Without the involvement of nursing teams working in practices every day we won’t be able to get the full depth and breadth of views and ideas.

We would need practices to commit to releasing an individual for up to 2 hours per month to attend the meetings which are held on MS Teams.

If any Practice Managers or Nurses, HCAs and Nurse Associates would like to find more please contact terryvine@nhs.net.

 


GP IT projects taking place this financial year

The main focus will be:

  • GPIT Refresh Project - This will be targeting end of life desktop and laptop devices only and a schedule has already been determined.
  • Patient Arrival screen Project - The all in one (AIO) hardware touchscreen equipment for this project has been purchased and currently awaiting delivery from Dell to be prepared by the AGEM technicians.
  • Wi-Fi Upgrade Project - The aim of the project is to improve coverage of the NHS Wi-Fi across each individual Practice. This will mean that existing Wi-Fi access points will be upgraded.

Neil Dobson, Customer Relationship Manager (Lincolnshire), NHS Arden & GEM, neil.dobson@nhs.net


Health Services Discounts available for NHS staff

Top April Discounts:

  • Asda – 2.5% cashback on your food shop
  • Sainsbury’s – 3% cashback on your food shop
  • AA Breakdown Cover – NHS Exclusive from £4 per month
  • EE mobile – Exclusive 20% off new & upgrade plans
  • Health Service Borrowing – compare the right finance options for you
  • HelloFresh – 60% off 1st box + 35% off next 3 boxes
  • JD Sports – 20% off full price & sale
  • Oliver Bonas – 15% off
  • TUI Holidays for Heroes – up to £100 off
  • Jet2holidays – Save £50pp on all holidays + extra £25 NHS discount
  • Parkdean Resorts – up to 10% off
  • Haven – up to 15% off
  • Alton Towers Resort – Huge savings on tickets
  • Drayton Manor – 7% NHS discount
  • Freddie’s Flowers – 50% off your 1st box
  • Toby Carvery – 5% cashback

Sign up is free. Find out more here

Avanti Travel Insurance is giving 21% off base price to all NHS staff, friends and family for keeping our loved ones and the public safe.  NHS heroes need a relaxing holiday, and our policy can give you just that with COVID-19 Cover as standard & FCDO Cover add on for trips to all but essential travel countries. Use discount code HERO21 with a valid NHS email address when booking.

Visit https://www.avantitravelinsurance.co.uk to find out more


Lincolnshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (2022)

The Lincolnshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (2022) will be published in October 2022 to review the locations, accessibility and the services provided by pharmacies in Lincolnshire both now, and with a view to the future. To achieve the best outcomes and give residents and interested parties a chance to comment and give feedback, there will be a statutory consultation period of a minimum of 60 days on the draft content. The consultation starts on 19 April and runs until 20 June 2022 (63 days).

An Executive Summary and all related information are available to download using this link. We would be grateful if you could share the link with your networks, allowing us to gain greater public input and understanding.

On behalf of the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board, please accept our thanks in advance of receiving your feedback.


Social Prescribing new data system (Social RX)

GP practices should be receiving further details this week about the next steps to get their clinical system connected into Social RX.

CCG Locality Leads and PCN Managers are circulating the data sharing agreement and configuration form which need to be signed and returned to caty.collier@lvet.org.  Once these documents have been returned, you will be sent instructions on how to link your system to Social Rx and the support that is available to help with this process.

As a reminder, a few of the benefits of the Social RX system: 

  • There is two-way interoperability with EMIS and SystmOne, so referrals can be made directly and easily from your systems.
  • Providing the patient consents, it allows for easy viewing of key data stored on Social Rx through your GP system, including case notes and personalised plans. 
  • More consistent and robust data on Social Prescribing.

Please contact Caty Collier, Social Prescribing Development Lead, if you have any queries – caty.collier@lvet.org


Lincolnshire Recognition – Plant a Tree

As a valued member of Lincolnshire’s NHS team, we want to thank you for your service during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering you the chance to plant a commemorative tree.

We hope you and your loved ones will cherish your tree, wherever you choose for it to grow.

 

Lincolnshire Recognition explained…

Lincolnshire is indebted to you for your commitment, endurance, and skill during the coronavirus pandemic.  This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your service by offering you the chance to plant a commemorative tree and tell your COVID-19 pandemic story.

There are two ways for NHS staff to take part in the tree-planting programme and this website will guide you through them.


Changes to Death Certification

(March 2022)

Changes to death certification were made in 2020 when the Coronavirus Act 2020 went through parliament. The Coronavirus Act 2020 expired at midnight on 24th March 2022 therefore some of the processes have reverted back to what they were prior to the pandemic. 

There is a useful 10 minute slideshow available on the RCGP website which outlines the changes to do with death certification and cremation forms as well as providing a reminder about which professionals can verify deaths. 

Click this link to view the slideshow and access related resources.

 


Reimbursable vaccines and eligible cohorts for the 2022/23 NHS Seasonal Influenza (flu) Vaccination Programme

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published guidance about reimbursable vaccines and eligible cohorts for the 2022/23 NHS Seasonal Influenza (flu) Vaccination Programme.

Click here to view the latest guidance.


Lantum a new system-wide, multidisciplinary staff bank

Following communications in January & February, Lincolnshire CCG has chosen Lantum as a partner to create a system-wide, multidisciplinary staff bank which is now LIVE!  Lantum have been offering webinars to make sure you feel comfortable using the platform and inviting you to join and raise Q&As where you can:

  • Have a live demo of the platform.
  • Understand how to best use the platform.
  • Ask questions to the Lantum team which you may have.

The webinars will be held:

  • Tuesday 15th March @ 12:30 - 1:30PM
  • Thursday 17th March @ 12:30 - 1:30PM
  • Tuesday 22nd March @ 1 - 2PM
  • Thursday 24th March @ 1 - 2PM

To join the webinars please follow this link https://forms.gle/7AsB5gcicTAMYChd8  so we can determine who is coming to which sessions and how popular they are - then we will send out a MS teams invite to those who have registered.

If you are unable to join one of the planned webinars, please contact us and we will be happy to make suitable arrangements for you at ben.harrison@lantum.com

If you have not created your Lantum account yet, you can do so by following this link.


Solicitor letters regarding Covid-19 Vaccination

Practices and PCNs have been receiving letters from a legal firm stating that Covid-19 vaccination is not legal and that individuals can be subject to litigation for participating in the vaccination campaign.  We have been reassured that this is not the case, and that Covid legislation legitimises the vaccination campaign.