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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


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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.


New LMC Medical Director – Dr Reid Baker

Lincolnshire LMC is pleased to announce that Dr Reid Baker has been appointed as its new Medical Director.

Dr Baker is currently the Co-Clinical Director for East Lindsay Primary Care Network (PCN), alongside his roles as GP Partner and Director/Company Secretary for Lincolnshire LMC Limited. He brings a huge wealth of experience that will be of great benefit as he continues the work achieved by the current Medical Director Dr Kieran Sharrock, who has taken up a National role on the GPC Executive.


General Practice Alert State – Pilot sites needed

For many years we have been notified of the alert statuses for hospital trusts & asked to divert patients away, while at the same time being inundated with patients in General Practice. Having no alert state has made it difficult to report this into the system. However, we are now able to roll out an alerting system for General Practice in Lincolnshire.

The General Practice Alert State (GPAS) is a simple system that collects a small amount of anonymised data so that it can be indicated to the broader system the strain that General Practice is under. It presents data in a simple to understand format which can compete with OPEL data collected on various system dash boards. The anonymised data will be collated by LMC & distributed the wider system

GPAS is being introduced to all Lincolnshire Practices from March 2022. Data collection takes place on a Tuesday each week & should take no more than a couple of minutes.

We are currently looking for pilot sites to trial GPAS with. If you are interested in piloting GPAS please email laura.dexter1@nhs.net for further details.


Temporary GP contract changes to support COVID-19 vaccination programme

Last Friday, following discussion with GPC, NHSE/I published a letter announcing changes to QOF and IIF and changes to the COVID vaccination DES.

It has now provided further guidance on these changes.  NB. These changes apply to practices that are actively taking part in the booster campaign.

We will send out an update to our FAQs early next week which will go through these changes in detail.


Inclisiran added to Lincolnshire Formulary

Inclisiran is an injectable drug which is used for patients with hyperlipidaemia. Lincolnshire PACEF has classed Inclisiran as “Green” on the Lincolnshire Joint Formulary. This means it can be initiated by general practice clinicians.

Inclisiran is recommended as an option for patients with a history of a cardiovascular event PLUS low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations are persistently 2.6 mmol/l or more, despite maximum tolerated lipid-lowering therapy, defined as:

    • maximum tolerated statins with or without other lipid-lowering therapies or
    • other lipid-lowering therapies when statins are not tolerated or are contraindicated.

General practice clinicians can initiate Inclisiran if they are confident to do so and can also seek Advice and Guidance from cardiology if they are not. A Lipidology A&G service is starting at ULHT in January 2022.

For more information on administration of Inclisiran please go to: www.lincslmc.co.uk/inclisiranaddedtolincolnshireformulary


General Practice Annual Electronic Self-Declaration

The collection window for the 2021 General Practice Annual Electronic Self-Declaration (eDec) will open to receive submissions from Monday 18th October 2021.

All practices are required to submit their practice eDec through SDCS, the link to login is here: https://datacollection.sdcs.digital.nhs.uk/

 

Deadline for eDec submission: Friday 26th November 2021

Further information can be found on the NHS digital website. The guidance outlines registration, accessibility, the type of information required for practice eDec and how that data is used.

Full article: https://www.lincslmc.co.uk/generalpractice_edec


Veterans Support Service

VSS is a local charity based in Spalding which provides expert advice and guidance to veterans and their families on issues that affects their lives. They support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans, empower veterans to acknowledge, talk about, and address their health issues, including signposting them to support services. They provide support to individuals to overcome personal barriers. Any of your patients who are military veterans can get support from VSS by contacting info@vsscic.org.uk or ringing 07434 827372

Practices should ask all patients “are you a military veteran?” so that veterans can be easily identified when they do present.

Full article: www.lincslmc.co.uk/veteranssupportservice


Parliamentary Enquiry - The Future of General Practice

The Health and Social Care Committee of the House of Commons has started an enquiry into “The future of General Practice”. 

The LMC will respond to this enquiry and encourages as many individuals and practices as possible to do so too.   It would also help to engage with your PPGs so that you can support them to respond to the enquiry.

We ask that any responses to the enquiry also be copied to the LMC so that we can shape our response based upon your views.

The enquiry can be accessed via parliament.uk website and responses must be submitted before 14th December 2021.

Full article can be found here:  www.lincslmc.co.uk/parliamentaryenquiry_thefutureofgeneralpractice


Lincolnshire Integrated Medicines and Prescribing Service (LIMPS)

LIMPS are a small team of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians,  Programme Manager, and Prescribing Project Manager based within Lincolnshire CCG.  LIMPS is the replacement for the previous Optum Medicines Management Team.

LIMPS aim is to ensure that the local formulary, medicines optimisation work, and commissioning decisions around prescribing, reflect the needs of the Lincolnshire population, and to facilitate the uptake of safe, cost effective, evidence based medicines and treatments.

LIMPS

  • Provide dedicated clinical support, giving unbiased information to clinicians and assisting with medicine queries in a timely manner
  • Keep up to date with new drugs and research, national guidance and legislation changes, presenting findings to support local decision-making through the Prescribing and Clinical Effectiveness Forum (PACEF)
  • Carry out data analysis on prescribing patterns across the county, ensuring the best use of medicines and identifying areas where quality prescribing could be improved
  • Work with service providers and stakeholders to support the development and implementation of treatment pathways, policies, and guidance to help get the best out of medicines and resources for our population
  • Manage and maintain the OptimiseRx Lincolnshire profiles, which support cost effective prescribing in line with statutory guidance, and support and improve medicines use
  • Deliver IMPACT education session to our clinicians on priority areas of prescribing, such as antimicrobials and high dose opioids.

For the full article please go to: www.lincslmc.co.uk/limps


Lincoln Medical School Research Projects

Lincoln Medical School students are currently developing research projects for their BMedSci qualifications.  Lincolnshire LMC is working with some of these students to perform research in general practice.    Please help these students by completing their research surveys when you receive them, and by sharing your experiences through these surveys.

The projects which are currently being developed focus on “The impact of Total Triage” and “The impact on patient care of Primary Care Networks”.

The students are seeking for views from practice staff of all clinical and non-clinical professions.  Please ensure that your whole team have access to the surveys.


Discharge Medicines Service

The Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) is an essential service provided by community pharmacies to support patients discharged from hospital with medication changes made in hospital.  The service aims to improve outcomes, prevent harm, and reduce readmissions.

Currently the interface between Lincolnshire’s hospitals and pharmacies has prevented any patients being referred in to DMS.  However, from 15th November 2021 patients discharged from NWAFT may be referred into DMS, so practices in South Lincolnshire may start receiving queries from pharmacies about patients’ medications post-discharge. 

 

To view the full article, please go to: www.lincslmc.co.uk/dischargemedicinesservice