Risk Assessment for Practices
We have revised our guidance on COVID-19 risk assessment for practices, following the updated NHSE/I national infection prevention and control (IPC) manual for England.
The IPC manual is clear about the need for local risk assessments for staff in contact with COVID-19, which is particularly important now that the requirement for social distancing and mask wearing is no longer obligatory. It is still the employer’s responsibility to ensure safe working for staff, and thus a risk assessment should still be carried out and appropriate mitigations made.
People who come to GP practices are more likely to be ill or clinically vulnerable, so it’s vital that practices are able to exercise discretion to protect patients and staff. Especially in the context of rising abuse towards practice staff, people must be assured that if practices are asking them to continue wearing masks this is for the safety of everyone in the building. We have attached a poster.
Top line summary of points:
· Patients should be able to be accompanied to appointments if they wish
· Health and care staff should wear facemasks in untriaged settings where patients might have COVID19
· Masking where known patients are immunosuppressed
· Health and care staff in general do not need to wear face masks in non-clinical areas e.g. offices unless personal preference
· Patients with respiratory symptoms should wear a facemask or covering if tolerated or offered one on arrival
· Other patients are not required to wear a facemask unless personal preference
· People accompanying patients are not routinely required to wear a face mask, unless personal preference
From 1 July, new legislation will be enacted which will allow nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists to legally certify fit notes, in addition to doctors who are currently the only profession able to do so.
Non-statutory guidance has been developed to help individuals identify if this task is within their scope of practice, as well as a new training module which should be completed before taking up this task. These will be available from 1 July. There will be a rollout period from this date where GP IT systems will be updated to reflect the change.
Networking Events for Practice & PCN Managers
DDLMC & GPTF are jointly hosting two half day networking events for Practice & PCN Managers. These will be split across North and South of the county.
SOUTH EVENT Derby Conference Centre (7th September 2022) 12.30-16.00 lunch included.
NORTH EVENT Bakewell Agricultural Centre (28th September 2022) 12.30-16.00 lunch included.
Both will offer the same content, so please attend any location convenient to you.
The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity to network, provide mutual support, share good practice as well as a short educational session. Registration is open, please save the date to your calendar. The agenda will be circulated as soon as we have confirmed speakers.
We are holding three webinars listed below. The webinars will be held via zoom. Please click the event links below to register. If you have any problems with event registration please contact us at email@example.com
Extended Access DES Patient Survey Support Material
Primary Care Networks have been asked to undertake patient engagement to ensure any new services meet the needs of the local population. It is proposed that any changes to services outside of the core 8am-6.30pm contract will be in place by October 2022.
For PCNs who have not made their own arrangement for patient engagement in the development of the Enhanced Access DES, we have made materials that could support you.
This includes: a poster for your practice, digital screen (this has also been uploaded on the CCG playlist on Envisage), copy for an SMS and website as well as images you can also upload to your website.
Practice Liaison Team Contact Detail Update
Please see contact numbers below for the Practice Liaison Team:
Susanne Croll – Practice Liaison and Contracts Officer 07983568374
Hayley Scott – Practice Liaison Officer 07908554089
All queries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Susanne and Hayley are happy to attend your Practice or PCN meeting.
The Derbyshire Shared Care Record (DSCR)
Is now live and available for you to access. The DSCR is a read only confidential and secure record of a citizen’s health and social care record within Derbyshire. All patients are automatically enrolled into the DSCR to show a holistic view of a citizen’s health and social care record unless they have chosen to opt out. More information about DSCR can be found on the Joined-up Care Derbyshire website here: Derbyshire Shared Care Record :: Joined Up Care Derbyshire
NHS Pride Pack
As part of Pride month, the NHS has produced a Pride Pack 2022 with information and resources to share with colleagues
Doctors’ Use of Social Media
We want to make sure you’re aware of the GMC position when it comes to the use of social media by practitioners. Please look at this GMC guidance to bear in mind when using social media.
REBUILD GENERAL PRACTICE CAMPAIGN
Rebuild General Practice: 3 ways to show your support
Help us build awareness of the crisis facing general practice. Your support to amplify the message will help make the campaign a success. Here are three ways to get involved.
- Sign the ‘Letter to my patients’
- Use #RebuildGP
Follow and share content, news, and updates on the campaign Twitter page
- Access campaign materials
Contact your LMC for more information and to access campaign materials.
GPTF DERBYSHIRE – Wraparound Support for Derbyshire General Practice
Practices do you have a newly qualified GP working in your practice?
You may be eligible to join the New to Practice Scheme please visit our website for more information.
Join Our Team
- Are you looking for a new challenge to complement your clinical work?
- Would you like to help support your fellow colleagues in Derbyshire general practice?
- Would you be interested in informing and improving the work of GPTF?
GPTF are looking for enthusiastic and skilled GPs to join our team in delivering general practice support across Derbyshire.
We'd love to hear from you, whether you have limited capacity or infinite hours, for a variety of projects and programmes.
Please read the accompanying documents for further information and to indicate your interest.
BOOK NOW: DEN Sessions
We have a new Derbyshire Education Network (DEN) session available to book. This is a free event, held virtually via Zoom. See further details below.
Topic: Children’s Safeguarding Training
Date and Time: Wednesday 10th August 2022 13:30 – 16:30
Speakers: Dr Ruth Bentley, Dr Sandra Ives, Dr Jeremy Gibson
- Legislation and guidance (national and local)
- Effective interagency working
- GP practice environment
- Personal qualities
- Think family and vulnerability
- Identify abuse and neglect
- Respond appropriately
- Clinical vignettes
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Have you completed Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey?
We hope you agree that it is particularly important to think about our mental and physical wellbeing at this time, given the amount of change that we are all experiencing.
That’s why we, alongside our colleagues across Joined Up Care Derbyshire have signed up to take part in Britain’s Healthiest Workplace, the UK’s largest workplace-wellbeing survey powered by Vitality. We’re encouraging all employees to take part to understand, maintain and improve your health and wellbeing, and to help us understand how we can better support you in doing so. The information you provide will be vital to help us identify priorities over the next year and beyond.
You can access the survey here Survey (medallia.eu)
Who is your Wellbeing Champion?
One of the ambitions set out in the NHS People plan is to encourage all organisations to roll out a network of Wellbeing Champions. There are many benefits to your organisation including improving employee morale, reducing absence rates and supports in building a healthier and more inclusive culture within practice.
We would like to support you with the implementation of this role and have attached a simple handout to inform and guide you on finding and implementing your Wellbeing Champion.
Health Improvement Advisor
Bookable appointments with our Health Improvement Advisor are available for every primary care site with a health improvement advisor to visit in person or virtually.
They will be able to distribute specialist knowledge, raise awareness and promote local and national initiatives to improve wellbeing within your teams.
Free CPD – follow the links to find out more and book your spot!
S1 and Productivity Session – GP Task Force Derbyshire 29th June 2022 12:00 – 13:00
Heart & Lung Assessment Masterclass – GP Task Force Derbyshire Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July 2022 | 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wellbeing Champion Drop-in Session – GP Task Force Derbyshire 30th June 2022 13:00 – 14:00
Derbyshire General Practice Nursing Conference 2022 – GP Task Force Derbyshire 28th September 2022 08:30 – 16:30
South Derbyshire Virtual Job Speed Dating 12th July 2022 18:00 – Onwards
North Derbyshire Virtual Job Speed Dating 5th July 18:00 – Onwards
PM Webinars 2022
Webinar 1 – July 12th 13.00-14.00
Tier 2 Sponsorship process (The skilled worker visa)
During this session we will cover
- The Skilled Worker application process
- Hints and tips
- Tina Hall (PM at Horizon Healthcare) will be sharing her experience and how Tier 2 International Graduates have helped their practice.
We ask that if you have any questions that you email these into the office email@example.com so we can cover as much as possible in the webinar.
Webinar 2 – September 13th 13.00-14.00 NHS Complaints process update
Click here to register Derby & Derbyshire LMC: Event details: PM WEBINAR: NHS Complaints Process Update
The NHS complaints process has recently been updated and our Committee PM – Kerry Martin will be talking us through the changes.
If you would like to share some complaint examples to discuss during the session please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org please ensure the examples are non-identifiable.
Webinar 3 – Tuesday 8th November 13.00-14.00 Maximising dispensing income and PA process
This webinar will cover
- How to ensure you are maximising your Dispensing and PA income
- Hints and tips that will help you maximise your practice income.
This webinar will be presented by two of our Committee PMs – Tor Siddall and Julie Chaplin.
Return to Work Drop in Session
Calling All GPs Returning from an extended period of leave. If you have been on an extended period of leave for > 3m e.g. parental leave, sick leave it can be difficult to feel confident when returning to work. GPTF in association with the Nottingham Phoenix Programme invite you to attend a ‘Return to Work’ drop in session.
Please find attached flyer for further information.
Please remember there is a wealth of support about long -term leave, whether planned or unplanned, on our GP Pause mini-site.
To see all vacancies available, please click here.
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