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COVID-19 UPDATE BRIEFING DDLMC – 03.07.2020

NATIONAL UPDATES

Meds delivery service extension. NHSE have announced (attachment A and B) that both pharmacies and dispensing doctors across England will be required to continue to ensure shielded patients can receive a home delivery of their medicines until 31 July 2020 and have extended the home delivery service commissioned for Community Pharmacy and Dispensing Doctors to facilitate this.

LOCAL UPDATES

LARCS and NHS Health Checks in Derby City. Derby City Council Public Health Team have confirmed that due to their own financial pressures, the relief funding they had been providing did cease on 30th June. Practices should revert to claiming for actual work that they complete, and many practices have already restarted some LARCs services. If any practices are going to experience severe financial hardship as a result of this change, please contact the Commissioning Manager, Angela.Odell@derby.gov.uk , Tel: 01332 643087 at the City Council in the first instance (and please let us know as well). Going forward they recognise the pressures that practices are under and are keen to engage with Derby City Practices (perhaps through PCNs?), to discuss how they might work together to improve the delivery of the service. Duncan Gooch and I will be coordinating this over.

LPC Update. The LPC update (attachment C) provides an insight into the issues that are facing community pharmacies and how they are dealing with them.

CRH ENT Clinical Pathway. Ruth Scott, Outpatient Manager at CRH has requested GP input into a review of the ENT pathway: We are looking for GP’s who want to help make a positive difference to the current ENT clinical pathway. To do this you will be asked to attend a 3 hour Teams meeting alongside consultants, other clinicians and representatives from DCHs etc to discuss the current issues with the pathway and suggest improvements moving forwards. If you would like your voice heard in the process please contact Ruth Scott ( ruth.scott8@nhs.net cc’d to Victoria.biggin@nhs.net ) to find out more.

Pop-up Mobile Testing Unit. The is a pop up MTU at Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Racing Club between 4th-7th July. The address is Darley Moor Sports Centre, Darley Moor, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2ET. Booking will be through the usual Gov.uk process.

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service. They have provided a update to services (Attachment D) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Universal Support for Carers in Derby City. The full details of their offer is in their monthly newsletter (Attachment E).

OTHER UPDATES

NHSE Area Team. A reminder that the previous NHSE Area Team can now be contacted through a group mailbox england.gp-contracting@nhs.net . Further details are here . Please do NOT use the previous dngp.nhse@ email address.

 

AND FINALLY…

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the production of these daily updates, particularly Susie Bailey as the SRO, Claire Leggett as co-author, Sandra Johal who co-ordinated the CCG inputs, Clive Newman who encouraged the use of a single bulletin within the CCG and everyone else (far too many to mention everyone by name). We know that through the pandemic, a single source of up to date and pertinent information has been much appreciated and as we move to a weekly update from next week the LMC/GPTF team will continue to try and provide that short and sweet update. The CCG will also provide a bulletin with updates and news and this will include all of the comms that they are mandated to send out by NHSE.

On a personal note from me, can I say thank you to everyone who has taken time out of their very busy days to say how useful these comms have been and as a wider team we are working together to make sure we learn the lessons from this experience to improve all of our comms going forward. I am a bit of a fanatical zealot when it comes to keeping things short and sweet and getting the message across in an easily understood format and I will continue to champion that approach on behalf of general practice.

On reflection the response of general practice since mid-March has been incredible and that is a huge tribute to each and every one of you. I remember the phrase “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” was used extensively in the early days (and some mad fool out there took that literally!) and I’m sure there are people out there now who feel like they have run a marathon. As we approach another easing of lockdown please ensure that you and your teams do get some time to get away and get some downtime, be that 10 mins break during the day or a proper break. But please stay safe and you don’t need me to remind you that the virus is still out there.

We will return with our new look weekly update on Thursday next week and hope you all have a great and safe weekend

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