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DDLMC Weekly update 26/05/2022



DDLMC Newsletter & Jubilee Opening Hours


Please note no newsletter will be sent out during Jubilee week. The newsletter will return w/c 6th June as normal.

The DDLMC office team will be available normal hours Monday 30th May, Tuesday 31st, Wed 1st June until 17.00 and Thursday 2nd June however we will not be monitoring the phones across this week so please email all queries to the office ddlmc.office@nhs.net . If your query is urgent please mark it so it in the subject box. We aim to respond within 48 working hours.

The office will be closed on Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd June.

Practice Manager Networking Events – Save the date

The LMC & GPTF team are excited to announce that we will be holding two ½ day PM networking events. Please book your place using the event link here, there will be one in the North & South. Further details will follow. These events are aimed at building a strong Practice Manager network across the county.


Monkeypox is the latest health issue that has been in the news and while it’s an uncomfortable condition, it’s unlikely to be fatal and rare that it spreads between most people.

Extremely rare and primarily found in remote parts of central and west Africa, the Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.

It typically presents clinically with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes. There is a vaccine which also works on smallpox and vaccines will be offered to connected healthcare staff and supplies are readily available.

Advice to frontline clinicians and actions for the NHS were sent out via a CAS alert t by UKHSA on Tuesday.

UKHSA has confirmed a number of cases in three clusters in the South East, London and North East and the majority are mild cases. Both healthcare contacts and community contacts of these patients have been identified and offered vaccines where appropriate and people who suspect they have Monkeypox are being advised to call and make appointments at sexual health clinics or contact NHS 111.

Thanks to all staff caring for these current patients and any further cases that come through, and we will keep you updated on this.


Delayed Contractual Changes For Deceased Patient Records

NHSE/I have confirmed that the contractual changes for the management of deceased patient records have yet to take effect. This is due to required legislative and system changes remaining outstanding and means that practices should continue printing and sending the full records to PCSE until NHSE/I notifies the profession otherwise. PCSE will also retain the obligation to process AHRA requests it receives directly until that time.

Medical Exemption Service

As of 12 May 2022 the domestic NHS COVID Pass is no longer available, and the medical exemptions service (119) will no longer accepts new applications from people who want to use the domestic NHS COVID Pass to prove they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

The 119 service will continue running at a minimal level until 11 July, only accepting queries to the call centre and processing outstanding applications via GP assessments into the Summary Care Record application (SCRa). GPs will be required to continue processing applications until 11 July to comply with the amendments to GP regulations. Previously granted exemptions will continue to show throughout in the NHS Covid Pass under “view my records” except where they have expired due to time-limited grounds.

The NHS COVID Pass for international travel will continue to be available as normal. More information about medical exemptions can be found on gov.uk .


Navigating The GP Sponsorship Process Webinar

The BMA has partnered with legal firm Magrath Sheldrick, who oversee our immigration advice service , to develop a webinar on navigating the GP sponsorship process. The webinar is aimed at GP employers and offers practical tips on how to navigate the current sponsorship process to recruit non-UK nationals and addresses frequently asked questions on the process itself. The link to the webinar is enclosed: www.magrath.co.uk/gp-practices-sponsor-licence-process/

If you have any questions, or would like to share your experiences of navigating the sponsorship process, please contact Caroline Strickland, Senior Policy Advisor, International Affairs (cstrickland@bma.org.uk).

More information about certificate of sponsorship is available on the BMA website

Improvements To Benefit Eligibility At The End Of Life

On Monday 4 April 2022, eligibility for the Special Rules changed. This means that individuals can make a fast-tracked claim to two working age benefits if they have an estimated 12 months or less to live. To support people accessing these benefits and to find out more about the new process and medical evidence form, DWP have published this guidance .

PCSE GP Practice Monthly Update

PCSE newsletter May 2022 .docx

Thank you to everyone who has submitted end of year pension certificates and completed the estimates of pensionable profits/pay ahead of the 2022 deadlines. We’re delighted to see the range of functionalities that are being used on PCSE Online.

If there is anything you would like to hear more about in our monthly updates to help you with using PCSE Online .

HBVAXPRO Supply Update

It has been highlighted that some practices are reporting difficulties in ordering HBVAXPRO 5micrograms from AAH. Please note we have been advised by the national team that MSD have recently changed their wholesaler from AAH to Alliance Healthcare, therefore practices wishing to procure this vaccine or others that are not centrally supplied such as HBVAXPRO, VAQTA, VARIVAX should contact Alliance Healthcare Customer Services: 0330 100 0448 or customerservice@alliance-healthcare.co.uk

GPTF DERBYSHIRE – Wraparound Support for Derbyshire General Practice

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace – GPTF & Joined Up Care Derbyshire

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.

The survey will take roughly 20 minutes to complete, and all responses will be anonymous. Once completed, you will automatically enter into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon e-gift card*. *Please read T&Cs here for full details.

You can access the survey here Survey (medallia.eu)

Completing the survey

The link to complete the survey will be active for four weeks until the 19th June 2022. We ask that you allow enough time (roughly 20 minutes) to complete the survey in one session by this date.

Before completing the survey please be prepared with information including your waist measurement, weight, and height. You will also be able to add your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels if you know them.

The survey is best completed on a desktop.

Survey results

Once you have submitted your survey, you will immediately receive personalised feedback including tips and guidance to help you improve or maintain your health and wellbeing. Your results will be confidential and stored securely. They will not be shared with your employer or anyone else.

Following closure of the survey we will receive a report which describes our collective health, helping us better understand how we can support our workforce.

Want more info?

If you’d like more information, please review the attached Employee Guide which outlines why you should consider participating.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey.

BOOK NOW: S1 and Productivity Session

GPTF are delighted to be running a S1 and Productivity session. Join eGPlearning to save you and your patients time with technology – enhanced primary care learning. This virtual session is for FREE.

Please see further details below.

S1 and Productivity Session: Wednesday 29th June 2022 12:00 – 13:00

Click here to register

BOOK NOW: “Time to Listen” - Let’s Help Improve Men’s Mental Health

GPTF are delighted to be running a “Time to Listen” Men’s Mental Health workshop. This virtual session is for FREE. Join Dr Naren Nathan – Senthil for an evening about Men’s Mental Health and hear his own story!

Please see further details attached.

“Time to Listen” - Let’s Help Improve Men’s Mental Health: Thursday 16th June 19:00

Book here

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.


BOOK NOW: DEN Sessions

June 22

We are delighted to announce, over the month of June, Derbyshire Education Network (DEN) and Health Education Derbyshire (HED) will be co-hosting four mental health education sessions. These are free events. All will be held virtually via Zoom.

Session One:

Topic: Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHs)

Date and Time: Tuesday 7th of June 2022, 7pm - 8.30pm

Speaker: Samantha Jones (CAMHs community advisor team leader)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Session Two:

Topic: Common mental health issues in adults

Date and Time: Wednesday 15th of June 2022, 7pm - 8.30pm

Speaker: Dr Brijesh Kumar (Consultant Psychiatrist)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Session Three:

Topic: Common mental health issues in older adults

Date and Time: Tuesday 21st of June 2022, 7pm - 8.30pm

Speaker: Dr Antony Prakash (Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry)

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the psychosocial factors contributing to late life depression and anxiety
  • Choosing the right medications for the patient
  • Managing suicidal behaviour and other risks
  • Update on dementia treatment in primary care

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Session Four:

Topic: Eating Disorders, identification and management

Date and Time: Thursday 30th of June 2022, 7pm - 8.30pm

Speakers:  Dr Stuart Laverack (Consultant Psychiatrist) and Dr Catherine Fraser (Consultant Gastroenterologist)

Learning Objectives:

  • How to identify an eating disorder
  • When to refer and who to refer to
  • Management of physical health in eating disorders
  • Treatment options

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting


Survey on SMI (Severe Mental Illness) Annual Physical Health Checks – Help Us to Help You!

Adult Mental Health Commissioning Team would like to hear from you regarding SMI (Severe Mental Illness) and the annual physical health checks for patients on the SMI Register. People with an SMI have a life expectancy which is between 15-20 years less than the general population. SMI Physical Health Checks are a key way of reducing this gap and prevent avoidable health issues and premature mortality. Currently Derby and Derbyshire's attainment of people with a SMI receiving an annual Physical Health Check (PHC) and follow up interventions is around 28%, against the NHS Long Term Plan target of 60%. DDCCG Adult Mental Health Commissioning Team would like to hear your opinions and ideas via the survey link below.

The survey will run until 31st May 2022 and DDCCG will be most grateful for all responses on this really important topic. If you would like any further support or information on this please contact Ruth Thomason (Commissioning Manager SMI) by email at ruth.thomason@nhs.net

The survey link and further information can be found here.

NHSE & NHSI COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Support Bulletin – Issue 33

The aim of the information enclosed in the bulletin is to summarise the key requirements in line with national policy and guidance and provide latest information.

NHSE_&_NHSI_COVID_19_Vaccination_Bulletin_33.pdf (derbyshiremedicinesmanagement.nhs.uk)


Lunch & Learn Library Resources Month

Do you want to feel more confident and knowledgeable about some of the library resources available to you? Do you want to find the most up-to-date evidence quickly and efficiently? Do you want to find summaries of the current evidence and practical guidance on best practice to support clinical decision-making? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then these sessions could be for you!

Come and join Chloe Turner, Primary Care Librarian for Derbyshire, for a series of short lunch time training sessions taking place in July and August on Tuesdays, 1pm-1.30pm

The sessions are designed to give you a quick overview of some of the key library resources that will help you in your daily work. Many high quality evidence-based resources are available free of charge, and can be accessed after registering for an OpenAthens account.

Each session will focus on one resource – demonstrating the basic search and browse functionality with some pre-selected search terms and topics. We’ll cover: NHS Library & Knowledge Hub , NICE Guidance and Clinical Knowledge Summaries , BMJ Best Practice and TRIP Pro database .

For Further information please visit https://mailchi.mp/fef07e94e538/lunchandlearn



Getting Ready For Patients to Have Access to Their Future Data

Tuesday 31 May, 12pm to 1pm: The online session will focus on what patient access to GP records means.

GP-S & RCGP Spaces still available for this free zoom workshop on telephone consultations!


Join GP-S and the RCGP Vale of Trent faculty at this interactive workshop looking at how the GP consult has evolved and how we can survive in the face of changing environmental pressures. See attached flyer for more info.

Free Zoom workshop
Date: 26/05/2022
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
To sign up: contact@gp-s.org

Join on the night here:


FREE Lipids Education Event

There is an upcoming CVD and Diabetes event being held Thursday 16 June, 1pm-3pm, discussing important topics such as:

  • The Importance of Cholesterol and Lipid lowering to prevent cardiovascular disease
  • How the above is achieved through Lifestyle and Medication in Primary Care
  • Who to Refer to in secondary care
  • Awareness and use of unified Derbyshire Lipid Guidelines

This event is open to: GPs, Practice Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Diabetes specialist nurses, CVD and HF Specialist Nurses

Find out more about the event and book your place here


To see all vacancies available, please click here.

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