Author Archive | Laura Glover

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GP Patient Survey

From January to the end of March, more than two million people registered with GP practices will be invited to answer a postal questionnaire about their experiences. For the first time, 16 and 17 year olds will be included. The questionnaire has been redesigned to measure new ways of working such as online services and […]

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Vaccine Update – December 2017

Reporting unused flu vaccine ordered  for children’s flu Any vaccine that has expired or remains unused at the end of the season must be recorded on ImmForm using the Stock Incident page.  When recording, ensure you select the appropriate reason. This is to ensure all stock is accounted for & supports efforts to reduce the […]

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SNOMED

We are occasionally being why we are not offering training yet on SNOMED? Yes, SNOMED is the coding of choice from April 2018, however, practices will not be transitioning from the 1st April as dual coding will be in place. So, our advice is, sit tight and carry on as you are.  We recommend you […]

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Prevalence – accurate QOF registers

Do you regularly validate your QOF registers? Do you have any idea how much you could be losing if you leave your registers to manage themselves? The example below is a real-life practice example.  Practice A had a data quality assessment in January 2017, they then set to work to rectify the issues we identified […]

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Change of settings in CQRS …

CQRS have changed their settings. Last year any reports that were outstanding were highlighted in yellow, but this year it has changed and its catching people out. The service is no longer highlighted in yellow where a submission is due. The month on claim will be highlighted yellow but you will need to find he […]

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GDPR Webinars

Are you getting overwhelmed by all the information available around the new General Data Protection Regulations?  We found that much of the information related to large organisations and not to small businesses like ours; the more we read the more confused we got! These webinars aim to unravel the key points and summarise all of […]

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GDPR – 2017/18 Data Security Requirements

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become UK law on 25 May 2018. The new regulations will replace the Data Protection Act 1988, bringing us up to date with current practice and ensuring our data is protected.  Nowadays with the internet, shopping ‘reward’ cards and location services enabled on our smart phones, our data […]

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SNOMED UPDATE

Delen is NHS Digital’s specialist collaboration and information sharing platform for the national terminology and classifications standards – including SNOMED – https://hscic.kahootz.com/connect.ti/t_c_home/grouphome There are many training resources, documents, data quality resources, etc, all to help practices prepare for the SNOMED implementation.  Whilst all systems must have implemented SNOMED by April next year, dual coding will […]

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CQC Inspections – Immunisation Services

Following the completion of the 1st round of CQC inspections, it was found that most practices are running very efficient immunisation services, despite the complexity and the regularity of changes.  Below are some of the issues identified: Cold chain Vaccines must be stored within the conditions of their product licence – between 2ºC and 8ºC. […]

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Vaccine ordering information for the children’s national flu vaccination programme

Information for 2017 to 2018 GPs will be subject to allocation based controls similar to last year. However, this year the timing and levels of changes to the allocations have been set out in advance, based on ordering patterns from last season to help planning. For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643758/VU_269_August_2017.pdf

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GMS 2017/18 Frailty Contractual Guidance

Frailty is the most problematic expression of ageing we are facing. The aim of this contractual requirement is to proactively identify older people (65+) living with severe or moderate frailty. Those identified will then be offered a medication review (severe) and an annual falls risk assessment (severe & moderate where clinically appropriate) with promotion of […]

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Eligibility of children for flu vaccines

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/647122/VU_270_september17.pdf Giving a second dose of Fluenz Tetra The patient information leaflet provided with LAIV states that children should be given two doses of this vaccine if they have not had flu vaccine before. However, the Joint committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) considers that a second dose of the vaccine provides only modest additional […]

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What might the future of QOF look like?

NICE have proposed a set of new indicators for potential inclusion in the NICE indicator menu for general practice. Some of the areas included are: Pulse rhythm assessment and atrial fibrillation: The % of patients aged 65+ who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions: CHD, HF, Hypertension, Diabetes, CKD, PAD or […]

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General Practice Access Data

The next bi-annual extended access collection will be open for submissions from 1 to 29 September 2017. As set out in the 2016 regulations, all practices are required to submit an online return twice a year through the primary care web tool, setting out what evening and weekend access to appointments the practice offers. Practices will […]

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Patient Registrations – new GMS1 form

From 2 October 2017, practices must use the new GMS1 form for all new patient registrations.  This form contains supplementary questions for overseas patients.  Copies of the form will be delivered to practices ahead of the launch date – copies can be downloaded from http://www.nhs.uk/Servicedirectories/Documents/GMS1.pdf and further copies ordered from https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/

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GP Practice Resilience Programme

Following on from the £16 million in 2016/17, a further £8 million funding for 2017/18 has been released.  The GPRP aims to deliver a menu of support that will help practices to become more sustainable and resilient.  Updated guidance can be found here – https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/general-practice-resilience-programme-operational-guidance/ While local teams can identify practices for support, a new […]

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REMOTE – Seasonal Flu 17/18

Seasonal Flu Campaign – this is a critical programme for Primary Care for both patient care & practice income. Our 2-part REMOTE Flu 17/18 dial-in service includes: Patients included in target groups including over 65s, at risk categories & patients aged 2 & 3 Protocol/patient alerts & appropriate recall systems put in place Identification of patients […]

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Community pharmacists provided 1m flu jabs in 2016/17

  Community pharmacists in England administered 950,765 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS flu vaccination service in 2016/17. The NHS Business Services Authority has published a report detailing the community pharmacy contractors who signed up to provide the service, as well as the NHS England area, vaccines administered, and drug and fee costs. […]

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