04 November 2012

NHS 111 Presentation...

.... Anya Paradis and Berenice Groves attended our LMC meeting on the 6th November to give us an update on the NHS 111 implementation plans. See here for that presentation.

Latest LMC minutes available...

...the Oct 2012 minutes have now been agreed and are available here

BMA 2013 research grants

The BMA was among the first of the professional bodies to award grants and prizes to encourage and further medical research. Today, around ten research grants are administered under the auspices of the Board of Science, all funded by legacies left to the BMA. Grants totalling approximately £500,000 are awarded annually. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists and are for either research in progress or prospective research.
The 2013 research grants will be available to apply for online on the BMA website from 11 December this year -
www.bma.org.uk. The application deadline is 15 March 2013 at 5pm.
Subject specifications for each grant vary. For example, in 2013, research areas range from rheumatism and arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer to neurological disorders and terminal care. For more information on the grants on offer in 2013 and details of how to apply, please see:
www.bma.org.uk/researchgrants

Focus on Travel Immunisations

The Focus on travel immunisations document has been amended to add a note about the reimbursement of oral typhoid vaccine, and to clarify which travel immunisations are not reimbursable on the NHS.

Sharing electronic records for direct patient care

A set of principles has been developed to support GP practices that are considering implementing shared record systems. Until relatively recently, data recorded in GP systems have not been directly accessible by other organisations. Data have previously been shared via specific clinical communications, such as referral letters. A number of GP clinical system suppliers have developed systems which allow healthcare professionals across different organisations to access directly the detailed information recorded during patient consultations.
These are high level principles, which the BMA believes represent best practice in terms of allowing records to be shared in order to facilitate patient care, whilst maintaining high standards of confidentiality. All system suppliers should aspire to meet these standards.

The principles are available here.

NHS Choices Website Issues...

It has been brought to the attention of the LMC that a practice has had an adverse posting about them on the NHS Choices website. They had not been aware of it and therefore did not challenge it as they should have done.
This is a reminder to all practices to check this website and review the guidance, NHS Choices and NHS Choices Website (in the library), given by the GPC that is on this website.
Click here for guidance