08 September 2013

Latest LMC minutes available..

...the July 2013 minutes have now been agreed and are available here

Childhood influenza and shingles catch-up programme FAQs

The GPC have published joint FAQs together with NHS Employers and NHS England, to help answer questions about the childhood influenza programme as well as the shingles catch-up programme. Both FAQs are available on the vaccinations and immunisations pages of the BMA website.

Action on Hearing Loss

One in six of the population has some form of hearing loss, rising to over half of people over 60 years old. This is a condition affecting a high proportion of patients, and yet they can face issues when visiting their GP, from communication problems to difficulties booking appointments, as outlined in a recent report from Action on Hearing Loss entitled Access All Areas. Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), have asked us to distribute their guidance for GPs to make surgeries more accessible to people with hearing loss.

Sessional GP Conference:...

The Journey Forward - Friday 11th October 2013
Working as a sessional GP has its particular challenges and this one-day conference aims to offer expert advice, practical information and guidance to support all sessional GPs in making the most of their careers.

Addressing the issues that matter to sessionals - including pensions, appraisal and revalidation, negotiating skills, as well as making successful career choices - attendees will be able to personalise the programme by selecting from a wide range of breakout groups. The conference will also give attendees the opportunity to network with their peers and discuss shared issues.

For the full programme see
the BMA website.

Medicines Use Reviews & the New Medicine Service

A briefing has been developed jointly by NHS Employers, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) to provide information for GP practices about advanced services provided by community pharmacies in England under the new NHS structures implemented in April 2013.It covers both Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) and the New Medicine Service (NMS).

Care.data

Further supporting documents on care.data have now been published and are available at the link via http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/tsd/care-data/
The documents include: