10 March 2013

LMC March 2013 Newsletter....

now available here.

Public Health Local Enhanced Services Contract
On-Line Access to Patient Records
LMC Survey
GP Open Meeting
Safe Guarding Training for GPs
Electronic Prescription Service
Behaviour Change Programme
On-Line Discussion Forum

Display Energy Certificates

The DH has confirmed that practices should show Display Energy Certificates.

See Latest News for more information

GMS / PMS Regulations

Amendments to the GMS contract and PMS agreement regulations coming into force on 1st April 2013 have now been published. They are available here

Revalidation Guidance

The GPC has produced guidance on revalidation, to provide clarification on how they expect the process to work and to deal specifically with some of the practical questions that are arising as revalidation is implemented.

See here for further information

Vault cytology

In 2011, the Advisory Committee for Cervical Screening and the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) confirmed that the responsibility for follow up care of women who require vault cytology lie with their gynaecologist, not their GP. We were also assured that there would still be some flexibility in that GPs who wish to continue this practice, can do so on a case by case basis in agreement with their local gynaecologist, but that there is no contractual requirement for GPs to do this.

Subsequently, NHS Cancer Screening Programmes have reconfirmed that ‘gynaecologists are expected to take individual responsibility for a woman’s follow up and if they wish the woman’s GP to undertake cytological follow up, they would expect that to be organised between them and the GP on an individual basis’. We believe that this could still be interpreted as if gynaecologists have the discretion to delegate cytological follow-ups to GPs. This would be unsafe and clinically inappropriate, and therefore dangerous for patients.

We would like to re-iterate our advice to practices, in that this work should never be delegated to GPs and that GPs should not to feel pressured to undertake the recall and continued surveillance for their patients, whose indication for ongoing vault smears will have been a malignant diagnosis.

Latest GPC News..... Feb 2013

Contents Include: Click here for full document

By-election of regional representatives 2013-2016 ..
CQRS training
Eric Gambrill Travelling Fellowship
Francis report
GPC meeting
GPC secretariat
GP contract imposition
Latest NHSCB guidance for CCGs – Everyone Counts
LMC conference 2013
LMCs – change of details
Local enhanced services and the NHS standard contract
N3 Next Generation Access
Patient group directives (PGDs) post April 2013
PIP breast implants
Quality Premium
Sessional GPs Subcommittee elections