Dear Members/ Colleagues,
As we transition back into ‘business as usual’ and begin GP recovery work in our practices , as a Federation will be reaching out to our members to see how best we can support you in your recovery plans.
I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight our Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is coming up in July, a save date will be circulated soon. Our AGM give us the opportunity to update and inform our members on the Federations progress, the achievements we have made and the support to practices and patients in what has been our most difficult year as well as us all having to navigate the many changes across the current landscape, we will also be announcing our business plans for the next 12 months.
We like to thank you as members for your continued support and our Federation team for their continued hard work .
Stay safe and well!
Dr Anuj Patel
Your PPG Network – Communicate to avoid abuse!
Barnet practices, like the rest of the country, have PPGs ranging from successful, through lip-service, to virtual, to none. Making them work needs commitment from all sides with benefits that are, of course, proportional. Patient volunteers may not be a high priority but how do you value, for example, marshals for Covid vaccinations or annually for flu-jab programmes?
It is the practice manager that makes the commitment in most surgeries, often both calling and chairing PPG meeting that needs GP backup but the non-appearance of a partner at meetings dampens the enthusiasm of the patients to make their commitment. Ideally, patients should lead the meetings, be involved by sharing concerns, not simply be recipients of whatever the practice wants to tell them. The best PPGs have another P – for Partnership; talk to BPPN for ideas on harnessing this resource.
EAS Additional Capacity
We are pleased to inform you that following discussions with the CCG we will now be increasing capacity within EAS for June and July. For more information on when these appointment on released and how to book them, please refer to the attached practice support additional information and the appointment booking process.
GP support to the Rapid Response Team
Service has been extended until June, feedback has been positive from the Rapid Response Team.
We are very pleased to advise that an interim Barnet borough offer for housebound COVID vaccinations has been agreed for newly identified and remaining housebound patients who require a 1st and/or 2nd dose vaccination, until any model for boosters and expectations for autumn/winter planning becomes clear. Please see the practice support additional information attached for further details.
EAS New Service Co-design
Meetings have been held with PCN CDs to discuss EAS requirements. Further invitations will be going out for initial Task and Finish Group meeting with the Clinical Directors and Business Managers for the PCNs. For further details on the aim of the service and how to feedback any comments, please refer to the EAS additional information attached.
In-Hours Remote GP Service
We are pleased to inform you that we are now offering to provide additional in-hours GP sessions to any of our member practices that may wish to purchase this. This is particularly with the aim of supporting any practices that are affected by COVID-19 and require GP cover. If you are interested in arranging sessions on this basis, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date for your diary – Pan Barnet event
2nd June 2021 – Medical Management of Falls and an Update on the Rapid Response Team
For further practice support, training information and research updates please see below
Support For Our Practices
Practices and professionals seeking job opportunities in Barnet can advertise through our website on our Pan Barnet Noticeboard: https://barnetfederatedgps.org.uk/panbarnetnoticeboard/
Ongoing recruitment for Salaried GPs to work primarily in EAS and other Federation services. If you are interested and would like to be considered, please refer to the attached Job Description embedded within the practice support additional information for more details, or email email@example.com.
Looking after you too – Training Opportunity for Primary Care Colleagues!
NHS/E is providing coaching support to colleagues working in Primary Care. Further details can be found in the link below:
Practice Support Tip: Potential Global Sum & QOF
Please find attached the registration issues folder embedded within the practice support additional information, you can import this folder of searches to EMIS. The process for running the search as well as further details on potential globe sum and QOF can be found attached.
Oxygen Saturation Monitor Delivery Service
Please be aware that the Oxygen Saturation Monitor “Drop and Collect” service ran by the Federation is available 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday. Please refer to the step-by-step guide attached embedded within the practice support additional information on how to use the service and if you have any queries, please contact the Federation on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0203 982 9800.
NCL GP Webinar Slides
Please find the slides attached from our NCL GP webinar held on Thursday 13th May:
- Every Action Counts – Infection, Prevention & Control
- Post Covid Syndrome – Borough MDT
- Elective Recovery Update
The service offers specialist advice on all issues related to anticoagulant therapies and provides on-going monitoring for patients on anticoagulants. Please visit out website for your nearest clinic as well as the operating days: https://barnetfederatedgps.org.uk/anticoagulation/
Barnet Care Homes MDT: Education Project Lead
This is an exciting opportunity to work with Barnet Training Hub! For further information please see the Care Homes Education document attached or on the Training Hub website: https://www.barnetcepn.org.uk/barnet-care-homes-mdt-education-project-lead/
CQC Update – Training for CQC Registered Managers and other GP Staff
In you are interested in this training, please refer to the training additional information attached and if you would like to book a place on this session, please email Emily, the Training Hub Administrator at: email@example.com
GDPR & DSP toolkit update- Training for Practice Managers
The Training Hub are delighted that the Federation DPO, Steve Durbin will again be delivering GDPR and DSP toolkit update training for practice managers. If you would like to book a place on this session, kindly reserve your place by booking using the Eventbrite links below:
Thursday 3rd June 2021 10:00-1200 or Thursday 10th June 2021 10:00-1200
An Introduction to Physician Associates in General Practice
This event will be hosted by the NCL HEE PA ambassadors and will take place live over MS Teams. The event is scheduled for Thursday 10th June 2021 (5pm-7pm). For more information, please refer to the attached NCL event details or visit the link below: . https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/physician-associates-in-general-practice-north-central-london-tickets-150065703559
Practice Managers Learning Group– Covid Response, Well-being and Peer Support
The PMLG will be holding facilitated sessions on Thursday 20th May 2021 and Thursday 27th May 2021, 10am – 12 noon. Please see attached for more details on the aim of the sessions and in you would like to book a place on either session, please email Kyra at the Training Hub: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnet Study Updates
Current research activity:
Vacc on Track – Many thanks to The Old Courthouse Surgery for attending an SIV. Recruitment has begun at Watling Medical Centre!
YouScreen – 32 green lit practices as of 14th May.
HomeHealth RCT – Study aiming to assess the clinical effectiveness of the HomeHealth intervention in enabling independence in older people with mild frailty. Renumeration: £295.50 for recruiting 20-30 patients.
PAM – RCT evaluating the effectiveness of a brief remote intervention aiming to support adherence to patients prescribed antihypertensive medication. Up to £1,767 renumeration for recruiting 11 patients.
Treat2Target – RCT evaluating the effects of an allopurinol-based treat-to-target ULT on the number of gout flares. Renumeration: £422 for recruitment of 1 patient.
APPLE-Tree – RCT assessing the effectiveness of a well-being intervention that is aimed at reducing cognitive decline in people with memory problems. Renumeration: £200 for screening 50 patients.