Results of the LMC Triennial Elections 2016

Results of the LMC Triennial Elections 2016

As returning officer I am pleased to announce the results of the Committee elections 2016. I am delighted to say we have 5 new members, and would like to take this opportunity to welcome them. They are Dr Michael Trowbridge of Bude, Dr Sarah Keast of St Austell Health Care Group, Dr Hugh Savage of Stennack, St Ives, Dr Sam Radford of Boscastle and Dr Harpreet Jones-Pahdi of Pensilva. Sadly three veteran stalwarts, Dr Phil Dommett, Dr Robert Harvey and Dr Angus McDonald have decided to resign from the committee after many years of sterling service, and I am sure everyone will join with me in wishing them all the best for the future and thanking them for all their tireless work on behalf of the GPs of Cornwall.   Your representatives on the Local Medical Committee are as follows:   Dr Paul Abbott (Boscastle) Dr Linda Barry (Three Spires, Truro and Occupational Health Representative) Dr Jennifer Early (Tamar Valley Health) Dr Sarah Gray (Locum) Dr Will Hynds (Portscatho) Dr Steve Jefferies (Oak Tree Surgery, Liskeard) Dr Harpreet Jones –Pahdi (Pensilva) Dr Jonathan Katz (Penryn) Dr Sarah Keast (St Austell Healthcare Group) Dr Beth McCarron (Lander Medical Practice and GPC Representative) Dr Peter Merrin (Perranporth Surgery) Dr Martin Priest (Petroc Group Practice) Dr Sam Radford (Boscastle) Dr Justin Randell (Narrowcliffe Surgery, Newquay) Dr Nick Rogers (Falmouth Health Centre) Dr Hugh Savage (Stennack Surgery, St Ives) Dr Francesco Scaglioni (Locum and Pastoral Care Lead) Dr Matthew Stead (Locum) Dr Phil Trevail (Carn To Coast) Dr Michael Trowbridge (Bude) Dr Victoria Olobia (Locum)   Practice Manager Representative—Mrs Sally Poxon (Carnwater, Bodmin)...
LMC Committee Triennial Elections 2016

LMC Committee Triennial Elections 2016

The LMC is about to hold its triennial elections for committee members. All GPs, Salaried doctors and locums who have paid the LMC levy are entitled to stand for election and also to vote. The electoral role can be seen here Elections 2016 Doctors and you will receive nomination papers by post shortly. If your name does not appear on the list and you believe it should , please contact the returning officer Dawn Molenkamp  Email:...
The Future Of General Practice

The Future Of General Practice

I am writing to remind you about our Future of General Practice meetings being held on: – Tuesday 2nd February at Lanhydrock Golf Club and Thursday 4th February at St Michael’s Hotel, Falmouth Both events will start with refreshments from 1830. We aim to start the meeting at 1900 hrs and finish by 2130 at the latest. These meetings are an opportunity for you to provide your personal and practice’s views and influence the Future of General Practice in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly.  The meeting will also help the LMC and the CCG to gather ‘intelligence’ from GPs of all levels of experience including those in training and those approaching the end of their careers to inform the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (required in June 2016) that includes clear plans for the sustainability of general practice. The format will involve an introduction to include: – Current workforce provision Workforce projections Work of the Primary Care 2020 group Five Year Forward View and strategic planning Government intentions Current and possible future contractual framework An LMC view of the direction of travel for Primary Care This part of the evening should take no more than 30-45 minutes because the second part of the evening will be devoted to small group discussions on the above topics and will include discussions on: – Career intentions Shape of Cornish General Practice The future of GP partnership Portfolio Careers Premises Federation Workforce development To book your place please email: christina.moore@kernowlmc.co.uk Your involvement in these meetings is crucial and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. Dr Peter Merrin Chair Cornwall...
NHS Pension Scheme

NHS Pension Scheme

The LMC are holding two evening events. 23rd April at Lanhydrock Golf Club, near Bodmin and 28th April at Penventon Park Hotel, near Redruth on the changes to the NHS pension scheme. Refreshment will be available from 7pm. Can you please let us know if you would like to attend, there is no charge for the events, but we need to have an idea of numbers for catering purposes. The seminars, run by Luke Bennett of Francis Clarke will cover the following issues. • Reminder of differences between 1995, 2008 and 2015 Schemes • Difference between officer and practitioner posts • Pension flexibilities – making sure you are getting the maximum pension • Tax impact if annual allowance exceeded; is Scheme Pays a good idea? • Tax impact if lifetime allowance exceeded; • Interaction with personal pension funds • Protections available for lifetime allowance • How to decide whether to o Carry on contributing o Continue with added years o Become a deferred member o Take 24 hour...
Occupational Health – briefing

Occupational Health – briefing

The last month has seen rapid developments in the challenges facing the Peninsula Occupational Health Service (POHS). A round table meeting took place on Wednesday 25th February at which a way forward was agreed between Devon Doctors On Call (DDOC) and the representatives of SHED and Kernow CIC. The Board of DDOC has sanctioned the use of the POHS surplus to fund the current service beyond 1st April when NHS England funding will largely stop. This means that current arrangements for occupational health will continue unchanged until 31st May. This commitment to stabilising the service allows us the time to structure a new service that will be launched on 1st June. After April, NHS England will fund a vestigial service including: 1) ongoing treatment costs for those already in therapy 2) OH assessments for those practitioners in performance processes 3) a needlestick injury service The remainder of OH provision represents the bulk of our current operation and includes the holistic service based at Tamar Science Park and the professional psychological support unit run by Ben Charnaud, Anne Read and Linda Barry. It has been agreed between all the parties that DDOC will continue to be the provider of the ongoing service which will be offered direct to the profession. DDOC intends to subcontract the two parts of the service to the current providers, so that practices and practitioners who sign up will benefit from a holistic service with full psychological support of a standard at least as high as that already enjoyed. The service to date has cost NHS England less than £500k to provide this exemplar service across...
Tackling the challenges GPs face

Tackling the challenges GPs face

 The unique strength of GPC as your representative body comes from its infrastructure of LMCs — it democratically represents the interests of general practice across the UK. It is vital GPC connects with and understands everyday GPs on the ground, which is why we go out and speak at your local and regional meetings throughout the year. We run a series of national GPC roadshows twice yearly, which are open to all GPs and hosted by LMCs (local medical committees). These have been running this month in more than 10 areas across England. Last week I spoke at Beds and Herts, Kent, and West Midlands LMCs, which gave me an invaluable opportunity to report on the work and priorities of GPC, and most importantly to hear directly from grassroots colleagues about their issues and concerns, coupled with lively debate on how to move forward together to address the challenges ahead. These meetings cover issues including: Forthcoming changes to the GP contract Managing workload Co-commissioning New models of care Workforce GP premises. You may still have time to attend a roadshow in your area.   Workload A constant theme in the roadshows has been our excessive and unmanageable workload. I was pleased that so many practices are finding our guidance on managing workload, Quality First, useful. One GP who has a partnership vacancy, and was fortunate enough to have applicants, told me that as part of the interview process prospective partners were asked to use our guidance to present a practice-workload management strategy. Another GP recounted that in a recent CCG (clinical commissioning group) practice visit, he used our guidance to...