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Kent & Medway CCG COVID-19 Updates

The LMC have the agreement of Kent and Medway CCG to publish all of the COVID-19 Updates they are sending out to GP practices. The first update was sent out on Tuesday 17 March and then on subsequent Thursdays and Tuesdays. If urgent communication is necessary on other days they are sent as and when . Although the Updates were correct when published it is important to check that information is still current before acting on it: please email: wkccg.gpscovid19@nhs.net

The bulletins have been produced to inform GPs about issues rather than for public information. If you are not a GP please contact: wkccg.gpscovid19@nhs.net so we can provide the information you require.

Kent & Medway CCG GP Update 6 August 2020

Clinical advice and support - National flu immunisation programme 2020/21
Infection prevention and control  - Zoning guidance.
IT - EMIS using practices - new electronic notifications for the urgent supply of medicine.
Data Protection - Covid privacy notice, Full medical records access, Data protection webinars.
Finance - Covid-19 support fund for general practice
West Kent - Primary care commissioning GP representative for West Kent.

Kent & Medway CCG GP Update 4 August 2020

Clinical advice and support - Third phase of NHS response to Covid-19, Covid Recovery, Registration of Deaths, BMJ Best Practice Tool, Updates to shielding guidance, Flu programme 2020, Cancer webinar.
IT - Accessibility of practice websites.
Workforce – NHS People Plan, Recruitment of social prescribing link workers (SPLWs).

Kent and Medway CCG GP Update 30 July 2020

Clinical Advice and Support - Guidance on planned care in hospitals, Macmillan Cancer Awareness training sessions.
IT - Re-enter NHSMail passwords.
Infection Prevention and Control - Letters of conformity for certain masks.
Local Area Updates – East Kent.

Kent and Medway CCG GP Update 28 July 2020

Clinical advice and support; Updated Covid-19 guidance, Face covering exemptions, Test results update, Covid-19 Patient Notification System (CPNS), Early cancer diagnosis
Membership; GP Clinical Leads - reminder
IT; Digital Primary Care online presence – accessibility compliance
Infection prevention; Type IIR face masks from Cardinal Health

Kent and Medway CCG GP Update 23 July 2020
Clinical advice and support - New guidance for safe enquiry about domestic abuse, Best practice webinar: Covid-19 and renal challenges, Best practice webinar: current diagnosis and management of heart failure, Remote consultations - sharing learning, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust services.
Finance - New online service for managing GP practice payment information.
Infection Prevention and Control - PPE Mutual Aid Portal closing.
Local Area Updates - Medway and Swale

Kent and Medway CCG GP Update 16th July 2020
Clinical advice and support; Kent and Medway Care Record - important next step
IT; VPN activation, Zoom security, NHSMail update

Kent and Medway CCG GP Update 14th July 2020
Clinical advice and support; Update on shielding, Second phase of general practice response to Covid-19, Key principles for intimate clinical assesments undertaken remotely, Webinar: Perinatal support for BAME women during Covid-19, NICE consultation on workplace health: long-term sickness absences and capability to work, New content added to the domestic violence and abuse e-learning programme,  Education and training for NHS staff in community health services supporting the response to Covid-19, Data protection webinar, NHS England's primary care bulletin, Update: ReSPECT forms.
Infection prevention and control; Zoning in primary care.
Local area updates; Medway and Swale.

Kent and Medway CCG GP Update 9th July 2020
Clinical Support and Advice – Risk assessments for at-risk staff, Covid-19 best practice webinar, Investigating the deaths of health and social care workers who contracted coronavirus, Cervical screening in primary care in Kent and Medway.
Finance - Submissions against the £1 Covid Support Funding.
Local Area Updates – East Kent (Out of Hours Messages, Medway (Your chance to help improve services for adults with Autism and ADHD – survey for GPs extended)

Kent and Medway CCG GP Update 7 July 2020
Weekly primary care sitrep survey
Clinical advice and support - Kent and Medway Care Record, Virtual prehabilitation programme for cancer patients, Supporting people with learning disabilities.
Infection prevention and control - Cardinal Type IIR face masks, Reminder about PPE quality or safety queries.
IT - Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).
Local area updates - East Kent Urgent Eye Service.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 32 - 2nd July 2020
Clinical Advice and Support - Brief guidance about domestic abuse and ‘virtual’ health settings, Kent and Medway Care Record
Administration - New to Partnership Payment Guidance, GP Patient Survey, Developing ‘CQRS Local’.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 31 - 30th June 2020
Weekly Primary Care Sitrep Survey
Clinical Advice and Support - Reporting of General Practice-based Covid-19 Outbreak ( Outbreak Reporting Briefing ,   Outbreak reporting action card , IIMarch Example Template ), Shielded Patients List – EMIS search, Temporary Residents, ReSPECT Letters to GPs , Virtual Group Consultations Briefing Session, Respiratory Issues and Covid-19 webinar.
Infection Prevention and Control - Immunisation Training and Guidance.
Workforce -
Risk Assessments for At-risk Staff Groups

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 30 - 25th June 2020
Clinical Advice & Support – Update on Shielding, Kent and Medway Cancer Awareness Training, Covid-19 Bereavement Support for Children and Young People Aged 4-19.
Infection Prevention & Control - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal Order Limits.
Administration -Patient Safety Team, Information Governance and Data Protection Support.
Workforce - BAME Population Mortality Reduction Board.
Finance - DES/LES/AQP Financial Arrangements – Quarter 1 2020/21 

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 29 - 23rd June 2020
Weekly sit rep survey
Clinical Advice & Support - Update on Shielding, Clinical Negligence Scheme for Coronavirus, Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal and Rheumatic Conditions, Webinars Hosted by Thrombosis UK, Heatwave Plan for England.
Infection Prevention & Control - PPE for patients attending secondary care clinics held in primary care and community clinics.

IT - Remote Access, Hot Weather and Protecting IT Equipment, Mobile and broadband enhancements for frontline NHS staff.
Workforce Grants and Support.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 28 - 18th June 2020
Clinical Advice & Support; COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities, Resumption of optical services in England Infection Prevention & Control; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal Order Limits
Administration & Workforce; Workforce Minimum Data Set, Life Assurance
Communications; Community Bulletin

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 27 - 16th June 2020
Weekly sitrep survey
Clinical Advice & Support; Understanding Test and Trace; how can we use this system to address inequality? Children and young people’s mental health, New online support for people with diabetes, Supporting remote monitoring using pulse oximetry
Infection Prevention & Control; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Ordering, Test and Trace, Face Masks
IT; Digital Consultations, Online Consultation Support Offer, Kent & Medway Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) Update, GP Request for Generic Virtual Private Network (VPN) Tokens
Medicines Management; Direct Oral Anti-Coagulants (DOACs)
Workforce; Psychological first aid (PFA) training

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 26 - 12th June 2020
Clinical Advice & Support; Referral to treatment (RTT) measurement; COVID-19 and Mental Health Challenges in Practice webinar – 16 June , Patient leaflet about COVID-19 ( leaflet to give to patients ), Dentistry.
Safeguarding; Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership, Safeguarding Fabulous Fortnight.
Infection Prevention & Control; Antibody testing; Ordering personal protective equipment (PPE).
Workforce; All staff survey,  Carers Week - launch of Carers platform of support and resources.
Communications; Patient Survey open until 15 June – please share with PPGs.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 25 - 9th June 2020
Clinical Advice & Support; Aftercare, End of Life care ( Kent and Medway CCG flowchart for the process for Verification of Expected Death in Period of COVID-19 Emergency Measures ) ( Bereavement Access ) ( Training opportunities ) ( Repurposing of medicines document for care homes ), Test Results, Shielded patients.
IT; Phase 4 of Electronic Prescription Service (EPS),  Medway Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) Service Update, EMIS web data sharing agreement activations, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) shared care record, eConsult online consultation update and webinars
Medicine Management & Pharmacies; Suspected drug fraud, Electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) system  

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 24 - 5th June 2020
Clinical Advice & Support; Quit For Covid ( website banner ), Kooth – online mental health support for children and young people.
Safeguarding; Patients with learning disabilities.
Infection Protection & Control; Social Distancing in Primary Care, Legionella and Pseudomonas Risk, Testing of People with COVID-19 Symptoms – New Phone Number

IT; IT Security ( Cyber Awareness ).
Information; Disparities in the Risk and Outcomes of COVID-19
Communications; NHS Health at Home campaign.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 23 - 2nd June 2020
Weekly Sitrep Survey ; Clinical Advice & Support; GP standard operating procedure version 3, Verification of Expected Death ( flowchart for Verification of Expected Death ), Online support for young people in Medway, NHS healthcare for veterans and the Armed Forces community, Dental Practices, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) updates on COVID-19 tests and testing kits, Update to guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding).
Safeguarding; Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) ( 7-minute safeguarding briefing ).
Infection Protection & Control; Covid-19 antibody testing, Cooling and Fans in Primary Care
 
IT; GP Connect, Keeping Your Patients Informed about Online Services - a webinar on Thursday 4 June from 4:30pm – 5:00pm, New guidance for safe video consulting.
Finance; DES/LES/AQP Financial arrangements – Q1 2021, £1 Practice COVID-19 support funding
Workforce; Free NHS Staff Car Parking – Local Authority Car Parks ( attached pass )
Communications; Opportunity for PPG members to meet the Clinical Commissioning Group, Updated materials for NHS facilities including hospitals, GP practices, pharmacies and other NHS settings are available to download.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 22 - 28th May 2020
Clinical Advice & Support; Best Practice COVID-19 Webinar Tuesday 2 June 7pm-8:45pm
Referral Advice;  Hospital appointments
Infection Protection & Control; Good ventilation to minimise risk of transmission of COVID 19
IT; IT Alert, Kent and Medway Interoperability Gateway (MIG) Service – New Shared Care Record Available, East Kent EMIS Web Practices, Medway and Swale EMIS Web Practices, Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley EMIS Web Practices, West Kent EMIS Web Practices
Contracting; NHS England GP Contracts Team
Training;Virtual Café
Workforce; #LookingAfterYouToo: individual coaching support for primary care staff
Health and wellbeing survey
Communications; Facebook Live Sessions Offer Free Healthy Lifestyle Support

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 21 - 26th May 2020 
Clinical Advice and Support; NHS Primary Care Bulletin, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) action plan, NHS Coronavirus updates for the armed forces community, NHS Diabetes Advice helpline (frequently asked questions) , Patients being redirected to NHS 111
Referral Advice; Sexual and reproductive health support, Referral of Deaths to the Coroner
Workforce; Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
Communications; Answerphone messages, Help us Help you – focus on Primary Care.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 20 - 21st May 2020
Clinical Advice & Support; Symptoms, Screening ( NHS Cervical Screening Programme Restoration Guidance ), COVID-19 Respiratory, Thromboembolism and ITU Complications in Practice, Latest NICE rapid guidelines
Safeguarding; Video and email consultations, Suicide and young people.
IT; IT support over weekends (and bank holidays), IT User Guides ( Remote Working ) ( Red Centric VPN Tokens ​​​​​​​) ( Away From My Desk ​​​​​​​)
Infection Protection & Control; Testing update, Public Health England warning over home-testing kits; Donated PPE
Finance; DES/LES/AQP Financial arrangements – quarter 1 2020/21, Recovering Statutory Sick Pay payments
Prescribing & Medicines Management; Bank Holiday Monday 25 May, Transmission of prescriptions from Primary Care Treatment Centres (PCTC)
Communications; Easy Read Coronavirus guide to accessing services

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 19 - 19th May 2020 (Primary care weekly sit-rep survey)
Clinical Advice & Support; Symptoms, Screening, Support for Care Homes, Mental Health Awareness Week.
Referral Advice; Radiology and routine referrals to EKHUFT, Electronic Referral Services (e-RS) and EKHUFT
IT; General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) data for COVID-19 pandemic.
Infection Protection & Control; Personal protective equipment (PPE) training
Communications; Stay Alert to Stay Safe– new materials.
Administration; Flu vaccine,

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 18 - 14th May 2020
Finance; Bank Holiday Friday 8 May reimbursement rates ( May 8 Reimbursement Claim Form ), Bank holiday on Monday 25 May, Coronavirus outbreak indemnity.
Clinical Advice & Support; Care Homes, COVID-19 and End of Life Care – Best Practice Online Forum webinar
Infection Protection & Control; Chest Compressions and Infection Prevention and Control.
IT; GP Connect – actions for EMIS practices
Safeguarding; Primary Care Safeguarding Leads webinar
Prescribing & Medicines Management; Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme, Palliative Care Update (supplies of end of life drugs) ​​​​​​​, Inhalers.
Communications; Help to Care app launched (
web banner ​​​​​​​)

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 17 - 12th May 2020:
Kent and Medway CCG primary care weekly sit-rep survey; (Highlight Report for last week)
Infection Protection & Control; Safety recall of Tiger Eye protective goggles; Ordering personal protective equipment (PPE), Testing.
Clinical Advice & Support; Verification of death in a period of emergency, Perinatal mental health (
GP perinatal tips ​​​​​​​).
IT; Kent & Medway Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) Update.
Administration; Registering to receive alerts from the Central Alerting System, Start of national primary care sit-rep, The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

Communications; New ‘Stay Alert’ messaging.

​​​​​​​Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 16 7th May 2020:
Infection Protection & Control; Training in infection prevention and control, Care Homes, Mobile Testing Units, Ordering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ( PPE ordering process ​​​​​​​)
Safeguarding; Guidance on how to respond to domestic abuse
Clinical Advice & Support; COVID and End of Life Care in Practice, GP resource to support cancer patients ( Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance GP Resources ​​​​​​​), Online support for young people in Kent, Verification of death in a period of emergency, An update on Shielding Patients for Primary Care ( template letter ​​​​​​​)
Referral Advice; Kent and Medway radiology update, Phlebotomy at Medway Community Healthcare – booked appointments only, Consultant Connect Update (Medway & Swale only), East Kent Specific Update.
IT; Support over bank holiday weekend
Medicines, Prescribing & Pharmacies; Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times ( list of pharmacies ​​​​​​​), Electronic Prescription Service Phase 4.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 15 5th May 2020:
Administration; Primary care weekly sitrep survey , NHS Volunteer Responders, Shielded Patients, Bank Holiday Opening.
Clinical Advice; Palliative services; Flow Chart for completed TEP/ DNACPR, Impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities, Primary care support for care home residents.
IT; Support over bank holiday weekend, GP Connect, e-Consult.
Workforce Support; Supporting the wellbeing and mental health of staff - guidance for staff ​and managersTop Tips for looking after yourself, Bereavement support, Visas for health and care workers, Training in infection prevention and control.
Medicines & Prescribing Guidance; Prescriptions, Transmission of prescriptions from Primary Care Treatment Centres/ Hot Zones in General Practice, Kent and Medway acute trust’s prescription management, MTW, EKHUFT, DVH & MFT.

Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 14 30th April 2020:
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Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 9 14th April 2020
Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 8 9th April 2020
Kent and Medway CCG Covid-19 Update 7 7th April 2020
Kent and Medway CCG COVID-19 Update 6 2 April 2020.pdf
Kent and Medway CCG COVID-19 Update 5 31 March 2020.pdf  
Kent and Medway CCG COVID-19 Update 4 26 March 2020.pdf 
Kent and Medway CCG COVID-19 Update 3 24 March 2020.pdf
Kent and Medway CCG COVID-19 Update 2 19 March 2020.pdf 
Kent and Medway CCG COVID-19 Update 1 17 March 2020.pdf

 

 

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