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Wednesday, 28 December 2022

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YOUR bulletin this week is packed with:

• Information for GP Practice Staff
• Service Updates
• Updates for all Practitioners

Guidance for vaccinations delivered overseas

Please see the updated guidance in PRN00027 - Quality and Outcomes Framework guidance for 2022/23 version 2 (page 82) regarding vaccinations given overseas. To see the extract of the guidance, please see below.

Medication evidence summary

Please see the latest Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) medicines safety information including national patient safety alerts, MHRA Drug Safety updates and more.

Polio booster campaign service guidance update

Following the release of the polio booster campaign service within CQRS Local, a potential issue with some of the claims from SystmOne Practices has been uncovered. 

Top tips for patients with long-term lung condition

London Respiratory Clinical Network (LRCN) has provided a patient-facing leaflet to support patients with a long-term lung condition to stay as healthy as possible over the winter period.

NEL Cancer Alliance primary care update

NEL Cancer Alliance has released its December 2022 primary care update.

2022/23 Direct Enhanced Services (DES) sign up and quarterly claim form Q3 reminder

A reminder that the deadline for Quarter 3 submissions is Tuesday 10 January 2023 for the January payment run to be paid in February.
The claim form for submission for the practices who have signed up for the provision of Minor Surgery DES and Out of Area DES can be found here.
For Minor Surgery claims, please ensure that the validation report accompanies the claim.

Information skills training in January 2023

Free online training sessions are available for Primary Care staff and students on placement in January 2023 to help you improve your skills in finding and understanding evidence.  

These sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams. One-to-one or a customised session is available on request. Please send an email to request a training session on a specific date and time. For more information and to reserve a place, please email

Medicine supply notification for various products

Please find medicine supply notifications for the following products:
Please note that for supply issues that have been categorised as Tier 1 or 2, DHSC and the MSRG have requested that the NHSE&I commissioning routes are used to reach community pharmacy and GP practices. More serious supply issues are communicated via the Central Alerting System for action.
DHSC and NHSE/I have launched an online Medicines Supply Tool, which provides up to date information about medicine supply issues. The contents of this MSN can now be viewed on the Tool.
The Tool also details any changes to resupply dates and updates to the entries. To access the Tool, please register with the SPS website.  For any queries, please contact:


Update for primary care on cancer 2WW Referrals

The following 2WW services are experiencing delays with patients being seen within 14 days:

Barts Health
  • Breast
  • Urology
  • Skin  
  • Head & Neck (ENT) 
  • Skin 
Please inform patients being referred onto these pathways that there may be a delay due to increasing demand and add to safety netting systems. Please emphasise to them that it is extremely important that they attend their hospital appointment over the festive season.
The Directory of Services is being updated where delays are expected to be prolonged, so information is available to practices at the time of referral.
For any specific patient queries, please contact the relevant Trust by email: Barts Health | BHRUT.           

Autistic-friendly neighbourhoods newsletter

The third edition of the autistic-friendly neighbourhoods newsletter has been released that explains the work being done to make services in Hackney more accessible to autistic people. The project is working in the London Fields PCN. 

For further information about the project, please contact Jody Barrientos.

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