May 2022

  • Published On 12th July 2022

Issue 170                                          

Newsletter May 2022

BEST Events – Held @ Shaw Lane Sports Club, Barnsley

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Medicines Management

Shared care and Amber-G guidelines can be found at the following link:  An overview of Shared Care guidelines, including the Principles of Shared Care is available to read here.

Prescribers (including secondary care clinicians) are encouraged to report any problems they experience with shared care or other medicines related issue, particularly where guidelines are not being complied with, to the following email address:

With secondary care opening up activity and undertaking remote consultations, it has been reported that there has been increased pressure in primary care to undertake things they wouldn’t normally.  Due to this, the APC reporting has been temporarily expanded to capture any issues and these can be fed into the APC.  The hospitals need this information so that issues can be addressed.

Practices can now report any interface issues they have, as much as possible, via Barnsley LMC, which will then be submitted to the hospitals.

A list of Prescribing Guidelines is available to view here.

The Barnsley Area Joint Formulary is available to view here.

Medicines Management monthly Newsletters are available to view here.

Workload Shift

Barnsley LMC would like to remind all practices it is important that we receive examples of any workload shift.  Please provide examples of workload shift to in order that these can be taken to the meeting with Secondary Care.

Investment and Impact Fund 2022/23

The Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) is worth over £260 million in this financial year. NHS England have produced a one-page summary for primary care teams.

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COVID-19 Treatments for Highest Risk Non-hospitalised Patients

Letter to general practices from Dr Kiren Collinson and Dr Ursula Montgomery about the deployment of COVID-19 treatments for highest risk non-hospitalised patients.

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Elective Recovery Planning Guidance

NHS England has set out a clear plan for recovery of elective services and for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care.

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Second Antiviral Added to PANORAMIC Study

Thousands more vulnerable people are eligible to receive the UK’s second antiviral treatment for COVID, Paxlovid, which has been added to the PANORAMIC national study.

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The latest edition of Vaccine update is now available from the UKHSA

Vaccine update: issue 327, May 2022

This severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), tuberculosis (TB) and Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine special edition features (see link above):

  • changes to the NHS neonatal BCG vaccination programme
  • BCG vaccination training, advice and guidance for health professionals
  • BCG information resources for parents
  • BCG vaccination data flows and patient care pathways
  • COVER programme vaccine coverage data collection
  • SCID evaluation and rotavirus vaccination
  • rotavirus vaccination training, advice and guidance for healthcare practitioners
  • rotavirus vaccination resources for parents

GP Appointment Information in Statistics Publications

Appointments in General Practice, March 2022 is the latest publication in a monthly series, published by NHS Digital, containing experimental statistics about activity and usage of GP appointments.

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Provider Collaboration

This report looks at how collaborations between providers at neighbourhood, place and system level are making a positive impact on patient care.

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Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home

People with high blood pressure are increasingly being asked to monitor their condition at home. The NHS programme ‘Blood Pressure @Home’ (BP@Home) enables people with high blood pressure to measure and share their blood pressure readings with their GP from home.

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Annual Tripartite Flu Letter

The annual tripartite flu letter has now been published by DHSC, UKHSA and NHS England and NHS Improvement, setting out further detail for the 2022/23 season.

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Five and Six-year-olds Invited for COVID Jabs

Invitations will be arriving at the homes of more than one million families with five and six-year-olds this week, as the NHS continues to deliver the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in its history.

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LMC Buying Group                                                                                 

Barnsley LMC has been a member of the LMC Buying Groups Federation since 2013. This means that practices can access the discounts the Buying Group has negotiated on a wide range of products and services.  If you’re not sure what the Buying Group is all about then this short video explains what they do:

By registering with the Buying Group:, you can view all the suppliers’ pricing, contact details and request quotes. The Buying Group also offers any member practice a free cost analysis which demonstrates how much money your practice could save just by swapping to buying group suppliers.  Tel: 0115 979 6910  Email:   Website: