Wessex LMCs Podcasts
Health & Wellbeing Support for the Practice Team

Health & Wellbeing Support for the Practice Team

May 11, 2022

Phoebe Roberts and Hayley Wall (HIOW Wellbeing Programme) discuss supporting all members of staff via the HIOW Health and Wellbeing Hub. With Louise Greenwood (Wessex LMCs) they outline three key areas of support. The People Portal which is an open website full of resources, videos and signposting  NHS Wellbeing - Idea Spotlight (hiowpeople.nhs.uk) .

Secondly, the Health and Wellbeing Support Service offers 1:1 consultations with a Health and Wellbeing Advisor who can explore how people are feeling and offer advice and guidance by way of a personalised plan. These consultations are bookable via email at HWSS@hhft.nhs.uk  or via calling 0300 772 7099 Monday – Friday, 9am-4.30pm.

Finally, we have the Employee Assistance Programme which all colleagues working in general practice across HIOW can access free of charge by calling the confidential helpline on 0800 028 0199 which is available 24/7. It is an external and confidential service where individuals can discuss their concerns and seek advice and support on a range of matters such as legal issues, relationship issues, financial information, housing concerns, stress and anxiety, low mood, domestic abuse, family issues and much more.

Webinar for Practice Managers - 27 April 2022

Webinar for Practice Managers - 27 April 2022

April 28, 2022

An opportunity for PMs to hear the latest guidance for practices from the team at Wessex LMCs

General Practice Alert State - Stating The Case for General Practice

General Practice Alert State - Stating The Case for General Practice

April 25, 2022

Colleagues at Devon LMC have developed and operationalised a simple system which collects a small amount of anonymised data from their practices so that they are able to indicate to the broader system the strain General Practice is under. This presents data in a simple to understand format which can compete with OPEL data collected on various system dash boards. In fact, their system converts the General Practice Alert State (GPAS) data into an OPEL assessment with associated triggers for a system response to support.

Wessex LMCs have reviewed the GPAS system and feel it to be a valuable and worthwhile tool that will help present facts to our system partners that will be hard to ignore! The GPAS system will be rolled out to Wessex Practices w/c 9th May 2022.

Dawn Chalcraft, Deputy Director of Primary Care at Wessex LMCs speaks with Andy Mintram, Business Manager at The Adam Practice to explain more.

Find out more here: https://www.wessexlmcs.com/gpasgeneralpracticealertstate

Wessex LMCs ’Our Values’

Wessex LMCs ’Our Values’

April 7, 2022

Lisa Harding & Louise Greenwood discuss Wessex LMCs’ organisational approach to promoting a positive open culture with clear values and expectations and prevention being better than cure in terms of unacceptable behaviours and discrimination.

Wessex LMCs is a family of approaching one hundred individuals, who interact daily to deliver first-class representation and support to our constituents. Like most organisations of this size, we have our challenges, and Wessex LMCs would like to be - and be seen to be - a transparent and accountable organisation with a strong values-based culture.

We have underpinned our work with a new Values Charter, which all members of the LMC Family (the office staff, Secretariat and Committee members) will adhere to and be held accountable to through a process known as ‘Securing Our Values’.

Our Values Charter

The “Our Values” Charter is a set of principles and behaviours that all members of the LMC Family will adhere to, building on what has already been formalised in the constitutions/articles of association, the staff handbook, the Communication Charter and some of the recommendations from the Romney working group.

Securing Our Values

Everyone should be encouraged and supported to ‘call out’ unacceptable behaviours in the moment and this is preferable, however, individuals are now also able to report an issue confidentially, or anonymously. The LMC wishes to be open about this process – this document sets that out.

For more detailed information on the work of the LMCs please see GPC - The work of the LMC in England and Wales

The Green Agenda and Estates in Primary Care

The Green Agenda and Estates in Primary Care

April 4, 2022

Dr Laura Edwards speaks with Adam Thompson, Director of Primary Care Surveyors and Mark Robinson, architect, and Director at Simpson Hilder Associates. They discuss:

  • The role buildings play in the green agenda
  • What is bream and why is it so important
  • What you can do to improve your premises
  • How to start the process of a new premises and timescales
Planning for Retirement and Pensions

Planning for Retirement and Pensions

April 1, 2022

Dr Andy Purbrick speaks with Dr Gareth Bryant about planning for retirement and practical advice around pensions.

You can find guidance on the Wessex LMCs website here:




Changes to the MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death)

Changes to the MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death)

March 31, 2022

Dr Andy Purbrick outlines the recent changes to the MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death) that GPs need to be aware of . This podcast was recorded during the Practice Managers Update Webinar on Wednesday 30th March

For further guidance see the Wessex LMCs website here

Two Practice Managers share their Experiences of Practice Mergers

Two Practice Managers share their Experiences of Practice Mergers

March 23, 2022

Wessex LMCs PM Supporters, Matt Perkins and Sue Scott discuss their experiences of practice mergers. From initial considerations to the merger process itself, Matt and Sue share their advice and top tips.

The LMC is often asked to facilitate merger meetings and explain the process involved and has, as a consequence, produced a merger pack which is full of information and advice around this subject. Download a copy here


Contract Changes for 2022/23

Contract Changes for 2022/23

March 22, 2022

Dr Andy Purbrick & Michelle Lombardi chat through the contract changes for 22/23, following the letter from NHSE/I released on the 1st March 2022.

This podcast provides a summary of the financial information that has been shared by the BMA, an LMC view on the contract changes, and the detail associated with these.

Reducing your practice’s carbon footprint: managing clinical waste

Reducing your practice’s carbon footprint: managing clinical waste

February 24, 2022

The management of clinical waste is an essential part of ensuring that healthcare activities do not pose a risk of infection, as well as reducing your practice's carbon footprint. Dr Katharine Edmonds joins us with some tips and advice to help reinforce waste management behaviour in practice.  Have you considered getting your PPG involved? Katharine explains all...

Find out more on the Greener Practice website: https://www.greenerpractice.co.uk/gifh-audit-1 

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