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Primary care briefing 
Information correct on Monday 11 April 2022
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Practice updates

Spirometry survey – revised deadline of 22 April

Following the publication of ‘Spirometry in General Practice – a Leeds Position’ in the briefing on 24 March, the CCG, in agreement with the LMC, issued a survey to practices to determine their capacity and competency to restart diagnostic spirometry. Unfortunately, the response rate has been exceptionally low. This means we have inadequate information on which to develop support for  training needs or to explore the potential of securing additional capacity to address the backlog.

Whilst we appreciate how busy practices are,  we are aware that, for many of you, developing solutions to enable high quality spirometry provision is a top priority. Therefore, can we please ask all practices to complete the survey by a revised deadline of 22 April.

Please fill out the survey here.

Please see here for ‘Spirometry in General Practice – a Leeds Position’.

West Yorkshire GP digital and online services stakeholder workshops

A number of different platforms are in use across West Yorkshire providing online and video consultations, SMS messaging, digital questionnaires, two-way communication and health advice. West Yorkshire ICS aims to procure a single solution for West Yorkshire. The new platform should start on 1 April 2023.

As part of the procurement process, the WY Digital Team is running a number of stakeholder engagement workshops. The first event will be held via MS Teams on Thursday 28 April, 1pm-3pm.

This will help any future platform have the functionality that practices require, while meeting GMS/PMS regulations which came in to effect in October 2021.

If any clinicians or PCN representatives are interested in participating, please email for an invitation. 

Greener Practice Leeds and launch of the Greener Practice Scheme

Dr Sally Franks and Dr Natasha Gordon are Co-Chairs of Greener Practice Leeds:

A recent BMJ article highlights why we cannot delay taking action. The positive news is that taking action on climate change can promote positive health changes for our patients and staff. The group has met twice to discuss how we can support each other to take action. Our next meeting (virtual) will be on Wednesday 18 May at 7.30pm.

The focus will be on the Greener Practice asthma toolkit and inhaler prescribing. There will be a guest speaker, Dr Katherine Hickman, who is Respiratory Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Please email if you would like to join the group.

The CCG has worked with Greener Practice Leeds to designa practice-based scheme which  acts as a commitment to look at sustainability and planetary health  and help contribute to any costs practices might have in making greener choices. Please see the scheme for further details.

Remote booking guidance – Linking Leeds

Linking Leeds is the free social prescribing service for GP practices within the Leeds CCG area. The service supports primary care by offering information and support to patients whose health needs may be better met by existing community assets. To help primary care refer patients quickly and easily to services, Linking Leeds have set up remote booking and e-referral. The guidance document outlines how to utilise these options.
Medicines updates

Trulicity® (dulaglutide) 3.0 and 4.5 mg doses supply restored

Trulicity 3.0mg and 4.5mg will be available for pharmacies to order from the 11 April 2022.
Learning and development

In it together: Always striving to improve health and care - May 10

The annual conference for nursing and AHP colleagues working across primary and community care focuses on integration. It is an opportunity to  network, work together  and think about ‘the art of the possible’ around service improvement and redesign.

Speakers will present local, ICS, regional and national pictures of integration. Leeds will showcase examples of excellence and all delegates will be encouraged to think about areas where they can make a difference. To demonstrate how extensive and experienced our workforce is, all delegates are invited to bring a photograph of themselves and to write a few words about their career highlights. These will be shared via Twitter and also be celebrated on Nurses Day on 12 May.

If you’re unable to attend on the day, you can send a photo and career highlight to

Steph Lawrence: Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals. Leeds Community Healthcare and Leeds GP Confederation.

Sam Sherrington Head of Community Nursing, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Crystal Oldman CBE Chief Executive, Queen’s Nursing Institute

Sharon Haggerty Deputy Director of Nursing, NHS England and  NHS Improvement (Cumbria and North East)

There will also be a healthy marketplace with representation from all care partners, so you will be able to network extensively. To book your place, please see here.

Team Leeds Hearts and Minds Programme

Team Leeds Hearts and Minds Programme will be hosting a virtual event on 5 May 2022, 1pm-2pm. Team Leeds Hearts and Minds is an engagement, development and culture change programme to shape the way we work together to improve people’s outcomes and experience of health and care in Leeds. For further information and to book a place, please see here.
Publications and resources

Information from the Miscarriage Association

Please see here for the latest support and information from the Miscarriage Association. This UK charity offers support to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy. Information includes details of services offered to both health professionals and patients.

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership weekly update

Please see here for the latest West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership weekly update.
Job vacancies

Salaried GP and Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Hawthorn Surgery are looking for a salaried GP and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. For more information, please see here. Alternatively, contact the practice manager Amanda Nelson on 01132954770 or

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