YORLMC Ltd: about us and how we support you
View YORLMC’s April 20-March 21 Annual Report here
The report describes the work YORLMC has carried out on your behalf during the period between April 2020 and March 2021. This has been an exceptionally busy period and for a multitude of reasons, it will be a year like no other. Please do feedback any comments with regards to the function of the LMC – we need to know how you, our GP workforce are thinking.
Reflections on the year, Mrs Angela Foulston, Chief Executive
As mentioned in this Annual Report, the COVID pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence and the pressures experienced in General Practice have been unprecedented. Every practice has turned their service delivery upside down and produced completely new pathways of care
whilst coping with a developing national crisis that has had significant impact on local services and local practices.
In March 2020 and in response to the challenges faced, YORLMC’s established infrastructure responded quickly, providing the leadership and co-ordination needed to bring together a range of support measures. These included:
- Regular liaison with the CCGs, NHSE/I, Local Authority Public Health teams and colleagues working in community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry. This framework facilitated the collaborative approach taken and was instrumental in supporting General Practice and more widely Primary Care at a critical time
- Development of the “YORLMC Chain of Command” which provided an effective way of ensuring individual GP and practice manager COVID queries were responded to without delay
- New services and resources were added to YORLMC’s wellbeing programme including the COVID-19 Support Programme which offered 30 minute one-off virtual mentoring support to GPs and other members of the practice team
- Creation of a dedicated COVID page on the YORLMC website, bringing the key guidance documents together in one place
- Daily status report, circulated to all practices and designed to feed into discussions with local partners such as CCGs, PCNs, Federations and NHSE/I to help practices obtain the support required. This valuable data was also used to feed into and help strengthen national discussion, for example, NHS staff testing.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the regular COVID updates put together by Brian McGregor throughout the past 12 months. These updates have summarised the latest guidance and advice and many of you have taken the time to contact the CAT to say how useful, concise and easy to read Brian’s updates have been. Thank you, Brian.
This very positive feedback received from so many of you has been greatly appreciated. It has really sustained the YORLMC Officers and Members as well as staff working within the CAT and I am very grateful that at such a busy and challenging time so many of you have been in touch to say thank you – it means a great deal to all of us.
Separate to the LMC’s COVID work a significant amount of development work has taken place throughout the year to ensure YORLMC continues to take a proactive approach to the evolving needs of General Practice. This has included work to further develop YORLMC’s Wellbeing programme which brings together a range of support and events to aid wellbeing and enable individuals to look after their own health and know when to seek help before difficulties arise. This programme is available to all GPs and practice managers as well as the wider practice team which thanks to local commissioner support is funded chiefly through GP Forward View grant income. These remain challenging times and it is especially important we each continue to think of our own wellbeing and also the wellbeing of our colleagues.