October 2016 newsletter


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October 2016 Newsletter

Practice merger guidance


More practices are choosing to merge as a way of meeting the workforce and financial challenges that GPs face. We have produced a new guide to help practices through this process.


Five Year Forward View – two years on

In October 2014 the NHS Five Year Forward View promised to stabilise general practice within two years. Has this been delivered?


Staying up to date

We will shortly be emailing practice managers to update our constituent records. This is because ongoing issues with Capita’s management of GP records mean we are not receiving updates on GPs joining, leaving or moving between the practices we represent.


Self Care Week 2016: understanding self care for life

Self Care Week runs from 14–20 November and is an excellent tool for general practice. Organised by the Self Care Forum, the national awareness week has been running since 2009 and is a promotional vehicle to help increase people’s ability to better look after their own health.


GP workload and aspirations survey

The BMA's new GP workload and aspirations survey is now live and open to all GPs in England. You should have received a direct email containing a unique code but if not please click the link below, the survey is open until 31 October.


Resource of the Month

Winter planning guidance

Our winter planning guide will help your practice create and maintain a business continuity plan.

Which charity should we support this Christmas?

The Trussell Trust runs a network of food banks. The Doctor Hickey practice cares for homeless patients in London.

  Trussell Trust  
  Doctor Hickey practice  

Guidance Updates

Sessional GP newsletter
BMA GPC newsletter
Mandatory data collection deadlines
Responsible prescribing of oxygen
NHS England payments for waste collection end
PCSE GP update
Humberside LMCs' guidance on support for practices
London Sexual Health Transformation Programme update

Londonwide Diary


14 Self Care Week starts
12 From mindfulness to reflection: how to stay healthy in today’s NHS
17 College of Medicine Foundation two day course
17 Effective medical chaperoning
23 Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer speaking at City & Hackney GP Confederation conference
24 Business Health Check
GUEST BLOG - Supporting adult mental health patients and carers to shape services

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust explain how they have formed a group of dementia and mental health patients, and their carers, who support each other and help to shape services.

Londonwide LMCs' Annual Conference

Our annual conference will take place at the Emirates Stadium, London on 20 April 2017. More details soon.

Save the date!

Also this month...  

World mental health day


Monday 10 October was World Mental Health Day, which we marked by providing resources on social media, including perspectives on managing patients’ mental health and supporting good mental health among GPs.


Don’t forget to access our State of Emergency resources


In April GPs in London and across the country declared a GP State of Emergency. Since then our dedicated website has proved very popular with nearly 8,000 visitors and over 23,000 page views. We have also engaged directly with over 500 (40%) practices in the Londonwide LMCs' area.


Key themes in the development of an active and effective PPG


Key themes in the development of an effective patient participation group (PPG) have been identified from our recent survey of practice and PPG leads.


New Patient Online toolkit for GP practices


The Patient Online (POL) programme has released a toolkit to help GP practices promote online services to patients, specifically ordering repeat prescriptions, booking appointments and viewing medical records.


Media Round-up


On 12 October our CEO, Dr Michelle Drage, had a piece in the Huffington Post calling for general practice to remain true to its values as it faces transformation. On 11 October Londonwide LMCs' Medical Director, Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer, was quoted in BMA news, commenting on the reduction in Council-funded smoking cessation services in Hounslow.

We continue to be very active promoting the interests of London GPs and practice staff on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. We also support practices that are approached with media requests. You can find details of how to get support here.

Got a story? Email us at comms@lmc.org.uk.
Deadline for next month's submissions is 16 November.
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