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November 2016 Newsletter

Workforce survey


Our latest workforce survey goes live tomorrow (Friday 25 November) and will gather insight to share with key opinion formers and stakeholders. GP principals and practice managers should check their inboxes for an email from ComRes.


Christmas appeal

We will be collecting underwear and socks to give to homeless patients at the Doctor Hickey Surgery in Westminster, following the poll in our last newsletter. We are also passing on gift cards from those who cannot deliver pants and socks in person.


Dr Michelle Drage responds to the Autumn Statement

Dr Drage said that the Autumn Statement falls far short of what is needed to address the challenges facing general practice in the Capital and beyond.


Meeting with David Burrowes MP

Dr Michelle Drage, Dr Vicky Weeks and GPs representing three practices in Enfield recently met David Burrowes MP (Enfield Southgate) at a practice in his constituency.


PCSE problems: national Medical Performers’ List

Due to the problems with getting GP trainees and registrars onto the national Medical Performers’ List (MPL) they should be encouraged to check their MPL status. We have produced guidance on what to do if you do not appear on the MPL.


Resource of the Month

CQC inspection guidance

Detailed guidance containing essential information on how to handle the CQC inspection process.

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Guidance Updates

Sessional GP newsletter
BMA GPC newsletter
November Capita survey data
Dealing with unfair comments on websites
Co-commissioning update
Cameron Fund 2016 Christmas appeal letter
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund Christmas appeal

Londonwide Diary


23 GP eDEC deadline


19 Communications and Customer Service LEAD event
25 Patient engagement workshop
GUEST BLOG - World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day

16 November 2016 was World COPD Day, to mark it we asked Dr Azhar Saleem to share his knowledge of treating COPD. Dr Saleem is GP Respiratory Lead at Lambeth CCG and member of the Lambeth and Southwark Integrated Respiratory Team.

Londonwide LMCs' Annual Conference Under pressure:
stabilise, transform and sustain
general practice for London

Emirates Stadium, London   |   27 April 2017
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Also this month...  

Save the date: patient engagement workshops to run in New Year


We will be running three workshops on the role of patient participation groups in meeting the current challenges of general practice. Each workshop is focused on a different theme, with practice and patient leads invited to register for the workshop which is most relevant to them.


Health Select Committee winter pressures report


On 3 November the Health Select Committee released its report Winter pressure in accident and emergency departments. The main findings reflect our concerns that lack of support for community services is driving demand on the rest of the system. It also endorsed community-based general practice as the best placed model to keep down A&E admissions.


Patient online update


As another frantic year in general practice draws to a close we want to remind you of a deadline that is approaching with regards to offering online services to patients.


Londonwide LMCs awarded Investors in People Silver


We now have Investors in People Silver status; which is a reflection of the hard done across the organisation to create a positive and inclusive working culture. Particular credit goes to Paul Tomlinson, our Director of Resources.


Waltham Forest GP wins award for global mental health work


This month Dr Gabriel Ivbijaro of Waltham Forest LMC was recognised for his wide ranging work on mental health by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), who presented him with a WONCA Fellowship.


Media and public affairs round-up


Dr Michelle Drage's response to the Autumn Statement's lack of additional resources for general practice was covered in the Guardian, GPonline, Pulse, Practice Business and Nursing in Practice. On 28 October Dr Rebekah Dowdy, Chair of Sutton LMC, spoke to GPonline about aspects of the recently published South West London STP, following a request to our communications team. On 26 October Dr Michelle Drage was quoted in GPonline calling for the financial stabilisation of general practice two years on from the Five Year Forward View.

We continue to be very active in 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 .

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Last updated : 30 Nov 2016

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