Londonwide LMCs' September 2020 Newsletter

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September 2020 Newsletter

Flu Vaccination Programme 2020/21 guide

Our new guide includes local and national changes to seasonal flu vaccinations, covering the complexities of delivering this winter’s campaign during a pandemic.

Coronavirus protections for London general practice


Our leaders continue to speak up for practices, reasserting the need for proportionate infection control measures and calling for better Coronavirus testing for practice staff.

New NHS England guidance

Details are now available of changes to the GMS Contract, QOF and the PCN DES for 2020/21. This includes structured medication reviews and the Investment and Impact Fund.

Digital first and APMS contracts


NHS England shared plans for creating new APMS contracts for digital first providers in ‘under-doctored’ areas. We have issued a comment on this.

Appraisal resumes and GMC to consider Coronavirus impact during investigations

NHS England has written to doctors and appraisers detailing how the appraisal process for 2020 will work. The GMC has also said it will take the pandemic into account when investigating complaints.

Resource of the Month

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Our regularly updated Living Guide remains the most comprehensive source of advice on Coronavirus care.
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Guidance Updates

Face masks in primary care
Sessional GP pensions update
Structured medication reviews specification
Investment and Impact Fund guidance
London Cervical Screening Programme newsletter
Driving licence extension
NHS Test and Trace QR codes

Londonwide Diary


24 National Test and Trace app launch
28 New pensions and payments service
30 Workforce data submission deadline
1 GP cancer care social media campaign
1 Appraisal process resumes
7 GP Fellowship Scheme webinar
7 CQC inspections: how to be prepared
15 Managing people in general practice and primary care
17 PCN opt-out deadline
22 Contraception update


17 Introduction to contraception for GPs and GPNs (2 days)


London level Coronavirus response

We are working with the Mayor’s Office, London Assembly and local councils to push for the needs of GP practices, and the communities they care for, to be recognised in local plans.

Also this month...  

Important action: LMC advice regarding workforce data reporting September 2020


It is important that practices submit comprehensive workforce returns by the submission date of 30 September.


DHSC Coronavirus vaccine regulation consultation


We have submitted an organisational response to the DHSC consultation on how to adapt regulatory and liability requirements to speed up the delivery of a Coronavirus vaccine.


LMC and board changes


Dr Dami Adedayo is stepping down Treasurer of our Board as Chair of Barnet LMC, we would like to thank Dami for her service to the organisation and her LMC.


Remember to use BEAM to LMC to highlight the pressure you are under


Our BEAM to LMC mobile app, which enables you to tell us about the pressures you are under from commissioners and others, is proving popular. Make sure you check the app for push notifications.



Media and public affairs round-up


On 18 September Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, and Dr Lisa Harrod-Rothwell, our Deputy CEO, were jointly quoted in a Pulse story on plans for more digital first APMS contracts. On the same day a number of Londonwide LMCs’ staff and LMC officers were named in Pulse’s Honourable mentions piece on Coronavirus. On 9 September Michelle appear on BBC Radio London’s Eddie Nestor show to discuss the Coronavirus pandemic.

We continue to be very active in promoting the interests of London GPs and practice staff on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. If you have an example of general practice doing something well which could make a news story please get in touch. We also support practices that are approached with media requests. You can find details here.



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Last updated : 19 Oct 2020


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