Londonwide LMCs' March 2021 Newsletter

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March 2021 Newsletter

2021 is an election year, stand for your LMC

All LMCs are up for election this summer. If you are a GP working in London we encourage you to stand by 28 May. It is an opportunity for you to provide a voice for all general practice.

Stakeholder engagement


We have recently been raising issues affecting London GPs in meetings with London MPs, representatives from the DHSC and the Mayor’s Office, along with responding to a number of consultations.

Workforce survey

We are now able to share some of our recent workforce survey data. Thank you to those working in over 300 practices who responded to the survey.

Covid Vaccination Programme update


We have collected key guidance and instructions to PCNs providing vaccinations over the last month.


Vaccination hesitancy outreach

We are working with Public Health England to provide GP speakers for vaccine hesitancy outreach work, with a specific offers for different communities. Get in touch if you would like to be involved.

Resource of the Month

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Our dedicated website can match GPs with the most appropriate form of professional support for them.
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Guidance Updates

Covid resources/guides
GPC newsletter
GMS Ready Reckoner 2021/22
Easter weekend pharmacy extended hours
Allied health professional career roadmaps

Londonwide Diary


01 Shielding ends
01 Stress awareness month
07 NHS provider selection regime consultation closes
21 Asthma update
26 LMC elections nominations
29 Managing people in general practice and primary care


12 How is London’s healthcare system meeting public expectations of data use?
25 Initial training cervical sample taker course
26 NHS Pensions and retirement explained
27 NHS Pensions and retirement explained
28 LMC nominations close


Why sessional GPs should join their LMC

Ahead of this summer’s LMC elections, Dr Veno Suri explains how he got involved with his area’s LMC and the value he has had from membership. Veno joined Hillingdon LMC as a trainee rep and within a few years has become Vice-Chair.

Also this month...  

CQC strategy consultation response


We have responded to the CQC consultation sharing our extensive experience of supporting practices with inspections, and how the process could be more proportionate without reducing safety.


GP Forward View five years on


NHS England’s GP Forward View launched in 2016, aiming to deliver on a number of aims within five years, we look at what it set out to achieve as the target date approaches.


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 21 March, Dr Marek Jarzembowski, Chair of Merton LMC, was quoted in the Observer emphasising the importance of getting vaccinated in a feature looking at the political battles over vaccine supply and regulation. On 8 March we celebrated International Women’s Day by sharing some interesting facts on social media. Thank you to all those on LMCs and in practices who have provide information to the communications team over recent weeks, this has been invaluable in briefing journalists from The Guardian, HSJ, The Times and other outlets.

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 : 31 Mar 2021

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