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July 2021 Newsletter

Health and Care Bill

The Health and Care Bill is the first major health legislation since the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Londonwide LMCs has significant concern that not giving prominence to safety in any assessment of clinical service provision or service structure is unacceptable.

GP Data for Planning and Research update


NHS Digital will not be collecting GP patient data until three tests are met, including the option for patients to remove data retrospectively.

Covid-19 updates

PCN member practices have until 28 July to opt-in to delivering Covid-19 booster jabs. NHS England have also withdrawn the Covid-19 SOP for general practice.

Face coverings in healthcare settings


Public Health England has advised that patient face coverings are still required despite Monday’s change in the law.


Registering patients without documents

Practices should register patients for general medical services and Covid-19 vaccinations, regardless of immigration status or ability to provide proof of address or ID.

Resource of the Month

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Use our poster in your waiting rooms to remind patients of the importance of wearing a mask whilst in a healthcare setting.
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Guidance Updates

GPC newsletter
New enhanced services
New CQC monitoring
CQC accessing patient records
Safer surgeries toolkit

Londonwide Diary


27 LMC elections close of voting
28 HEALTHx timeout talk


11 HEALTHx habits talk
14 HEALTHx habits group coaching
25 Influenza Immunisation Programme Update


10 World Suicide Prevention Day
15 Influenza Immunisation Programme Update
22 Initial Training Cervical Screening Course
26 World Contraception Day
30 Pandemic regulations expire


NHS at 73

To mark the NHS’ anniversary earlier this month we produced a video thanking people working in general practice for their contribution over such a difficult period..


Patient legal letters regarding face coverings


We are aware that some practices have received letters from solicitors’ firms, asking for patients to be compensated for being made to wear masks.


LMC elections


Elections are taking place in Bexley, Ealing, Greenwich, Merton and Redbridge. If you are a GP in one of these areas please cast your vote by 12:00pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021.


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 14 July, Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, was quoted in a Guardian article on abuse of practice staff. The article also used anonymous examples passed to us by practices. On 14 and 13 July, Michelle was quoted in Pulse and GPOnline about the risk of relaxing mask wearing requirements in practices. On 9 July Michelle spoke to GPOnline about London practices and their PCNs’ problems recruiting to ARRS roles.

We continue to be very active in promoting the interests of London GPs and practice staff on TwitterFacebook 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 : 23 Jul 2021


NHS letter to help people without an NHS number access the Covid-19 vaccine and register with a GP (23 Jul 2021)

On 23 July 2021 NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England issued a useful letter which advises people without an NHS number, including people who are migrants, how...
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Face covering requirements in practices (16 Jul 2021)

NHS England confirmed on 15 July 2021 that Public Health England’s infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance still applies to patient-facing healthcare settings, ahead of the law around mask wearing...
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UPDATE: Appointment mapping exercise deadline extended to 31 July 2021 (30 Jun 2021)

We have just learned that NHS England have extended the standardised GP appointment categories mapping exercise deadline until 31 July. This also means the first payments to PCNs move from...
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