Londonwide LMCs' November 2021 Newsletter


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November 2021 Newsletter

Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry into the future of general practice


We will be responding to this new inquiry as the representatives of London general practice and would welcome your views on what we put in the response.


New GPC England Chair

Dr Farah Jameel, Chair of Camden LMC, has been elected Chair of GPC England. Congratulations to Farah on your election, and thank you Richard Vautrey for your service.

Working to counter abuse

We are meeting with MPs, councillors and police representatives, and received a positive response from Barts to our letter on collegiate working between GPs and trusts.

New Integrated Care Board CEOs appointed

Each of London's five ICBs have appointed a CEO, ahead of taking on the local commissioning functions previously held by CCGs.

Guidance round-up

This month's round-up includes information on the extension of second jabs to 16 and 17 year-olds and booster jabs to those over 40.


Resource of the Month

image Updated CQC monthly monitoring guidance
We have had clarifications and updates from the CQC,
which are now reflected in the guidance.
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Guidance Updates

GPC Newsletter
Cameron Fund winter appeal

Londonwide Diary


26 GP maternal post check support


07 Managing patient conflict part 1: primary intervention
08 Covid-19 vaccination update
14 Health Select Committee evidence deadline
14 PCSE update meeting


13 Initial training cervical sample taker course
14 Initial training cervical sample taker course
17 Introduction to contraception 2-day online course – must attend both days
18 Cytology update
24 Introduction to contraception 2-day online course – must attend both days

Supporting patients from migrant communities

Dr Hannah Theodorou, Londonwide LMCs Medical Director for North West London and Board Member of Doctors of the World writes about GPs’ obligations and best practice when registering and caring for migrant patients.



Consultation responses


We have responded to the Government's consultations on data privacy and the continued free supply of PPE to general practice.


Workforce survey now live


Our latest workforce survey is now in the inbox of GP partners and practice managers, including new questions on abuse of practice staff by patients.


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 12 November Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, was quoted in Pulse regarding NHS England’s plan to single out the ‘bottom 20%’ of practices. On 6 November Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, was quoted in a Guardian article on plans to allow people to book Covid-19 booster jabs earlier than three months after their second jab. We have also provided briefings and background to journalists from the Health Service Journal, The Independent, The Observer and Camden New Journal.

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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Covid-19 antiviral pilots (16 Dec 2021)

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Registering overseas vaccinations at vaccination sites (16 Dec 2021)

On 9 December the Government updated guidance advising patients who wish to add an overseas Covid-19 vaccination to their NHS record to do so by booking a specific type of...
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Guidance updates December 2021 (16 Dec 2021)

The most important pieces of guidance released for general practice since our last newsletter are: Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 and Regulatory approval of Spikevax...
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PCSE updates on contact details and pooled lists (16 Dec 2021)

Correct contact details Practices can improve communications with PCSE by ensuring that they have the most up to date practice contact details, including: The main practice contact All user...
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MP engagement and government consultations (16 Dec 2021)

During late November and December 2021 representatives from Londonwide LMCs have continued to meet with MPs, councillors and the police to raise issues affecting practices. We have also submitted evidence...
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Tips of the month December 2021 (16 Dec 2021)

We provide weekly tips based on common queries which come through to us from London GPs and practice teams. These are shared via social media and collated for...
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Dr Michelle Drage’s Christmas and New Year message (16 Dec 2021)

Thank you for simply still being here after the year you and all London general practices have had. With relentless pressure coming from clinically necessary activity, and the equally relentless...
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Annual General Meeting for Londonwide LMCs and Londonwide Enterprise Ltd (16 Dec 2021)

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Mandatory vaccination of practice staff – what we know so far (10 Dec 2021)

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