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This is the section where we keep you updated with all the latest news which affects GPs and their practice teams.

You can also visit the latest GPC news page to keep up to date on national issues.


We know the challenges you face, join us on Wednesday 2 May to learn more about meeting them - 18 April 2018

It’s exactly two weeks until our annual conference. ‘London Calling’ reflects the fact that caring for Londoners’ complex health needs is more of a calling than a job for the Capitals’s dedicated GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and the whole practice team. By bringing together experts in their field, our...

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NHS England Windrush70 Awards - 18 April 2018

In celebration of the NHS’s upcoming 70th birthday, NHS England will host the Windrush70 Awards on Tuesday 12 June in Manchester. We are encouraging people to nominate NHS general practice workers who deserve special recognition for a Windrush 70 Award. The awards are designed to commemorate the diversity of...

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Harrow Council responds positively to LMC request regarding school sick notes - 17 April 2018

Drs Meena Thakur and Noreen Ryan of Harrow LMC recently wrote to Harrow Council regarding requests for sick slips from local schools, following a school’s claim that GP sick slips are required by the Council. The LMC has since received a very positive response. In his letter to Harrow LMC,...

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GDPR latest news - 13 April 2018

The Information Governance Alliance (IGA) have released a guidance document called ‘the key points for GPs’. The document includes a myth busting section, information on the Data Protection Officer (DPO), Subject Access Requests (SARs), data protection fees and a checklist. You can download the guidance here. We also want...

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GP Trainee Subcommittee elections - 13 April 2018

Nominations are open for the BMA GP Trainee Subcommittee elections until 23 April. Two London constituencies are up for election: North East and Central and South London. More details can be found on the BMA website. GP Trainees can also stand for election to their LMC, our election nominations open...

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Tips of the month April 2018 - 13 April 2018

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 this newsletter. #TipoftheWeek NHSE can assign patients to you who live outside the practice...

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Home Office use of patient data: our first duty is to our patients and to do no harm - 13 April 2018

Dr Jackie Applebee, Chair of Tower Hamlets LMC, outlines her concerns about NHS Digital data sharing MOU with the Home Office and its implications for the doctor / patient relationship.  At LMC conferences we have repeatedly supported motions that GPs are not agents of the UK Border Agency, we are...

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LMC advice on SystmOne instant messaging service - 13 April 2018

In January 2009, TPP released new functionality to SystmOne allowing users to send instant messages to any other member of staff logged on to SystmOne at their organisation. This means that staff members can be alerted to something without their consultation being interrupted. Instant Messaging is intended to be used...

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Responding to online comments about your practice - 13 April 2018

This is a reminder for practices about what they can do if they receive notification of negative comments posted on the NHS Choices website.  We understand practices are notified of a comment relating to them following the publication of the comment. An alert is...

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Recommended codes for vaccinations - 12 April 2018

Childhood vaccination coding can be unexpectedly complex there are just 26 pre-school and school age vaccinations, but practices can record these vaccinations using over 1,000 different codes.  Data export providers, Health Intelligence and Quality Medical Systems (QMS) have adopted a standard export for all possible vaccination codes. Phil Kirby from...

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LEAD events May and June 2018 - 12 April 2018

Hold the date: our annual Practice Manager Conference will take place on Thursday 22 November 2018 at Woburn House Conference Centre. The following events are now available for online booking.   Mental Health First Aid: 23 and 30 May (delegates must attend both days) The course includes an in depth...

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Stand. Vote. Engage. The 2018 LMC elections - 12 April 2018

Nomination papers for this year’s LMC elections will be sent out in the week beginning 30 April 2018. This year every LMC seat is up for election.  We want any GP working within the 27 London boroughs we represent to stand for election, regardless of...

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Concerns about coroners issues - 21 March 2018

In response to concerns raised regarding GP relationships with the coroners’ office, we recently requested examples of problems experienced by GPs and practice staff. Examples provided so far include:  coroners lack of consistency and the problems this is causing for GPs; issues over cremation form completion/medical examiners; inappropriate requests...

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GMC requests for evidence of English language competence - 20 March 2018

The House of Commons Library has release updated guidance on what documentation the GMC will accept as evidence that GPs, nurses and pharmacists have sufficient English language skills. These controls sought to “stop foreign healthcare professionals working in the NHS unless they have passed robust language and competence tests”. Initially...

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LMC elections – join us in May to learn about what is involved in being an LMC member - 20 March 2018

This year every LMC seat is up for election and next month you will have a chance to stand for election to your LMC. Any GP working in one of the 27 London boroughs we represent may be nominated for election regardless of their contractual status. We particularly welcome nominations...

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