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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.

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Extended hours DES update - 23 October 2017

The 2017/18 changes to the GP contract included the condition that meant practices who regularly close for a half day, on a weekly basis, will not ordinarily qualify to deliver the Extended Hours DES. The contract was not specific on what ‘open’ means. Ros Roughton, NHS England’s Director of NHS...

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GPC guidance on requirements for PREVENT training - 23 October 2017

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on certain bodies (“specified authorities” listed in Schedule 6 to the Act), in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. The only specified...

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New GMS1 forms - 23 October 2017

All practices should have received new GMS1 forms to use from this month onwards. The new forms include supplementary questions to be completed by overseas visitors who hold either a non-UK issued European Health Insurance Form (EHIC), a Provisional Replacement Certificate [PRC] (which is a temporary replacement for a...

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Identifying patients living with frailty - 23 October 2017

Since July 2017 there has been a new contractual requirement for practices to focus on the identification and management of patients living with frailty. Practices are required to use appropriate tools, such as the Electronic Frailty Index (eFI), to identify patients over the age of 65 who are living with...

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Remember that your practice needs a CQC registered manager - 23 October 2017

Remember that Section 33 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 states that it is a legal requirement for practices to have a registered manager with the CQC (Care Quality Commission).  Whenever a registered manager leaves a practice or wishes to hand on the responsibility to another person, the...

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GP Support Services Officer, full time fixed term role December 2017- August 2018 (maternity cover) - 19 October 2017

Londonwide LMCs is a vibrant membership organisation representing over 7,000 NHS general practitioners and 1,300 practice teams in London, Londonwide LMCs provides pan-London leadership and shared committee services for its members, working from its modern headquarters in central London.  The salary for the role will be £38,773 pa pro rata...

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LMC patient engagement project wins award at RCGP conference - 19 October 2017

Londonwide LMCs’ Patient Engagement Project (PEP) was launched in July 2016 with a focus on supporting practices in fostering and developing Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). The experiences and views of London practice staff and patients have directly informed the project’s delivery. The project team hosted a number of highly successful...

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Working as a team helps combat workload stress - 19 October 2017

Alison Dalal, practice manager at the Paddington Green Health Centre, shares her top tips. As surveys show, working in general practice can be a stressful business and as the workload crisis shows no sign of abating Londonwide’s Practice Managers Conference next month will be looking at positive steps practices...

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Jeremy Hunt pledges ‘state-backed’ indemnity - 19 October 2017

Speaking at this month’s Royal College of General Practitioners conference Jeremy Hunt announced he is planning to introduce a state-backed indemnity scheme from April 2019. It will cover all GPs including locums and sessionals, he pledged, saying: “I can give the commitment it will be for doctors working in general...

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NHS chief says networking may be answer to working at scale - 19 October 2017

NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens told the Health Select Committee earlier this month that “more networked approaches” can also be an answer to working ‘at scale’. This places the NHS England position on at-scale provision closer to Londonwide LMCs’ consistent calls for an approach that does not involve forcing practices...

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We're hiring! Assistant Manager – GP Support Services vacancy at Londonwide LMCs - 22 September 2017

Londonwide LMCs is the organisation that represents over 7,000 NHS general practitioners and 1,300 practice teams in London. Londonwide LMCs supports General Practice in London by providing strategic influence and leadership as well as support for committees and practices. Due to internal promotion, an exciting permanent full time opportunity has...

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BMA issues advice on premises fees - 20 September 2017

As NHS Property Services emails practices with invoices and/or a letter from Mark Day, Chief Financial Officer at Community Health Partnerships the BMA has issued advice to practices. The covering letter to GP tenants can be found here, BMA advice on the CHP letter can be found here and the...

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Future GP workforce plans for London - 19 September 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan commissioned The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust to undertake an independent analysis of sustainability and transformation plans (STP) in London.   The full 98 page document is availableonline. The most relevant section for London GPs is the section on workforce reproduced below (P73 in...

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BMA Ballot - 19 September 2017

GP leaders are to use a BMA survey, revealing more than half of practices are willing to close lists to new patients due to workload pressure, to push the Government to make good on promises from GP Forward View. Although not a formal ballot for industrial action, the poll revealed 54%...

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Cyber Essentials - 19 September 2017

Cyber Essentials is a government and industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber-attacks. The award of a Cyber Essentials certificate to Londonwide LMCs should assure you that we have taken all necessary steps to protect our systems against cyber-attacks. The scheme focuses on internet-originated attacks against...

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Website review survey - 19 September 2017

We know how important a good website is in communicating with our GPs and practice teams. As our current site has been around for some time we would like your views on how it looks and works and where you think improvements might be made. Please could you spare five...

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