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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.


Feedback sought on legal changes proposed for NHS Long Term Plan delivery - 20 March 2019

NHS England are seeking changes to the Health and Social Care Act, including the competition rules affecting CCGs, who can sit on their boards and how closely they can work with trusts. We have submitted initial comments to the Parliamentary Health Committee currently considering this, and want your feedback to...

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New ICO advice on handling Subject Access Requests - 19 March 2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have recently released a blog containing further advice for GPs and practices on the right of access for patients, commonly called Subject Access Requests (SARs). The blog is titled 'Why the right of access to patient data needn't be a headache for GPs'. It...

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First statutory National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care appointed - 19 March 2019

Dame Fiona Caldicott has been appointed as the first statutory National Data Guardian (NDG) for Health and Social Care. This remit of this role is to ensure that the public can trust that health and care information is secure and used appropriately.  The role of the NDG was placed on...

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New Daffodil Standards and QOF: Supporting quality improvements in palliative and end of life care - 19 March 2019

March is the awareness month for Marie Curie’s Daffodil campaign. Part of this campaign includes the Daffodil Standards for palliative and end of life care, aimed at GP practices, and explained here by Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders, RCGP and Marie Curie National Clinical End of Life Care Champion and Clinical Lead...

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Londonwide LMCs conference 2019 round-up - 19 March 2019

On 12 March 2019 we hosted our annual conference – titled “All Together Now” - at the Kia Oval. The day was a great success with an array of guest speakers who discussed a range of topics relating to the changes in general practice, including working in Primary Care Networks...

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Tips of the month March 2019 - 19 March 2019

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.   Make sure you have MDO run-off cover for liabilities arising from activity...

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Londonwide LMCs’ board changes - 15 March 2019

Following elections we would like to welcome Dr Anouska Hari (NW) and Dr Naureen Bhatti (NC/NE) to the board.  Dr Marek Jarzembowski (South), Dr Robbie Bunt (NC/NE), Dr Simon Parton (South) and Dr Adam Jenkins (NW) were all re-elected.  Dr Sid Datta (NW), Dr Dami Adedayo (NC/NE) and Dr Rishi...

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New BMA locum template terms and conditions - 13 March 2019

The BMA GPC and sessional subcommittee have jointly produced model terms of engagement for locum GPs, which they recommend both practices and locums should proactively adopt. It should be noted that the documents will need adapting to the specific circumstances of each practice and locum's situation,...

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Feedback sought on changes to NHS commissioning law - 11 March 2019

NHS England are seeking changes to the Health and Social Care Act, including the competition rules affecting CCGs, who can sit on their boards and how closely they can work with trusts. We have submitted initial comments to the Parliamentary Health Committee currently considering this,...

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Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) registration reminder - 11 March 2019

If you have not already done so, your practice needs to register for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) by 31 March 2019. You can register here. You will need your email address and the organisation code. The Data Security and Protection Toolkit...

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We're recruiting - Medical Director, GP Support Services, part time, 4 days per week - 04 March 2019

Londonwide LMCs is the membership organisation representing nearly 7,000 NHS General Practitioners and 1200 practice teams in London, providing pan-London leadership and shared committee services for its members. The organisation has an important role as a trusted partner in supporting, stabilising and sustaining general practice in London. We are recruiting...

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Tips of the month February 2019 - 19 February 2019

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 It is a contractual requirement to have two clinical references...

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QOF business rules coding issues – update for practice teams - 19 February 2019

Please note that no action is currently needed by practices on this matter, but you should read the information carefully. Following the introduction of the SNOMED-CT coding in 2018/19, NHS Digital’s business rules team has been converting and mapping the READ and CTV3 codes into SNOMED, which has proved difficult...

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Type 2 opt-outs replaced by the national data opt-out - 19 February 2019

Type 2 opt-outs have been replaced by the national data opt-out so practices must no longer use the type 2 opt-out code to record a patient's opt-out choice as it is no longer collected and processed.  Type 2 opt-outs were previously managed by the patient’s practice making a coded entry...

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The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) – further guidance now available - 19 February 2019

The The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) replaced the Information Governance toolkit from April 2018. The DSPT is an online self-assessment toolkit that has to be used by all organisations that have access to NHS patient data and clinical systems. The submissions deadline is 31 March 2019, so it...

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LMC satisfaction survey February 2019 - 19 February 2019

All GPs, practice managers and nurses should have received a link to complete our LMC satisfaction survey. If you have not yet filled it in, the link to complete it was emailed around midday on Wednesday, 13 February with the subject line “Londonwide LMCs and your local LMC - how...

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