Tips for covering sexual health in consultations - 18 September 2019

Kirsty Armstrong is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Out of Hours, Primary and Urgent Care and a Lecturer in Primary and Urgent Care, along with leading our Sexual Health Update days. Here she shares her advice on how to raise sexual health in consultations and highlights some hot topics in...

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Becoming more dementia friendly for World Alzheimer’s Day - 18 September 2019

21 September is World Alzheimer’s Day, when individuals and organisations are encouraged to take steps to become more dementia friendly in their day-to-day lives. The more people understand about dementia, the better they can support their communities. In the UK there are 850,000 people living with dementia and that number...

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Sharing patient records with the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) - 18 September 2019

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has now concluded a review of the management and use of patient data by the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The GPC are content that practices can safely and lawfully share data with the CPRD. The GPC carried out tests on a number of theoretical...

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Dr Nikki Kanani appointed Director of Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement - 18 September 2019

Congratulations to Dr Nikki Kanani, a Bexley GP, on becoming Director of Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement. At the start of September, NHSE/I confirmed her role as Acting Director of Primary Care would be made a permanent one. Dr Michelle Drage, Chief Executive of Londonwide LMCs, said:...

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New BMA ‘manifesto for change’ published - 18 September 2019

For the best part of a decade the quadruple aim has been a cornerstone of Londonwide LMCs’ vision for general practice. You can read Dr Michelle Drage, our Chief Executive, explaining its importance ahead of our annual conference in 2017.  It is encouraging to see that the quadruple...

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Trusts asking practices to identify overseas patients when referring - 18 September 2019

We are aware some practices are receiving messages from hospital trusts asking for assistance in identifying overseas patients at the point of referral. We would like to remind practices that there is no contractual obligation for GP practices to provide this information and it is up to...

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New courses: owning your practice premises and cervical sample takers training - 18 September 2019

Following feedback from practices on their training needs, we are pleased to be able to offer two new training opportunities. Owning your practice premises: the essentials Running for the first time on Thursday 26 September, more details here. This afternoon workshop is for practices whose partners (or former partners)...

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Comments sought on CQC for parliamentary evidence session - 18 September 2019

The Parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee are planning to hold an evidence session with the Chair, Chief Executive and Chief Inspectors of the Care Quality Commission to discuss its annual State of Health and Adult Social Care Services report. Whilst a full call for evidence is not being issued in...

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Government ‘no-deal’ EU exit planning - September 2019 update - 18 September 2019

On 10 September the Government published part of its ‘no-deal’ Brexit planning documentation, including a section on drugs supplies which says: “The reliance of medicines and medical products' supply chains on the short straits [Dover to Calais] crossing make them particularly vulnerable to severe...

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Tips of the month September 2019 - 17 September 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.   Everyone involved in the administration and giving of flu jabs should be familiar...

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Organising your flu campaign for 2019 - 13 September 2019

Jacqui Perfect, an experienced practice manager and member of our GP Support team, shares her top tips for the flu vaccination season. It’s that time of year again when the practice needs to get the flu campaign up and running. To help you achieve the...

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'No Deal' EU exit impact survey - your views required - 05 September 2019

We are keen to understand how leaving the EU without any transitional arrangements could impact on practices' supplies of medicines, products and staff. Please take a few moments to complete our online survey.

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Data sharing agreement checklist and guidance for practices - 21 August 2019

Londonwide LMCS is aware of the increasing complexity and number of information and data sharing agreements (DSAs) and documents which practices are receiving to review and sign. To support practices, we have put together a checklist and guidance notes to help GPs and practices in...

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New CQC guidance section for practices - 20 August 2019

In the past 12 months CQC have visited nearly 400 practices in London and found that: 3 were considered outstanding, 300 were considered ‘good’, 57 required improvement, and 23 were considered as inadequate. Our GP Support team assists a number of practices in their attempts to improve their...

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Bowel screening update – August 2019 - 20 August 2019

NHS England have provided an information sheet to explain the introduction of the faecal immunochemical test (FIT). This replaced the guaiac faecal occult blood test (gFOBt) at the start of June. The main benefit of the FIT is that it is easier to use; only one sample is required compared...

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Tackling social isolation and loneliness to improve health - 20 August 2019

Colin Brown, UK Director for Independent Living & Crisis Response at British Red Cross looks at how their expertise will be of use to social prescribing link workers, as they take up their roles with Primary Care Networks. In recent months there’s been a real shift in seeing the value...

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