Tips of the month July 2019 - 16 July 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. 28 QOF indicators will be retired this year and 15 new ones introduced....

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Employing Clinical Pharmacists in general practice event - 16 July 2019

Funmi Worrell, Programme Manager from Healthy London Partnership and Graham Stretch, Vice-President Primary Care Pharmacy Association, will be attending Londonwide LMCs on 30 July at 11am to talk about the benefits, role and employing of Clinical Pharmacists in general practice.  Practice staff who are interested in finding out more are...

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Workforce survey summer 2019 initial findings - 16 July 2019

475 people working across 391 GP practices responded to the survey, representing 32% of the practices in the Londonwide LMCs’ area. Almost two fifths of responding practices have a GP planning to retire in the next three years, almost half have a vacancy for any staff role and a third...

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Upfront charging of overseas patients - 16 July 2019

The BMA Annual Representative Meeting last month carried a motion proposed by Dr Jackie Applebee, of Tower Hamlets Division, stating: “That this meeting calls on the BMA to publicly support the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists...

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BMA Annual Representative Meeting 2019 - 16 July 2019

The BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting took place in Belfast from 23-25 June. Notable resolutions passed included those calling for: Capita to be sanctioned for its failures to properly run Primary Care Support England, a tax amnesty for GPs incurring penalties due to Capita's mistakes, compensation for doctors who have...

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Paid for travel vaccination activity not covered by state indemnity - 16 July 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS Resolution have confirmed that the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP) does not cover the supply and administration of paid for travel vaccinations. Previously they had said this activity was covered and have apologised for the mistake. Providing advice...

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Dr Michelle Drage awarded BMA Medal - 16 July 2019

On 26 June at the BMA Annual Representative Meeting in Belfast, Dr Michelle Drage, our Chief Executive, was awarded the Association Medal in recognition of her “distinguished service to the association and her contribution to medicine”. The BMA recognised Michelle’s local service to GPs and practices: in Ealing, Hammersmith and...

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Patient Access service update - proxy access now available - 16 July 2019

Patient Access have recently updated their service to allow proxy access.    Proxy access is designed for those who need to use the service on behalf of someone else; this may include families with young children, those who care for a family member or friend who find using the internet...

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Primary care networks (PCN) update – July 2019 - 16 July 2019

The start of this month saw the deadline for primary care networks to be finalised with CCGs. There have been a number of developments since our last newsletter: PCN process in London The process of forming PCNs in London is nearly complete, save for a couple of issues. We know...

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Digital Roundtable event and practice nurse Action Learning Set - 16 July 2019

On 3 July we hosted a Digital Roundtable for IT leads and practice managers. Speakers included representatives from the Primary Care Digital Transformation team at NHS England and our own Dr Elliott Singer, who gave a well-received presentation on ‘Is general practice digital ready?’. The talks were followed by a...

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NHS England premises policy review and NAO report on NHSPS - 16 July 2019

On 27 June, NHS England published its premises policy review. The full document is available here.  The accompanying NHS England board paper summarises the review’s proposals as follows: assign existing practice leases to NHS bodies where they are of strategic importance, and where their length and liabilities...

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NHS England board meeting 27 June 2019 - 16 July 2019

The NHS England board meeting on 27 June discussed various aspects of primary care and notable points included: The NHS Standard Contract now require community health services to be configured in line with PCN footprints. PCNs are expected to “…decide their own long-term future: take responsibility for securing a...

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New practice finance module for practice managers - 16 July 2019

We are pleased to announce our new practice finance module launching in September 2019. The module provides a vital update for practice managers looking to improve their finance and business knowledge. It also forms part of our practice manager blended learning programme and it can be completed as a standalone...

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Response to “Digital-First Primary Care” consultation on patient registration, funding and contracting rules - 16 July 2019

Responding to the consultation on amendments to the out of area registration rules and other measures intended to support and develop the “Digital First Primary Care” model as outlined in the recently published consultation from NHS England, headlines from the Londonwide LMCs’ submission are detailed below. The consultation closes...

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Viewpoint: LGBT are you in or out? - 05 July 2019

Ahead of the London Pride March, Richard Watson, Analytical Manager for the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) looks at inclusivity in the NHS and wider community. Working on the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard is a great privilege, as Analytical Manager for the programme I crunch the numbers daily and...

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MWord 40 now available - 20 June 2019

20 June 2019 Dear Colleague

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Tips of the month June 2019 - 19 June 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.   Prescriptions for sexually transmitted infections need to be endorsed by the prescriber to...

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PCN Model Schedules update - 19 June 2019

We will shortly be issuing an updated version of our PCN Model Schedules to reflect new information which has become available, and respond to queries from practices. The updates include substantive changes to the sections covering voting, dispute resolution and appointment and election of the Clinical Director (all covered in...

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