Dr Michelle Drage’s Christmas and New Year message

Thank you for simply still being here after the year you and all London general practices have had. With relentless pressure coming from clinically necessary activity, and the equally relentless weight of needless political choices, it’s easy to lose sight of what you have accomplished over the last 12 months, but it is worth reflecting […]

Registering overseas vaccinations at vaccination sites

On 9 December the Government updated guidance advising patients who wish to add an overseas Covid-19 vaccination to their NHS record to do so by booking a specific type of appointment at a vaccination centre. This is only applicable to vaccinations received abroad that are also approved for use in the UK, by updating these […]

Update: NHS England advise gradual return to normal Becton Dickinson container stock

On 29 November NHS England issued its latest update on the Becton Dickinson blood test container supply problem. Previously, NHS England advised that Becton Dickinson containers should only be ordered “little and often”, with the aim of practices holding no more than one week’s stock at any time. This update suggests that organisations can slowly return to business-as-usual stock levels, […]

Mandatory vaccination of practice staff – what we know so far

Friday 10 December 2021 Mandatory vaccination of practice staff – what we know so far NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) is preparing to implement the mandatory vaccination of all individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England, including GP Contract holders and employees of GP practices. NHSE&I has now produced phase 1 guidance related to this, […]

Wellbeing Matters – new support for practice staff from MIAB

A recent survey found that 88% of practices said that the pandemic has affected the physical and mental wellbeing of their staff. Whilst the survey cited workload and funding as major issues in primary care, it found that general practice staff were significantly affected, experiencing burnout, stress, anxiety, and financial worries. Our approved insurance Partner […]

Conference of England LMCs 2021

The Conference took place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November, a list of the motions debated and the parts that were carried is available here. There were a number of spoken contributions from our representatives, including the below. Dr Michelle Drage Michelle Drage spoke in support of a new GP Contract: I speak as […]

Mword Issue 94 – Dr Michelle Drage’s latest update for GPs and practice teams

30 November 2021 Dear Colleague, Four things bridging last week to this: 1. Political news – a new London health advocate 2. Omicron 3. Parliamentary Inquiry – the future of general practice 4. Conference of England LMCs 1. Political news – a new London health advocate Labour Party Leader Sir Keir Starmer MP has revealed his refreshed […]

Tips of the Month November 2021

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 our newsletter.    

Consultation responses

In the last month Londonwide LMCs has responded to two Government consultations on behalf of our constituent practices. Data access consultation In November we responded to the “Data A New Direction” consultation, which is primarily focussed on whether changes should be made to data protection legislation to make research easier. This is quite a technical […]

Supporting patients from migrant communities

Dr Hannah Theodorou, Londonwide LMCs Medical Director for North West London and Board Member of Doctors of the World writes about GPs’ obligations and best practice when registering and caring for migrant patients. Supporting patients from migrant communities can be incredibly rewarding but also comes with challenges, especially as the system struggles to cope with […]