Reminding patients of Pension Credits

Thousands of London’s pensioners on low incomes may not be getting the Pension Credits they are entitled to, GP practices can help by displaying reminder materials about who can claim. The Mayor of London, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Age UK are working to increase uptake of pension credits, with an estimated 120,000 […]

Next workforce survey due November 2021

Our latest workforce survey will be arriving with practices via email next month, this is the 12th such survey we have had conducted via polling company ComRes. The data gathered from previous workforce surveys has been used in a number of ways to support our work advocating for you, including: Obtaining coverage of London’s GP workforce […]

World Mental Health Day 2021

For World Mental Health Day we recorded the advice of LMC Chair Emma Rowley-Conwy on how she has managed workplace stress through the pandemic.  

Free training for early career GPs

Early career and trainee GPs in London are eligible for a free leadership programme provided by Next Generation GP, consisting of workshops and talks running from December 2021 to May 2022. Applications will be accepted from any current GP trainee or early career GP based in London who has not previously participated in the programme. […]

Covid-19 booster shots for practice staff

Health care workers can now book their Covid-19 vaccination boosters through the National Booking Service (NBS) or by contacting their local PCN site. Staff booster vaccinations can be administered no earlier than six months after completion of the primary vaccine course so they will not be able to proceed with booking on the NBS until 180 days […]

Covid-19 guidance update – October 2021

This page collates new guidance and existing guidance that has been updated since our last newsletter on 22 September. Covid-19 vaccination programme Covid-19 vaccination deployment next steps for 12 to 15-year-old vaccination (letter), published 19 October. Covid-19 vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding, social media assets and translations, added 8 October. Covid-19 vaccination: a guide […]

Abuse of practice staff – October 2021 update

Our work pushing back against abuse of practice staff continues to be our highest priority. We will soon be meeting with representatives of the Met Police following our letter to them last month and have spoken with several MPs and local authority representatives in response to our letters to them. A sample of the MP letter can […]

Mword Issue 90 – Dr Michelle Drage’s latest update for GPs and practice teams

19 October 2021 Dear Colleague, BMA says: Do not engage at this time. The BMA’s GPC has today advised GPs and practices not to engage in any activity associated with implementing NHS England’s so-called General Practice Support package, describing it as “punitive and damaging”. This is a compelling reflection at a national level of the […]

Update: NHS England advise holding one week’s Becton Dickinson container stock

On 8 October NHS England issued its latest update on the Becton Dickinson blood test container supply problem. The main change from previous advice is the instruction to order Becton Dickinson containers “little and often”, with the aim of practices holding no more than one week’s stock at any time. Demand from June and July this year should be the […]