Londonwide LMCs’ April 2019 Newsletter

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April 2019 Newsletter

New Primary Care Network updates

NHS England and the BMA have published the long awaited Network Agreement and supporting documents for the Primary Care Network DES in advance of the submission date. We also have new details on indemnity (see below).


Sessional GP subcommittee nominations close tomorrow


Nominations for the BMA GPC’s Sessional GP subcommittee close at 12:00 on Thursday 18 April. It is vital that this important part of the GP workforce is represented by strong voices.


Board update


Several key decisions affecting members’ honoraria and levy payments were taken at the Londonwide LMCs’ Board of Directors meeting in March.


Scrutiny of NHS spending and plans


Parliamentary Select Committees responsible for health and overseeing Government spending both raise concerns about the NHS Long Term plan.


UK LMC conference update


The UK LMC conference was held in Belfast on 19-20 March. A full list of the motions proposed and carried is now available.


Resource of the Month

imageDepartment of Work and Pensions appeals guidance
Use our poster and template letter to explain that only basic record summaries are available to patients appealing DWP decisions.
Download  ►


Guidance Updates

GPC newsletter
Sessional GP newsletter
NHS App preparation guidance
PCSE March bulletin
April Practice Manager Forum update
Parkinson’s UK GP toolkit
Digital Red Book rollout

Londonwide Diary


24NHS Pension Scheme overview
25NHS Long Term Plan legal changes consultation closes


02Consultation skills: increase your effectiveness
15Primary Care Network (PCN) registration deadline
22Safeguarding and adults level 2


12CQC Compliance
13Health Care Support Workers Forum
21Understanding groups in general practice and working at scale

What state indemnity means for you

Following some confusion around the scope of the new state-backed scheme, we quizzed each of the medical defence organisations on what additional cover they can provide since the launch of the Clinical Negligence Scheme GP (CNSGP).

Also this month…

Preventing type 2 opt-out codes being recorded in clinical systems

imageNHS Digital have provided new guidance for practices on the actions required to prevent type 2 opt-out codes being recorded on their clinical systems.


Join our Health Care Support Workers Forum

imageThe forum will meet for the first time on 13 June and is open to health care support workers, health care assistants, assistant practitioners and associate practitioners across London.


Remember to use BEAM to LMC to highlight the pressure you are under

imageOur BEAM to LMC mobile app, which enables you to tell us about the pressures you are under from commissioners and others, is proving popular. Make sure you check the app for push notifications.


Media and public affairs round-up

imageOn 27 March, Dr Seth Dassanayake, Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham LMC, was quoted in the BMJ, speaking about the impact of cuts to CCG spending on local practices. On 26 March, Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, and representatives of Tower Hamlets LMC were quoted in GPonline, warning about the dangers of practices giving up GP contracts to join an Integrated Care Provider.

We continue to be very active in promoting the interests of London GPs and practice staff on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. If you have an example of general practice doing something well which could make a news story please get in touch. We also support practices that are approached with media requests. You can find details here.

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Deadline for next month’s submissions is 15 May.
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Last updated : 21 Aug 2019