Londonwide LMCs’ August 2018 newsletter

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August 2018 Newsletter

LMC elections – full results

Congratulations to all those who have been elected to their LMC, the new committee year begins on 1 September. We look forward to seeing new members at the introductory meetings.


GP partnership review


On 30 July 2018 Dr Nigel Watson and his GP Partnership Review team visited our offices and two London GP practices. The review team are happy to consider further feedback from London GPs.


Your experience of digital health services


With increasing moves toward digital access and service provision in general practice, we want to gather information on the differing platforms and pilots offering online access, including whether and how they have involved practices.


Blue badge applications


We have a new waiting room poster advising patients that they do not need to book an appointment in relation to Blue Badge applications. Waltham Forest LMC has also persuaded their local authority to change its guidance.


Premises update


Advice for practices in Community Health Partnerships or NHS Property Services premises, including guidance on Occupancy Agreement letters.


Resource of the Month

imagePrimary/secondary care agreement
Our new guide explains where you stand on work passed from secondary care.
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Guidance Updates

GPC news
Sessional GP newsletter
BMA advice on Docman problem

Londonwide Diary


27BMA subject access request survey deadline
31Partnership Review feedback deadline
31NHS England Digital First consultation deadline
31NAPC awards submission deadline


12Dementia training workshop
20The future for general practice in England (Dr Michelle Drage speaking)
27Management in Practice (Dr Lisa Harrod-Rothwell speaking)


25Introduction to Medical Terminology


22Practice managers – the heart of the team conference

Tips for new GP trainees

We share top tips from Dr Gemma Eyres, a GP trainee who was recently elected to Tower Hamlets LMC. We also have advice from Dr Elliott Singer, Medical Director at Londonwide LMCs and a GP trainer in east London.



Also this month…

Online STI service replaces in-person testing for asymptomatic patients

imageIn most of our LMC areas practice staff should now be sign-posting asymptomatic patients to order free testing kits from the Sexual Health London website. The areas not covered by the scheme are: Greenwich, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Sutton


Charging patients who miss non-NHS medicals

imageYou should have a clear policy stating that all chargeable non-NHS work needs to be paid for in advance if you wish to charge patients who book non-NHS medicals and then fail to attend them. We explain how you can draft such a policy.


Doctors of the World Safe Surgeries toolkit

imageDoctors of the World has launched the Safe Surgeries toolkit, a single site to provide GP practices with resources helping them to better understand the regulations and best practice around caring for migrant populations.



Media and public affairs round-up

imageAt the start of August Dr Michelle Drage, Chief Executive of Londonwide LMCs, was quoted in Pulse’s coverage of comments on the viability of small practices, including in a follow-up piece.

We continue to be very active in promoting the interests of London GPs and practice staff on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. We also support practices that are approached with media requests. You can find details of how to get support here.


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Last updated : 24 Aug 2018