Londonwide LMCs’ February 2018 newsletter

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February 2018 Newsletter

Join our new Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group

We are delighted that so many practices have joined our new Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group. The group provides registered London practices with unique discounts on key products and services. Please note that you need to register, even if you used the previous buying group arrangement, if you have not done so since 30 January 2018.


MP visit: Chuka Umunna meets with Lambeth LMC


On Friday 29 January Chuka Umunna MP visited the Exchange Surgery in his Streatham constituency for a briefing by Lambeth LMC members on the issues affecting local practices.


It’s election year at Londonwide LMCs – make your voice heard


Any GP working in one of the 27 London boroughs we represent may be nominated for election regardless of their contractual status. This is your chance to make your voice heard.


Finance event Q&A summary


Our sold-out practice finance workshops in January provided the opportunity to question a number of experts and organisations. We have summarised this for those who were unable to attend.


Contacting the NHS England London premises team


Following the finance workshops, NHS England London’s premises team have provided us with area-specific contact details. These can be used to raise issues relating to premises reimbursements or rent reviews.


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Guidance Updates

GPC newsletter
Sessional GP newsletter
Londonwide LMCs’ AGM slides
NASGP magazine
Open Exeter imms data submission tips
UK LMC conference agenda
BMA PCSE escalation advice
European Commission GP eHealth survey
HLP child health resources

Londonwide Diary


09UK LMC conference
21GPN blended learning taught day
22Communications and customer service
28Understanding practice finances


30LMC election nominations open


02Londonwide LMCs’ conference


Influenza and the annual vaccine ordering challenge for practices

Kenny Gibson, Head of Public Health Commissioning (London) and NHS England London’s lead on flu vaccinations, shares his tips for anticipating the cycle of winter illnesses and getting the best value when buying in vaccine stock.



Also this month…

Prescription charges to rise 20p to £8.80

imageThe Government has announced that the single prescription charge for 2018/19 will be £8.80, effective from 1 April 2018. Three and 12 month prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) remain unchanged.


Primary care barometer

imageOur partners at Rand are still looking for practice managers who are willing to join an innovative stress and workload study.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance checklist

imageThe Information Governance Alliance (IGA) has released further guidance including an implementation checklist to help practices achieve compliance with the GDPR requirements which come into force in May.


Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) rejects merger of Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and NHS Property Services (NHSPS)

imageThe DHSC has rejected the Naylor Review’s suggestion that CHP and NHSPS be merged, along with other recommendations around the use of receipts from sales of hospital trusts’ land.


Media and public affairs round-up

imageOn 25 January our CEO, Dr Michelle Drage, spoke at the London Clinical Senate, supporting the retention of the independent contractor status as general practice moves to at-scale models. Over the last month the Londonwide LMCs’ communications team provided media advice to practices who had CQC press releases written about them following inspections.

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 : 01 Mar 2018