Londonwide LMCs’ February 2019 Newsletter

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February 2019 Newsletter

New GP contract launched

In April practices will move onto a five-year contract, with a focus on delivering extra funding via Primary Care Networks (PCNs).


LMC satisfaction survey


Please tell us how you feel about your LMC by close this Friday, 22 February. Emails with the link to the survey were emailed out on 13 February.


No-deal Brexit supplies survey results


Thank you to all those who responded to our survey on non-medical supplies and services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. We have been able to fill a gap in the Department of Health and Social Care’s understanding.


Workforce survey results


The headlines from our latest workforce survey are now available. Thank you to all those who responded, the information provided is a valuable tool in our work to represent you.


QOF coding issue (SNOMED)


Practices need to be aware that following the introduction of the SNOMED-CT coding in 2018/19, NHS Digital’s business rules team has been converting and mapping the READ and CTV3 codes into SNOMED. This has proven difficult and complex.


Resource of the Month

imageResponse to requests to follow up investigations performed in other settings
The NHS Standard Contract is clear that GPs should not be asked to do this work.
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Guidance Updates

GPC newsletter
Sessional GP newsletter
MWord 36
Falsified medicines directives
Sessional Type 2 pensions form
Health Emergency Badge review
PCSE GP bulletin
BMA Brexit guidance

Londonwide Diary


12Londonwide LMCs’ annual conference
14GPC contract roadshow
19UK LMC conference
25Nurse training programme taught day


01New GP contract comes into effect


10Practice manager training programme taught day


28Locum insurance survey closes


Pensions: what you need to check before the end of March

Pensions advisor, Ian McNicholl shares his top tips on what you need to do to prepare for the end of the financial year. Ian will be speaking at our sold-out pensions event in March.



Also this month…

North East London GPC elections

imageThe BMA GPC constituency covering Barking and Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, City and East London is up for election. Voting is open for the term covering 2019-20.


Type 2 opt-outs replaced by the national data opt-out

imageType 2 opt-outs have been replaced by the national data opt-out. Practices must no longer use the type 2 opt-out code to record a patient’s opt-out choice as it is no longer collected and processed.


Data Security and Protection Toolkit

imageThe Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment toolkit that must be submitted by 31 March 2019. The toolkit has to be used by all organisations that have access to NHS patient data and clinical systems.


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 Valentine’s Day we used Twitter to highlight the issue of cuts to sexual health services in London. On 6 February we provided media training to LMC members from Barnet, City and Hackney, Greenwich, and Hammersmith and Fulham. On 28 January Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, was quoted in Pulse, warning about the impact of cuts to public health budgets.

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.

Got a story? Email us at
Deadline for next month’s submissions is 13 March.
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Last updated : 28 Feb 2019