Londonwide LMCs’ July 2019 Newsletter

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July 2019 Newsletter

Primary Care Networks update

The start of this month saw the deadline for Primary Care Networks finalisation. We continue to update our PCN Model Schedules, as more information becomes available. We have also produced a timeline of PCN milestones over the next nine months.


Digital-First consultation response


Our response to proposals to adapt regulations covering digital technology in general practice comments on provider function vs structure, prioritising patient need, removal of out of area registration rules, and identifying and addressing health inequalities.


Indemnity required for paid travel vaccinations


From 1 August 2019, anyone administering paid for travel vaccinations will need to have indemnity cover to do so. NHS Resolution has changed its previously stated position that this activity is covered by the new CNSGP indemnity scheme.


Dr Michelle Drage awarded BMA Medal


Dr Michelle Drage, our Chief Executive, was awarded the BMA Medal at the organisation’s Annual Representative Meeting in Belfast last month. The award was in recognition of her extensive service to the profession.


Workforce survey initial findings


Thank you for supporting our July workforce survey. We had a great response from 475 people working across 391 GP practices and are now able to share some of the data.


Resource of the Month

imageCQC presentation guidance
Our guidance explains how to prepare for your presentation to the CQC inspection team.
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Guidance Updates

GPC News
Patient Access: proxy access enabled
BMA Annual Representative Meeting summary
NHS England Premises policy and National Audit Office review of NHS Property Services
Upfront charging of overseas patients
NHS England Board summary
NHS England letter to CCGs regarding safeguarding fees

Londonwide Diary


28World Hepatitis Day
30Role and benefits of employing clinical pharmacists


01World Breastfeeding Week
08Cycle to Work Day
23Digital first consultation closes

10 March 2020
LMC Annual Conference


LGBT are you in or are you out?

Ahead of the Pride in London event on Saturday 6 July, Richard Watson, Analytical Manager for the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) wrote for us about inclusivity in the NHS and the wider community.

Also this month…

Blended learning finance module

imageWe are launching our new practice finance course in September, making this popular module from our Practice Manager Blended Learning Programme available as a stand-alone element. The full PM blended learning course remains available to book.


Professor Martin Marshall appointed Chair of RCGP

imageCongratulations to Professor Martin Marshall on his appointment as the new Chair-elect of the RCGP, succeeding Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard in November 2019 for a three-year term. Martin is a GP in Newham and Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL. We have recently worked closely with him in a number of areas, including QOF QI development and his Rethinking Medicine project.


Digital roundtable and NHS practice nurse Action Learning Set

imageWe recently hosted a digital roundtable event, giving digital leads from practices an opportunity to learn about the technology which is being rolled out, and question representatives from NHSX. We also hosted two NHS practice nurse Action Learning Set sessions to improve nurses’ digital skills.


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 11 July Dr Elliott Singer our Medical Director for North East London spoke to WIRED magazine about plans to provide NHS health advice via Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker. On 1 July Dr Michelle Drage was quoted in Pulse and GPonline saying primary care networks should not be made solely responsible for the survival of the partnership model, in response to a statement in NHS England board papers. On social media we celebrated Pride month, including sharing our charity bake sale.

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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Last updated : 05 Sep 2019