Londonwide LMCs’ March 2018 newsletter

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March 2018 Newsletter

UK LMC Conference

On 9 March, LMCs met in Liverpool to debate issues which affect the whole of the UK and provide direction to the GPC.


LMC elections


Next month you will have a chance to stand for election to your LMC. In May we will be holding two drop-in sessions at Londonwide LMCs’ offices.


GDPR – further guidance now available


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May; see the latest guidance from GPC, NASGP and ICO.


CQC inspections and Significant Event Analysis


The CQC are increasingly identifying a lack of awareness, discussion and/or documentation of Significant Event Analysis (SEA) by practices as a problem when rating them.


Sign-up to our new Buying Group and win a Kindle Fire


Any practice who signs-up to our new Buying Group by the morning of our conference (Wednesday 2 May) will be entered into a draw to win a Kindle Fire 7 care of MidMeds.


Resource of the Month

Prescription requests are a major part of GP workload. Londonwide LMCs has created an action note that outlines the different types of prescriptions and links to further guidance on both repeat and bulk dispensing.
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Guidance Updates


2018/19 GP contract changes
GPC newsletter
Sessional GP newsletter
GP trainees newsletter
GP trainees and LMCs working together effectively
CQC 2017/18 Data Security & Protection Requirements
Diabetes Prevention Week resources
GP resources for Autism Awareness Week
Bromley by Bow Centre: social prescribing report

Londonwide Diary


27Peckham experiment: Pool of Information


13Windrush awards deadline
30LMC election nominations open


02Londonwide LMCs’ Conference: London Calling
23Mental Health First Aid – day one
30Mental Health First Aid – day two


Publication of GP earnings – giving the whole picture

This month Dr Elliott Singer, Londonwide LMCs’ Medical Director, explains how practices can add context to their publication of earnings webpages to show patients the value provided by general practice.



Also this month…

Verification/confirmation of death

imageWe are collating a list of problems experienced by GPs with coroners. Our aim is to minimise the distress caused to bereaved families by the process of certifying and/or investigating deaths and to free-up GPs’ time.


Health Select Committee demands NHS Digital stop passing data to the Home Office

imageThe Health Select Committee believe NHS Digital is ‘damaging public trust’ and assisting the Home Office with deportations by passing patients’ address data to them.


National data opt-out to be introduced alongside the GDPR in May

imageThe Government has announced that the national data opt-out will be introduced alongside the GDPR on 25 May 2018. It has also been agreed to present the national data opt-out as a single question to cover both research and planning.


GMC requests for evidence of English language competence

imageThe House of Commons Library has release updated guidance on what documentation the GMC will accept as evidence that GPs, nurses and pharmacists have sufficient English language skills.



Media and public affairs round-up

imageOn 14 March we were quoted in a Pulse article on Hammersmith and Fulham CCG’s tender for an independent evaluation of GP at Hand. 16 March saw Dr Jackie Applebee, Chair of Tower Hamlets LMC, appearing on BBC London news discussing the social factors which contribute to ill-health. On 28 February Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, wrote a piece in the Huffington Post on the challenges GPs have faced over winter.

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 : 18 Apr 2018