Official studies: BAME people at increased risk from Covid-19 - 24 June 2020

The Government has recently released two Public Health England (PHE) reports looking into the impact of coronavirus on people from BAME backgrounds. The reports were written by Professor Kevin Fenton with Covid-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes being released on 2 June and Covid-19: understanding the...

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Resumption of routine CQC inspections and the emergency support framework - 24 June 2020

The CQC will resume routine inspections of GP practices in the autumn, with no start date specified yet. Since the middle of May the CQC has been remotely monitoring practices via its emergency support framework, with inspections normally taking the form of a phone call. The CQC say that...

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TFL face covering exemption - 24 June 2020

Since 15 June it has been mandatory for passengers over the age of 11 to wear face coverings on public transport in London, as well as in private hire vehicles. This has resulted in some patients approaching GP practices asking for doctor’s notes to exempt them from the requirement on health...

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Mword Issue 64 - Dr Michelle Drage's latest update for GPs and practice teams - 12 June 2020

This page was updated on 12.06.2020 to clarify that TFL guidance does not currenly include exemptions to wearing face masks, but Department for Transport guidance does.

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Spring Bank Holiday – 25 May - 20 May 2020

NHS England are currently indicating that 25 May will be treated as a normal bank holiday, so no requirements will be placed on practices to provide additional services because of Covid-19. We would like to thank practices for their efforts over the recent bank holidays and say that everyone in...

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Excellence in Supporting Healthcare, ILM certificate aimed at non-clinicians - 20 May 2020

This exciting and newly accredited e-learning course is delivered by the PMA, and normally costs £295. It is based on the competency framework and career pathway and its aim is to build a workforce in which non-clinicians can develop confidence and skills that can be used in healthcare settings. All...

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Supplies of practice equipment, particularly PPE remains of great concern due to levels of availability being mismatched to need - 20 May 2020

Whilst there are low levels of stock with some suppliers, many have no stock of the most needed items and are awaiting deliveries. The Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group works closely with our trusted supplier MidMeds for many practice consumables including PPE. They have availability of a number of key items...

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Covid-19 mandatory data collection - 20 May 2020

On Friday 15 May 2020, GP practices in England were sent an invitation via the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) to participate in a data collection entitled ‘GPES Data for Pandemic Planning & Research (COVID-19)’.  Whilst this has been sent out as an invitation to practices via the CQRS, it...

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PCN DES Decision Making Tool - 20 May 2020

Our new decision making tool provides a factually based, critical analysis and risk assessment of the PCN DES for this year, which practices can use to help you make an informed decision whether to remain opted in, or to opt out, of the DES. Implications of both the...

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Friday 8 May Bank Holiday opening - 29 April 2020

With just over a week to go there still remains a lack of clarity on funding of staff payments and costs. Until clear, we continue to advise you to keep an account of all additional costs associated with these bank holidays. We still expect the BMA to negotiate that the affected...

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Temporary changes to GP Connect and the Summary Care Record (SCR) - 29 April 2020

NHSX and NHS Digital are making temporary changes to GP Connect and to the Summary Care Record to help the NHS respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. These changes are to improve the access that doctors, nurses and authorised health and care professionals have to medical records and information, and to help...

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