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This is the section where we keep you updated with all the latest news which affects GPs and their practice teams.

You can also visit the latest GPC news page to keep up to date on national issues.


Blue badge applications – success in east London - 17 August 2018

After concerns raised by Waltham Forest LMC, the local council are now telling blue badge applicants not to contact their GP to support their application. The letter states: “Please note your GP should not be asked for specific information for your mobility application and an appointment should not be made...

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GP Partnership Review - 17 August 2018

On 30 July 2018 Dr Nigel Watson and his GP Partnership Review team visited our offices in Euston and two GP practices. Dr Watson, who is also Chair of Wessex LMCs and a member of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC), will gather his findings and submit them to Matt...

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Patient DNAs at non-NHS medicals - 17 August 2018

GPs and practice staff often find it frustrating when a non-NHS medical (or other chargeable non-NHS work) has been booked, such as for a taxi licence, and the patient fails to attend. However, this does not mean that the practice can automatically charge the patient for non-attendance. The arrangement for...

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Online STI service replaces in-person testing for asymptomatic patients - 16 August 2018

Changes to sexual health services in London mean that anyone who is asymptomatic and wants to be tested for STIs should order a testing kit from the Sexual Health London website. It is advisable to update any practice staff who may need to signpost patients to sexual health services....

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Tips of the Month August 2018 - 16 August 2018

We provide weekly tips based on common queries which come through to us from London GPs and practice teams. These are shared via social media and collated for this newsletter.   #TipoftheWeek It is a contractual requirement to have two clinical references...

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Re-inventing medicine round-table - 18 July 2018

At our annual conference in May, Prof Martin Marshall, vice-chair of RCGP Council, spoke about the need to reconsider what general practice and community medicine looks like. Reinventing medicine is about re-prioritising what is important about supporting patients to improve their health; the wider determinants of health; the inverse care...

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New NHS England contract payments consultation - 18 July 2018

NHS England has launched a consultation on reforming three aspects of the way practices are paid, specifically: The rurality index payment; the London adjustment; and reducing the amount paid for out-of-area patients. This has come about because of concerns about how suitable current payment arrangements are for fairly...

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Preparing for your CQC presentation - 18 July 2018

This month we are launching our CQC presentation guide, which explains how to prepare for the 30 minute presentation which is part of every practice inspection. Dami Akanbi from our GP support team sums up some of the key points from the guide. Your CQC presentation should focus on their...

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Executive Personal Assistant to the CEO vacancy - deadline for applications 5:00pm, Monday 20 August 2018 - 17 July 2018

This is a permanent full-time role in Londonwide LMCs, the membership organisation representing over 7,000 NHS General Practitioners in London. The organisation provides pan-London leadership and shared committee services for its members. The salary is £36,412 pa plus employer’s contribution of 16% of salary into the...

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Tips of the month July 2018 - 17 July 2018

We provide weekly tips based on common queries which come through to us from London GPs and practice teams. These are shared via social media and collated for this newsletter. 2/2 ...or for any prescription or repeatable prescription for any drug, medicine or...

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Free practice manager conference - Thursday 22 November 2018 - 17 July 2018

Our next free to attend practice manager's conference will take place on Thursday 22 November 2018 at Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ. The packed programme so far includes topics such as working at scale, digital health, patient engagement, data protection, building your team and a CQC update. This...

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CPD Standards Office awards our General Practice Manager Training Programme 106 CPD points - 17 July 2018

Our new General Practice Manager (GPM) training programme has now been awarded CPD accreditation by the CPD Standards Office. Students on the programme will now receive up to 106 CPD points for successful completion of the programme. The CPD accreditation is in addition to...

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GP State of Emergency success: TFL change fees advice - 16 July 2018

Following a letter from our GP State of Emergency team, Transport for London have updated their advice to applying for a private hire driver licence to reflect that the charge for a medical exam is to be set by the examining GP. Their advice had previously said that it was...

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GP partnership review - London fact-finding visit - 16 July 2018

Dr Nigel Watson, Chair of Wessex LMCs, is leading the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) review of the GP partnership, due to be completed by the end of the year. Once finalised, the review will be sent to the Secretary of State for...

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Dr Michelle Drage's statement on the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care - 10 July 2018

Dr Michelle Drage responds to the appointment of Matthew Hancock as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. "Congratulations and welcome to new Health Secretary Matthew Hancock. "I’d love the opportunity to show him the true face of London's General Practice. Particularly how our...

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Perinatal mental health access variation - 06 July 2018

The Pan-London Perinatal Mental Health Network are gathering information on disparities in access to, and funding for, perinatal mental health within secondary and tertiary care. This map produced by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance gives some indication of the variation in perinatal mental health spending by CCG.  Whilst the Network...

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Salisbury Novichok 1 incident - Public Health England interim guidance - 05 July 2018

Following the recent Salisbury Novichok 1 incident, Public Health England have issued interim guidance on the diagnosis and early management in organophosphate chemical incidents. This guidance can be downloaded here. Public health messaging has not changed, the risk remains low...

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