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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.


Seven London hospital trusts cease to accept paper referrals in June or July - 21 May 2018

From the 1 October eRS will be the only route for GP to Consultant-led first outpatient appointments, as part of the Standard Contract 2018/2019. However, Trusts have staggered paper switch-off dates before October 2018 after which they will return all non-eRS referrals including those sent my email. Please note this...

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LMC election nominations close on 1 June 2018 - 21 May 2018

There is just over one week left to stand for election to your local medical committee. If you are a GP working in London, please consider standing for election onto your local LMC. It’s never been as important to make your voice heard and stand up for general practice in...

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GDPR goes live 25 May 2018 – latest guidance for practices - 21 May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in less than 48 hours (25 May 2018). We have produced a round-up of a significant amount of guidance to help you with integrating GDPR compliance into your practice systems. Practice Index have released a helpful video designed for GPs...

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Thank you to those who responded to our data-validation exercise - 21 May 2018

A big thank you to all the practices who responded to the data validation exercise, which ran between January-March 2018. We asked practices to confirm the details of the GPs and practice staff who are working at their practice. This exercise was undertaken to ensure we have an accurate and...

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Tips of the month May 2018 - 21 May 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 You have a contractual obligation to offer the Friends and Family...

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Free leadership coaching available for practice teams in London - 18 May 2018

The London Leadership Academy, a pan-London leadership development organisation, working across all NHS organisations offers a free coaching service for GPs and practice team members working in the NHS. Recent research points out the huge personal benefits to coaching clients, particularly at times of change. People might see a coach...

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Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group new shredding service – sign up now - 18 May 2018

Almost a fifth of our practices have signed up to the new Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group which means they can take advantage of offers such as a new shredding service provided by MidMeds, a main supplier to the Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group. The service provides up to five waste consoles...

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NHS Digital to increase threshold for data sharing with the Home Office - 18 May 2018

NHS Digital will now only share patient information with the Home Office in cases where an individual is being considered for deportation due to “serious criminality”. Previously NHS Digital had been sharing information where individuals had been sought by the Home Office for reasons such as missed meetings or if...

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Acting as a supervisor for a doctor with conditions - 18 May 2018

This month our GP support team pose a challenge: Ask not what your LMC can do for you – ask what you can do for your professional colleagues.  Background GPs are facing ever-increasing pressures and may be performance managed by NHSE or come to the attention of the GMC. A doctor...

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Londonwide LMCs conference 2018 round-up - 18 May 2018

On 2 May 2018 we hosted our annual conference – titled “London Calling” - at the Kia Oval. The day was a great success with an array of guest speakers who discussed a range of topics relating to the ongoing challenges NHS general practice faces, while providing guidance about the...

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May 2018 local election results and Lewisham East by-election - 15 May 2018

The local elections held at the start of May 2018 have brought about the following changes in local authority control for boroughs covered by Londonwide LMCs: The Conservatives gained Barnet Council from no overall control. Labour gains Tower Hamlets from no overall control Outside of our area: ...

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We're hiring - Medical Director - GP Support Services, part time, 2 days per week - 09 May 2018

Londonwide LMCs is the membership organisation representing over 7,000 NHS General Practitioners and 1300 practice teams in London, providing pan-London leadership and shared committee services for its members. The organisation has an important role as a trusted partner in supporting, stabilising and sustaining general practice in London. Due to retirement, we...

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We know the challenges you face, join us on Wednesday 2 May to learn more about meeting them - 18 April 2018

It’s exactly two weeks until our annual conference. ‘London Calling’ reflects the fact that caring for Londoners’ complex health needs is more of a calling than a job for the Capitals’s dedicated GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and the whole practice team. By bringing together experts in their field, our...

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NHS England Windrush70 Awards - 18 April 2018

In celebration of the NHS’s upcoming 70th birthday, NHS England will host the Windrush70 Awards on Tuesday 12 June in Manchester. We are encouraging people to nominate NHS general practice workers who deserve special recognition for a Windrush 70 Award. The awards are designed to commemorate the diversity of...

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Harrow Council responds positively to LMC request regarding school sick notes - 17 April 2018

Drs Meena Thakur and Noreen Ryan of Harrow LMC recently wrote to Harrow Council regarding requests for sick slips from local schools, following a school’s claim that GP sick slips are required by the Council. The LMC has since received a very positive response. In his letter to Harrow LMC,...

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GDPR latest news - 13 April 2018

The Information Governance Alliance (IGA) have released a guidance document called ‘the key points for GPs’. The document includes a myth busting section, information on the Data Protection Officer (DPO), Subject Access Requests (SARs), data protection fees and a checklist. You can download the guidance here. We also want...

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