NHS Property Services update February 2021 - 24 February 2021

Following a recent legal challenge by the BMA, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) may no longer rely on its charging policy as a sole legal basis to increase charges on practices occupying NHSPS premises. NHSPS should now provide a full explanation of the legal and factual basis on which charges to...

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Integrated Care Systems, NHS legislation proposals and Standard Contract changes - 24 February 2021

Recent weeks have seen a number of NHS structural changes proposed and/or consulted on by NHSE and the Department for Health and Social Care. On 11 February the Government published a White Paper, outlining their plans for new health legislation, including enshrining Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in law and potentially...

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Changes to insurance cover - 23 February 2021

Practices are advised to check the cover provided under insurance renewals following the recent Covid-19 pandemic. We are aware that some insurers are removing cover for claims arising from pandemic losses from insurance products this year. Large projected losses mean that providers in the reinsurance market, which underpins commercially available...

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QCovid patient assessment tool - 19 February 2021

Last week the DHSC issued a letter about the new COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment tool that will be used to identify those at highest risk from Covid-19. If they are not already on the Shielding Patient List (SPL) they will be automatically added, and therefore eligible for vaccination. The...

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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (CVP) - sharing the learning - 18 February 2021

Londonwide LMCs represents and supports GPs and their practice teams across 27 of London’s boroughs. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we have been supporting our constituents in a number of ways from the publication of a Living Guide through to the launch of a website exclusively providing guidance...

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GP patient survey 2021 - 02 February 2021

Patients will be receiving their invitations to take part in the annual national survey about their experiences of local NHS services. The survey is sent to over a million people across the UK with the aim of giving patients the opportunity to feedback about their experiences with local NHS services...

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EMIS update on Covid-19 vaccination notifications - 27 January 2021

EMIS ran a software update on 12 January which means that Covid-19 vaccination data should be automatically filed out in GP patient records. Further information and access to Covid-19 vaccinations resources and an e-learning course are available on EMIS Now.  If you are aware of any problems please send...

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Paper Lloyd George envelopes to cease for first time NHS registrations - 27 January 2021

Since the start of January 2021 practices no longer receive a new paper Lloyd George envelope for a first time registration such as a baby or new entrants to the NHS. This is part of NHS England’s “Lloyd George envelope digitisation project” which aims to digitise the historic paper patient...

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Meeting London MPs - 27 January 2021

This month representatives from Harrow LMC, Camden LMC, Londonwide LMCs staff and local GPs met with Parliamentarians including Bob Blackman MP, Sir Keir Starmer MP and Labour’s health spokesman Jonathan Ashworth MP. Each meeting discussed local matters, as well as national issues such as the Coronavirus response and plans to...

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Covid-19 vaccination campaign – January update - 27 January 2021

Since our last newsletter there have been a number of developments with the Covid vaccination campaign, most notably: The approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, NHS England’s instruction to prioritise essential services to free capacity for vaccinations and the arrival of vaccine stock into GP-led sites outside of the Wave 1...

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Hesitancy around Covid vaccination - 27 January 2021

A poll carried out by the Royal Society for Public Health in December found that just 57% of respondents from black or ethnic minority backgrounds were likely to accept a Covid-19 vaccine, compared to 79% of white respondents. The poll also found that BAME respondents who were not willing...

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Free to attend wellbeing webinars for GPs - 27 January 2021

Back in August 2020 Londonwide LMCs launched the GP Professional Support Network to provide a single point of online access to match GPs with the most appropriate form of professional support for them.

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Helping sessional GPs to match to practices in their area during the Covid-19 vaccination programme - 06 January 2021

During these difficult times we appreciate that general practice is under extreme workload pressures trying to meet numerous demands which they may be struggling to do so with existing staff and workforce numbers and challenges. Londonwide LMCs would like to help practices and sessional GPs...

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Integrated Care Systems legal structure proposals consultation - 16 December 2020

A new NHS England report seeking views on proposals to create a new legal structure for ICS was published recently, setting out plans to place ICS on a statutory footing and advance the longstanding aim of integrating health and care. Londonwide LMCs has submitted this response to the consultation...

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