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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.


Hospitals discharging patients after missed appointments - 19 November 2019

Recent media reports have revealed large numbers of patients being discharged form hospital after a missed appointment, contrary to the NHS Standard Contract.  We all know that general practice is under unprecedented workload pressures and it is not appropriate for practices to incur the...

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Registering for Central Alerting System (CAS) alerts - 31 October 2019

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Central Alerting System (CAS) is the national system for issuing patient safety alerts, important public health messages and other safety critical information to all providers, including GP practices. Since 1 October 2019, the MHRA have sent...

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Don't forget to download BEAM to LMC - Londonwide LMCs' app - 21 September 2018

  Londonwide LMCs have launched a mobile application to help hard-pressed GPs and practice teams to highlight the pressure they’re under from commissioners and others by taking control of their workload and sharing...

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Introducing the Primary Care Home concept - 21 November 2017

Dr Nav Chana, Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) explains the advantages of the Primary Care Home's collaborative concept of working at scale. Nav has been a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice in South West London for over 26 years.  The...

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Remember that your practice needs a CQC registered manager - 23 October 2017

Remember that Section 33 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 states that it is a legal requirement for practices to have a registered manager with the CQC (Care Quality Commission).  Whenever a registered manager leaves a practice or wishes to hand on the...

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Key themes in the development of an active and effective patient participation group (PPG) - 19 October 2016

Responses to the recent Londonwide LMCs’ patient engagement survey highlighted the broad spectrum of patient’ and practice’ experience of patient participation groups (PPGs). These ranged from the positive to the practical, as illustrated by the following quotes from survey respondents: “The PPG now understands the...

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Issue with QRISK2 Calculator in SystmOne - 25 May 2016

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has instructed TPP practices not to use the QRISK®2 Calculator in SystmOne until further notice. If you run TPP in your practice you can use the QRISK®2-2016 Calculator on the QRISK website which is not affected...

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Speakers' Corner: Dr Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive, The Queen's Nursing Institute on the London challenge for general practice nursing - 11 May 2016

Dr Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive, The Queen's Nursing Institute.   See Crystal speaking at our conference below. You can also read the thoughts of Gill Rogers, Londonwide LMCs' Director of...

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Speakers' Corner - Powering up London's primary care workfore - 12 April 2016

In exactly one week 400 of London’s GPs and practice staff will be gathering at the Emirates Stadium to work on the challenges we face and find the solutions to powering up London’s primary care workforce. We’re focusing on workforce for the conference because a...

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London Ambulance Service Health Care Professional Admissions telephone number has changed to 020 3162 7525 - 01 April 2016

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) have asked us to inform our GPs and practice teams that the Health Care Professional (HCP) Admissions phone number has changed to: 020 3162 7525 Please make sure that you use this number and not the...

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It's election year at Londonwide LMCs! - 17 February 2016

Elections take place every two years on a rolling basis and any GP working in the area may be nominated for election. We welcome representation from all GPs including partners, employed and freelance GPs. Serving on your LMC is a worthwhile and rewarding role. Dr...

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Support the BMA's Urgent Prescription for General Practice campaign - 05 February 2016

Click on the image to go to the BMA's Urgent Prescription for General Practice campaign page.

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Speaker's Corner - moustache aficionado Dr Tony Grewal looks at men’s health issues for "Movember" - 11 November 2015

This month moustache aficionado Dr Tony Grewal looks at men’s health issues for "Movember", Londonwide LMCs staff raised over £100 for the Movember charity. Tony writes: November is the month when men all over the country sprout ridiculous facial hair (no hypocrisy...

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Appeal: support the homeless this winter - 09 November 2015

Londonwide LMCs’ communications team recently met with Dr Paul O’Reilly and Practice Manager Tanya O’Brien of the Doctor Hickey Surgery in Westminster. Both spoke powerfully about the vulnerable groups of rough sleepers across Westminster that their practice treat, and outlined the huge difference that...

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General Practitioners and mental health and well-being - 14 October 2015

At the halfway point in our series of mental well being masterclasses, workshop partner and PHP founder Dr Clare Gerada says the key challenge facing the NHS is GP retention as many leave the profession after burning out and experiencing anxiety and depression. General...

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Speakers' Corner - Undergraduate teaching in General Practice. Your medical school needs you! - 09 September 2015

This month Joe Rosenthal, Senior Lecturer in General Practice & Sub-Dean for Community Based Teaching at UCL Medical School, gives us his view of undergraduate teaching in general practice. Undergraduate education in general practice is under...

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Responsible Oxygen Prescribing - 04 September 2015

The London Respiratory Network have asked us to re-circulate a copy of the London Clinical Oxygen Network (LCON) key messages for Responsible Oxygen use in adults from 2012. Their advice is to continue to discuss any home oxygen prescription with...

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Important LMC Briefing on the London PMS Review - 03 August 2015

In the knowledge that PMS contract reviews must take place before April 2016 (see NHSE letters of February 2014 and September 2014), Londonwide LMCs have sought to engage with NHSE London on their approach and ability to complete the reviews across London within...

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M Word - Issue 22 - 11 March 2015

I have three resilient and empowering things for you. The first is meant to be reassuring; the second is to urge you to hold fast to the values of general practice when you...

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Flu Guidance - 16 February 2015

NHS England London is promoting a big push on flu immunisation. We have produced a piece of guidance to inform and advise your practice though some of the logistical and financial...

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