Congratulations on Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer on becoming CEO of Cambridgeshire LMCs - 15 August 2019

At the start of August Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer took over from Dr Guy Watkins as Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire LMC. Katie trained as a GP in London and was previously a medical director at Londonwide LMCs. Dr Michelle Drage, Chief Executive of Londonwide LMCs said: “Congratulations to Katie from all of us...

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Safeguarding payments and collaborative arrangements - 15 August 2019

On 11 July 2019 Dr David Geddes, NHSE/I Director of Primary Care Commissioning, wrote to CCGs and STPs advising that payment for safeguarding activity is not covered by core NHS contracts and should be payable via other mechanisms (he gives examples of CCG payment under collaborative arrangements and via LIS)....

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Tips of the month August 2019 - 15 August 2019

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.   CQC notification timeframes:• Changes to statement of purpose: within 28 days.•...

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CNSGP confirmed to cover safeguarding reports - 13 August 2019

NHS England and NHS Resolution have confirmed that the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP) does cover GPs for claims relating to reports produced in response to safeguarding requests, for claims relating to activity undertaken since 1 April 2019. NHS Resolution had previously taken the position that safeguarding reports were...

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Cool running - 23 July 2019

As the weather heats up, pharmacy fridges have to work harder to maintain their temperature (2-8ºC). Have you checked whether yours are operating as they should? Now is also a good opportunity to ensure that there is enough capacity for your flu vaccine delivery. We recommend that you consider whether...

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Tips of the month July 2019 - 16 July 2019

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. 28 QOF indicators will be retired this year and 15 new ones introduced....

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Employing Clinical Pharmacists in general practice event - 16 July 2019

Funmi Worrell, Programme Manager from Healthy London Partnership and Graham Stretch, Vice-President Primary Care Pharmacy Association, will be attending Londonwide LMCs on 30 July at 11am to talk about the benefits, role and employing of Clinical Pharmacists in general practice.  Practice staff who are interested in finding out more are...

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Workforce survey summer 2019 initial findings - 16 July 2019

475 people working across 391 GP practices responded to the survey, representing 32% of the practices in the Londonwide LMCs’ area. Almost two fifths of responding practices have a GP planning to retire in the next three years, almost half have a vacancy for any staff role and a third...

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Upfront charging of overseas patients - 16 July 2019

The BMA Annual Representative Meeting last month carried a motion proposed by Dr Jackie Applebee, of Tower Hamlets Division, stating: “That this meeting calls on the BMA to publicly support the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists...

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BMA Annual Representative Meeting 2019 - 16 July 2019

The BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting took place in Belfast from 23-25 June. Notable resolutions passed included those calling for: Capita to be sanctioned for its failures to properly run Primary Care Support England, a tax amnesty for GPs incurring penalties due to Capita's mistakes, compensation for doctors who have...

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Paid for travel vaccination activity not covered by state indemnity - 16 July 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS Resolution have confirmed that the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP) does not cover the supply and administration of paid for travel vaccinations. Previously they had said this activity was covered and have apologised for the mistake. Providing advice...

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Patient Access service update - proxy access now available - 16 July 2019

Patient Access have recently updated their service to allow proxy access.    Proxy access is designed for those who need to use the service on behalf of someone else; this may include families with young children, those who care for a family member or friend who find using the internet...

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NHS England premises policy review and NAO report on NHSPS - 16 July 2019

On 27 June, NHS England published its premises policy review. The full document is available here.  The accompanying NHS England board paper summarises the review’s proposals as follows: assign existing practice leases to NHS bodies where they are of strategic importance, and where their length and liabilities...

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NHS England board meeting 27 June 2019 - 16 July 2019

The NHS England board meeting on 27 June discussed various aspects of primary care and notable points included: The NHS Standard Contract now require community health services to be configured in line with PCN footprints. PCNs are expected to “…decide their own long-term future: take responsibility for securing a...

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