UPDATE: NHSE advise cautious resumption of blood specimen collection with Becton Dickinson supply anticipated to resolve later this month (September 2021) - 15 October 2021

Further to our update 11 August regarding supply problems with Becton Dickinson, one of the major suppliers of the vacutainers used to collect blood for tests, NHSE has issued an update. NHSE has secured additional tubes from US stocks and MHRA has...

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Mword Issue 88 - Dr Michelle Drage's latest update for GPs and practice teams - 15 October 2021

15 October 2021 Dear Colleague,Staying Present.If you have had a...

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Mword Issue 87 - Dr Lisa Harrod-Rothwell’s latest update for GPs and practice teams - 07 October 2021

  01 October 2021 Dear ColleaguePractice staff abuse: raising your concerns with political and police leadersI...

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Face covering requirements in practices - 07 October 2021

NHS England confirmed on 15 July 2021 that Public Health England’s infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance still applies to patient-facing healthcare settings, ahead of the law around mask wearing coming to an end on Monday. From a practical point of view this means practice staff can rely on mask...

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NHS letter to help people without an NHS number access the Covid-19 vaccine and register with a GP - 07 October 2021

On 23 July 2021 NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England issued a useful letter which advises people without an NHS number, including people who are migrants, how to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The letter also advises how register at a GP practice. You can download the letter...

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Work with us to counter abuse of practice staff - 01 October 2021

We need your help to combat the growing anti-GP sentiment being experienced by GPs and practice staff. As your representative body, we are increasingly worried about the volume of abuse which our GPs and practice teams are being subjected to on a daily basis, and the mental and physical effect...

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Don't forget to download BEAM to LMC - Londonwide LMCs' app - 22 September 2021

  Londonwide LMCs' mobile application helps hard-pressed GPs and practice teams highlight the pressure they’re under from commissioners and others by allowing them to share those requests in real time.  ...

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Mword Issue 86 - Dr Michelle Drage's latest update for GPs and practice teams - 22 September 2021

9 September 2021 Dear Colleague,Mad Hatters and...

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Tips of the Month September 2021 - 22 September 2021

We provide monthly 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.   Our new guidance explains the latest changes to how the CQC monitors and inspects general...

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New LMC terms - 22 September 2021

Over recent and coming weeks our LMCs have had, or are having, their inaugural meetings, following the elections which took place this summer. At these meetings LMC members will select Chairs and Vice Chairs to lead them for the next two years. LMCs may also co-opt nurses and practice managers...

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Recognise the emotional challenges of your work: ask for support when you need it - 22 September 2021

By Dr Phil Moore, Mental Health Clinical Co-Director for the NHS in London, co-chair of London’s Suicide Prevention Group, and chair of the Mental Health Commissioners Network for NHS Clinical Commissioners Primary care services are under pressure. Clinical and non-clinical staff continue to face unprecedented challenges from increased workload, struggles...

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Westminster update – September 2021 - 22 September 2021

The last month has seen a number of new announcements affecting general practice and the wider health and care system. Autumn and Winter Plan Last week the Government launched its Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021, setting out measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic through the coming months,...

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Covid-19 vaccination programme update – September 2021 - 22 September 2021

The following documentation relating to the Covid-19 vaccination programme has either been published or updated over the previous month: Enhanced Service Specification: Covid-19 vaccination programme 2020/21, updated 20 September Vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 years with underlying health conditions (letter), published 20 September. Covid-19...

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BMA Annual Representative Meeting 2021 summary - 22 September 2021

The BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting 2021 was held virtually on 13 and 14 September. Londonwide LMCs proposed a motion to end compensation claimants pursuing professional proceedings against GPs. The motion as passed reads: Motion by Conference of LMCs: That this meeting notes the concerns expressed by indemnity providers that the...

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Covid vaccination programme update – September 2021 - 21 September 2021

The following documentation relating to the Covid vaccination programme has either been published or updated over the previous month: Enhanced Service Specification: Covid-19 vaccination programme 2020/21, updated 20 September Vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 years with underlying health conditions (letter), published 20 September. Covid-19...

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The working life of a GP during the pandemic - 20 September 2021

Dr Tina Agrawal is a GP in Camden and Co-chair of Camden Local Medical Committee, here she shares how her working life has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic. The current pressures on GPs mean they are working over and above what would usually be defined as safe...

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How to be a dementia friendly GP - 17 September 2021

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, and this is set to rise to 1 million by 2025. We know that people with dementia can face challenges in accessing their GP but the services they provide in terms of diagnosis, support and planning can be a lifeline....

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Becton Dickinson blood specimen collection portfolio supply disruption - 17 September 2021

We have been made aware of a supply problem with one of the major suppliers of the vacutainers used to collect blood for tests. Whilst this may not affect all London practices directly, there are likely to be knock-on effects. NHS advice for practices includes:...

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LMC elections 2021 - results - 10 September 2021

Voting in the 2021 LMC elections closed on 27 July 2021. The results are listed below. Congratulations to all those GPs who have been elected. We look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years as we continue our work...

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