EasyJet asking for doctor’s letters for face mask exemptions - 23 June 2021

We are aware that EasyJet are asking passengers who believe themselves to be exempt from wearing face masks on public transport, are to bring a signed doctor’s letter or medical certificate. The airline’s guidance can be viewed here. There is no legal requirement for anybody to provide medical evidence...

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Londonwide LMCs 2021 election nominations complete - 23 June 2021

Thank you to all those GPs who nominated themselves to stand for their LMC. All constituent GPs should soon receive details of whether their constituency is going to ballot or if the nominees are elected to the LMC unopposed. The latter will occur in cases where the nominees are equal...

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Summer 2021 workforce survey closes on 24 June - 23 June 2021

With pandemic capacity issues placing such great strain on London general practice it is more important than ever for us to have broad and up-to-date evidence on the state of the workforce. Our latest workforce survey closes at midnight tomorrow, so if you are a GP partner or practice manager...

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Covid vaccination programme - working with patients - 23 June 2021

Dr Emma Rowley-Conwy of Lambeth LMC shares her experience of how the Covid vaccination programme has reinforced and improved links between GP practices and local communities: As clinical director for our PCN I was responsible for setting up our local vaccination site, including getting volunteers to staff it. Most of the...

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Thank you to Julie Sharman and Jane Betts - 23 June 2021

This month we are saying farewell to Mrs Jane Betts, our valued Director of Primary Care Strategy for North Central, North West and South West London. Jane, a health visitor by training, joined Londonwide LMCs from the NHS in 2010, where...

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Tips of the Month June 2021 - 23 June 2021

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.   Airlines and other travel operators should not be asking for GP letters for...

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Data Security and Protection Toolkit deadline - 30 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Practices need to demonstrate their compliance with the Department of Health and Social Care’s data security and information governance requirements by the end of June. This is achieved by submitting a self-assessment using the Data Security and Protection (DSP) Toolkit, an online tool that replaced the IG Toolkit in April 2018....

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New GP Contract and NHS England updates - June 2021 - 22 June 2021

A number of new guidance and contractual documents were released over the last month, we have collected them here for ease of reference. GP Contract Update to GP contract arrangements for 2021/22, published 17 June. Enhanced services Enhanced service specification: Long Covid 2021/22, published 21...

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Updated guidance: appointment mapping - 17 June 2021

Practices will be aware that there is a contractual obligation to complete appointment mapping by the end of June. To ensure that the data is accurate this will take some time and planning. We have updated our summary of the national guidance with some tips to improve your data accuracy....

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End of life care - new online module for practice nurses from Londonwide LMCs - 15 June 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest blended learning module for practice nurses, "End of life care training for nurses in general practice". This module is suitable for all nurses working in primary care who have / would like to have an interest or specialism in...

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UPDATE: Application for a firearm and/ or shotgun certificate, or registration as a firearms dealer (RFD) - 15 June 2021

In discussion with Londonwide LMCs, the Metropolitan Police have produced guidance for GPs to refer to when approached for a factual medical report by a patient applying for the grant of one of the above mentioned certificates. The new process for granting licenses will be implemented from 5 July 2021...

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HEALTHx webinars and group coaching sessions - 10 June 2021

As part of the part of the Londonwide LMCs' GP Professional Support Network resources, Londonwide LMCs are offering an exciting integrated set of six webinars, accompanied by smaller group coaching sessions on a range of topics. The series will be delivered by Dr Alka Patel, GP, TEDx speaker, lifestyle...

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Update: Health Minister delays GPDfPR implementation until September - 08 June 2021

The Government has today announced to Parliament that the start of GP Data for Research and Planning (GPDfPR) will be delayed until later this year. The first collection by NHS Digital’s new patient data extraction system will be on 1 September.  Health Minister Jo Churchill MP said this would allow...

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Londonwide reaction to GPC motion of no-confidence in NHS England Executive - 20 May 2021

Earlier today GPC England considered and voted on a confidence motion, following the publication of letter BO497 on 13 May 2021. Londonwide Response Dr Michelle Drage, CEO of Londonwide LMCs, said: "On behalf of Londonwide LMCs and general practice across the Capital, I'm relieved that...

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UK LMC Conference 2021 round-up - 19 May 2021

The UK LMC Conference took place on 11 and 12 May, the motions debated and voted on at the conference can be read here, including which were carried, or carried in parts. A video archive of the day is available here: Day 1 morning Day 1 afternoon...

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LMC elections 2021 nominations now open – make your voice heard and stand for election - 19 May 2021

Only LMCs represent every GP practice in their area and every person working within each one. Standing for your LMC means giving a voice to your colleagues and personally developing new skills, as our Board members explain in this brief video. The deadline for nominations is 5:00pm on Friday...

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Tips of the Month May 2021 - 19 May 2021

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.   Patients can prove their vaccination status for travel via the NHS App or...

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