Londonwide LMCs' November 2021 Newsletter



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November 2021 Newsletter

Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry into the future of general practice


We will be responding to this new inquiry as the representatives of London general practice and would welcome your views on what we put in the response.


New GPC England Chair

Dr Farah Jameel, Chair of Camden LMC, has been elected Chair of GPC England. Congratulations to Farah on your election, and thank you Richard Vautrey for your service.

Working to counter abuse

We are meeting with MPs, councillors and police representatives, and received a positive response from Barts to our letter on collegiate working between GPs and trusts.

New Integrated Care Board CEOs appointed

Each of London's five ICBs have appointed a CEO, ahead of taking on the local commissioning functions previously held by CCGs.

Guidance round-up

This month's round-up includes information on the extension of second jabs to 16 and 17 year-olds and booster jabs to those over 40.


Resource of the Month

image Updated CQC monthly monitoring guidance
We have had clarifications and updates from the CQC,
which are now reflected in the guidance.
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Guidance Updates

GPC Newsletter
Cameron Fund winter appeal

Londonwide Diary


26 GP maternal post check support


07 Managing patient conflict part 1: primary intervention
08 Covid-19 vaccination update
14 Health Select Committee evidence deadline
14 PCSE update meeting


13 Initial training cervical sample taker course
14 Initial training cervical sample taker course
17 Introduction to contraception 2-day online course – must attend both days
18 Cytology update
24 Introduction to contraception 2-day online course – must attend both days

Supporting patients from migrant communities

Dr Hannah Theodorou, Londonwide LMCs Medical Director for North West London and Board Member of Doctors of the World writes about GPs’ obligations and best practice when registering and caring for migrant patients.



Consultation responses


We have responded to the Government's consultations on data privacy and the continued free supply of PPE to general practice.


Workforce survey now live


Our latest workforce survey is now in the inbox of GP partners and practice managers, including new questions on abuse of practice staff by patients.


Remember to use BEAM to LMC to highlight the pressure you are under


Our BEAM to LMC mobile app, which enables you to tell us about the pressures you are under from commissioners and others, is proving popular. Make sure you check the app for push notifications.



Media and public affairs round-up


On 12 November Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, was quoted in Pulse regarding NHS England’s plan to single out the ‘bottom 20%’ of practices. On 6 November Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, was quoted in a Guardian article on plans to allow people to book Covid-19 booster jabs earlier than three months after their second jab. We have also provided briefings and background to journalists from the Health Service Journal, The Independent, The Observer and Camden New Journal.

We continue to be very active in promoting the interests of London GPs and practice staff on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. If you have an example of general practice doing something well which could make a news story please get in touch. We also support practices that are approached with media requests. You can find details here.



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NHS Test and Trace app QR codes - 22 September 2020

The NHS Test and Trace app launches on 24 September. Part of the system involves businesses displaying QR codes which can be read by the app, so users can easily allow the system to record themselves entering a business’ premises. If practices want to apply for and display a QR code they...

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Response to DHSC Coronavirus vaccine regulation consultation - 22 September 2020

We have submitted the following organisational response to the Distributing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and flu consultation run by the Department of Health and Social Care. 1. Temporary authorisation of the supply of unlicensed products Noting that under normal circumstances vaccines and medications would need to undergo the requisite licensing...

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General Practice During The Pandemic: The Role of the General Practitioner and Practice Team - 07 September 2020

Our new document, General Practice During The Pandemic: The Role of the General Practitioner and Practice Team, looks at how practice teams are adapting to the Covid-19 challenge and some of the future implications of this period of rapid change. It also contains guidance...

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Summary for General Practices - Sir Simon Stevens’ Phase 3 NHS Response Covid-19 Letter (31 July 2020) - 19 August 2020

The letter is written to CEOs of trusts and foundation trusts, CCG accountable officers, GP practices and PCNs, community health providers and NHS 111. It sets out the ‘third phase’ of the Covid-19 response and NHS England’s priorities for the rest of this financial year (2020/21). It builds on...

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Accessibility requirements for your website – deadline 23 September 2020 - 19 August 2020

All practices have a legal duty to make sure their websites meet accessibility requirements by 23 September 2020. The accessibility regulations aim to ensure online public services are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. According to government guidance there are four main steps that you need...

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Tips of the month August 2020 - 19 August 2020

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.   Practices may need to identify and contact children and young people who are...

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Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) phase 4 roll out - 18 August 2020

Phase 4 of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) will be enabled automatically for all TPP SystmOne and EMIS Web practices that use EPS (including dispensing practices) from 7 September 2020. Phase 4 allows prescriptions for patients without an EPS nomination to be signed, sent and processed electronically, making EPS the...

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GP Professional Support Network now offering online help for Coronavirus and other pressures - 04 August 2020

Londonwide LMCs' new GP Professional Support Network provides a single point of online access to match GPs with the most appropriate form of professional support for them. The launch of this new service today is largely driven by the need to innovate as Coronavirus infection...

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Patient face covering exemptions - 29 July 2020

From Friday 24 July people are required to wear face-coverings in several environments including public transport, shops and supermarkets, practices may get an increase in requests from patients to provide exemption letters. Government guidance on face coverings including exemptions can be found here. Practices have a contractual and legal obligation to provide...

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Coronavirus supplies and 2020 flu vaccination season - 24 July 2020

Having checked with Londonwide LMCs Buying Group suppliers we understand that flu vaccine stock is on track for delivery later this year and that suppliers are currently content that existing orders can be fulfilled, subject to any future (speculative) DHSC policy announcements. We will continue to talk to suppliers, but do...

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Help needed to plan for current and future demands of general practice - 23 July 2020

We have important work planned for the next three months that we need your help with. If you work in London general practice in an area represented by Londonwide LMCs, please complete this survey and share your thoughts on current working practices. We are also grateful for the offers of...

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Inclusivity and diversity in general practice - 22 July 2020

The disproportionate mortality rate from coronavirus in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as reported by Public Health England, alongside international events and awareness protests, have seen a growing and wide-ranging public discussion about racial equality in recent months. Londonwide LMCs has a strong track record of promoting...

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Un-resourced work from secondary care - 21 July 2020

Practices are currently facing a significant challenge as capacity is reduced by the need to adhere to infection control measures and pent up demand from patients staying away from practices during the early stages of the pandemic has been released, with these people now seeking appointments in large numbers. Against...

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2020 GP Patient Survey results - 21 July 2020

Over 95% of patients who responded to the latest NHS England survey said they had confidence and trust in the last healthcare professional they saw. Over 80% of patients rated their overall experience of their GP practice as good. More evidence of the excellent job our GPs and practice teams...

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Online and social media - strategy, risk management, understanding and managing feedback - 08 July 2020

        The latest offer in Londonwide LMCs' free development support for practice managers, or to a nominated other member of the team who would benefit. This series of three...

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