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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TFL face covering exemption - 24 June 2020

Since 15 June it has been mandatory for passengers over the age of 11 to wear face coverings on public transport in London, as well as in private hire vehicles. This has resulted in some patients approaching GP practices asking for doctor’s notes to exempt them from the requirement on health...

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Resumption of routine CQC inspections and the emergency support framework - 24 June 2020

The CQC will resume routine inspections of GP practices in the autumn, with no start date specified yet. Since the middle of May the CQC has been remotely monitoring practices via its emergency support framework, with inspections normally taking the form of a phone call. The CQC say that...

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Official studies: BAME people at increased risk from Covid-19 - 24 June 2020

The Government has recently released two Public Health England (PHE) reports looking into the impact of coronavirus on people from BAME backgrounds. The reports were written by Professor Kevin Fenton with Covid-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes being released on 2 June and Covid-19: understanding the...

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Mword Issue 64 - Dr Michelle Drage's latest update for GPs and practice teams - 16 June 2020

This page was updated on 12.06.2020 to clarify that TFL guidance does not currenly include exemptions to wearing face masks, but Department for Transport guidance does.

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CNSGP – What is in, what is out and who do I approach for help? - 02 June 2020

The Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP) was introduced on 1 April 2019 and provides comprehensive indemnity for clinical negligence liabilities arising in NHS general practice in relation to incidents that occur on or after 1 April 2019.  What do I need to...

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PCN DES Decision Making Tool - 20 May 2020

Our new decision making tool provides a factually based, critical analysis and risk assessment of the PCN DES for this year, which practices can use to help you make an informed decision whether to remain opted in, or to opt out, of the DES. Implications of both the...

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Covid-19 mandatory data collection - 20 May 2020

On Friday 15 May 2020, GP practices in England were sent an invitation via the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) to participate in a data collection entitled ‘GPES Data for Pandemic Planning & Research (COVID-19)’.  Whilst this has been sent out as an invitation to practices via the CQRS, it...

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Excellence in Supporting Healthcare, ILM certificate aimed at non-clinicians - 20 May 2020

This exciting and newly accredited e-learning course is delivered by the PMA, and normally costs £295. It is based on the competency framework and career pathway and its aim is to build a workforce in which non-clinicians can develop confidence and skills that can be used in healthcare settings. All...

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Spring Bank Holiday – 25 May - 20 May 2020

NHS England are currently indicating that 25 May will be treated as a normal bank holiday, so no requirements will be placed on practices to provide additional services because of Covid-19. We would like to thank practices for their efforts over the recent bank holidays and say that everyone in...

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NHS England and Public Health England resources for practices regarding coronavirus (Covid-19) - 07 May 2020

NHS England and Public Health England have produced further resources for practices to assist with managing concerns around coronavirus (Covid-19). These were released yesterday (4 March 2020), we...

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