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.
Download  ►


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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Covid-19 PPE and other supplies - latest update - 29 April 2020

Supplies of practice equipment, particularly PPE remains of great concern due to levels of availability being mismatched to need. Whilst there are low levels of stock with some suppliers, many have no stock of the most needed items and are awaiting deliveries. The Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group works closely with...

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Temporary changes to GP Connect and the Summary Care Record (SCR) - 29 April 2020

NHSX and NHS Digital are making temporary changes to GP Connect and to the Summary Care Record to help the NHS respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. These changes are to improve the access that doctors, nurses and authorised health and care professionals have to medical records and information, and to help...

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Friday 8 May Bank Holiday opening - 29 April 2020

With just over a week to go there still remains a lack of clarity on funding of staff payments and costs. Until clear, we continue to advise you to keep an account of all additional costs associated with these bank holidays. We still expect the BMA to negotiate that the affected...

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Covid-19 guidance for practices - Requests for MED3 ‘Fit Note’ - 21 April 2020

Download our Requests for MED3 ‘Fit Note’ Covid-19 guidance for practices by clicking here (Word document).

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Removal of fax machines from your practice – NHS guidance - 06 April 2020

The GP Contract states that practices should stop using fax machines for either NHS or patient communications by April 2020. New NHS guidance is now available to assist you in meeting this requirement. The requirement is part of the programme of work agreed between...

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Covid-19 PPE and other supplies update - 01 April 2020

Our Londonwide Buying Group partners are working to support practices. There is a high demand for practice supplies, especially PPE which is in short supply everywhere. Londonwide LMCs’ Buying Group supplier MidMeds is still taking orders as normal however we understand that delivery times are longer. We’re advised that items...

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CEO Announcement – 16 March - 01 April 2020

As of Wednesday 18 March we will be gearing all our efforts to supporting you and our GP and practice team colleagues on the frontline.   To that effect we will be ceasing normal operations and moving to our Covid-19 Plan which involves a switch of our staff to home-working...

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Call-out for remote consulting resources - 01 April 2020

If you are a GP with extensive experience of remote consulting we are urgently looking for instructional videos to explain how to safely conduct a number of examinations via phone or video link. This is a call for the sharing of expertise on performing remote consultations. We want to share...

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