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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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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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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