UPDATE: Application to renew a firearm and/ or shotgun certificate, or registration as a firearms dealer (RFD) - 09 September 2021

In June we advised that in discussion with Londonwide LMCs, the Metropolitan Police 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 revised process for granting licenses has been...

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Free to attend wellbeing webinars for GPs with Dr Amrita Sen Mukherjee - starting Wednesday 15 September 2021 - 08 September 2021

The series of wellbeing webinars will discuss concepts and theories of wellbeing using scientific rigour and evidence-based theories of positive psychology to support an understanding of key concepts. Amrita will delve into strategies which will support you in acknowledging, recognising and managing your own wellbeing. ...

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Londonwide LMCs summary briefing: Health and Care Bill 2021 - 07 September 2021

Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all. Full draft text of the Bill. Timing The Health and Care Bill received its first reading on 6 July 2021. Measures enabled by the Bill are scheduled for implementation by April 2022. Next steps The Bill received its Second...

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Workforce survey spring 2021 initial findings - 18 August 2021

408 people working across 322 GP practices responded to the survey, representing 29% of the practices in the Londonwide LMCs’ area. Half of responding practices have vacancies for any role, almost a third have one or more GP vacancies and over a third have one or more GPs planning to...

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Anti-abuse campaign - 18 August 2021

Limitations placed on practices by infection prevention and control measures, combined with the release of pent-up demand for GP services and misinformation about the Covid vaccination campaign have resulted in increasing abuse of practice staff by patients. At Londonwide LMCs we are supporting practices by raising public awareness about the...

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Covid and flu enhanced services - 18 August 2021

The following documentation has either been published or updated over the previous month. Flu vaccination programme Enhanced Service Specifications: seasonal influenza vaccination programme 2021/22, includes separate childhood service spec, published 2 August. Covid vaccination programme – phase 3 Enhanced Service Specification: Phase 3 coronavirus vaccination,...

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ARRS claw back in North Central London - 18 August 2021

In July primary care networks (PCNs) in North Central London received an unexpected demand from their combined CCG for the return of funding used to pay for staff employed under ARRS who worked in vaccination centres during core hours. The CCG wished to claw back payments made from April 2021...

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Tips of the Month August 2021 - 18 August 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. Practices have been asked by commissioners to conserve the use of certain vacutainers used...

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Value. Care. Protect. - 18 August 2021

Our latest video explains how GPs and practice staff are under pressure and asks patients to be considerate when talking to practice team members. GPs and practice teams have been working tirelessly combating coronavirus for the past year and a half. We know many...

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Supporting GPs’ mental health - 18 August 2021

The past 20 months have been an extremely stressful time for many GPs and their practice teams with a significant impact on mental health. We have continued to promote the message that Londonwide LMCs are here to help and are appreciative of everyone’s efforts to provide the best care they...

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Committee Liaison Executive vacancies (2 posts) at Londonwide LMCs - 30 July 2021

Londonwide Local Medical Committees is the membership organisation representing over 7,000 constituent NHS general practitioners and 1,200 practice teams in London. Londonwide LMCs provides pan-London leadership and shared committee services for its Local Medical Committees (LMCs) and members. We support GPs, their teams, and practices so that they are able...

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UPDATE: Appointment mapping exercise deadline extended to 31 July 2021 - 28 July 2021

We have just learned that NHS England have extended the standardised GP appointment categories mapping exercise deadline until 31 July. This also means the first payments to PCNs move from 30 September to 31 October. The NHS England communication explaining this can be viewed here, our guidance remains current...

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NHS letter to help people without an NHS number access the Covid-19 vaccine and register with a GP - 23 July 2021

On 23 July 2021 NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England issued a useful letter which advises people without an NHS number, including people who are migrants, how to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The letter also advises how register at a GP practice. You can download the letter...

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Access for undocumented patients - 21 July 2021

Londonwide LMCs and London’s individual LMCs continue to share information about enabling patients to register for general medical services with GP practices and for Covid-19 vaccinations, regardless of immigration status or whether they are able to provide proof of address or ID. Access to services should be in line with...

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Covid-19 response update - 21 July 2021

In the last two weeks guidance has been issued on core services and the vaccination enhanced service. NHS England letter of 19 July This letter sets out changes for general practice including: The Covid-19 standard operating procedure is now withdrawn, but practices are expected to continue with aspects...

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LMC elections - voting closing on 27 July - 21 July 2021

Elections are taking place for LMCs in Bexley, Ealing, Greenwich, Merton and Redbridge this year. If you are a GP working in one of these LMC areas please ensure you vote by 12:00pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021. It has never been as important to make your voice heard and...

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GP Data for Planning and Research suspended until tests met - 21 July 2021

On 19 July NHS Digital announced it is setting three tests for the data collection associated with the GP Data for Planning and Research project (GPDfPR).These tests are: The ability for patients to opt-out or -in to sharing their GP-held data with NHS Digital, with data being deleted even...

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Face covering requirements in practices - 20 July 2021

NHS England confirmed on 15 July 2021 that Public Health England’s infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance still applies to patient-facing healthcare settings, ahead of the law around mask wearing coming to an end on Monday. From a practical point of view this means practice staff can rely on mask...

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Tips of the Month July 2021 - 20 July 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. We've produced a poster to help practices remind patients that masks are still required...

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