NHS 73rd anniversary video - 20 July 2021

The health service has accomplished a lot, especially in the past year. We have made this video to recognise the momentous efforts made by GPs, practice staff and others working on the frontline.

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Reminder: Londonwide LMCs mask wearing poster for practices - 20 July 2021

Reminder: Londonwide LMCs mask wearing poster for practices Practices can download and print off our mask reminder poster in colour or black and white. The simple and accessible design reflects...

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Solicitors’ letters regarding ‘mask discrimination’ - 12 July 2021

We are aware that practices are being contacted by solicitors’ firms seeking damages for patients for “discrimination in relation to mask wearing and access to care”. The following advice may be helpful for practices in order to identify the reasonableness of such claims: Check the solicitor/firm is real using...

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Mword Issue 84 - Dr Michelle Drage's latest update for GPs and practice teams - 02 July 2021

28 June 2021 Dear ColleagueOne topic has...

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Covid vaccination programme - working with patients - 30 June 2021

Dr Emma Rowley-Conwy of Lambeth LMC shares her experience of how the Covid vaccination programme has reinforced and improved links between GP practices and local communities: "As clinical director for our PCN I was responsible for setting up our local vaccination site, including getting volunteers to staff it. Most of the...

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Updated guidance: appointment mapping - 29 June 2021

Practices will be aware that there is a contractual obligation to complete appointment mapping by the end of July. To ensure that the data is accurate this will take some time and planning. We have updated our summary of the national guidance with some tips to improve your data accuracy....

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GP Contract and NHS England updates - June 2021 - 24 June 2021

A number of new guidance and contractual documents were released over the last month, we have collected them here for ease of reference. GP Contract Update to GP contract arrangements for 2021/22, published 17 June. Enhanced services Enhanced service specification: Long Covid 2021/22, published 21...

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Tips of the Month June 2021 - 23 June 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.   Airlines and other travel operators should not be asking for GP letters for...

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Thank you to Julie Sharman and Jane Betts - 23 June 2021

This month we are saying farewell to Mrs Jane Betts, our valued Director of Primary Care Strategy for North Central, North West and South West London. Jane, a health visitor by training, joined Londonwide LMCs from the NHS in 2010, where...

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Summer 2021 workforce survey closes on 24 June - 23 June 2021

With pandemic capacity issues placing such great strain on London general practice it is more important than ever for us to have broad and up-to-date evidence on the state of the workforce. Our latest workforce survey closes at midnight tomorrow, so if you are a GP partner or practice manager...

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Londonwide LMCs 2021 election nominations complete - 23 June 2021

Thank you to all those GPs who nominated themselves to stand for their LMC. All constituent GPs should soon receive details of whether their constituency is going to ballot or if the nominees are elected to the LMC unopposed. The latter will occur in cases where the nominees are equal...

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EasyJet asking for doctor’s letters for face mask exemptions - 23 June 2021

We are aware that EasyJet are asking passengers who believe themselves to be exempt from wearing face masks on public transport, are to bring a signed doctor’s letter or medical certificate. The airline’s guidance can be viewed here. There is no legal requirement for anybody to provide medical evidence...

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Update: Health Minister delays GPDfPR implementation until September - 23 June 2021

The Government has today announced to Parliament that the start of GP Data for Research and Planning (GPDfPR) will be delayed until later this year. The first collection by NHS Digital’s new patient data extraction system will be on 1 September.  Health Minister Jo Churchill MP said this would allow...

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Data Security and Protection Toolkit deadline - 30 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Practices need to demonstrate their compliance with the Department of Health and Social Care’s data security and information governance requirements by the end of June. This is achieved by submitting a self-assessment using the Data Security and Protection (DSP) Toolkit, an online tool that replaced the IG Toolkit in April 2018....

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UPDATE: Application for a firearm and/ or shotgun certificate, or registration as a firearms dealer (RFD) - 21 June 2021

In discussion with Londonwide LMCs, the Metropolitan Police have 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 new process for granting licenses will be implemented from 5 July 2021...

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End of life care - new online module for practice nurses from Londonwide LMCs - 15 June 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest blended learning module for practice nurses, "End of life care training for nurses in general practice". This module is suitable for all nurses working in primary care who have / would like to have an interest or specialism in...

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