Londonwide reaction to GPC motion of no-confidence in NHS England Executive - 11 June 2021

Earlier today GPC England considered and voted on a confidence motion, following the publication of letter BO497 on 13 May 2021. Londonwide Response Dr Michelle Drage, CEO of Londonwide LMCs, said: "On behalf of Londonwide LMCs and general practice across the Capital, I'm relieved that...

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DHSC consultation on proposals to reform regulation of healthcare professionals - 02 June 2021

The Department for Health and Social Care is currently consulting on proposals to reform the regulation of healthcare professionals. In general terms there are a number of positive proposals, particularly in relation to the proposed changes to the fitness to practise procedures.  The consultation document covers four key areas:  ...

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Revised data collection regime - 26 May 2021

The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) is due to be replaced by General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR), which will eventually unify all data extractions pertaining to health and social care purposes including planning, policy development, public health, commissioning and research. In order to do this NHS Digital...

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Weekend e-consults and online access - 24 May 2021

We are aware that many practices are receiving online consultations submitted over weekends and triaging these is creating significant workload, often running into several sessions of GP time each week. Currently there is no requirement for practices to provide online consultations, although there is a commitment for them to become...

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Proof of vaccination status for travel - 19 May 2021

Patients wishing to prove their Covid vaccination status can do so in two ways, neither of which require the involvement of their GP. The first way is by downloading the NHS App, registering for an account and signing in, the second is by calling 119 and asking for a letter...

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NHS England face-to-face access letter - 19 May 2021

On the evening of Thursday 13 May NHS England wrote to GP practices instructing them to provide face-to-face appointments upon patient request and allow walk-in patients into practice premises for triage. Londonwide LMCs has joined other LMCs in reminding practices that they are only obliged to provide face-to-face appointments or...

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Londonwide LMCs response to NHS England Publication B0497, 14 May 2021 - 19 May 2021

Yesterday evening NHS England issued a letter, which instructs practices to open their receptions for walk in triage and provide in-person appointments unless there is a “good clinical reason” not to. According to the letter, this must commence on Monday morning, 17 May, giving practices just one working day...

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Face to face access letter and your contractual obligations, 17 May 2021 - 19 May 2021

Further to my message on Friday, I am sure you will now be all too aware of the letter issued by NHS England on Thursday evening, purporting to advise GP practices how to improve patient access to general practice services, as Government Covid-19 advice changed from Monday 17...

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Tips of the Month May 2021 - 19 May 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.   Patients can prove their vaccination status for travel via the NHS App or...

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International Nurses Day 2021 - 19 May 2021

12 May was International Nurses Day, we celebrated it by getting people working with general practice nurses across London to ‘shine a light’ on their colleagues who had worked particularly hard during the pandemic. You can read the full article here. We also had two first-hand reflections written by...

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LMC elections 2021 nominations now open ā€“ make your voice heard and stand for election - 19 May 2021

Only LMCs represent every GP practice in their area and every person working within each one. Standing for your LMC means giving a voice to your colleagues and personally developing new skills, as our Board members explain in this brief video. The deadline for nominations is 5:00pm on Friday...

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UK LMC Conference 2021 round-up - 19 May 2021

The UK LMC Conference took place on 11 and 12 May, the motions debated and voted on at the conference can be read here, including which were carried, or carried in parts. A video archive of the day is available here: Day 1 morning Day 1 afternoon...

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Shining a light on Londonā€™s exceptional general practice nurses - 12 May 2021

To celebrate International Nurses Day 2021, Kathryn Yates, our Director of Nursing asked people for across London general practice to ‘shine a light’ on the contributions of their nursing colleagues over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic. Below are the groups and individuals who we have been asked to recognise...

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Being a nurse in GP land during a global pandemic - 12 May 2021

Karen Landi is a GPN at the Speedwell Practice, North Finchley, Barnet. The Coronavirus pandemic has been very challenging at times, meaning we have had to learn to work in different ways, while managing concerns for our patient’s health and wellbeing as well as that of colleagues and our own...

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Be ready for unprecedented times ā€“ 31 years in NHS nursing - 11 May 2021

Oluwafunmilayo Elizabeth Ayodeji is a Registered General Nurse, an Independent Prescriber and holds a BSC in Clinical Nursing. Elizabeth retired last week and has written this reflection on her time in general practice for International Nurses Day 2021, which is today, 12 May. I started nursing in 1979 and spent...

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Online coaching and mentoring and resilience and staff wellbeing workshops for practice managers - June 2021 - 28 April 2021

Fully funded online workshops on coaching and mentoring and resilience and staff wellbeing As part of our Practice Manager Development project, we are offering fully funded places on a number of remote workshops to those working in a position of management or leadership within general practice. Coaching and mentoring Date:...

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Contract changes 2021/22 - 28 April 2021

New contractual changes took effect at the start of this month, for two areas Londonwide LMCs has produced our own guidance to help practices with practically implementing new requirements, we have also collated the NHS England guidance that is available. Londonwide LMCs’ guidance: GP Contract 2021/22 - changes...

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2021/22 Flu vaccinations for 50-64 year olds - 28 April 2021

NHS England has confirmed that 50-64 year olds will receive NHS flu vaccinations in winter 2021. Practices are responsible for ordering their own flu vaccine stock for this group for the 2021/22 flu campaign, and are advised to buy sufficient volumes of stock to vaccinate at least the same proportion...

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Stress Awareness Month 2021 - 28 April 2021

April is Stress Awareness Month and a timely point to reflect on the challenges faced by general practice over the course of the last year. The Coronavirus pandemic has been a very stressful time for everyone, particularly for healthcare professionals working under strenuous, ever-changing conditions, while striving to provide the best care for...

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