NHSmail for all GP roles - 21 October 2020

All GPs are eligible for an NHS email (‘NHSmail’) account, regardless of whether you are a partner, locum or salaried, and it has never been easier to get registered.   NHSmail accounts have been open to locums since March of this year and we encourage everyone eligible to sign-up to get one. During...

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GP Contract changes – Coronavirus provisions extended - 21 October 2020

At the end of September NHS England wrote to practices and commissioners reminding them of the 2020-21 GP Contract changes and announcing announced the extension of some temporary measures introduced as part of the Coronavirus response, specifically: • A suspension of the requirement that practices report to commissioners about the...

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GMC publish new consent guidance - 21 October 2020

The GMC have updated their guidance in relation to consent – the guidance comes into effect on 9 November 2020 and can be accessed at the link below: Guidance on professional standards and ethics for doctors - Decision making and consent The guidance does not introduce any new obligations,...

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Health Select Committee pandemic report - 21 October 2020

Amongst other things,Parliament’s Health and Social Care Select Committee called for improvements in referral handling at the primary/secondary care interface, better staff testing (including for GPs and staff) and quoted evidence highlighting: Problems with information flow between primary and secondary care. Difficulties in GPs getting investigations booked/ tests conducted....

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Tips of the Month October 2020 - 21 October 2020

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.   Some patients and practice staff may be eligible for the Test and Trace...

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NHS 111 First roll-out - 21 October 2020

By 1 December NHS 111 will be able to book appointments at emergency departments (EDs) within all London hospitals. This will coincide with a campaign encouraging patients to contact NHS 111 before attending an ED. Patients who are assessed as needing to attend an ED by NHS 111, will be...

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Calling all general practice managers, business managers, HR managers, finance managers, operational managers, managing partners and site managers - 24 September 2020

As part of our Practice Manager Development project, we are able to offer you an opportunity to take-up a fully funded place on our General Practice Management Training Programme, which normally costs £1,198 (including VAT). Places are available for a...

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Appraisal resumes and GMC to consider Coronavirus impact during investigations - 23 September 2020

NHS England has instructed GPs to resume the appraisal process from 1 October, although this will be in a form which is intended to reduce the amount of paperwork involved, as an acknowledgement of clinical commitments stemming from the Coronavirus epidemic. NHS England letter to responsible officers and...

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Coronavirus protection for London general practice - 23 September 2020

As the only truly independent voice for London general practice, Londonwide LMCs continues to provide constructive challenge on behalf of GPs, nurses and the whole team in each and every practice in the area that we cover. The safety of everyone working in London practices and their ability to keep...

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London level Coronavirus response - 23 September 2020

We continue to provide an active voice for London general practice, working with the Mayor’s Office, London Assembly and London Councils to raise awareness of the needs of GP practices and the communities they care for. Particularly in light of the Capital’s response to Coronavirus. London Recovery Board Earlier this...

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NHS England guidance August and September 2020 - 23 September 2020

In the last four weeks a number of guidance documents have been issued by NHS England, we have collated them here for ease of reference:  GMS contract changes 2020/21 (7/9/20) Letter introducing QOF changes 2020/21 (4/9/20) QOF changes 2020/21 (4/9/20) PCN contract specification - entitlements...

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Important action: LMC advice re general practice workforce data report September 2020 - 23 September 2020

It is important that practices submit comprehensive workforce returns by the submission date of 30 September. It is crucial that workforce returns are as comprehensive as possible. Please include the use of all variations of sessional GPs. Doing so may go some way to addressing inaccuracies and misconceptions regarding general...

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Tips of the month September 2020 - 23 September 2020

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.   If you're a sessional GP and have yet to read @Krishanx's latest pension blog,...

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LMC and Board changes - 23 September 2020

Dr Dami Adedayo is stepping down as Londonwide LMCs’ Treasurer, Board Member and as chair of Barnet LMC. We would like to thank Dami for her service to practitioners, her LMC, and the organisation. Dr Michelle Drage, our CEO, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Dami – who...

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