GP cancer care social media campaign - 23 September 2020

Throughout October we are launching social media videos showcasing the value of cancer care in general practice and showing how practices have been open and seeing patients throughout the pandemic. Thank you to the cancer specialist GPs who have contributed their time to this. Keep an eye on our Twitter and 

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Response to DHSC Coronavirus vaccine regulation consultation - 22 September 2020

We have submitted the following organisational response to the Distributing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and flu consultation run by the Department of Health and Social Care. 1. Temporary authorisation of the supply of unlicensed products Noting that under normal circumstances vaccines and medications would need to undergo the requisite licensing...

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NHS Test and Trace app QR codes - 22 September 2020

The NHS Test and Trace app launches on 24 September. Part of the system involves businesses displaying QR codes which can be read by the app, so users can easily allow the system to record themselves entering a business’ premises. If practices want to apply for and display a QR code they...

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Digital first and APMS contracts - 17 September 2020

During summer 2020 there have been discussions about the possibility of creating new APMS contracts in areas deemed to be ‘under-doctored’ by NHS England and local commissioners. This follows on from a process started in 2018 in which NHS England began looking at the the role of digital first providers...

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Seasonal Flu Campaign 2020-2021 - 07 September 2020

In view of the risk of co-circulation of seasonal flu and Covid-19 this winter, the 2020/21 national flu campaign will be essential in protecting our vulnerable patients and reducing clinical workload due to flu. The following information is intended as a living guide for the...

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Tips of the month August 2020 - 19 August 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.   Practices may need to identify and contact children and young people who are...

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Summary for General Practices - Sir Simon Stevens’ Phase 3 NHS Response Covid-19 Letter (31 July 2020) - 19 August 2020

The letter is written to CEOs of trusts and foundation trusts, CCG accountable officers, GP practices and PCNs, community health providers and NHS 111. It sets out the ‘third phase’ of the Covid-19 response and NHS England’s priorities for the rest of this financial year (2020/21). It builds on...

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Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) phase 4 roll out - 18 August 2020

Phase 4 of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) will be enabled automatically for all TPP SystmOne and EMIS Web practices that use EPS (including dispensing practices) from 7 September 2020. Phase 4 allows prescriptions for patients without an EPS nomination to be signed, sent and processed electronically, making EPS the...

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Accessibility requirements for your website – deadline 23 September 2020 - 18 August 2020

All practices have a legal duty to make sure their websites meet accessibility requirements by 23 September 2020. The accessibility regulations aim to ensure online public services are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. According to government guidance there are four main steps that you need...

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GP Professional Support Network now offering online help for Coronavirus and other pressures - 03 August 2020

Londonwide LMCs' new GP Professional Support Network provides a single point of online access to match GPs with the most appropriate form of professional support for them. The launch of this new service today is largely driven by the need to innovate as Coronavirus infection...

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Patient face covering exemptions - 23 July 2020

From Friday 24 July people are required to wear face-coverings in several environments including public transport, shops and supermarkets, practices may get an increase in requests from patients to provide exemption letters. Government guidance on face coverings including exemptions can be found here. Practices have a contractual and legal obligation to provide...

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Inclusivity and diversity in general practice - 22 July 2020

The disproportionate mortality rate from coronavirus in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as reported by Public Health England, alongside international events and awareness protests, have seen a growing and wide-ranging public discussion about racial equality in recent months. Londonwide LMCs has a strong track record of promoting...

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Help needed to plan for current and future demands of general practice - 22 July 2020

We have important work planned for the next three months that we need your help with. If you work in London general practice in an area represented by Londonwide LMCs, please complete this survey and share your thoughts on current working practices. We are also grateful for the offers of...

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2020 GP Patient Survey results - 21 July 2020

Over 95% of patients who responded to the latest NHS England survey said they had confidence and trust in the last healthcare professional they saw. Over 80% of patients rated their overall experience of their GP practice as good. More evidence of the excellent job our GPs and practice teams...

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Un-resourced work from secondary care - 21 July 2020

Practices are currently facing a significant challenge as capacity is reduced by the need to adhere to infection control measures and pent up demand from patients staying away from practices during the early stages of the pandemic has been released, with these people now seeking appointments in large numbers. Against...

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Online and social media - strategy, risk management, understanding and managing feedback - 08 July 2020

        The latest offer in Londonwide LMCs' free development support for practice managers, or to a nominated other member of the team who would benefit. This series of three...

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