GP Forward View five years on - 28 April 2021

The GP Forward View (GPFV) launched on 21 April 2016, with several commitments and aims for improving general practice and the care provided to patients. On 28 April, Dr Lisa Harrod-Rothwell, our Deputy CEO, wrote an article for Pulse looking at the GPFV five years on. Some of these...

Read more »


Provider selection consultation response - 28 April 2021

Londonwide LMCs recently responded to the NHS England consultation on changes to the procurement regime as set out in the recently published White Paper, including the circumstances under which ICS can extend, amend or cancel existing contracts, appoint new providers, or begin a “test the market” procurement. The consultation “NHS...

Read more »


Covid vaccination guidance – April 2021 - 28 April 2021

New guidance issued over the last month largely relates to changes in advice around the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and licensing of the Moderna vaccine. AstraZeneca Lots of guidance relating to the AstraZeneca vaccine has been issued or updated in April, following concerns about the risk of blood clots...

Read more »


LMC elections 2021 – nominations now open - 28 April 2021

Nominations for the 2021 LMC elections are now open. 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...

Read more »


Tips of the Month April 2021 - 27 April 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.   Remember, from June many of the services practices use to manage GP pensions...

Read more »


LMC elections 2021 - nominations now open - 23 April 2021

Nominations for the 2021 LMC elections are now open.  Only LMCs represent every GP practice in their area and every person working within each one. Standing for your LMC is a great way to expand your knowledge and skills, while giving a voice to your colleagues in frontline general practice....

Read more »


2021 is an election year, stand for your LMC - 31 March 2021

This year all the seats on our 27 LMCs are up for election, with nominations opening on 26 April and closing on 28 May. During the week of 26 April all GPs working in the Londonwide LMCs area should receive a nomination email and letter from Civica Election Services, who...

Read more »


Why sessional GPs should stand for their LMC - 25 March 2021

Ahead of this summer’s elections, Dr Veno Suri explains how he got involved with his area’s LMC and the value he has had from LMC membership. Veno joined Hillingdon LMC as a trainee rep and within a few years has become Vice-Chair.   “What is the LMC? What does it...

Read more »


Tips of the month March 2021 - 24 March 2021

We provide monthly 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.   The patient group directions have been updated for both #Covid vaccines currently...

Read more »


Stakeholder engagement - Spring 2021 - 24 March 2021

Opinion former engagement We continue to work with opinion formers to highlight the work of London’s general practice teams, and to elicit support from key stakeholders for unambiguous communication to the public by our national leaders. We think it is critical that patients and communities have a clear understanding and...

Read more »


Response to CQC strategy consultation - 24 March 2021

Londonwide LMCs responded to the CQC’s strategy consultation before the closing deadline of 4 March 2021. Key points from the response are summarised below, group around the strategy’s four themes, and the full response can be read here.   1. People and communities The CQC’s summary statement on...

Read more »


Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy outreach - 23 March 2021

Londonwide LMCs and London general practice are supporting Public Health England (PHE) London’s “speaker bureau” initiative, connecting speakers with good general clinical and Covid-19 vaccine knowledge with community events. This involves GPs and other general practice clinicians acting as surrogates for PHE at local and pan-London public meetings to address...

Read more »


Workforce survey results - winter 2020 - 23 March 2021

We had responses from 384 individuals, working in 316 different practices out of the 1,100 member practices surveyed between 24 November to 16 December 2020. This represents a response rate of 29% of practices surveyed or 27% of the total 1,166 practices represented by Londonwide LMCs. A third of responding...

Read more »


Covid-19 vaccination programme guidance round-up, March 2021 - 23 March 2021

Since our last newsletter there have been a number of new or updated pieces of guidance that are applicable to the GP run parts of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. The most significant updates are collected here:   On 19 March NHS England wrote to GPs to say that the...

Read more »


Integrated Care Systems, NHS legislation proposals and Standard Contract changes - 25 February 2021

Recent weeks have seen a number of NHS structural changes proposed and/or consulted on by NHSE and the Department for Health and Social Care. On 11 February the Government published a White Paper, outlining their plans for new health legislation, including enshrining Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in law and potentially...

Read more »


NHS Property Services update February 2021 - 24 February 2021

Following a recent legal challenge by the BMA, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) may no longer rely on its charging policy as a sole legal basis to increase charges on practices occupying NHSPS premises. NHSPS should now provide a full explanation of the legal and factual basis on which charges to...

Read more »


Changes to insurance cover - 24 February 2021

Practices are advised to check the cover provided under insurance renewals following the recent Covid-19 pandemic. We are aware that some insurers are removing cover for claims arising from pandemic losses from insurance products this year. Large projected losses mean that providers in the reinsurance market, which underpins commercially available...

Read more »