New LMC terms - 22 September 2021

Over recent and coming weeks our LMCs have had, or are having, their inaugural meetings, following the elections which took place this summer. At these meetings LMC members will select Chairs and Vice Chairs to lead them for the next two years. LMCs may also co-opt nurses and practice managers...

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Recognise the emotional challenges of your work: ask for support when you need it - 22 September 2021

By Dr Phil Moore, Mental Health Clinical Co-Director for the NHS in London, co-chair of London’s Suicide Prevention Group, and chair of the Mental Health Commissioners Network for NHS Clinical Commissioners Primary care services are under pressure. Clinical and non-clinical staff continue to face unprecedented challenges from increased workload, struggles...

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Westminster update – September 2021 - 22 September 2021

The last month has seen a number of new announcements affecting general practice and the wider health and care system. Autumn and Winter Plan Last week the Government launched its Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021, setting out measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic through the coming months,...

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Covid-19 vaccination programme update – September 2021 - 22 September 2021

The following documentation relating to the Covid-19 vaccination programme has either been published or updated over the previous month: Enhanced Service Specification: Covid-19 vaccination programme 2020/21, updated 20 September Vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 years with underlying health conditions (letter), published 20 September. Covid-19...

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BMA Annual Representative Meeting 2021 summary - 22 September 2021

The BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting 2021 was held virtually on 13 and 14 September. Londonwide LMCs proposed a motion to end compensation claimants pursuing professional proceedings against GPs. The motion as passed reads: Motion by Conference of LMCs: That this meeting notes the concerns expressed by indemnity providers that the...

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Covid vaccination programme update – September 2021 - 21 September 2021

The following documentation relating to the Covid vaccination programme has either been published or updated over the previous month: Enhanced Service Specification: Covid-19 vaccination programme 2020/21, updated 20 September Vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 years with underlying health conditions (letter), published 20 September. Covid-19...

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The working life of a GP during the pandemic - 20 September 2021

Dr Tina Agrawal is a GP in Camden and Co-chair of Camden Local Medical Committee, here she shares how her working life has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic. The current pressures on GPs mean they are working over and above what would usually be defined as safe...

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How to be a dementia friendly GP - 17 September 2021

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, and this is set to rise to 1 million by 2025. We know that people with dementia can face challenges in accessing their GP but the services they provide in terms of diagnosis, support and planning can be a lifeline....

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Becton Dickinson blood specimen collection portfolio supply disruption - 17 September 2021

We have been made aware of a supply problem with one of the major suppliers of the vacutainers used to collect blood for tests. Whilst this may not affect all London practices directly, there are likely to be knock-on effects. NHS advice for practices includes:...

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LMC elections 2021 - results - 10 September 2021

Voting in the 2021 LMC elections closed on 27 July 2021. The results are listed below. Congratulations to all those GPs who have been elected. We look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years as we continue our work...

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Supporting Safe Care in General Practice during Covid-19 - a Londonwide LMCs Living Guide - version 24 updated 16.04.2021 - 09 September 2021

Click here to access Londonwide LMCs Living Guide 'Supporting Safe Care in General Practice during Covid-19'.

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Helping sessional GPs to match to practices in their area during the Covid-19 vaccination programme - 09 September 2021

During these difficult times we appreciate that general practice is under extreme workload pressures trying to meet numerous demands which they may be struggling to do so with existing staff and workforce numbers and challenges. Londonwide LMCs would like to help practices and sessional GPs...

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UPDATE: Application to renew a firearm and/ or shotgun certificate, or registration as a firearms dealer (RFD) - 09 September 2021

In June we advised that in discussion with Londonwide LMCs, the Metropolitan Police 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 revised process for granting licenses has been...

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Londonwide LMCs summary briefing: Health and Care Bill 2021 - 07 September 2021

Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all. Full draft text of the Bill. Timing The Health and Care Bill received its first reading on 6 July 2021. Measures enabled by the Bill are scheduled for implementation by April 2022. Next steps The Bill received its Second...

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Workforce survey spring 2021 initial findings - 18 August 2021

408 people working across 322 GP practices responded to the survey, representing 29% of the practices in the Londonwide LMCs’ area. Half of responding practices have vacancies for any role, almost a third have one or more GP vacancies and over a third have one or more GPs planning to...

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Anti-abuse campaign - 18 August 2021

Limitations placed on practices by infection prevention and control measures, combined with the release of pent-up demand for GP services and misinformation about the Covid vaccination campaign have resulted in increasing abuse of practice staff by patients. At Londonwide LMCs we are supporting practices by raising public awareness about the...

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Covid and flu enhanced services - 18 August 2021

The following documentation has either been published or updated over the previous month. Flu vaccination programme Enhanced Service Specifications: seasonal influenza vaccination programme 2021/22, includes separate childhood service spec, published 2 August. Covid vaccination programme – phase 3 Enhanced Service Specification: Phase 3 coronavirus vaccination,...

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ARRS claw back in North Central London - 18 August 2021

In July primary care networks (PCNs) in North Central London received an unexpected demand from their combined CCG for the return of funding used to pay for staff employed under ARRS who worked in vaccination centres during core hours. The CCG wished to claw back payments made from April 2021...

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Tips of the Month August 2021 - 18 August 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. Practices have been asked by commissioners to conserve the use of certain vacutainers used...

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