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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Official studies: BAME people at increased risk from Covid-19 - 24 June 2020

The Government has recently released two Public Health England (PHE) reports looking into the impact of coronavirus on people from BAME backgrounds. The reports were written by Professor Kevin Fenton with Covid-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes being released on 2 June and Covid-19: understanding the...

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Resumption of routine CQC inspections and the emergency support framework - 24 June 2020

The CQC will resume routine inspections of GP practices in the autumn, with no start date specified yet. Since the middle of May the CQC has been remotely monitoring practices via its emergency support framework, with inspections normally taking the form of a phone call. The CQC say that...

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TFL face covering exemption - 24 June 2020

Since 15 June it has been mandatory for passengers over the age of 11 to wear face coverings on public transport in London, as well as in private hire vehicles. This has resulted in some patients approaching GP practices asking for doctor’s notes to exempt them from the requirement on health...

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Mword Issue 64 - Dr Michelle Drage's latest update for GPs and practice teams - 12 June 2020

This page was updated on 12.06.2020 to clarify that TFL guidance does not currenly include exemptions to wearing face masks, but Department for Transport guidance does.

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Spring Bank Holiday – 25 May - 20 May 2020

NHS England are currently indicating that 25 May will be treated as a normal bank holiday, so no requirements will be placed on practices to provide additional services because of Covid-19. We would like to thank practices for their efforts over the recent bank holidays and say that everyone in...

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Excellence in Supporting Healthcare, ILM certificate aimed at non-clinicians - 20 May 2020

This exciting and newly accredited e-learning course is delivered by the PMA, and normally costs £295. It is based on the competency framework and career pathway and its aim is to build a workforce in which non-clinicians can develop confidence and skills that can be used in healthcare settings. All...

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