Value. Care. Protect. - 18 August 2021

Our latest video explains how GPs and practice staff are under pressure and asks patients to be considerate when talking to practice team members. GPs and practice teams have been working tirelessly combating coronavirus for the past year and a half. We know many...

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Supporting GPs’ mental health - 18 August 2021

The past 20 months have been an extremely stressful time for many GPs and their practice teams with a significant impact on mental health. We have continued to promote the message that Londonwide LMCs are here to help and are appreciative of everyone’s efforts to provide the best care they...

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Committee Liaison Executive vacancies (2 posts) at Londonwide LMCs - 30 July 2021

Londonwide Local Medical Committees is the membership organisation representing over 7,000 constituent NHS general practitioners and 1,200 practice teams in London. Londonwide LMCs provides pan-London leadership and shared committee services for its Local Medical Committees (LMCs) and members. We support GPs, their teams, and practices so that they are able...

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UPDATE: Appointment mapping exercise deadline extended to 31 July 2021 - 28 July 2021

We have just learned that NHS England have extended the standardised GP appointment categories mapping exercise deadline until 31 July. This also means the first payments to PCNs move from 30 September to 31 October. The NHS England communication explaining this can be viewed here, our guidance remains current...

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Access for undocumented patients - 21 July 2021

Londonwide LMCs and London’s individual LMCs continue to share information about enabling patients to register for general medical services with GP practices and for Covid-19 vaccinations, regardless of immigration status or whether they are able to provide proof of address or ID. Access to services should be in line with...

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Covid-19 response update - 21 July 2021

In the last two weeks guidance has been issued on core services and the vaccination enhanced service. NHS England letter of 19 July This letter sets out changes for general practice including: The Covid-19 standard operating procedure is now withdrawn, but practices are expected to continue with aspects...

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LMC elections - voting closing on 27 July - 21 July 2021

Elections are taking place for LMCs in Bexley, Ealing, Greenwich, Merton and Redbridge this year. If you are a GP working in one of these LMC areas please ensure you vote by 12:00pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021. It has never been as important to make your voice heard and...

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GP Data for Planning and Research suspended until tests met - 21 July 2021

On 19 July NHS Digital announced it is setting three tests for the data collection associated with the GP Data for Planning and Research project (GPDfPR).These tests are: The ability for patients to opt-out or -in to sharing their GP-held data with NHS Digital, with data being deleted even...

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Tips of the Month July 2021 - 20 July 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. We've produced a poster to help practices remind patients that masks are still required...

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NHS 73rd anniversary video - 20 July 2021

The health service has accomplished a lot, especially in the past year. We have made this video to recognise the momentous efforts made by GPs, practice staff and others working on the frontline.

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Reminder: Londonwide LMCs mask wearing poster for practices - 20 July 2021

Reminder: Londonwide LMCs mask wearing poster for practices Practices can download and print off our mask reminder poster in colour or black and white. The simple and accessible design reflects...

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Solicitors’ letters regarding ‘mask discrimination’ - 12 July 2021

We are aware that practices are being contacted by solicitors’ firms seeking damages for patients for “discrimination in relation to mask wearing and access to care”. The following advice may be helpful for practices in order to identify the reasonableness of such claims: Check the solicitor/firm is real using...

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Covid vaccination programme - working with patients - 30 June 2021

Dr Emma Rowley-Conwy of Lambeth LMC shares her experience of how the Covid vaccination programme has reinforced and improved links between GP practices and local communities: "As clinical director for our PCN I was responsible for setting up our local vaccination site, including getting volunteers to staff it. Most of the...

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Updated guidance: appointment mapping - 29 June 2021

Practices will be aware that there is a contractual obligation to complete appointment mapping by the end of July. To ensure that the data is accurate this will take some time and planning. We have updated our summary of the national guidance with some tips to improve your data accuracy....

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GP Contract and NHS England updates - June 2021 - 24 June 2021

A number of new guidance and contractual documents were released over the last month, we have collected them here for ease of reference. GP Contract Update to GP contract arrangements for 2021/22, published 17 June. Enhanced services Enhanced service specification: Long Covid 2021/22, published 21...

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Tips of the Month June 2021 - 23 June 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.   Airlines and other travel operators should not be asking for GP letters for...

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Thank you to Julie Sharman and Jane Betts - 23 June 2021

This month we are saying farewell to Mrs Jane Betts, our valued Director of Primary Care Strategy for North Central, North West and South West London. Jane, a health visitor by training, joined Londonwide LMCs from the NHS in 2010, where...

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Summer 2021 workforce survey closes on 24 June - 23 June 2021

With pandemic capacity issues placing such great strain on London general practice it is more important than ever for us to have broad and up-to-date evidence on the state of the workforce. Our latest workforce survey closes at midnight tomorrow, so if you are a GP partner or practice manager...

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