Accessibility requirements for your website – deadline 23 September 2020 - 19 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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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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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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GP Professional Support Network now offering online help for Coronavirus and other pressures - 04 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 - 29 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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Coronavirus supplies and 2020 flu vaccination season - 24 July 2020

Having checked with Londonwide LMCs Buying Group suppliers we understand that flu vaccine stock is on track for delivery later this year and that suppliers are currently content that existing orders can be fulfilled, subject to any future (speculative) DHSC policy announcements. We will continue to talk to suppliers, but do...

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Help needed to plan for current and future demands of general practice - 23 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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