Kent LMC General Practice Newsletters
The LMC are producing regular bulletins with important updates for practices during the Covid crisis. To read the latest bulletins please click on the links below:
Contract agreement for 2021/22 (England), PCN DES ballot results (England), COVID-19 vaccination programme , PM praises GPs, Securing enhanced and suitable PPE, BMA joins calls for emergency legislation to protect medics from 'unlawful killing' cases, LMC England Conference resolutions, BMA COVID-19 guidance, KSS Financial Webinars, MDU Cover for doctors returning to work in the Covid19 Pandemic, Translated COVID-19 Patient Information Materials: Covid-10 Infographics, Local Updates: EKHUFT Radiology
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 18 January 2021
Additional funding to support rapid care home vaccination (England), Vaccine rollout and mass vaccination centres (England), Vaccination of healthcare workers, Change in legislation to allow any GMC registered doctor to administer the COVID-vaccine in primary care settings, COVID-19 vaccinations programme guidance CQC , GMC Response , PH Vaccine Surveillance Strategy BMA summary , Supporting doctors throughout the second COVID-19 wave (UK), Workload prioritisation: Level 4 or 5 , Update on CQC’s regulatory approach, Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients, COVID PPE scheme extended until June 2021, Vote on future negotiations on the PCN DES and PCN survey results (England), Pulse oximetry guidance update, Pre-registration for offenders leaving prison, NHSE/I legislative proposals on Integrated Care Systems (England), Lateral flow test ordering (England), Fit notes (med 3), Memory Clinic Referrals in East Kent, EKHUFT Patients with an incorrect cervical smear recall, Reduction in Community Psychiatric Nurses in Medway and West and North Kent, Use of Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (AZ) to vaccinate Housebound Patients
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 11 January 2021
Vote on future negotiations on the PCN DES (England) , National lockdown, workload prioritisation and vaccination of healthcare professionals (England), COVID-19 vaccinations programme, COVID Vaccination Programme (Local Update), PCN Clinical Director Survey Results, Domestic abuse letters, Home delivery of medicines and appliances (England), BMA Law partnership webinar, GPDF response to ICS Consultation , The GP International Induction and Return to Practice Programmes, Request for GPs to support SECamb management of 999 non-emergency calls.
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 6 January 2021
Communications to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals in Tier 4 (England), PPE – Face Masks and Coverings, Suspension of GP Appraisals
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 23 December 2020
Increased fee for Covid-19 vaccination for care home residents, Staffing support to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine to care home residents and staff, Covid-19 vaccination programme SOP, 6th dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Transfer of vaccination information, Providing vaccinations to patients registered at practices not participating in the enhanced service, Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure, Communications to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals in Tier 4, Home delivery of medicines service commissioned, Covid vaccination delivery for CEV patients in tier 4, Access service arrangements, Post payment verification for DHSC flu vaccination, Responding to NHSE&I's ICS consultation, CQC DNACPR review (England)
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 21 December 2020
Message from Richard Vautrey, Chair of General Practitioner Committee of the BMA, Roll out of COVID-19 vaccination programme (England). Patient videos in different languages for COVID-19 vaccination programme, Support for University Practices (England) , Lateral flow antigen testing in primary care (England), Guidance for claiming reimbursement for PPE, Upcoming vote on future negotiations on the PCN DES (England), AISMA and ICAEW joint statement about account issues for PCNs (England) , New portal for PCN Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme claims (England), Falsified Medicines Directive update , EU Exit: Medicines Supply in Primary Care - joint statement by the BMA and PSNC, BMA and RCGP statement on ‘Cancard’, Parental leave webinar and workshop, Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review, Launch of the Institute of General Practice Management (UK) , Work, Worklessness and wellbeing – Covid19 and beyond, Correction - GP Appraisal until April 2021
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 17 December 2020
GP Appraisal until April 2021, RCGP & BMA Guidance on Workload Prioritisation, Flu Vaccinations for Housebound Patients, COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings.
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 14 December 2020
Message from Richard Vautrey, Chair of the BMA re COVID-19 vaccination programme (CVP) implementation, COVID-19 vaccination programme precautionary advice, University of Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial data, 2019/20 annual allowance charge compensation scheme (England and Wales), Ethnicity data (England), Christmas parties and gifts – accountancy advice, Medical Aid Films community language COVID-19 resources, EU Exit update – medicines supply continuity letter (England), Investment and Impact Fund 2020/21 – reminder to sign up to PCN CQRS service (England), Partnership Agreement webinar – BMA Law, Useful links for Patients, COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 7 December 2020
Death Certification and Cremation pathway during Covid-19, The LMC in the News, Christmas and New Year period (England), Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people (England), Accessing your GP animation, CQC review of the use of do not resuscitate decisions during COVID-19 , Conference of England LMCs 2020, Cameron Fund Christmas Appeal , GP trainees mileage payment, Institute of General Practice Management
Integrated Care Systems consultation (England), Parental leave webinar and workshop, COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 30 November 2020
2020 Conference of England LMCs, Covid Vaccination Programme Guidance, Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people, COVID-19 select committee: digitalisation of physical health services and impact on wellbeing, Integrated Care Systems consultation (England), GP Trainees Mileage Payment, QOF System Suppliers Update (England), Government Spending Review, RCGP call for suspension of GP appraisal during the Covid-19 pandemic, Parental leave webinar and workshop, Kent LMC In the News, COVID-19 guidance.
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 25th November 2020
COVID-19 vaccination programme guidance (England), Flu vaccination programme, Secretary of State praises GPs’ pandemic response, Letter to Secretary of State for Health on the need for CQC support for general practice , BMA report on exiting the lockdown in England, Parental leave webinar and workshop , BMA COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 16th November 2020
FREE online Premises Surgery - 24th November 2020, PCN Structures 1-year on: Webinar 17th November 2020, COVID-19 vaccination programme (England), COVID-19 vaccination programme contractual arrangements, Letter to CQC on supporting general practice during a period of unprecedented pressure , Guidance for doctors who are isolating and those in vulnerable groups, GP workforce figures, Updated Directed Enhanced Service Specification for flu, Influenza immunisation call and recall error ( letter to patients ) The early implementation of PCNs - evaluation study, PCN Clinical Director survey, Parental leave webinar and workshop, GMC virtual conference, BMA Covid-19 Guidance
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 9th November 2020
COVID-19 vaccination (England), Homeworker Policy, Messages of thanks to general practice, Protecting clinically extremely vulnerable patients (formerly shielding), Medicines home delivery service (England), Temporary approval to suspend the need for signatures on prescriptions (England), Workload prioritisation during COVID-19 pandemic, PCR COVID testing, PCN Clinical Director survey (England), DWP Work Capability Assessments, NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), DS1500 research, RCGP campaign - General practice is open, Advice and Guidance Survey, BMA Covid-19 Guidance
Kent LMC General Practice Newsletter 2nd November 2020
Kent LMC Welcome Dr Andy Parkin, GP appointments data (England), Tracker survey results, COVID-19 vaccination, General practice workforce initiatives, Parental leave guidance, No change to CQC fees, Mental health and wellbeing, BMA COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 26th October 2020
Dental Services Local Update for GPs , COVID alert levels and advice for practices and patients at risk, Ordering additional adult flu vaccine stock (England) , Influenza immunisation FAQs (England), DDRB pay award and template letter, CQRS system supplier change (England), Mental health and wellbeing, BMA COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 19th October 2020
New three tier lockdown approach and BMA recommendations to help reduce spread of COVID-19, New advice for patients at high risk of COVID-19 infection, Complaints (KO41b form) data collection for 2019/20, Covid Virtual Ward, Mental Health & Wellbeing, BMA COVID-19 Guidance.
Kent LMC General Practice Update 12th October 2020
PCN DES Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) 2020/21, Free PPE for primary care, Accessing additional flu vaccine supplies , NHSPS charging for COVID-19 related requests (England), New to Partnership scheme, Survey of Salaried GPs (England)
Kent LMC General Practice Update 5th October 2020
Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) and Kent LMC liaison meeting, 22 September 2020, COVID-19: general practice during the second wave, GMS contract amendments (England), Supporting effective collaboration between primary, secondary and community care in England, NHS Pension Schemes consultation (UK), Influenza vaccination: Principles for collaboration, JCVI advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccine, One career endless opportunities #Choose GP, Survey of Salaried GPs (England), Responding to the death by suicide of a colleague in primary care: a postvention framework, Mental health and wellbeing, COVID-19 media
Kent LMC General Practice Update 28th September 2020
NHS contact tracing app, Delivering the flu vaccination programme, Locum doctors and flu vaccine, Revised Network Contract DES material published, GP Pay and Pensions system, Practice rental payments, First Contact Physiotherapist evaluation and webinar, BMA COVID-19 guidance, Mental health and wellbeing
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 21st September 2020
Face-to-face appointments , Pharmacy workload to reduce GP workload, Revised Network Contract DES guidance (England), Template letter to private providers about screening, NHS Test and Trace App, CQRS Update , NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, Remote working for salaried GPs and Locums, Primary Care Staff COVID Testing, NHS Property Services - Service level agreements and charters,
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 14th September 2020
QOF at a glance, Flu guidance 2020/21, Automation of PCN payments (England), COVID-19 antibody test results flowing to GP records, Remote fit notes-remember to sign, BMA Covid-19 guidance, Mental health and wellbeing.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 7th September 2020
Appraisal 2020, QOF, Flu specifications 2020/21 (England), The NHS pension scheme as a Sessional GP, BMA Covid-19 Guidance, Mental health and wellbeing.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 1 September 2020
Physician Associate (PA) supervision support programme for GPs, GMS and PMS regulations changes from October 2020 (England), Redacting GP records, Registering patients prior to their release from secure residential estate (England), Mental health and wellbeing, BMA Covid-19 Guidance.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 25 August 2020
Cervical Screening Administration Service -need to know briefing update, 10 August 2020, NHS Property Service legal action , Infection prevention and control guidance (UK), GMC fees and maternity leave, BMA analysis of NHS England - phase three of the response to COVID-19, Mask exemption letters for air travel, New National Institute for Health Protection (England), Registering patients prior to their release from secure residential estate (England), Mental health and wellbeing, BMA COVID-19 guidance.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 17 August 2020
Accelerating the recruitment of social prescribing link workers ( Appendix 1 ), General practice appointment updated guidance (England), Supporting Mentors Scheme and GP Fellowship programme (England), Updated Standard Operating Procedures for general practice (England), Risk assessments, Impact of long-term Covid-19 symptoms on patients and doctors, Indemnity for flu vaccinations, Vaccine supply for the 2020 to 2021 children’s flu programme, New GP practice profiles on the NHS website, Final pay controls, Cervical Screening Administration Service – new telephone number, PPE Portal, Less Than Full Time (LTFT) conference, Mental health and wellbeing, BMA COVID-19 guidance.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 10 August 2020
The national flu immunisation programme 2020 to 2021: update, COVID funding guidance for general practice published, Face coverings, GP appraisal restart (England), Menopause report, Locum GP webinar 13 August (England), Report on how COVID might affect the number of GPs available to see patients (England), RPS calls for pharmacists to be able to alter prescriptions, Mental health and wellbeing, BMA COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 3 August 2020
Public Health Enhanced Services COVID payments, Flu Update, NHS England/Improvement “Third phase of NHS response to COVID-19”, Health and care workers to self-isolate on return to UK from high-risk countries, Flu Programme, PPE Portal, Shielding guidance for staff on returning to work (UK), Dispensing Services Quality Scheme, DDRB pay award, Government obesity strategy, Mental health and wellbeing, BMA COVID-19 guidance.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 27th July 2020
Survey of Workload transfer, Update from EKHUFT on the work underway to reopen services gradually and safely, Face coverings in general practice (England), Flu programme announcement, Action to improve vaccine coverage rates across the UK, RCGP guidance on delivering mass vaccinations, Shielding guidance for staff on returning to work (UK), Mental health and wellbeing, ARM Elections, DDRB report (England), BMA COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 21st July 2020
Kent LMC Guidance for Practices in responding to patients requesting exemption from the wearing of face masks, GP Trainees (message from NHSE), GPC England meeting , GPC England guidance on arrangements for GP services for remainder of 2020/21 (England), Face coverings, Joint guidance for remote intimate clinical assessments , Shielding guidance for staff on returning to work (UK), BMJ Learning clinical guidance: COVID-19 in primary care-19 testing by employers, Tax on COVID-19 testing by employers, NHS Confederation report on PCNs (England), BMA COVID-19 guidance.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 14th July 2020
Health Checks for those at highest risk, Update on GP services for 2020/21 (England), Social Prescribing Link Worker report, RCGP report - General Practice in a Post-COVID World, CCG Sit-rep, Faulty PPE, Clinical guidance on maintaining immunisation programmes during COVID-19, Patients being redirected to NHS111, COVID-19 care home support service (England), Transition between COVID-19 care home support and the Care Homes service in the PCN DES, BMA COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 6 July 2020
Faulty PPE, New to Partnership Payment Scheme (England), COVID-19 risk Assessments, Shielding update, Trust GPs to lead: learning from the response to COVID-19 within general practice in England, COVID-19 has rewritten the rulebook for how the NHS operates, Performers List processes associated with GP Registrars and professional standards (England) , BMA COVID-19 guidance
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 30th June 2020
Vaccination and Immunisation updates and training -Thinking ahead to the flu season, Trust GPs to lead: learning from the response to COVID-19 within general practice in England, BAME doctors not being given access to COVID-19 risk assessments, New to Partnership Payment Scheme, Shielding update, GP Standard Operating Procedure updated, BMA issues holiday guidance ahead of domestic tourism return, BMA COVID-19 guidance, Mental health and wellbeing, Practices in difficulty during Covid-19, Offer of Virtual Group Consultations briefing session – (A General Practice Nurse 10 Point Plan Initiative) , Payment Proposals for GP Public Health Services, Occupational Health Assessments, Other COVID 19 resources
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 24th June 2020
PPE – face masks and coverings, Requests for face mask exemption letters, BMA risk assessment guidance for practices, Antibody testing of practice staff (England), Indemnity Cover for Covid Related Activities, Appraisal update, CQC inspections, Regulation of physician associates, A thank you from HEE (Health Education England) to the GP community (England), BMA COVID-19 guidance, Mental health and wellbeing, Steroids for MSK/Rheumatology, Other COVID 19 resources
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 19th June 2020
Ordering personal protective equipment (PPE), Change to the National Cervical Screening Programme, Workforce Minimum Data Set, Med 3/Fit Note Requests, The Cameron Fund, The GPs' own charity.
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 15th June 2020
No appeal for pensions suspension ruling, Shielding (England), Minimising nosocomial infections in the NHS, Implications for life insurance following antigen and antibody tests, Antibody testing, Covid19 Pillar 2 lab results flow into GP records, Referral to treatment (RTT) and re-referral, Revalidation, Individual coaching support for primary care staff, Exemptions from wearing face masks on public transport, Other COVID 19 resources
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 8th June 2020
Kent LMC Position on Covid-19 Antibody Testing, Rejection of 2WW referrals by Secondary Care, Sit Rep, Risk assessment guidance for BAME and other staff, Standard Operating Procedure for general practice in the context of COVID-19 (England), Shielding, Electronic repeat dispensing (eDR) – England, GP Recruitment (England), Briefing on role of contact tracing in outbreak control, A patient's guide to advanced care planning, BMA COVID-19 guidance, Other COVID-19 Resources
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 2nd June 2020
NHS England’s Standard operating procedure (SOP) for general practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19), NHS Test and Trace services across the UK ( Test and Trace Q&A ), NHS Employers risk assessment guidance for BAME and other staff, Principles of safe video consulting in general practice, GP and practice COVID-19 toolkit
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 29th May 2020
Translated COVID-19 Patient Information Materials: Covid-10 Infographics, Primary Care Network Contract DES 2020/21 (England), BMA Risk assessment guidance, New coronavirus life assurance scheme, Testing (UK), Temporary residents and travelling patients (England), Domestic abuse during COVID-19: advice for NHS staff (England), BMA paper on principles for restarting non-COVID care, Restoration of cervical smear services, Premises update – NHSPS and NHSE/I engagement (England), NHS Digital national GP data extraction to support COVID-19 planning and research, An opportunity to join a virtual ‘Doctors' Mess’ , Wellbeing, Online Portal for Ordering PPE, Other COVID 19 resources
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 22nd May 2020
PCN deadline 31 May 2020, CQC Emergency Support Framework, MH Support for NHS Colleagues, Supporting patients with dental problems during Covid-19, Recovering Statutory Sick Pay Payments
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 19th May 2020
Roadmap out of lockdown (England), GP and practice COVID-19 toolkit, Care Home Arrangements, Preparing for Flu Immunisation 2020/21, NHS Digital national GP data extraction to support COVID-19 planning and research (England), BMA COVID-19 Webpage and Guidance, RCGP e-learning available for free, PCN DES Briefing and Webinar
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 8th May 2020:
BAME and Covid-19, New to partnership payment update, Remote Verification of Death, Kent and Medway CCG contact for COVID-19, Referrals into Secondary Care, Bank Holiday – 25th May 2020, Dispensing Practices - Dispensing Delivery Services
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 5th May 2020:
Covid-19 Referral Special, Supporting staff identified at increased risk from Covid-19, NHSEI letter to the profession on second phase of NHS response to COVID-19, Contractual responsibilities of providing care during COVID-19 pandemic, PPE, CPR should be reinstated to the list of aerosol generating procedures, Identifying high risk patients and shielding, Media, Self-referrals to the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a notifiable disease, Reusing of medicines in a care home or hospice, GP Connect to provide access to patient data via the Summary Care Record (England), Performers List update (England), CQC statement on its regulatory approach during COVID-19, Webinars
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 1st May 2020:
COVID guidance for Learning disability patients, End of Life Care Medicine Reuse in Care Homes and Hospices, Treatment Escalation Plans (TEPs), Supporting psychological wellbeing during Covid 19 – A practical webinar for frontline staff
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 29th April 2020:
PPE supplies, Leading during bereavement and complex grief, Information and support for nursing working in primary care during COVID, GP and Practice Covid-19 Toolkit (England), Identifying High Risk Patients and Shielding, QOF Year-End Process, BMA Covid-19 Contract for Temporary Engagements, Returners Guidance, GP Connect to Provide Access to patient data via the Summary Care Record (England), Temporary Removal of the routine D4 Medical, Individual Coaching Support for Primary Care Staff Wellbeing, NHSEI Health and Wellbeing offer for NHS Staff
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 20th April 2020:
LMC Pastoral Support, General Dental Services during Covid-19, 6-8 week baby checks, Referral Management, NHS Volunteer Responders, Kent Together, End of Life, Death Certification and Verification of Death, BMA COVID-19 contract for temporary engagements, NHS111 CCAS Appointments, Returning GPs, GP Induction and Refresher Scheme and International GP Recruitment Scheme, GP Retention Scheme (England), SitRep
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 8th April 2020 :
Responding to media enquiries , Requests for Med 3s/Fit notes for patients with long term conditions, Universal Credit/Benefits link for patients, GP ST3s in Primary Care Treatment Centres (hot hubs), Kent and Medway Primary Care SOP, Contract changes, Primary Care Network DES guidance, Bank Holiday working, KCC Services, PPE update, GP Preparedness letter BMA, NHSE & I Covid-19 Primary Care Bulletin, CCG Covid-19 Primary Care Bulletin, Clinical resources
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 30th March 2020 :
Easter Bank Holidays, Very High-Risk Patient letters - GPC update, SitRep (Situation Report) for General Practice in Kent and Medway
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 26th March 2020 :
Workforce Minimum Data Set (WMDS) Return, Managing End of Life and Death during the Covid 19 Outbreak, Covid-19 Update on emergency changes to Public Health Services: Finance, Sexual Health Services, Emergency Contraception, Substance Abuse, NHS Health Checks, Smoking Cessation, Health Visiting, School Health. Cervical Smear Update, PCN DES - GPC Update, Pharmacy Opening & Ways of Working
Kent LMC Covid Bulletin 20th March 2020 :
QOF, AQP providers/UTC/MIU/WIC, Extended hours/Improved Access, PPE, Workforce, Key Worker Guidance, Covid Home Visiting Service, Med 3, GP Appraisal, Performance Assessment Group (PAG), and Performer List Decision Panel (PLDP), FP10 Requests, Coroner and Death Certification, Kent and Medway CCG contact for COVID-19.