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Primary Care Leadership Development Offers East Midlands

Latest development offers for Primary Care colleagues. To view, click here .

 PCN Schedules and Guidance Notes from GPDF

PCN Guidance Notes which have been commissioned by GPDF for the benefit of LMCs.

These Network Agreement Schedules have been produced by Penningtons Manches LLP for GPDF Ltd as a guide only to assist with completion of the Schedules to the Mandatory Network Agreement, and do not constitute legal advice. Penningtons Manches LLP does not accept any responsibility or liability howsoever arising from the implementation or use of these Schedules.

Details can be found on the LMC website

Capita – delay in records transfer

Capita has mistakenly archived 160,000 patient records, and have started to send communications to practices about this latest failure from Capita. GPC England is in discussions with NHS England regarding this and until an urgent resolution has been reached with them, practices would be advised to, as is contractually and professionally required, undertake the work of processing patient information received to the extent they are able with the resources they have but should also inform their CCG and NHS England locally that they do not have sufficient resources to undertake the work quickly enough to mitigate against the risk of adverse consequences. They should request help from the CCG/NHSE locally whilst we continue our discussions with NHSE nationally to help reduce the risk to patient safety as they have responsibility for the delay in record transfer. Read our statement here .

If you have been effected by this error, please contact the LMC office.

Helping establish Primary Care Networks

With under four weeks to go until PCNs are to submit their first paperwork, BMA are adding further support for establishing PCNs regularly to the BMA website . This week a ‘ top tips ’ document which highlights what groups should be thinking about now. One of these, decision making, will be elaborated next week in specific guidance, as we’ve heard that this is one of the main areas of concern. We’re currently liaising with VAT specialists and looking to release specific guidance, again based on the main concerns we’re hearing from around the country.

Read the latest blog by Krishna Kasaraneni, GPC England Executive Team member, which goes into more detail of the support we are providing and preparing, but if you’re responsible for establishing the PCN, or know of others who are, then you should join the BMA PCN forum to speak to others in the same situation.

We will be holding a PCN Clinical Directors conference on 5 June to bring together those who are taking on the role of Clinical Director for a PCN to hear from experts in the field and to share experiences and knowledge.

2018/19 Indemnity Settlement & the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP)

Information relating to the 2018/19 Indemnity settlement and the new state-backed indemnity scheme for general practice in England called the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP) has been released. To read the full article, click here.

New CQC provider information collection & annual regulatory review

Practices should have now received the attached letter. Practices rated good/outstanding will no longer be routinely inspected every two years, with their inspections changing to a maximum interval of five years. Instead these practices will have an annual regulatory review including the outcome of a “ provider information collection” (PIC) with an annual phone call to the practice, as a satisfactory IT solution for the PIC has yet to be developed.

That letter links through to updated guidance on CQC’s website: How we monitor GP practices and a new page on the questions that we’ll ask on the calls.

The GPC has worked closely with the CQC through various iterations of this in order to mitigate the impact on practices and our engagement has hopefully made the process considerably less burdensome and more fit for purpose.

CQC Blank Evidence Table

Following the LMC's liaison meeting with the CQC, they have shared with us a "Blank Evidence Table" for us to share with our members for their information. It can be found on the "Key documents" sections on our CQC webpage.


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