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Election process for the GPCE (GP committee England) Officer Team

Following a recent decision at GPC England, the GPCE Executive Team (made up of a chair, a deputy and two executive team members) has become the GPC England Officer Team (made up of a chair and three deputies). This brings the leadership structure of GPC England further in line with what is standard practice at the BMA and ensures parity of esteem between the Officer Team. It will not impact the function of the Team.

There is a vacant position on the GPC England Officer Team. Following a recent decision at GPC England, this position shall be elected to ensure democratic accountability.

All GPs in England who are members of the BMA are eligible to stand. The electorate are the voting members of GPC England.

A role profile is attached

Nominations are now open for this position and candidates should submit their nomination online via the BMA elections portal, accessible here.

To nominate themselves, candidates should submit a 500 word candidate statement. They should read the attached BMA conflict of interests policy and complete a conflicts of interests form as part of their nomination.

There will also be a virtual hustings on Tuesday 9 August which all candidates and the voting members of GPC England will be invited to attend. Candidates will be able to give a 5-minute speech during this hustings.

Candidates may nominate themselves at elections.bma.org.uk. Nominations will remain open until 12pm Monday 8 August.

CQC New Regulatory Model

The CQC has announced that they have launched a new regulatory approach and how they regulate going forward, which we understand will start being implemented from August through to 2023.

As information develops, we will update our members and share what this means for practices. CQC has recently published the following which practices will find useful;

GPC Update to LMCs - 30th June 2022

The recent GPC update has included topics on the following areas:

  • ARM 2022
  • New BMA Council Chair
  • Warning over GPs leaving NHS
  • Rebuild General Practice: support the campaign
  • Access to GP Services – House of Commons debate
  • BMA calls for independent review of the GMC referral pathway
  • Fees calculator
  • Letter from GP for travel with medication
  • Fit note update
  • CVD enhanced service specification
  • GP Trainees Committee elections
  • Committee of Medical Managers (CMM) elections
  • BMA Employer Advisory Service
  • GPC England committee pages and guidance for practices

Please click here to view previous updates

ARRS Information

The commissioners have produced the following ARRS information which practices may benefit from and wish to participate - see attached link

CQC Clinical Searches webinar

The CQC has recently delivered a webinar on clinical searches which practices may wish to review and find beneficial within the practice.

Copy of CQC clinical searches webinar.

LLR LMC Newsletter - June 2022

This month's June newsletter, we are covering the following areas:

  • LLR LMC elections
  • Primary Care Funding Model
  • GMS Contract Variation (October 21)
  • GP Income Declaration
  • Online appointment booking
  • Fit Notes
  • Access to Medical records
  • Update on NHSPS legal case
  • Primary Medical Care Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM)
  • Update from CQC/LMC liaison meeting
  • Rebuild General Practice campaign
  • Important information on the GP pension scheme – new CPI modeller
  • Practice Managers Conference
  • Recruitment
  • Email contacts

Screening and Immunisation LLN team bulletin - May 2022

Please click here to view the latest bulletin from the Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Screening and Immunisation Team.



CQC webinar on new regulatory approach

CQC recently ran a webinar for providers to update on how they are regulating now and how this will change in the future. If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can watch the recording here.

The presentation slides have been included here.


Reminder for practices to update CQC with correct contact details

It is important for practices to update all appropriate contact details with the CQC.

It has been highlighted to the LMC that there have been occasions, when the CQC has informed practices of upcoming inspections, but the emails have been going to the practice old email addresses and not the new NHS email. This has meant the practices have had little or no notice of CQC inspections/telephone calls.

To amend your practice details, please do so by updating on the CQC provider portal.

It is also worthwhile highlighting, if the registered manager has changed and the new registered managers details have not been changed, the old registered manager will get any notifications of inspections or any official communications.

We would encourage practices to ensure they update their contact details with CQC, as CQC will not be responsible for practices not receiving emails, so we are highlighting to reduce unnecessary stress to practices.


GPs and their teams faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, general practice in England continues to face a worsening workforce crisis. BMA research published last year showed that the NHS has lost nearly 2,000 full-time equivalent GPs in England since 2015.

In response, working in partnership, the BMA and GPDF have launched the Rebuild General Practice campaign. To launch the campaign, Dr Kieran Sharrock, GPC England Deputy Chair, gave a keynote speech earlier this week at the King’s Fund, where he was joined by Jeremy Hunt MP, to outline the impact on patients that the workforce crisis is having.

You can read more about the launch event on the BMA website

To coincide with the launch, the campaign released the findings of a survey of GPs in England, Wales, and Scotland, which showed that:

  • nearly nine in 10 GPs fear patients aren't always safe at their surgeries
  • 7 out of 10 GPs feel the risk to ‘patient safety’ is increasing
  • staff shortages and too little time for appointments were main factors putting patients at risk
  • 86% of GPs stated they didn’t have enough time with patients
  • 77% of GPs said GP shortages were putting patient safety at risk.

It is vital that we build as much support for the campaign as possible. You can find more information on the campaign website >

You can also follow and share content, news and updates on the campaign Twitter account >

General practice contract arrangements in 2022/23

NHSE/I have released the contract changes for 2023/24 for General Practice and can be viewed here. The GPC has shared their statement on the arrangements.

As you will probably be aware, despite negotiations between GPC England and NHS England about amendments to the five year contract deal agreed in 2019, NHS England announced last week that the contract amendments will come into effect from 1 April, without an agreement or endorsement by the BMA.

We are bitterly disappointed with these changes to the GP contract, which fail to help patients and support practices at this critical time.

The negotiations reached a stalemate in mid-February when it became clear that NHS England would not be offering an update that would impact meaningfully on patient care, nor provide the support desperately required for general practice as it faces unprecedented pressures and pandemic recovery, despite GPC England suggesting a number of solutions to address some of these pressures, enabling practices to support patients.

Read the full BMA statement here and our response to misleading comments about our involvement in the contract changes.

GP contract 22/23 – guidance for practices

Read our guidance about the contract changes to support practices in their decision making and next steps.

Living with COVID-19 white paper – update from NHSE/I

The NHSE/I has now published an update following the Living with COVID-19 white paper: Coronavirus » Living with COVID-19 white paper – update (england.nhs.uk)

Updated JCVI advice for vaccinating 5 to 11-year-olds

The government has accepted updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the vaccination of non at risk 5 to 11 year-olds.

The JCVI advises:
“a non-urgent offer of two 10 mcg doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty®) to children aged 5 to 11 years of age who are not in a clinical risk group. The two doses should be offered with an interval of at least 12 weeks between doses.”

A full copy of the JCVI advice can be found here .

PCN Leadership Development 

NHSE has just announced their PCN leadership development programme that is currently being offered to all staff at all levels.


Covid-19 Medical Exemption certificates

We have created a one-stop place for detais relating to Covid-19 Medical Exemption certificates, which includes a how to guide.