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Official GPC Updates to LMC - 23rd July 2021

  • The update includes updates on:
  • DDRB pay uplift
  • Easing of COVID restrictions and infection control (England)
  • Releasing NHS staff from isolation to work
  • GPDPR delay – joint statement and letter to GPs
  • COVID-19 vaccination programme
  • Annual flu vaccination letter
  • Meetings with ministers and MPs
  • GP Payments and pensions system provided by PCSE
  • Vaccines and undocumented migrants – safe surgeries toolkit
  • Delegation of NHS England commissioning functions to integrated care systems from April 2022
  • Are you considering applying for a GP sponsorship licence to employ non-UK nationals?
  • Media

Attachment:

  1. Official GPC Updates to LMC - 23rd July 2021
  2. Weekly Covid Update
  3. The previous GPC updates can be found on the attached GPC updates link.

DDRB pay uplift

The BMA is hugely disappointed by the Government’s announced 3% pay uplift for doctors. As we have come to expect from this Government, this announcement is not all that it seems. For salaried GPs, a 3% uplift is more than the 1% the Government recommended at the beginning of the year and is the highest uplift they have received in many years. However, 3% does not compensate for the years of pay erosion experienced by all doctors. Moreover, the government has said that practices in England will not be given additional funding on top of the 2.1% for staff already allocated for this year which means GP partners could be faced with deciding between service cuts or being able to pay the full amount to salaried GPs. It is therefore not acceptable and disingenuous to speak of an uplift while refusing to provide the necessary funding. We have made our grave concerns known directly to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

In their evidence DHSC highlighted the ‘vital role’ that general practice had played in the pandemic response and the DDRB underlined the critical importance of general practice and primary care more generally. In acknowledging the contribution of all doctors in the pandemic response, the DDRB also urged ministers to consider additional recognition for groups outside of their remit for this year, including GP contractors. Salaried GPs were roundly praised for their work throughout the pandemic and their adaptation to ensure the continued success in their role, including the utilisation of technology. It is worth also noting the announcement that GP trainer grants will increase from £8,584 to £8,842 and GP appraiser fees will increase from £543 to £559. These will be backdated to 1 April 2021.

What's clear is the government in England have completely and shamefully ignored the incredible response made by GP partners and their teams during the pandemic, suggesting that this year's pay award was to recognise the role played by other NHS workers. This will further damage GP morale and demonstrates that the Government does not value general practice as it should. The Government chose to ignore the DDRB’s clear statement that pay awards needed to be appropriately funded in order to avoid ‘a negative impact on service provision’.

Read more in my joint blog with the Sessional GPs committee chair Ben Molyneux about what this means for GPs.

Read the BMA statement here

 


Arrangements for primary care from 19 July 2021

Since the relaxation of the Covid regulations on the 19th July, there has been several different comms posters that practices can use, if they wish.


CQC INSPECTORS UPDATE - 4TH AUGUST

Further to the recent changes in relation to CQC monitoring of Primary Medical Services. The LMC has organised a casual lunchtime talk with the LLR CQC inspectors to give practices the opportunity to hear about the monitoring approach and what this means for general practice.

Agenda

  • Meet with the LLR CQC Inspectors – Alan Swain, Peter Bluff & Vanessa Twigg
  • Update on the Monitoring Approach and what it means in reality
  • Question & Answer session

Details

  • Date: Wednesday 4th August 2021
  • Time 1.00 - 2pm
  • A virtual webinar and link will be sent to all registered delegates ahead of the webinar.

If you would like to attend this webinar, please register by emailing us at   enquiries@llrlmc.co.uk 


Vaccines and Undocumented migrants

The GPC has raised the issue of vaccines and undocumented migrants. Bureau of Investigative Journalism conducted some research on access to Covid vaccines for those who are not registered with a GP practice – namely undocumented migrants. Their findings are fairly damning, with many practices refusing to register patients with unclear immigration status/no documents/no fixed address. This is being picked up by various sections of the media. It seems that despite the requirement on GP surgeries to register all patients (if the lists are open to new patients), less than a quarter of all surgeries (24%) in their investigations registered an undocumented patient.

Practices are encouraged to use the Safe Surgeries toolkit developed by Doctors of the World (DOTW). The toolkit is an accessible presentation of existing guidance and supports clinical and non-clinical NHS staff to promote inclusive care through GP registration. Notably, it aims to address specific barriers to primary care faced by vulnerable, un/under-documented migrants by ensuring that GP practices are aware of all relevant guidance and rules. This includes, for example, that patients should not be turned away if they lack a proof of ID, address, or immigration status.

We continue to work with DOTW to encourage GPs and practices to consider and adopt the recommendations set out in the toolkit, particularly as it is now more important than ever that patients are registered with a GP. GP registration will likely mitigate the effects of the pandemic on health inequalities by improving equitable access to care and ensuring that marginalised and excluded communities are not missed in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.

DOTW also offer FREE training to clinical and non-clinical NHS staff that aims to improve awareness of migrant entitlements to NHS care and enables staff to better advocate for their patients.


Referring GPs and Practice Staff to Occupational Health

General Practice can refer GPs and Practice Staff to Occupational Health directly by completing the attached form.

Completed form should be emailed to oh.gh@uhl-tr.nhs.uk for GH.


Official GPC LMC Updates

Please see below for the latest GPC LMC update from 23rd July 2021  

The update includes updates on:

  • DDRB pay uplift
  • Easing of COVID restrictions and infection control (England)
  • Releasing NHS staff from isolation to work
  • GPDPR delay – joint statement and letter to GPs
  • COVID-19 vaccination programme
  • Annual flu vaccination letter
  • Meetings with ministers and MPs
  • GP Payments and pensions system provided by PCSE
  • Vaccines and undocumented migrants – safe surgeries toolkit
  • Delegation of NHS England commissioning functions to integrated care systems from April 2022
  • Are you considering applying for a GP sponsorship licence to employ non-UK nationals?
  • Media

Attachment - Weekly Covid Update

The previous GPC updates can be found on the attached GPC updates link.


LLR LMC June Update

Please click here to view the LMC June Update sent to LLR members.

Contents:

  1. Medical Examiner
  2. General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)
  3. Spirometry
  4. Pilot on how CQC monitors services
  5. Email Switchover

GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - Data provision notice (DPN)

Please click here to view more information on GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR).


New GP Pensions & Payment System

Please click here to view the letter which was sent to all LLR GPs & PMs re new pension payment system. 


Letter from Richard Vautrey to all GPs in England 

Please click here to view the letter from Richard Vautrey re NHSEI. 


Official GPC LMC Updates

Please click here to view the Official GPC Updates


LLR LMC April Newsletter 

Please click here to view the April Newsletter. 

This months' edition includes information on:

  • Flu Vaccination Programme 21/22
  • QOF 21/22
  • D4 Medical Exams - DVLA Update 
  • Important update regarding cremation form 4 & Medical Certificate cause of death
  • 2.1% pay and expenses increase 

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