1. Revalidation and appraisal 2. Important CQC notice - Support

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The essential briefing for London’s busy practice teams

March 2013

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Revalidation and appraisal Important CQC notice More places available for CQRS training Family planning: contraception update for Practice Nurses Londonwide LMCs continues to campaign for excellence in training Regulations on procurement, patient choice and competition A free money saving service for London’s GP practices – The Londonwide Buying Group LEAD (Learning Education and Development) events – prices held for another year! RGCP North West London Faculty Events 2013

Revalidation and appraisal The GPC has recently issued guidance on ‘Revalidation for NHS GPs’ which sets out the revalidation process and how it will work. The guidance explains that LMCs have a role in ensuring that local appraisal systems are acceptable and that PCOs have to consult with LMCs about the appraisal systems that they provide. Londonwide LMCs is working with the LATS Medical Directors and other stakeholders, seeking to ensure that a fair, equitable, transparent and proportionate revalidation process is introduced which is consistent across London, this includes local guidance on presenting supporting information on CPD that is no more onerous than GMC requirements. You might find it helpful to review the Revalidation page on our website or alternatively email [email protected] if you have any specific queries. An FAQ on revalidation will shortly be available on our website so please review the page regularly for this and further updates. In the meantime the names of the three Responsible Officers (ROs) in London are now available. ▲Back to index

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Important CQC notice If since registering for CQC, up until April 1 2013, your practice has undergone or has impending partnership changes including the following: • • • • •

taking on a new partner losing a partner change from partnership to a single handed status as a result of a partner leaving merge with another practice undergo a partnership split.

Then you must contact the CQC urgently. Any of the above partnership changes will affect your CQC registration, and the CQC will need to be informed to make sure that you are registered correctly in order to continue delivering services. Each case is unique and will require different amendments, therefore it is not possible for us to offer generic advice to practices. Each practice in any of the above circumstances will need to contact CQC directly for guidance on their individual case. The number for the CQC helpline is: 03000 616161. ▲Back to index Londonwide LMCs is the brand name of Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited. Registered and office address: Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HX. T. 020 7387 2034/7418 F. 020 7383 7442 W. www.lmc.org.uk. Registered in England No. 6391298. Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

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More places available for CQRS training Last month we wrote to you regarding CQRS (Calculating Quality Reporting Service) Training. CQRS is the system which will calculate QOF and other payments for GP practices across England from the 2013/14 financial year. QMAS will still calculate QOF payments for 2012/13, but will close in July 2013 at which point it will be replaced by CQRS. It is very important that at least one individual from each practice attends CQRS training. Following a number of requests for additional CQRS phase one training, Connecting for Health has lifted the restriction of one place per organisation. Bookings are now being taken for CQRS Training Phase 1 via the NHS Connecting for Health website, where you can also find more information. ▲Back to index

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Family planning: contraception update for Practice Nurses The 2013/14 LEAD annual plan of events starts with a family planning contraception update workshop for Practice Nurses on Thursday 11 April 2013. Led by Valerie McMunn of Val McMunn Training, this half day workshop will provide Practice Nurses with an essential update on the Frazer guidelines and giving care to under 16s, new guidelines on quick starting contraception, Depo-Provera and young people, new methods on the market, implants and pregnancy testing. The event will take place from 1.00pm – 5.00pm (registration and lunch from 1.00pm – 1.30pm) on Thursday 11 April 2013 at the Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ. Cost for attendance is £59 (inclusive of VAT) for attendees from Londonwide practices and £71 (inclusive of VAT) for attendees from practices from other areas. You can either book online or use the booking form and pay either by cheque or BACS. ▲Back to index

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Londonwide LMCs continues to campaign for excellence in training Londonwide LMCs' stepped up its LETB (Local Education and Training Board) engagement activity earlier this month by facilitating a roundtable discussion amongst key Primary Care LETB representatives ahead of the new legislatory framework coming into force April 1 2013. A key component of Londonwide LMCs' education and workforce strategy is to campaign for adequately resourced multi-disciplinary training in a primary care setting in order to support GPs and their practice teams to deliver on the challenges posed by the out of hospital shift. Further engagement events with representatives of the three London LETB groups are planned throughout the year. If you would like to know more about this work or to get involved, please email Ariadne Siotis. ▲Back to index

Londonwide LMCs is the brand name of Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited. Registered and office address: Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HX. T. 020 7387 2034/7418 F. 020 7383 7442 W. www.lmc.org.uk. Registered in England No. 6391298. Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

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Regulations on procurement, patient choice and competition The government has now published regulations on procurement, patient choice and competition. The new regulations along with more information can be found on the Department for Health website ▲Back to index

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A free money saving service for London’s GP practices – The Londonwide Buying Group Challenge Gary to save your practice money The Buying Group is so confident that they can save you money that Gary Burns, the group’s specialist in cost analysis, offers practices a free analysis to demonstrate the huge savings you could be making. All you have to do is send him an email detailing which areas you want him to analyse (eg office supplies, medical consumables, equipment calibration, waste disposal, utilities, stationery etc) and he will work out how much you could save by switching suppliers. Gary’s most recent cost analysis for a practice identified savings for a practice of over £2,000 annually on office stationery alone. To find out how much your practice could save just email Gary or visit the Buying Group's website. Meet the Londonwide Buying Group Suppliers It has been three years since Londonwide LMCs joined the LMC Buying Groups Federation to help its practices save money. The group can now offer practices access to more than 20 suppliers who provide significant savings on a range of products and services. Are you aware of the full range of deals on offer? Never used the Buying Group? Here is an A-Z rundown of the current suppliers and the discounts and savings that you can make for your practice. Visit the Buying Group website for further details. Don’t worry if you have forgotten your log-in details – email the Buying Group who are on hand to supply you with these details or deal with your queries. ▲Back to index

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LEAD (Learning Education and Development) events – prices held for another year! In order to help our practices in the coming year, we have decided to freeze LEAD event costs for a further 12 months. Any charges for VAT will be included in the price of events and not passed onto you. This, in effect, represents a 20% saving when you book on LEAD events in the coming year! We will also be applying discounts on some events which could mean further savings for your practice. We are currently finalising the annual programme for April 2013 to March 2014 which will include events on the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), Any Qualified Provider (AQP), risk management, interpreter services and patient consultations and enhancing your telephone consultations, to name but a few. There will also be a full clinical update day for Practice Nurses as well as workshops on travel health, spirometry and new events on immunisations and vaccinations and ear care. A family planning contraception update workshop for Practice Nurses on Thursday 11 April starts the LEAD plan for 2013/14. This will be followed by an employment law seminar for GPs and Practice Managers on 16 May and a customer services event for GPs and all practice staff on 23 May. Londonwide LMCs is the brand name of Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited. Registered and office address: Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HX. T. 020 7387 2034/7418 F. 020 7383 7442 W. www.lmc.org.uk. Registered in England No. 6391298. Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

More information on the LEAD annual plan will be available soon. Keep a check on the LMC website and your inbox for further information. ▲Back to index

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RGCP North West London Faculty Events 2013 Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP) are running a series of events during 2013 that will help GPs further their learning. Minor Surgery, Dermal Fillers, Joint Injections and other courses are being run a number of times during the year. You can view the full calendar and book on the RGCP website. ▲Back to index

Londonwide LMCs is the brand name of Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited. Registered and office address: Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HX. T. 020 7387 2034/7418 F. 020 7383 7442 W. www.lmc.org.uk. Registered in England No. 6391298. Londonwide Local Medical Committees Limited is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.