News​ from the Chair


Read the latest news, including messages and updates​ from our Chair, Dr Adrian McLachlan.

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 Latest news from the chair

Planned care news

Planned Care news - 27/03/2018 New Optometrist Triage Service, Reminder e-RS 1st April switch -off with GSTT and Kings, e-RS system updates and training. Update Moorfields on PSO. Consultant Connect and the TAP Survey for GPs to complete.

GP Bulletin 22 December 2017

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Consultant connect

Lambeth CCG, Bromley CCG and Southwark CCG are piloting a new telephone advice and guidance service called 'Consultant Connect'. The service allows GPs to speak with local speciality consultants in real time.

Judi retires

Judi Hughes (formerly Costello) is taking early retirement from Herne Hill Road Group Practice.

Member Practice Event July 12, 2017

On the 12th July 2017 Lambeth CCG held a Summer Member Practice Event. Thank you to all who were able to join us in discussing successful local and national work to support the delivery of Local Care Networks and integrated care.

Future GP partner event 4 July

This live event is for anyone want to know more about becoming a GP partner, whether you are a salaried or sessional GP, a GP trainee or a new GP partner.

Cervical cancer screenings (smear tests) save lives

Every day 9 women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women will lose their lives to the disease. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 but is largely preventable.

Cyber attack information for GP practices

Instructions for the actions to take following Friday's cyber attack.

New statutory guidance on participation

In April NHS England published refreshed statutory guidance on the legal duties of CCGs with respect to involving people in commissioning and involving people in their own health and care.

Mental Health Focus - Referral information

We're supporting Mental Health Awareness week from 8 – 12 May 2017 by promoting Mental Health referral information for Lambeth.

District Nursing update from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

To help nurses settle in GSTT have developed the Transition programme for new nursing staff, which is part of their daily routine for their first six months with the Trust.

Patient ID checks commencing April 1st at King’s College Hospital

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is beginning the process by launching two pilots – in Ophthalmology and Orthopaedics outpatient clinics.

Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic email service at King’s College Hospital

The secure HPB email service at King's College Hospital has been extended to include all HPB, HCC and NET related correspondence including scanned patient results, queries and information requests for the HPB team.

Smear test advice and guidance

To avoid common smear errors, it is important for all GPs to be aware of the guidance and advice available. Below are common mistakes that can be easily avoided and help ensure the best care for all patients.

Primary Care: learning disabilities update

We set out to achieve the following: For LD Care plans that 50% of people with a learning disability have a care plan For LD Health checks that 95% of people with a learning disability have a health check.

Increasing the number of fit notes issued by local hospital doctors

Following a series of queries from colleagues in general practice, Guys and St Thomas' (GSTT) have increased the number of fit notes issued by hospital doctors to working patients upon discharge.

District nursing - growing its own

Guy’s and St Thomas’ are training district nursing students every year from their own workforce.

Mark Smith Clinical Quality Lead

Dr Mark Smith from the Waterloo Health Centre was appointed in February as our Clinical Quality Lead and will spend two sessions a week engaging practices on quality improvement.

Mental Health reports

Healthwatch Lambeth conducted a series of surveys of GP practices in the borough to report on people's experiences of talking to their GP about their mental health.

Lambeth pilot for GP SOP

Guy's and St Thomas' Trust (GSTT) has recently launched a pilot to give Lambeth GPs direct telephone access to an acute medicine consultant.

Healthier You

Healthier You aims to reduce the five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Here's how it's working in Lambeth.

A few moments with Sue Gallagher

Sue Gallagher, Governing Body lay member, shares her thoughts on the challenges of commissioning when resources are scare, the importance of listening to the patient's voice and treating NHS employees with respect.

Learning on all fronts for Population Health Fellows

In 2016 we recruited three fantastic GPs to undertake new CCG-funded roles, encompassing jobbing GP responsibilities, a commissioning project and support to complete a Master's degree in Public Health at King's College London (KCL).

Governing Body changes and new CCG staff

Professor John Moxham, Director of Clinical Strategy for King's Health Partners, steps down from the CCG Governing Body.

GSTT update on district nursing

GSTT has several initiatives to work more closely with GPs in 2017.

Achievements summary

Read about our achievements in our report 2016 - a year in review.

A few moments with Jackie Ballard

Jackie Ballard, Governing Body Associate Lay Member and Engagement Lead​, gives us her views on working with the CCG.

Making progress in CAMHS

There have been significant improvments in the waiting times for CAMHS Early Intervention services in recent months.

Local Care Networks update

Amanda Williams, Assistant Director of Local Care Network Development, explains progress so far and plans for 2017.

Progress on DXS system

Dr Emma Rowley-Conwy, clinical lead for Digital Developments and a GP at The Exchange Surgery in Streatham, talked to us about the DXS system and the progress we are making on use across Lambeth practices.

Membership webinar: Commissioning intentions

15 practices took part in our membership webinar last week to discuss commissioning intentions.

Online access for patients - a message from Londonwide LMCs

Londonwide LMCs has written to each London CCG about increasing the number of patients using online services.

New Emergency General Surgery Service

We have recently introduced a weekday dedicated Emergency General Surgery service at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Q&A with Graham Laylee, Governing Body member

Graham Laylee shares his thoughts on his role as a Governing Body member.

Beckett House Practice moves to 15 mins appointments

Beckett House Practice is hoping to resolve the issues around appointments schedules by offering 15 minutes for all routine appointments. After three months a pilot is looking very encouraging.

Chris Newman takes up Practice Management Lead role

Practice Manager at Clapham Park Group Practice will become Practice Management Lead, devoting three days per month to the role.

Interview: Amy Buxton-Jennings, Director of Children's Integrated Commissioning Services

Amy Buxton-Jennings talks about her experiences in central and local government and her aims in her new role to forge a common understanding of children's and young people's needs.

We're looking for Local Care Network Chairs

We are seeking three exceptional individuals to each chair a Local Care Network in the Lambeth localities – North, South East and South West.

New children’s asthma toolkit for GPs

An online asthma toolkit has been launched to support GPs to improve care for children and young people with asthma in London.

Get involved in the National Diabetes Audit

Public Health England is looking for GP practices to participate in a pilot for the National Diabetes Audit, which will include patients who have not been diagnosed with the condition.

Walk in Centre review

NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reviewing GP appointments across the borough and wants to hear views from you and your staff and patients.

Sarah Corlett's public health view

Sarah leads the public health team that provides strategic advice and support to the CCG on how to use their scarce resource to best improve the health and wellbeing of the population and reduce health inequalities.

Recruitment of Cancer Clinical Lead

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a CCG clinical lead in Cancer to provide clinical leadership to the cancer workstreams within the CCG.

Blood test ordering

Update on use of EMIS request forms and other information on blood test requests.

Cervical screening

Updates on Out of Programme samples and screening for HIV-positive women.

Community Ambulatory Gynaecology in Sexual Health

Sexual health services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ have been subject to recent consultation.

New Assistant Director for Children's Integrated Commissioning

Daniel Stoten will join Amy Buxton Jennings our recently appointed joint Director for Children’s Integrated Commissioning.

Are your patients aware of bowel cancer screening?

In Lambeth we have a low uptake of bowel cancer screening compared with other London boroughs, particularly in men, people born outside of the UK, ethnic minorities and people from socioeconomically deprived areas.

DXS update - 15 November 2016

Includes Version 5 Upgrade, Practice Visits, Usage and ELearning.

Election Process for Collaborative Forum Chair

Following the start of recruitment in October for a new Collaborative Forum Chair, we have now reached the election stage of the process.

e-Referral Service

NHS Digital are asking GPs or their staff to complete a survey regarding the new E-Referral functionality and would like Lambeth GP’s and your staff to be involved.

‘OMG! That was a great learning event’

A room at the Kia Oval was packed with over 120 primary care professionals attending a respiratory protected learning time event at the beginning of the month.

Healthier You, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme update

The Healthier You, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme referral flow chart has been updated.

Meet the Chief

Meet our Chief Officer Andrew Eyres

Call for Antibiotic Guardians

Public Health England is calling for GPs to support the campaigns for Antibiotic Guardians.

DXS update

Read the latest update on the DXS system.

CQC finds St George's to be Inadequate

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its inspection report on St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Health checks for people with learning disabilities​

We have produced videos for patients and healthworkers to raise help awareness of health checks for people with learning disabilities.

Andrew Parker's commissioning world

​​Andrew Parker, Director of Primary Care Development, talks about his work in commissioning.

Recruitment of Pharmacy Network Lead

We are looking for a practice pharmacist to work one day a week for six months to develop and provide leadership for pharmacists working in these emerging roles within general practice.

Crucial Information Required for Urgent Suspected Cancer

In order to optimise the lung cancer patient pathway it is crucial to always provide eGFR results within the 2 week wait referral.

SELDOC Needs You!

SELDOC is our GP owned Out-of-Hours cooperative. It has been looking after our patients when our surgeries are closed every day of the year for the last 20 years.

Lambeth’s Local Family Offer

We are developing our Phase 2 bid to the Department for Works and Pensions; for Lambeth’s Local Family Offer.

Exciting new opportunity!

Recruitment of Collaborative Forum Chair

Creating local health leaders

Our primary care development programme received a very positive evaluation in a report which emphasised the programme’s significant outcomes.

NHS flu vaccinations

Local community pharmacy teams in Lambeth have commenced offering free NHS flu vaccinations following last year’s successful national and London pharmacy flu vaccination schemes.

Update on elective orthopaedic centres

The options evaluation panel for elective orthopaedics met for the second time recently.

Responsibility for GP services in Lambeth

NHS England and Lambeth CCG share responsibility for overseeing GP services in the borough, through a Joint Commissioning arrangement.

Call to action for GPs to help reduce medicines waste across Lambeth

We are launching a new campaign to reduce medicines waste within the borough, which costs CCGs across south London around £9 million every year.

Population Health Improvement Fellows 2016/2017

Lambeth and Southwark CCGs have recruited six newly qualified GPs to participate in an innovative scheme to create a cohort of Population Health Improvement Fellows across both boroughs, and attract enthusiastic, talented young doctors to the area.


​The CSP is launching a new campaign to help address one of the most common reasons for seeing a GP – back pain.

Information for referrers to the Pulross Intermediate Care Centre

Guys and St Thomas’ has been commissioned to provide six community inpatient beds for specialist therapy for Lambeth and Southwark patients with complex neuro rehab needs

Governing Body Elections

We are delighted to announce the results of the recent Governing Body elections

Update from the TOHETI programme

Read the latest newsletter from the TOHETI programme.

Every mental health trust will soon be rated as CQC completes first inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has now completed its comprehensive inspection programme of all 56 mental health NHS trusts in England.

NHS England takes action to ease pressures on general practice and provide joined-up care

NHS England has agreed new steps to implement plans to strengthen general practice, ease the pressure on GPs and improve services for patients.

Review of phlebotomy service

Information required from practices providing phlebotomy services.

Governing Body needs you!

There are vacancies on the Governing Body for the role of Chair and two locality representatives.

Pan London suspected cancer referral forms launch delayed

Following the update on 30 March 2016​ regarding the introduction of the Pan London Suspected Cancer referral forms, the London Transforming Cancer Services team have an update about the delay of the launch.

Pan London suspected cancer referral forms - update

​​​Follwing the update on 17 March 2016​, further information has been released about the suspected cancer referral forms that will launch on 1 April.​ 2016.

Pan London Suspected Cancer Referral Forms Launch

The Transforming Cancer Services Team will announce the official launch of the Pan London Suspected Cancer referral forms on 31 March 2016.

PMS update - 9 March

The second PMS contract negotiation meeting took place this week between the CCG and the LMC.

Calling all nurses!

NHS England would like to hear the views of NHS nurses to help improve the way it communicates with them.

PMS update - 4 March 2016

A​ national review by NHS England of PMS contracts means changes are being made to the way funding is given. The level of GP funding in Lambeth will not be reduced but changes to the way it is commissioned will be made.

Permission from practices required: bowel screening endorsement letter

The Transforming Cancer Services Team for London have devised a GP endorsement (GPE) letter for patients that are due for bowel screening. .

Important Message: Industrial Action 01 December

On Tuesday 01 December, junior doctors across the country will be taking industrial action. Read more...

SW Governing Body Member Elections now open

Details on how to apply to be the next SW Governing Body Member

Lambeth CCG Governing Body needs you!

Recruitment campaign launched for Governing Body North and South East elected representative vacancies.

Governing Body announces Lay Member appointments

Lay Member appointments announced

National 360 degree survey

The national 360 degree survey of CCG stakeholders is currently live. All member practices should have been sent a link to the survey - please respond by 2 April.

Message from the Chair, March 2015

Our March governing body meeting was again very well attended. It’s encouraging to see the public’s continued interest in our business and priorities.


Lambeth CCG has an exciting opportunity for two Lay Member representatives.

Message from the Chair January 2015

We tried out a new venue for January's governing body meeting. Bolney Meadow Community Centre worked well in terms of location and facilities and we'll be considering whether we use it for future meetings.

Message from the Chair December 2014

We held a webinar on 4 December to discuss the development of Primary Care co-commissioning in Lambeth and practices were asked to confirm their support by Monday 22 December. This will be also be discussed at our All Practice Event on 20 January 2015.

Message from the Chair, September 2014

Welcome to the second update from me following our latest Governing Body meeting. This was a meeting held in public and as usual, before the main meeting, I chaired a public forum where members of the public could ask questions about the NHS in Lambeth.

NHS Lambeth CCG Annual General Meeting 2014

Our first Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th September 2014 at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH. Light refreshments will be served from 12.30pm and the event will run from 1.15pm - 4.00 pm.

Governing Body announces new South West locality member

New Governing Body elected Member announced.