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23rd May 2022

Improvements to benefit eligibility at the end of life

On Monday 4 April 2022, eligibility for the Special Rules changed. This means that individuals can make a fast-tracked claim to two working age benefits if they have an estimated 12 months or less to live. 

23rd May 2022

LMC UK conference 2022

The 2022 UK LMC Conference took place 10-11 May - the first in-person UK LMC conference since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and it ran very smoothly. The conference was adeptly chaired by Katie Bramall-Stainer and her deputy Matt Mayer. Our thanks go to them, the rest of the conference agenda committee, the GPC secretariat, including Dominic Norcliffe-Brown, Kathryn Reece and Karen Day, Caroline Eason from the BMA conference unit, as well as the numerous other members of BMA staff who provided support during the conference.

20th May 2022

Enhanced Access Implementation Support for PCNs and Practices Webinar

Webinar - 18th May 2022

If you didn't manage to hear the webinar live, a recording of the Enhanced Access Implementation Support for PCNs and Practices webinar held 18th May 2022 at 5pm can be found here

18th May 2022

CQC Insights

Primary care first contact practitioners (FCPs)

As you'll likely be aware CQC publish GP mythbusters and we'd like to draw your attention to one in particular this week. 

GP Mythbuster 106

#106 describes the responsibilities for providers when recruiting and managing staff deployed in first contact practitioner (FCP) roles in primary care settings. 


13th May 2022

Elective Care in Greater Manchester

NHS Waiting list backlog - Stakeholder briefing April 2022

To accompany the below communication we have links and resources available on our guidance page which can be found under 'patient information'


Duplicated from 'Stakeholder briefing note – 11th April 2022 NHS Waiting list backlog'

Reducing the waiting list backlog continues to be a focus for the health and care system in Greater Manchester (GM).

At the beginning of January 2022, the difficult decision was made to pause non-urgent surgery due to the impact of the Omicron variant which saw increased hospitalisations and staff absences. The number of people on the total waiting list to start treatment has increased as a result.

Non-urgent surgery started to resume from 24th January and hospitals continue to work hard to reschedule procedures and get more people seen and treated. We are pleased that we were able to continue outpatient appointments during the recent wave.


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