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Guidance

This guidance is not a substitute for independent legal and financial professional advice and GPs and Practice Managers considering any changes in their circumstances are strongly advised to seek such advice before entering into any commitment. Guidance is periodically updated so please ensure you read the latest guidance available. Please contact us if you require further information on the latest guidance or you require guidance that is not currently available.

Confidentiality & Health Records - BMA guidance 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records

CQC

Key advice on being CQC ready from Nigels Surgery:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/gps/nigels-surgery-tips-mythbusters-gp-practices#safe

https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/gps/nigels-surgery-68-areas-looked-inspections-key-lines-enquiry

https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/gps/nigels-surgery-70-mandatory-training-considerations-general-practice

Employment advice 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment

Fees  

Everything you need to know about fees including what and when to  charge:  

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/fees

Firearms 

If a practice does not have the capacity to undertake this work, they can reply “The practice does not have the capacity to undertake the work within 21 days” and then notify the police without delay.

Please see https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/ethics-a-to-z/firearms for further information

Fit for Work Scheme 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/service-provision/fit-for-work

GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018.  The BMA has produced guidance for GP practices in their role as data controllers to help them meet their responsibilities under the new legislation.

General Data Protection Regulation Guidance

Template GDPR Practice Privacy Notices  (PPN's) have been published on the GDPR Hub page  in the BMA resources section. The hubpage also contains information on the regulation and hosts a suite of resources and blogs to help guide members, including a new GDPR webinar to help practices prepare.   (added May 14th 2018)

The General Practitioners Committee IT Policy Lead, Paul Cundy has been developing some informal information on GDPR and has produced a number of documents which cover the areas below.  These documents have been published via Dropbox  The links below provide access for those unable to access via dropbox.

Blog 0: Introduction to access info

Blog 1: Introduction to GDPR

Blog 2: Background and scene setting

Blog 3: Data Protection Officers

Blog 4: Privacy notices

Blog 5: Texts and emails

Blog 6: Articles 6 & 9 deciphered

Blog 7: Subject Access Requests

Blog 7a:Subject Access Requests - PART 2

Blob 7b: Subject Access Requests Part 3 NEW May 15th

Blog 8: Things to do, list, plan, timetable

Blog 9: Fines

Blog 10: Erasure and Portability

Blog 11: Guidance for LMC's

Blog 12: How long is a month?

Blog 13: Data Privacy Impact Assessments REVISED 1st MAy

Blog 13a: DPIA's Part 2 Life gets easier

Blog 14: Data Breaches

Blog 15: Documentation

Blog 16: Those you employ

Blog 17: Consent

Blog 18:The Myth Buster - NEW May 15th

Blog 19: Contracts with Processors

Blog 20: Twenty Things to Do - letter for CCG's

The EU GDPR -Key points for GP's

Guidelines on Consent 

Official GDPR guidance on Data Privacy Impact Assessments

Official Guidance on Privacy Notices and Subject Access Requests

Official GDPR original text in full

Official Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 original text

Official GDPR guidance on Data Breaches

Offical GDPR guidance on DPO's

Official GDPR guidance on Fines

Official Guidance on Portability

Official Section 251 Guidance - Health research Authority

Sample Practice Privacy Notice

DRAFT: Privacy Notice Care Quality Commission

DRAFT:Privacy Notice Direct Care Emergencies

DRAFT:Privacy Notice for Direct Care

DRAFT: Privacy Notice for LMC's

DRAFT: Privacy Notice for National Screening Programmes

DRAFT: Privacy Notice for Payments

DRAFT: Privacy Notice NHS Digital

DRAFT: Privacy Notice Public Health

DRAFT: Privacy Notice Research

DRAFT: Privacy Notice Risk Stratification

DRAFT: Privacy Notice Safeguarding

DRAFT: Privacy Notice Summary Care Record

DRAFT: Template SAR's log NEW May 15th

DRAFT: Template Privacy Notice Telephone Calls

Consent Form - access to client health records  

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/consent-form--access-to-client-health-records/

(added 25/07/2018)

GMS Contract and PMS agreement - how they compare 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/contracts/gp-partner-contracts/gms-contract-and-pms-agreement-how-they-compare

GP Contract Documentation 2017/18

https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/investment/gp-contract/gp-contract-documentation-2017-18/

GP Forward View 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/general-practice-forward-view

Accessing GPFV funding & support - letter from the BMA

GP Premises

 https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/premises

GP's and disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/gps-and-staff/disclosure-and-barring-service-checks

Handing back GMS/PMS contract 

https://www.bma.org.uk/-/media/files/pdfs/employment%20advice/contracts/gp%20partner%20contracts/guidance-on-handing-back-gmspms-contract.pdf?la=en

Hospital Contract Guidance - onward referral

New guidance on onward referral has been published. Changes to the contract in 2016 allowed for onward referral of patients by secondary care clinicians, in certain situations, rather than having to always require referral back to the GP. The guidance is designed to support doctors locally in applying the change appropriately.

As a reminder, new guidance was also published recently on the responsibility for prescribing and principles for shared care. All guidance can be found on the BMA website, including the Quality First pages with the template letters to support LMCs and practices in reporting contract breaches.

How to employ shared staff 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/gps-and-staff/how-to-employ-shared-staff

Junior Doctors 2016 Contract

Support for GP Trainees and GP practices in understanding the 2018 junior doctors contract - BMA guidance

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/gps-and-staff/guidance-for-gp-practices-on-the-2016-junior-doctors-contract

Locum Cover and payments 

Sickness absence reimbursement FAQ's   

Protocol in respect of locum cover payments       

Mediation - an alternative way of resolving practice disputes

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/gps-and-staff/resolving-practice-disputes-with-mediation

Models for collaborative working 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/collaborative-working

Patient interface

Referral to a specialist - patient leaflet   

what happens when you are referred to a specialist

http://www.england.nhs.uk/patientinterface/

PCSE claims guidance

GPC England are aware that practices and individual GPs continue to experience unacceptable incidents relating to PCSE. GPC advise following the below guidance if a practice or individual has experienced an issue due to PCSE

https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/committees/general-practitioners-committee/gpc-current-issues/capita-service-failure

Pensions

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/pensions/locum-pension-contributions-advice-for-practices

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/pensions/locum-pension-contributions-advice-for-locums

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/member-hub/information-practitioner-locum-and-non-gp

Practice List Validation 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/service-provision/practice-lists-validation

Quality first: delivering safe patient care. 

Quality first can provide you with practical support to manage your daily work and offer examples of different ways of working under pressure and at scale.  Read the guidance,follow our checklist for practices, and download and use the template letters to push back on inappropriate workload 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/quality-first/quality-first-guidance

Seven day prescribing

This policy has been agreed by GMMMG, the GM Association of LMC's, GM Local Pharmacy Committee and Bolton LPC.  It remains the GP's professional responsibility to assess on the case by case basis and determine the appropriate length of supply for each patient.  It is not meant to be used as a blanket approach.

GM Policy for 7 day prescriptions 

Taking on new partners: a practical guide for GP's 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/gps-and-staff/preparing-for-changes-to-your-gp-partnership

Travel Immunisations 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/service-provision/travel-immunisation

Voluntary Levy

What it is and how it's used

Workforce Minimum Data Set 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/gps-and-staff/workforce-minimum-data-set

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