Latest updates from your local medical community
The GPC has just concluded a review of the management and use of patient data by the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The GPC are now content that practices can safely and lawfully share data with the CPRD.
The GPC carried out tests on a number of theoretical risks and considered them to be below any threshold of concern. There is a significant amount of key data process to protect patient identity and data security during the process used by the CPRD. No free text, documents or associated files are extracted from records.
Last week saw the first GPC UK meeting of the session. The committee focussed on a wide range of area, including updates on contractual negotiaitons, the work of the policy groups and reports from the sessional GP committee and GP trainees committee. There was much discussion on the actions taken in recent months to improve sessional representation and the important work in this field continues. There was also an update on the work of the Cameron Fund which is the only medical benevolent fund which solely supports GPs and their dependents.
Whether we have a deal or no-deal Brexit, a new immigration system is due to come into force in January 2021. This will not distinguish between EEA and non-EEA nationals. Obtaining a Tier 2 sponsorship license is the recommended step towards future-proofing general practices in Greater Manchester from a workforce perspective and ensuring they are able to hire non-UK nationals once the UK has left the European Union. Please ensure that any of your practice staff affected by this know how to find the correct information and encourage them to ensure that any EU nationals currently working in practice (and their family members) have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Guidance for PCN additional roles reimbursement has been published in a letter to Commissioners from Robert Kettell, Deputy Director of Primary Care Networks at NHS England. The guidance provides detailed advice on how CCGs should assess reimbursement claims from PCNs, including the principles for additionality. The guidance also sets out the actions that PCNs and CCGs are expected to take if they are not planning to use the full additional roles reimbursement funding in 2019/20, and clarifies that additional roles reimbursement funding cannot be used outside the terms of the DES (including, for example, higher levels of reimbursement for costs not specified in the DES). Also available within the letter is information on: Data sharing agreements, data processing, and recording PCNs in CQRS by CCGs.
Following concerns raised about indemnity cover provided for the provision of flu immunisations to practice staff, we have been in discussion with NHS England, Public Health England and the MDOs. The Medical Defence Union have provided the following statement about indemnity for flu vaccination of staff in GP practices: -
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