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28th March 2022

Friends and Family Test (FFT) reporting to recommence 1st April 2022

Practice to implement new guidance


The requirement to submit the FFT was suspended across the NHS in March 2020 to free up resources to support practices during the pandemic. The FFT has now restarted across the NHS and the temporary suspension will come to an end in March 2022. The requirement for practices to report to commissioners regarding FFT returns will be reintroduced into the GP contract from 1 April 2022.

21st March 2022

Guidance for 2022/23 seasonal flu vaccination programme


NHS England has published guidance on the recommended vaccines and eligible cohorts for the 2022/23 seasonal flu vaccination programme.

 

21st March 2022

Kings Fund report on Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)


The King’s Fund has published a major report on the ARRS, which focuses on four roles — social prescribing link workers; first contact physiotherapists; paramedics and pharmacists — to examine the issues related to the implementation of these roles, looking at the experiences of working in these roles and of the people managing them.

16th March 2022

Mandatory Covid vaccinations for healthcare staff revoked


Mandatory vaccinations for healthcare staff to be revoked

On 31 January 2022, the government announced its intention to revoke the regulations making coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination a condition of deployment in health and social care, subject to consultation and parliamentary process.  

Government subsequently held a consultation between 9 and 16 February 2022 to seek views on the government’s intention to revoke the vaccination as a condition of deployment policy in health and social care.

16th March 2022

NHSPS service charges dispute update - trial dates


The BMA is supporting five test claimant GP practices who have received demands from NHS Property Services (NHSPS) to pay inflated service charges based on its “full cost recovery” approach, outlined in NHSPS’ Consolidated Charging Policy (‘the Policy’). These court proceedings were brought against NHSPS for a declaration that the Policy does not form part of their tenancy and therefore NHSPS cannot base their charges on it.

The trial will begin on 17 March 2022 and will be concluded no later than 5 April 2022.

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