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The chair of the GMC, Dame Clare Marx, speaking at RCGP Conference in Liverpool, reiterated the organisation's support for GPs to be recognised as specialists. She welcomed the initiative led by GPC UK and the RCGP and committed to work together to actively encourage the DHSC to bring all medics together on a single advanced practice register. She said: "There still is, within the medical community, some very old fashioned snobbery about GP training (and recognising GPs as specialists) would simplify the structure and make crystal clear the parity of expertise across UK general practice."
Event Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019 - 7pm
In collaboration with Chase de Vere, Salford and Trafford LMC have arranged a pension taxation update seminar as the full gravity of the Government's recent change to the annual pension savings allowance may recently have hit home for many doctors. Those who have paid more tax into their pension(s) than the allowance permits, may well have received unwelcome news from the NHS Pension Agency, confirming they now have a tax liability. It's important to know where you stand. Not everybody affected will have been contacted. The agency only knows about your NHS pensionable earnings. Now that the annual allowance is based on your taxable income from all sources, your situation may well have changed. Chase de Vere Medical, partners of the BMA, will deliver a seminar free of charge, to make things clearer.
Matt Mayer, Deputy Chair of the Sessional GPs committee has just put together some helpful information highlighting that the rules on IR35 are changing and how locum GPs might be affected. Private, as well as public sector bodies will now be responsible for determining the employment status of their workers. For more information, please click on the link here:
NHS England has extended the deadline for clinical pharmacists employed under the 'Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Scheme' to transfer to working under PCN DES until 30 November 2019. This is to allow people more time to finalise the arrangements where a transition has been or was in the process of being agreed. After this date, any clinical pharmacists who have not transitioned to work as part of the PCN workforce delivering the duties outlined in the Network Contract DES will not longer be able to do so.
The roll out of the final phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) will be achieved on 18 November, with practices using TPP SystmOne and continue into next year with other system suppliers. Under the new system, patients who have nominated a pharmacy will continue to have their prescriptions sent electronically. Those who do not have a nominated pharmacy will receive a paper copy of their prescription that will include a barcode, which pharmacy staff will scan to download the electronic prescription from the NHS Spine.
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