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Practice Policies

Accepting a Police Caution

Accepting a Police Caution (or being convicted of an offence in any country) requires you to let the GMC and NHS England know. ALWAYS take legal advice before doing this. We would like to remind you of a paragraph of the GMC's document 'Good Medical Practice', paragraph 75 which states: You...

Avoiding Employing Illegal Workers

When employing new members of staff you need to ensure they are legally entitled to work within the UK, therefore practices need to undertake the relevant checks to ascertain this. If a member of staff is negligently employed by a practice, you can face significant fines and/or a prison...

Business Continuity Plans

NHS bodies are required to have Business Continuity Plans to cover contingencies such as flood, fire, national disaster, flu pandemics etc. The LMC strongly recommends (whether or not you are an NHS body) that you should have a plan and we have created the following template that you may wish...

Certification - Chargeable

In 2001 the Government recognised that GPs were spending too much time doing unnecessary paperwork. After much consideration it produced a consultation document called Making A Difference: Reducing General Practitioner Paperwork However, GPs still receive many requests for reports from...

Certification - Child Performers

Most children taking part in non-commercial performances do not require a licence to perform and, even if a licence is required for commercial work, the Local Education Authority may have discretion as to whether a medical certificate is required. In this instance, a child is considered to...

Certification - Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a national idea rolled out to Local Authorities to encourage citizens to help share the lives of vulnerable adults. It is an excellent scheme that encourages people within communities to help vulnerable adults and get paid, while saving the state significant sums of...

Emailing Patients Policies

Email is a popular and convenient form of communication and one which many patients like to use. However, practices must ensure that they have appropriate safeguards in place if they communicate with their patients via email. Please see the following checklist for reference: Checklist for...

Employment Contract Clauses

Confidentiality & Data Protection All Employees must strictly adhere to the applicable GMC Guidance on patient confidentiality and the Practice Data Protection Act Policy. You must not use or disclose confidential information about the Practice’s patients or its business other than as expressly...

Jury Service for GPs

Jury Service for GPs Question: A partner at a neighbouring practice was recently called for jury service and was surprised to learn that under the new regulations he was not automatically excused. We are a small practice and would find it impossible to manage without a locum. Would NHSE /...

Maternity & Keeping In Touch Days

Up to 10 Keeping-In-Touch (KIT) days can be worked by pregnant employees without it affecting their rights to maternity leave or pay. KIT days cannot be taken during the period of compulsory maternity leave (i.e. the first 2 weeks after the child's birth). This article is extracted from the...

Medical Records - Adopted Children

Under adoption legislation, an adopted child is given a new NHS number, and all previous medical information relating to that child is put into a newly created health record. Any information relating to the identity or whereabouts of the birth parents should not be included in the new record....

Medical Records - Handling and Retention

A brief summary of the more detailed advice is available here which includes advice about how long medical records should be kept. For definitive advice please click here: Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016 Please note that the consultation for the draft...

Parental Responsibility, Access to Children’s Medical Records and Parental Disputes.

Basic principles Parental responsibility refers to the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. Parental responsibility includes the right of parents to consent to treatment on behalf of their children, provided the treatment is in the...

Registering Armed Forces Personnel

The following is in the contract changes for 2015/16 and therefore will apply from 1st April 2015: The GMS Regulations will be amended to allow for armed forces personnel within a specified cohort to be registered with a GP practice for longer than three months and up to a maximum of two...

Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance Patients who exhibit habitually unacceptable behaviour, can be a common problem in general practice. Handling such behaviour puts a huge strain on time and resources and causes unacceptable stress for staff, who may need support in difficult situations. The following guidance has...