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Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme enables people with a disability to park in disabled parking spaces. It is for people with a severe mobility problem. It also applies to those who are registered blind, who have severe disabilities in their upper limbs, and children under 3 years with specific medical...

Certification - Bus Pass

In England, individuals can apply for a bus pass for free travel when they reach the female state pension age, whether they are male or female. The 'eligible disabled' (as described in the list below) may also apply for a pass, and patients may attend with forms for the doctor to sign to prove...

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 - Deaths

The LMC receives many queries on the subject of death certification, cremation and Coronial regulations. The Covid-19 pandemic and associated emergency legislation have added a further level of confusion. We have summarised guidance relating to Death Certification and Cremation during the...

Certification - Dentists

Dentists sometimes discover that their patient suffers from a medical condition which may influence the treatment they are proposing to give. In this event they would generally require medical advice from the GP in order to treat the patient safely. It is not generally necessary for the GP to...

Certification - Jury Service

Medical certificates are not normally required when someone feels they have grounds to be excused from Jury Service. However, the summoning officer will occasionally request one, and we would recommend that you produce a letter stating only the facts for the summoning officer to consider and...

Certification - Low Calorie Diets

Patients often approach GPs with forms to fill out before they can embark on some low calorie diets. You may find this information useful: You do not have to fill out these forms You can charge a reasonable fee for filling out the form Much of the data, weight and BP is part of normal GMS...

Certification - Non Chargeable

The following is a list of obligations relating to Certification by GPs: GPs are obliged to provide data essential for a clinical referral free of charge. A GP has a statutory duty to supply a registered patient, free of charge, with any of the prescribed certificates set out in Schedule 4 of...

Certification - Parachute Jumps

The profession is divided. Some GPs say 'don't touch them with a barge pole' and others do them and charge appropriately. Considerations: you are not obliged to provide this service if you feel competent to sign these forms you may and you may charge (even if 'it's for charity' ) a small study...

Certification - SCUBA

What should you do if a patient wants you to confirm their suitability to do SCUBA diving? This is not part of GMS so you do not have to provide this service to your patients. You may do so if you feel competent to make this assessment. If you do this work you must consider how you resource...

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...

Certification - Sickness

Sickness of Less Than 7 days You are not obliged to provide a 'sick certificate' for your patients for periods of less than seven days. In these circumstances patients should self certify as below. We have produced a letter for your patient to take to his/her employer to explain this....

Collaborative Arrangements

Since 1974 the collaborative arrangements have enabled local authorities to secure primary care medical services essential for the provision of education, social services and public health at no charge to the patient. The main areas covered by collaborative arrangements (involving certificates...

Community Pharmacy - A Guide for GPs

This is an excellent summary of how Community Pharmacies work, the funding streams and contracting arrangements and the requirements for being a community pharmacist (training, qualification, control and regulation) written by PSNC, NHS employers and the BMA. The document, together with further...

Covid-19 Fitness to Fly & Covid Certificates

Fitness to Fly Fitness to fly certificates are not part of GMS contractual work and so GPs are under no obligation to issue them. If you do decide to issue a certificate then you can charge a private fee. The BMA advises caution when considering undertaking this sort of work as there can be...

DWP and other patient benefit claim forms

Certification - Patients Claiming Benefits Practices are not obliged, either by statute or contract, to complete reports requested by organizations assisting people with their claims for benefit. Practices may choose to do so and may charge a fee. Welfare Rights and CAB usually say that they...

Mandatory Certificate For Council Tax Discount Due To Severe Mental Impairment

People with severe mental impairment may seek special treatment with regards to both the size of the council tax bill and the identity of the person who is liable to pay it. The definition of severe mental impairment for this purpose is different from that used in the Mental Health Act. The...

Notifiable Diseases

The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 Registered medical practitioners (RMPs) have a statutory duty to notify the 'proper officer' at their local council or local health protection team (HPT - see below) of suspected cases of certain infectious diseases. Send the form to the...

Personal Administration Fees

Under the NHS regulations, Area Teams must make personal administration payments to all non-dispensing GMS contractors for the following; vaccines, anaesthetics and injections (with the exception of vaccines supplied for the childhood immunisation programme) diagnostic reagents for the Dick and...

What can the LMC do for Locum / Sessional GPs

As the only representative body of all local GPs recognised in statute, LMCs throughout the UK play a vital role in supporting and promoting general practice. In particular: LMC committee members influence the policy of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee through the UK and England...