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Wessex LMC Update 11th March 2019

Once again I would like to apologise for the number of emails I have sent you in recent days but there is quite a lot going on and all this information is important for you to be aware of. I am sure as time goes by there will be more information coming out about the GP Contract and also the NHS...

24 Hour Retirement for GPs

Introduction In 2006 the NHS Pensions Agency reviewed the then current Regulations and clarified the arrangements that enable General Practitioners to take 24 hour retirement in order to trigger their pension benefits. This opportunity exists for GPs whether salaried or in partnership, but has...

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...

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...

Contracts & Written Statements of Employment

Stillwells Solicitors LLP offered the Wessex LMCs and its constituents some generic employment law advice to be made available on this website. Contracts & Written Statements Ideally employers should agree a contract of employment with every employee. It is good practice to do so as this...

DBS: Risk Assessing Staff for a DBS Check

Risk Assessment Tool This tool aims to help you risk assess staff for DBS checking. It is of course for your Practice to make the final decision, based on the arrangements you currently have in place, but we have provided some scenario based guidance to assist you. In this case, the risk to...

DBS: Wessex LMC and Client Agreement

Please read these Terms & Conditions carefully. . . Introduction The Criminal Records Bureau (from 1st December 2012 working with the Independent Safeguarding Authority as the Disclosure and Barring Service) recommends that each Umbrella Body develops a written agreement between themselves and...

Discipline, Dismissal & Grievance Procedures

The legal requirements for dealing with discipline, dismissal and grievance issues at work changed inl 2009 in accordance with the Employment Act 2008. The previous statutory procedures were repealed and replaced by a simpler and more flexible system, which made it easier to resolve disputes in...

Doctors Whose Performance Gives Cause for Concern

Sometimes concerns are raised about a doctor's performance, either by colleagues, patients or the general public. NHS England has responsibility for ensuring that GPs on the performers list are safe to practice and maintain high professional standards (see Statutory Procedures). If you have...

Employment Checks for New Staff

For guidance on what practices need to consider when taking on new members of staff, including GPs and nurses, click on the following guidance: Employment Checklist Employment Checklist Appendix

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...

Family & Carers: Employers Obligations

Payne, Marsh and Stilwell, solicitors in Southampton, have offered the Wessex LMCs and its constituents some generic Employment Law advice to be made available on this website. Family & Carers: Changes in 2007 From 1 April 2007 the new Flexible Working Regulations provide that an employee is...

Injury Benefit Scheme

What is the NHS Injury Benefit Scheme? The NHS Injury Benefit Scheme is an income protection scheme available to qualifying NHS employees. The scheme is intended to provide a supplementary income to employees who suffer a temporary loss of NHS earnings through the payment of a Temporary Injury...

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...

Out of Hours Session and Medical Defence Cover Apr 2011

Not all MDOs are the same. It is vital that every doctor doing Out of Hours checks their Medical Defence Organisation policy and subscription to ensure they are covered for the work they contract to do. For example, it has been brought to our attention that the MPS has changed its defence cover...

Partnerships

Wessex LMCs strongly recommend that all practices have a current partnership agreement. As to terminology, although there are technical differences between an agreement and a deed for the purposes of these guidelines, the terms “partnership agreement”, “partnership deed” and “practice...

Paternity Leave and Pay

To qualify for paternity pay and leave you must be an 'employee'. A 'worker' does not qualify for leave but may qualify for pay. Employees, regardless of hours of work, are entitled to paternity leave if they have, or expect to have, responsibility for their baby's upbringing and are either or...

Pensions - Ill Health Retirement

Depending on your situation and condition there are different options available. You can apply for a particular type but the option awarded will be decided by a medical assessor. Tier 1 If you are unable, on a permanent basis, to continue in your present job, you may be able to retire early...

Performers List

The National Performers List website can be accessed at: http://www.performer.england.nhs.uk/. These website provides information about the National Performers Lists. There are three national lists for Medical, Dental and Ophthalmic performers. The lists provide an extra layer of reassurance...

Professionals Available to Work

Within the " Jobs " tab you will now see a button entitled "Professionals Available to Work" which has been designed to allow Locum GPs, Nurses and Practice Managers to add their availability to work details. There is also an "other" option whereby those who fall outside of the aforementioned...

Prompt Completion of Pension Forms

We are aware of problems regarding the late submission of Pension Forms, and thought it would be useful to remind practices of the NHS Pensions Agency 'rules' surrounding timescales for submission. Timescales for submission of Forms GP Locum A & B If you have any questions then please contact...

Seniority - GP Educators

There have been a few reports that some PCOs are not classifying GP educator work as NHS work for seniority purposes. This will reduce supperannuable income and affect eligibility for seniority payments. The GPC view (supported by their lawyers) is that GP educator work should be classified as...

Sexual Harassment

An employee has alleged sexual harassment by a patient.... what should we do? You have a duty of care to your employee to investigate this matter fully and to take appropriate action. You must satisfy yourself that any action you take is adequate to protect the employee in the future, and that...

Staff and Confidentiality

The LMC is occasionally contacted by practices that have received complaints relating to a member of staff breaching patient confidentiality. In some of these cases they relate to staff who are no longer employed by the practice. We would recommend that you: Check that you all have a clause...

The Nursing Team - Apprenticeships/Degrees

The Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Introduction taken from www.gov.co.uk: 'The nursing degree apprenticeship will enable people to train to become a graduate registered nurse through an apprentice route. Apprentices will be released by their employer to study part-time in a higher education...

The Nursing Team - Careers, Competencies and Capabilities

As services move more to Primary Care and away from Hospitals, the role of nurses within General Practice is becoming more important. Below are links to sites offering information and videos that you may find useful. The QNI/QNIS Voluntary Standards for General Practice Nursing Education and...

Tips and Info on Locuming as a GP

Contributed by Duncan Walling, Aug 2010 Updated by Laura Edwards 2014. I started working as a locum GP in February 2010 after having become a partner straight from my GP Registrar year almost 5 years previously. I left the partnership to go and work as a Medical Director for the LMC. I thought...

Top Tips For Employing Locums

1. Always agree on terms of engagement when booking a locum (guidance on BMA website). These should include expected duties, length of surgery, extras, visits and admin/paperwork. Pay and overtime. How much notice is required for both parties to cancel. 2. Ensure the locum has proof of...

TUPE Regulations

Payne, Marsh and Stilwell, solicitors in Southampton, have offered the Wessex LMCs and its constituents some generic Employment Law advice to be made available on this website. Business & Employee Transfers The rights of employees are protected in the event of a transfer of the whole or part...

Wessex LMCs Recruitment Surveys (May 2014)

GP services in Wessex are facing a workforce crisis that could undermine patient care across the region. These are the stark warnings from a new survey undertaken locally. Fewer GPs will result in less appointments available with longer waits to see a GP and some practices may face closure....

Working After Retirement

The effect of returning to NHS work (including a Direction Body) after retirement depends on which Section of the NHS Scheme you are a member of and what your last day of pensionable employment was. In all cases your pension will not be abated if you return to NHS work before age 60/65 as a...