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GP Partnership Review - final report

Email sent to all GPs, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses In February 2018 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced a review into the future of the Partnership Model of General Practice. The Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, the GPC and the RCGP agreed...

Practices with NHS Property Services as Landlords

Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Friday, 7 Nov 2014 Dear Colleagues, The new Heads of Terms from NHS Property Services have been shared with us. We have taken the initiative to seek an independent opinion from a lawyer experienced in these matters on these, especially in light of the fact that...

Asbestos

Following amendments to the Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2006 which states that all non-domestic premises have a duty to manage asbestos, you will be aware that we have been in negotiation with a fully accredited company, Asbestos Surveying Industries Ltd, to secure discounts for such...

Car Parks

A surgery was sued several years ago, when a patient slipped and injured themselves in the car park, which was slippery following a cold spell causing ice to form. As a result the BMA was asked for a legal opinion on what to do when weather is bad to minimise the practice's risk to...

Clinical Waste & Sharps Boxes

Clinical Waste Audits Since the introduction of the Environment Agency (EA) guidance for waste management companies in 2007, there has been a change in the way that healthcare waste is regulated in England and Wales. All healthcare waste producers, including GP practices, must provide audits of...

CQC Infection Control

There have been a lot of 'urban myths' floating around over the past few years about what CQC means for practices, such as practices having to remove any toys from waiting rooms and replacing all their carpets. These aren't true but there is a need for practices to be compliant with regulations...

Leases & Cost Rent Reimbursement

All over Wessex , practices are being told that they are to be given a new premises lease with a new landlord, and no doubt this is the case in the wider GP community as PCT's have been tasked with getting the premises stock ready for hand over to the NHSCB. Our advice is to request a copy of...

Legionnaire's Disease

Legionnaire's Disease is a potentially deadly disease caused by the legionella organism. The organisms can live in water systems used for air conditioning, showers, and cooling systems. Like with all the other risk assessments practices make on a regular basis, it should be a consideration but...

Music Licenses & PPL Licensing For Waiting Rooms

If you play music or have the television on in your waiting room, and/or you play music when using your 'hold' facility on the phone, then you probably need to obtain a PRS (Performing Rights Society) License, or a PPL (Phonographic Performance License). The following will help you to choose...

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

The frequency of inspection and testing required for each piece of equipment will vary depending on the following: The environment: Equipment in a benign environment is likely to suffer less damage than equipment in an arduous environment. The users: If users report damage promptly hazards...

Public Liability Insurance

Public liability insurance is advised if members of the public or customers come to your premises or you go to theirs (including working from home). It is a voluntary insurance (in contrast to employer's liability insurance) Public liability insurance covers any awards of damages given to a...

Sterilisers

Some practices still use in house sterilisation. This is still possible for practices to do but they must follow quite rigid guidelines if they are to continue to do so. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 - code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance does...