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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...

Age Discrimination & How To Prevent It

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. 'It's Your Age!' Prevent Discrimination: Action Checklist Set up a planned retirement system which complies with the...

Bribery Act 2010

Testing the NEW ARCHIVE New offences to prevent corruption- four main categories Your employees actions are deemed your responsibility Your practice needs to have assessed the risk and have policy, procedures and training in place to minimise your liability - 'adequate procedures defence' The...

Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace

The BMA has guidance on what constitutes bullying and harassment, what to do if you are being bullied and what to do if you witness it on their website, click here for details. If you need any support or advice in respect of bullying please contact the LMC.

Certification - Deaths

The law requires a doctor to notify the cause of death of any patient whom he or she has attended during that patient's last illness to the Registrar of Births and Deaths. The doctor is required to notify the cause of death as a certificate, on a form prescribed, stating to the best of his or...

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...

Covid-19 ICO Data Protection

GUIDANCE FROM THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS OFFICE (ICO) The ICO has updated and supplemented its advice regarding the protection of data during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a useful recap on the processes health organisations should be following to ensure they are compliant with their data...

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...

Drug Driving

A new offence of driving, attempting to drive, or being in charge of a vehicle, with certain specified controlled drugs in excess of specified limits has come into force. This offence is an addition to the existing rules on drug impaired driving and fitness to drive, and applies to two groups...

Equality Act 2010

At the moment, there are several different laws to protect people from discrimination on grounds of: race sex sexual orientation (whether being lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual) disability (or because of something connected with their disability) religion or belief being a transsexual...

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...

GPFV & STPs

General Practice Forward View (April 2016) GPs and practice teams provide vital services for patients. They are at the heart of our communities, the foundation of the NHS and internationally renowned. But services are now under unprecedented pressure and, as set out in the NHS Five Year...

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...

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...

Nurse Indemnity

Click here to access information on the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP)

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...

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...

Regulations

GP Contract Agreement 2020/21 NHSE have published the Update to the GP Contract 20/21-23/24 This is an update to Investment and Evolution. NHSE&I have also published a letter detailing the financial implications of this update. We have a dedicated page for the 2020/21 update to contract at: -...

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...

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...