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GPC Advice on Preventing Telephone Fraud

The GPC have issued the following advice note to general practices: The GPC has been made aware that telephone systems used by practices may be vulnerable to fraudsters hacking into them and making premium rate calls. In one instance £2500 - £5000 of calls were placed over one weekend....

Preparing for a CQC inspection

I'm sharing here some tips I have learned over the years in preparing for a CQC inspection- both as a former practice manager, and from my role as Development Manager here at the LMC, assisting practices pre- and post-inspection. Read What to expect on a GP inspection - this is essential...

Preparing for CQC Registered Manager Interview

You can expect to provide assurance that the registered manager is: of good character able to properly perform tasks that are intrinsic to their role has the necessary qualification, competence, skills and experience to manage the regulated activity has supplied documents that confirm their...

2018/19 Indemnity Settlement & the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP)

Please see the information relating to the 2018/19 Indemnity settlement. GPC England and NHS England have agreed the amount to cover the increased cost of indemnity for 2018/19. This will again be £60m and be paid on a per-patient basis equivalent to £1.005 per patient. Practices and individual...

Capita - Incorrectly Archived Records

The GPC recently released a statement regarding the PCSE incident whereby thousands of patient medical records were incorrectly archived instead of being sent to the subsequent GP practices. These records have now been sent back to practices, and NHS England is expecting those practices to...

Checklist for new partners joining a practice

LMC Law have put together a list of things practices should consider when a new partner joins a partnership. Please note, that this is from purely a legal perspective and provides general guidance only. This is not an exhaustive list.

Drug supply issue affecting: Nardil (phenelzine sulfate) 15mg tablets (MAOI) supply issue (JULY 19)

Please be aware that there is an important drug supply issue affecting: Nardil (phenelzine sulfate) 15mg tablets (MAOI) supply issue Kyowa Kirin, the sole supplier of Nardil (phenelzine sulfate) 15mg tablets in the UK, have informed the Department of Health and Social Care that due to...

FIREARMS GUIDANCE AND FLOWCHART

GPC response to the Home Office consultation on statutory guidance to police on firearms licensing and a flowchart to guide GPs and police through the licensing process are now available on the BMA website

Gender Incongruence in Primary Care

After recent concerns expressed by GPs regarding clinical requests being sent to them for patients going through the gender reassignment process, the BMA have released guidance for GPs that may be concerned on their role as a prescriber in this instance. The guidance consists of: Commissioning...

GMS Contract

NHS Employers The GMS Contact documents are published each year on NHS Employers Website. NHS Employers - The GMS Contract GMS Contract Agreement 2018 -19 GP pay and expenses The GPC have not agreed to accept a further pay uplift of 1% this year. Instead they have agreed that from 1 April...

GP contract five-year framework

The NHS Long Term Plan committed £4.5 billion more for primary medical and community health services by 2023/24. This will support better care for patients outside hospital in their local communities. NHS England and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee have agreed...

Guidance for GPs - Partnership Agreements

UPDATED JULY 2018 The GPC have produced an excellent Guidance for GPs - Partnership Agreements- it covers all the aspects of what a partnership agreement should encompass, and should enable you to refresh your agreement. We would advise that the partnership agreement be updated each time a new...

LLR LMC Buying Group

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland LMC joined the LMC Buying Groups Federation in March 2011 to deliver savings to practices without creating any additional work or inconvenience. Membership entitles you to discounts on products and services provided by the Buying Group's suppliers....

Network DES guidance

The Network DES guidance is available on this NHS England GP contract page, with a direct link here . It includes new sections on: Section 5: Financial entitlements, nominated payee and payment information Section 6: Extended hours access Section 7: Practices and PCNs crossing CCG...

NEW REGULATIONS ON NOTIFICATIONS OF DEATH

The Government has introduced regulations that place a duty on registered medical practitioners to notify the coroner of certain deaths, and what information should be provided. They apply to England and Wales. This becomes law on 1 October 2019. Read the Ministry of Justice’s guidance on...

Police requests for medical notes from general practice

The BMA has received new legal advice regarding medical note requests received from the police, which are detailed below. Pro forma for practices There is clear guidance regarding the obligations that GPs have with respect to copying and/or release of the GP record. For your reference, these...

Practice Mergers

Advice for practices thinking about merging and top tips. Be prepared to eat, drink and sleep mergers but remember that the majority of your staff won’t be at the same level as you so will need to hear information many more times than you might think is reasonable! Also, be aware that if there...

Primary Care Leadership Development Offers East Midlands

Please find information below and attached to the latest development offers for Primary Care colleagues. General Practice Improvement Leads programme – applications open for Midlands and East of England regional cohorts Applications are open for the Midlands (starting 17 and 18 September 2019)...

Remote verification of death (RVOD) protocol

Dr Grant Ingrams, LMC Board member has developed the Remote verification of death (RVOD) protocol which has been endorsed by Professor Mason (Senior Coroner, Leicester and South Leicestershire), Mr Kirkman (Senior Coroner, North Leicestershire and Rutland) and all three LLR CCGs. It is...

Request for inclusion of information on death registration

Information provided by Registration and Coroner’s Service Manager at Leicestershire Registration Service Death Registrations with Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) Any death that isn’t referred to the coroner must be registered by law within five calendar days. The Registrar...

Sub-letting practice space

Generally, if the practice is receiving rent from those subletting, then it would be reasonable for the notional rent to abated. However, if this is not the case and the room is being used to provide services that are supporting the delivery of Primary care this would not be the case, though it...

Training & Events programme

Current event schedule for 2020. LLR LMC- PCN zoom session with Krishna Kasaraneni (GPC Executive & Negotiator) The LLR LMC will be hosting a virtual event with Krishna Kasaraneni (GPC Executive & Negotiator) to talk about the PCNs. As the PCNs find their feet, we feel this session will be a...

Travel immunisations/vaccines

UPDATED OCTOBER 2019 Travel vaccines are part of additional services of the new GMS contract. When the new contract was introduced in 2004 a number of the individual items were automatically transferred into the global sum: Private income for some travel vaccines The situation with regard to...

Zero Tolerance

We are all aware that practices have a difficult time when they have patients who display consistently unacceptable behavior, which is time consuming, puts a strain on staff and adds extra workload to practices. The following guidance has been developed by the LMC to reflect guidance from...