24-hour retirement (SSLMCs guidance June 2014)
This letter contains information relating to the new developed BMA Locum Practice Agreement which is available on the BMA Website.
BMA Locum Practice Agreement SSLMCs March 2019
Access to Medical Records to include SARs requests (BMA Guidance Update October 2018)
This guidance sets out a range of circumstances in which health professionals may receive, and respond to, requests for access to health records. It reflects the common enquiries received by the BMA. The...
The attached guidance outlines the problems identified if a practice is currently or in the past have:-
Used NHS Mail to receive communications
Used Docman Version 7
Had the EDT function enabled to transfer documents into the patients electronic records.
Use of Docman 7 with electronic data...
GPs are not contractually obliged to provide a sick note for pupils who are off sick from school, nor are they obliged to provide sickness certification for students who miss an exam or believe their performance was affected due to illness.
The provision of medical certificates for...
Financial Considerations in relation to the 20/21 GP Contract Agreement
Please find a letter from the LMC containing the link to the GMS Ready Reckoner developed by the GPC in collaboration with NHS England to enable GP practices to better understand the...
A new Debt and Mental Health From has been introduced from 1st October to enable patients who need evidence of a mental health condition as part of seeking help with their finances.
Detailed guidance is available on the Money Advice Trust Website and attached is a letter providing a summary for...
The LMC has received and responded to numerous queries in relation to the delivery of the Extended Hours elements of the PCN DES which have now been collated and referenced to the contractual position which the LMC hopes will be helpful to all PCNs.
Delivery of the Extended Hours Access...
Two Supreme Court judgements made in March 2014 significantly increasing understanding of what, legally, constituted the deprivation of a person’s liberty.
As a result, since Coroners are required to be informed of and/or hold an inquest into any death whilst in custody or in detention...
LMC Guidance on the de-registering of patients:
De-registering patients from GP Practice Lists
De-registering of currently registered patients who live outside the Practice Boundary
Diagnostic Spirometry in Adults (SSLMCs October 2017)
The NHS is establishing a National Register of certified healthcare professionals to assure the competence of those who undertake and interpret diagnostic spirometry which will be used to ensure spirometry testing meets the standards of the...
DBS checks should be undertaken on all clinical staff and, where appropriate, non-clinical staff whose duties include direct patient contact, eg a receptionist who acts as a chaperone or looks after the children of patients during consultations.
DDRB Review (SSLMCs April 2017)
DBS code of...
In March 2015 a new offence of driving with certain, specified controlled drugs in excess of legally defined levels in the body came into effect. This offence is in addition to laws then in force relating to drug (and alcohol) impaired driving and fitness to drive.
The regulations relating...
Ear Syringing - Irrigation and Guidance (LMC 17.1.18)
Attached is a letter from Dr Parker regarding Ear Syringing including ear de-waxing guidelines.
Ear Wax Syringing and Irrigation - Update (LMC June 2018)
NHS Health Check Incident Summary (NHS Public Health East Sussex November 2017)
Action for managing affected patients - Family history QRISK2 EMIS (NHS Public Health East Sussex November 2017)
Action for managing affected patients - summary of process and NICE Guidelines (NHS Public Health...
Please find attached an information letter form the LMC providing an update on the Electronic Referral Service.
Electronic Referral Service Update (LMC 23.4.18)
The EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) has been introduced across the European Union to address the increasingly common issue of falsified medicines entering the legitimate medicines supply chain. Falsified medicines include those with little or no active ingredients, the wrong active...
Care and Extended Hours (LMC June 2018)
Frailty - Batch-coding (SSLMCs October 2017)
The LMC letter provides further guidance on the 2018/19 flu season; the first part of this letter assumes you have been notified that your influenza vaccine supplies have been confirmed, noting that your practice’s Fluad vaccines order will be suppled in a phased way: 40% in September, 20% in...
Following on from my advice letter sent to practices yesterday, NHS England has now sent out further guidance which I enclose. To avoid particularly Practice Manager colleagues suffering a conniption, please note now this does not contradict or alter the LMC guidance, but provides further advice...
GDPR - Child Access (SSLMCs May 2018)
Attached are copies of template privacy notices and a GDPR Update letter on Privacy Notices.
The links contained within the letter are:-
Dr Paul Cundy’s blog: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h22kak6pxlt8ily/AAB4gAuHKib_MZ44Xi3AbAf4a?dl=0
ICA [Information Governance Alliance]...
Attached is the Powerpoint presentation given by members of the Surrey and Sussex LMCs Secretariat
GPs as Data Controllers (SSLMCs April 2018)
GDPR Update re SARs (SSLMCs May 2018)
Template Letter (SSLMCs May 2018)
Attached is a GDPR Update Guidance relating to SAR requests received from Solicitors and Insurance Companies
SAR Requests from Solicitors and Insurance Companies (LMC June 2018)
Preparing for the new Data Protection Legislation (SCW CSU)
GP Information pack guidance documents (SCW CSU)
GPs as Data Controllers (BMA January 2018)
https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records/gps-as-data-controllers GPs as Data Controllers (Update March 2018)
General Data Protection Regs Update (LMC January 2018)
The attached LMC guidance letter covers three important elements which are Extended Hours DES, "Reasonable needs" of patients and Sub-Contracting Arrangements. Attached is a letter from Dr David Geddes, Head of Primary Care Commissioning at NHS England. (December 2017)
GP Contract Agreement 2019 LMC Updates SSLMCs February 2019
Practice Funding Settlement SSLMCs February 2019
Miscellaneous Contract Changes SSLMCs February 2019
Network National Service Specifications and the NHS Long Term Plan SSLMCs February 2019
Primary Care Networks and Network Contract DES SSLMCs February 2019
GP Contract Agreement 2019 Update QOF SSLMCs February 2019
GP Contract Agreement April 2019 LMC February 2019
As presumably most colleagues will by now be aware, the BMA General Practitioners Committee and NHS England have reached a landmark five-year GP Contract Agreement from April 2019.
Whilst considerable information is already available, more details will be announced over the next few months....
Attached below is the link to the GPC GP Contract Reform 209 presentation given by the GPC Representative Dr Farah Jameel on the 26th March 2019.
GP Contract Reform 2019 GPC March 2019
GP Indemnity Arrangements LMC January 2019
This is an interim update for all GP practices in relation to indemnity arrangements; the Secretary of State continues to assure General Practitioner Committee representatives that the Government remains committed to introducing a State backed...
This guide is designed to provide GP practices with the support and guidance required to offer patients online access to their detailed
coded record. It is intended as a generic guide as there may be differences in the actual process according to the clinical system
that the practice has in...
Important message for Vision Practices only.
I enclose two important messages for Vision practices relating to automatic submissions via GPES using the SNOMED CT codes, which are being used within NHS Primary Care from April 2018.
Vision practices have two options, details of...
I am writing to colleagues to draw attention to an important update from Public Health England.
There is now an opportunity to order additional aTIV [Fluad] if further practice stocks are required; please see the attached Seqirus order form.
Before this opportunity was available, colleagues...
Attached is a letter from Dr Parker regarding the recent developments in GP Indemnity since the announcement by the Secretary of State that the Government would introduce a state-backed indemnity scheme over the next 12 to 18 months.
Update - Indemnity Insurance (SSLMCs October 2017)
GP Level Data Collection via CQRS (SSLMCs October 2017)
Attached is a weekly update from the GPC along with a supply update.
GPC Weekly update to LMCs with a supply update
Further information on the measles outbreak across Surrey and Sussex (LMC 19.4.18)
Medicine Supply Update - November/December 2018
This report has been produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Medicine Supply Team and covers new issues, on-going issues, eye drops/treatments, resolved issues, vaccines and discontinuations.
National Data Opt Out (LMC May 2018)
Guidance from Dr Parker on the new GMS1 [Patient Registration] Forms
New GMS1 Forms Guidance SSLMCs October 2017
NHS England Guidance for over the counter items (SSLMCs April 2018)
Guidance re OTC prescribing in Primary Care (Surrey & Sussex LMCs April 2018)
Conditions for which OTC items should not routinely be prescribed (Surrey & Sussex LMCs April 2018)
Opening Hours Guidance (SSLMCs July 2017)
The PCSE June GP Bulletin contains information on the following:-
PCSE Bulletin - June 2019
PCSE Registration Guide
GP Pensions update
Transfer of the Cervical Screening Administration Service to the NHS
Attached is the PCSE February GP Bulletin which covers:-
End of year pension arrangements - Deadline approaching
Type 2 Medical Practitioner "Amnesty Form" and historical certificates for GP Providers (Type 1) and non GP Providers
PCSE GP February Bulletin PCSE February
Performers Lists – Retirement
Please notify PCSE and NHS England of any changes to your status, contact details, retirement etc, by completing and returning the relevant forms to PCSE. This is particularly important in the case of retirement, as without the NPL3 (Change of...
This FAQ sheet covers:-
Access Medical Records - Fees
Blue Badge Reports
Clinical Waste Supplier
New GP Starting - Pensions, Performers Lists etc
Staff Occupational Health
FYI I attached the latest PCSE releases on the roll-out of the long awaited new medical records collection and delivery process. Phase 3 coverage includes London and the East of England GPs.
Go Live Letter (PCSE November 2017)
PCSE New Process (PCSE November 2017)
Timetable for roll out...
Primary Care Support England - July 2018 Update
The items covered in this update include:-
How to notify PCSE of a change to practice details
GP payments and pensions - reminders
Coming soon: New online form for all urgent medical record requests
Planned downtime of Exeter Systems
Pensions Admin Letter PCSE January 2019
Pension Admin Guidance Flyer PCSE January 2019
Important update for practitioners and GP practices regarding pension administration
Annual end of year pension administration
Annual pension forms should be available to download from...
The LMC letter contains advice relating to the issue of payment for safeguarding reports, and where necessary attendance at case conferences which has been an issue for the LMC and General Practitioners for some years, with payment arrangements across the LMC Confederation being piecemeal and...
Season flu programme 2018 - 19 update (LMC November 2018)
Gateway Letter (Public Health England November 2018 - Vaccines for 2019 - 20 seasonal flu programme)
Seasonal Flu Programme FAQs
Seasonal Flu Programme 2018/19 Update (SSLMCs April 2018)
RCGP Position Statement - Role of the GP in caring for gender-questioning and transgender patients
The LMC receives on-going queries from GPs in terms of the role of the GP in providing care for both gender-questioning and transgender patients. There has been conflicting advice in recent...
Indemnity Arrangements in relation to private travel vaccinations
The LMC advice letter informs practices of the change in NHS Resolutions Indemnity arrangements under the Central Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP) in relation to the supply and administration of paid-for travel...
Vaccine ordering for influenza season 2018 - 19 (SSLMCs February 2018)
Vaccine ordering for influenza season 2018 - 19 and FAQ (NHS England February 2018)
The documents attached above include a letter from the SSLMCs on vaccine ordering for the 2018 - 19 influenza season with an accompanying...