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Contracts and regulations

Access to health records
The BMA has produced guidance for GPs and their practices covering all aspects relating to confidentiality of patient information and medical records.

Contract regulations 
NHS Primary Medical Services Directions 
The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations 2015
The National Health Service (Personal Medical Services Agreements) Regulations 2015 The National Health Service (Performers Lists) (England) Regulations 2013

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation has introduced wide ranging and significant changes to UK data protection legislation.

The BMA's main GDPR guidance is here and includes FAQ sections related to GDPR resources and the role of the DPO.

Due to the complex nature of the new regime for data protection laws, the BMA cannot offer comprehensive legal advice on GDPR.  However its guidance should help practices navigate the legislation and point them in the right direction for guidance on the questions that may arise.  The BMA guidance will be updated regularly as new guidance is published so please check back regularly.

In addition to the above information, practices may also find the following links of interest:

NHS Digital

Information Commissioner’s Office 

GP Contract 2021/22
There’s information about the 2021/22 GP contract on the BMA website

Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
The BMA website has guidance on creating and running a Primary Care Network and there’s also more information on a dedicated page on the BMA website

 

GP practices

There is a suite of information on the BMA website for GP partners, practice managers and doctors to use to ensure your practice is compliant and delivering the best patient care.

CQC guidance
There’s a range of guidance for GP practices on the CQC website. In addition to the above, the BMA has produced guidance for practices which provides a straightforward explanation to help you determine whether you are compliant with the CQC's essential standards. This guidance is available here .

Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice
There are full details of the above scheme on the NHS Resolution website

Dealing with unfair comments as a GP practice
BMA guidance is available here

Doctors use of social media                                                                                                

There are many benefits to using social media, but the legal consequences of improper use can be serious.  Please remember that any communication you send, whether from work or privately, and in whatever form, can lead to legal claims against you and can be used as evidence in those claims.You must always avoid any communication that could lead to legal claims, e.g you must not send anything that is abusive, obscene, discriminatory, or bullying.The GMC, BMA & RCGP have each produced guidance for doctors that describe the benefits and risks to consider when using social media platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp, and other messaging services, Facebook and YouTube.  

Use caution and common sense and read further guidance from these organisations if you need to.

Occupational health
There is more information available here

Patient registration
Information available on the BMA website

Prescribing guidance
Guidance on a range of prescribing related topics on the BMA website. There is information about responsibility for prescribing between primary and secondary/tertiary care on the NHSE website. Please contact the relevant Executive Officer on the YORLMC Corporate Affairs Team with any prescribing queries, eg. private prescribing or prescribing for patients travelling abroad. 

Primary Care Support England (PCSE)
There is information relevant to GPs and practices on the PCSE website. There is guidance about PCSE on the BMA website including issues raised by GP practices, guidance on how you can raise concerns and what the BMA is doing to help. 

Removing patients from the practice list
Guidance on the BMA website

Taking on new partners
There is guidance on the BMA website about considerations to make when first appointing a new partner, including due diligence, documents you need and references. LMC Law offer a full partnership drafting service at competitive market rates and there is more information about LMC Law’s services here

 

Safeguarding

The BMA has developed a number of ethics toolkits. Included in this resource is an Adults Safeguarding Ethics toolkit and a Children and Young People toolkit. The GMC has also produced ethical guidance for doctors – available here

There are local resources available at the links below:

 

May 2020

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