Guidance

The Guidance Section holds a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects relating to general practice.

We have tried to arrange the guidance as simply as we can but we would encourage you to use the Search Guidance facility and the category links detailed below.

Hot Topics

  • PCN toolkit and useful templates

    Below are the the direct download links for the handy BMA PCN toolkit and useful templates:

    PCN initial meeting considerations and template
    Setting up a PCN checklist

  • PCN DES Guidance - April 2019

    NHS England and the BMA have published the following guidance on Primary Care Network DES.

    Click here to view the guidance documents.

  • NLMC Checkpoint 2019 doc for Practices

    Nottinghamshire LMC Chief Exec, Michael Wright has put together a ‘Checkpoint 2019’ document which focuses on the General Practice landscape across Nottinghamshire within the context of the NHS Long Term Plan and the GP partnership review.

    The document is available to view and download here: NLMC Checkpoint 2019

  • Gender dysphoria services
  • GDPR

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act on 25 May, 2018.
    How this regulation will work in practise is still relatively unknown, but there are things you can do NOW to prepare.

  • Hospital contract templates
  • Cyber attacks

    We have collated the latest guidance and advice from a range of sources on cyber attacks. This includes how to avoid falling victim to ransomware, and what to do in these situations.

  • Treatment on roads

    Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, the first doctor to provide emergency treatment to the victim of a road traffic collision is generally entitled to charge a fee.

  • QOF

    Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the GPC, wrote to NHS England in February 2017 about the suspension of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).

  • Vaccinations and Immunisations

    The national arrangements for providing vaccines and immunisations are set out in the additional services section of the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE).
    Those vaccines and immunisations that are provided as enhanced services will have their arrangements outlined in service specifications.

  • MCP contract

    Following on the from the publication of the MCP contract, guidance has been created on the topic for GPs.

  • Charging Patients

    The National Health Service provides health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951 and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged.

  • Friends and Family test

    The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is a feedback tool that supports the principle that people who use NHS services should have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience.

  • NHS Pensions

    The NHS Pension Scheme is a defined benefit public service pension scheme, which operates on a pay-as-you-go basis.

  • PMS Contract

    Personal Medical Services (PMS) contracts are agreed between NHS England and GP practices, together with funding arrangements. In England, approximately 40 per cent of GP practices are on PMS contracts.

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