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Dec 08,2020
The Covid-19 Vaccination Collaboration Agreement: Aim for Pragmatism not Perfection The deadline for GP practices to commit to the Covid-19 Enhanced Service specification was midnight on 7 December. Signing up committed Practices to work together to deliver the vaccine in ‘PCN Groupings’, and to sign ‘Covid-19 Vaccination Collaboration Agreements’.  Covid-19 Collaboration Agreements must be signed by all member practices before administering the vaccine, so most PCN Groupings have less than a...
Apr 08,2020
Very few employers are increasing their workforce while the country is in lockdown, so there has been remarkably little discussion about the changes to employment law which have recently come into effect. Since healthcare is one of the few sectors still recruiting, it will ironically be one of the first which needs to adjust. Some of the changes are very significant, so we have set out below what you need to know. New Section 1 Statement (of Terms) A Section 1 Statement is the minimum...
Oct 30,2019
Summer 2019 – memorable for heated political debate, spectacular cricket ... and the establishment of Primary Care Networks! With PCN Agreements concluded, members must now turn their attention to the growth of the network workforce. Over the next five years it is estimated that some 22 000 additional staff will become network employees. This year, each network will recruit a clinical pharmacist and social prescriber, shortly followed by a first contact physiotherapist and a physician...
Feb 19,2019
Some factors which affect your ability to attract new partners and are outside of your control, such as locality; housing; access to good schools; public transport etc, but there are many things you can control. Prospective new partners will always undertake some form of assessment of your practice, and you can take steps to help ensure your partnership stands out from the crowd. Transparency Prospective partners will want to be sure that they’re joining a well managed and financially viable...
Jul 12,2018
There is currently much discussion about whether the partnership model for General Practice is still fit for purpose. It is clear that the model is under severe strain, and the Secretary of State has commissioned a review into how it might need to evolve. In this blog we draw on our experience of working with over 1,000 practices to offer our thoughts on the future of the partnership model. Background & context In common with other professionals like lawyers and accountants, GPs have...
Jun 11,2018
A partner is a business owner and employer, which by definition means they are not an employee. As a consequence, partners do not benefit from all the various employment protections afforded to employees. Despite this, we are often asked about partner entitlements, particularly regarding maternity and childcare. What is the legal position? Partners do not benefit from statutory maternity and childcare entitlements, although they are protected from being discriminated against by reason of their...
Feb 26,2018
Every now and then, a practice might be fortunate enough to be remembered in a patient’s Will or to receive gifts from grateful patients. Research has shown that the proffering of small gifts is relatively common place. Whilst it is obviously nice to be recognised for one’s good work, it does give rise to a number of professional and legal issues. Professional issues Good Medical Practice Guidance states that “You must not encourage patients to give, lend or bequeath money or gifts that will...
Feb 09,2018
GP practices and salaried GPs are advised to check the terms of their employment contracts if employed clinical staff are considering taking out “claims made” insurance, such as that recently offered by the MDU. In a previous blog, we looked at the broader implications of claims-made insurance policies (Will you or your practice be impacted by the MDU policy changes?). However, another potential consequence, which we’ll be focusing on here, is how claims-made policies may inadvertently put...
Jan 29,2018
Regular readers will understand the importance of keeping your partnership deed up to date. This is particularly true when new partners join, as this can easily supersede and invalidate the former partnership arrangements. A recent High Court case has demonstrated some of the risks. The case of Cheema vs Jones In this case, two GPs – who we’ll refer to here as A and B - entered into a partnership to provide medical services under a GMS contract. The terms of this agreement were set out in a...
Jan 16,2018
If you rent your premises, one of the key questions is when and how you can be released from your obligations under the lease. If for some reason you want to vacate your surgery premises, you will either have to wait until the end of the lease term, or rely on a break clause. It is, therefore, an important point to consider in the lease negotiation process. What is a break clause? A break clause is a provision within a lease that enables either the landlord, practice, or both parties, to end...

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