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Jun 15,2021
One of the underlying issues with ARRS resources is the challenge in deploying staff across multiple member practices. This sharing of resources cuts across the usual employment relationship where an employee works for a single employer, and across most employment laws and regulations which have a single employer arrangement in mind. Because a PCN is a contractual construct (as opposed to a legal entity), it cannot employ staff in its own name. PCNs are therefore forced to come up with...
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...
Aug 30,2017
The BMA model contract is a topic we recently covered in our blog: ‘What is the BMA model contract and does it apply to me?’. Many PMS contractors assume the need to provide such a contract does not apply to them. However, the issue isn’t quite so clear cut and this may be leading some practices to inadvertently put themselves at risk. In this post, we look at the issue in more detail to help clear up any confusion. Which PMS contractors does the BMA Model contract apply to? While all GMS...
Aug 09,2017
There are many reasons why a partner may decide to stop contributing towards the NHS Pension – from 24hr retirement, to approaching the ceiling of the lifetime allowance, or simply deciding to make other pension arrangements. At DR Solicitors we are receiving an increased number of enquiries from partnerships seeking clarity on this matter, as stopping contributions is becoming more common. The good news is, it’s a relatively straightforward process. The key is to have an accountant who...
Jan 24,2017
Significant changes to tax legislation IR35 are likely to come into force from April 2017. These changes have implications for any practice that engages workers, such as locums, through their own companies. Here’s what you need to know: What is IR35? Put simply, IR35 is tax legislation that provides that workers engaged through intermediaries -principally companies that the worker owns (Personal Service Companies or “PSC”s) - may be regarded as being directly employed by the PSC’s client for...
Jan 06,2017
Most GP partners will have enjoyed some much needed time off over the Christmas and New Year period and it won’t be long before the next bank holiday arrives.   One question which we are frequently asked is how partnerships can fairly apportion bank holidays so that part time partners don’t miss out. The challenge Because the majority of bank holidays fall on a Monday or Friday, a part time partner who does not usually work on either or both of these days may feel they are unfairly ‘losing out...
Oct 21,2016
The changing nature of running a GP practice, with all its pressures and complexities, means that most GP partnerships now recognise the need and benefit of having skilled managers supporting them. One area where this is having a noticeable impact is within the structure of GP partnerships themselves. While it is still relatively rare, it is becoming more common for non-GPs– such as nurse practitioners, business managers or practice managers - to be offered partnership. There are many reasons...