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A mini-guide to the General Practitioner Defence Fund

The GPDF has issued the following brief introductory guide to its role and work.

Are practices required to offer all staff membership of the NHS Pension Scheme?

In 1997 all GP employers were deemed to be employing authorities and therefore staff and salaried doctors were allowed from that date to join the NHS Pension scheme. Practices do not have a choice, you must offer membership to all staff that hold a contract of employment, whether full time, part...

BMA Focus on Global Sum Allocation Formula - July 2015

This paper reminds practices how global sum payments are calculated and explains why the formula is currently being reviewed by NHS England.

BMA Guidance on How your Practice is Funded

This guidance helps GPs, practice managers and LMC staff understand how individual practices receive funding under the GMS contract. This document only deals with income from the GMS contract, and does not include other income streams, such as training grants. We would advise all GPs to read the...

BMA Guidance: VAT on Medical Services

How do you decide whether or not VAT is applicable? Where the principal purpose of the medical service is the protection, maintenance or restoration of the health of an individual then the services will be exempt from VAT. Primary heath care provided through either the NHS or the private...

Doctors & Dentists Review Body (DDRB)

2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/562447/DDRB_review.pdf 2016: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/492196/DDRB_evidence_report.pdf 2015:...

GP 2019/20 Pension annual allowance tax solution

https://www.england.nhs.uk/pensions/​

GP Locums and the NHS Pension Scheme

As of 1st April 2013, GP practices in England and Wales have become responsible for the employer’s pension contributions of the locums they engage. These payments had, until then, been made by Primary Care Organisations (PCOs)... All practices are responsible for funding the employer...

How can GPs avoid the new tax charges on their pension?

The amount GPs are allowed to save into their pension each year before incurring a tax charge is being reduced. Any active NHS pension scheme member earning over £110,000 may be affected. Please see attached factsheet written by James Gransby, Head of Healthcare at MHA MacIntyre Hudson (first...

How to apply for your Pension

To apply for your pension you need to complete form AW8, which you can obtain from: Barry Blunt The Staff Education Centre Hermitage Lane Maidstone Kent ME16 9NN Tel: 01622 227555 Email: barry.blunt@nhs.net or download the forms from the NHS Pensions Agency:...

IR35 Update (February 2020)

The BMA/GPC have updated all their employment status (IR35) guidance into one easy-to-read document so that locum GPs have all the information they need to be confident in determining their employment status. Read more in a blog by Matt Mayer, Deputy Chair of the GP Sessional GP Committee.

Kent LMC Sessional/VTS Conference Presentations: May 2019

Kent & Medway Medical School (KMMS) Update, Professor Chris Holland, Foundation Dean, KMMS Indemnity Update, Keira Moulds, Head of Primary Care (Quality & Regulation), Operations and Information Directorate, NHS England National changes to Primary Care and how they affect you, Dr Farah Jameel,...

Late Payment of Invoices

Information from the GPC: Internal legal advice has been requested on whether practices can charge interest on late payment from the Area Team and sue through the small claims court (assuming it has not elected to become an NHS body) for cases of non-payment. We have been advised that this...

NHS Pensions: Annual Certificate of Pensionable Profit 2015/16

PCSE have issued guidance regarding annual certificates. Please click on the link below which takes you to the PCSE website. http://pcse.england.nhs.uk/nhs-pensions/

QOF / GPES and enhanced service payments - March 2017

We received the following communication from the BMA on the 24th March 2017 regarding QOF/GPES and Enhanced Service Payments: Dear LMCs, We are writing to make you are aware of the timings of GPES contract extractions this year. NHS England have informed us that due to when the Easter bank...

QOF guidance 2016/17

The 2016-17 QOF guidance has been published on the NHS Employers webpage (http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/primary-care-contacts/general-medical-services/quality-and-outcomes-framework). The BMA webpage...

Sale of Good Will

Advice and guidance produced by the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) to help GPs and local medical committees (LMCs) with decisions relating to trading in goodwill and to better understand the sale of goodwill regulations that came into force in April 2004......

Seniority Payments

Seniority payments are being phased out. The seniority scheme will end completely on 31 March 2020. The link below provides BMA advice and guidance on: What are the arrangements for phasing out seniority payments? How will the phasing out of seniority work in practice? Arrangements in...

Sessional GPs guidance on NHS pensions and Capita (May 2018)

BMA Guidance: Sessional GP Pension & Capita

Suspended GPs: Advice & Payments

The GPC produced guidance on suspended GPs in 2001. Since then, the legislative frameworks for both GP contracts and the GMC have changed. The guidance attached seeks to provide LMCs and GPs with authoritative guidance on the implications for, and actions required by, a suspended GP...

The NHS Pension Scheme for England and Wales: proposed changes to scheme regulations 2019

Practices were notified in the January 2019 Employers Newsletter about proposed changes to the National Health Service Pension Scheme, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Injury Benefits (Amendment) Regulations 2019. The proposed changes include: introducing a new contribution rate of 20.6%...