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BMA GDPR Guidance (Updated April 2018)

A hub page for GDPR information has now been launched on the BMA website. This provides information on the regulation and hosts a suite of resources and blogs to help guide members. This page will be updated regularly as new guidance is published and more GP focussed information and resources...

Care.Data NHSE Update August 2016

Following reviews of NHS data security by the CQC and Dame Fiona Caldicott, it has been announced that finally the much criticised care.data programme has been scrapped. This was a data sharing programme launched in 2013 that was halted in February 2014 following public outcry. Practices were...

Compliance with national data opt-out policy

GP practices must comply with the national data opt-out policy by March 2020. Please see below a link to the NHS Digital website which provides guidance for practices on what they need to do to and how to provide patients with appropriate...

Data Privacy Notice

Kent Local Medical Committee Data Privacy Notice Plain English description Under the current Act, NHS England and the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are required to consult the LMC on a wide range of topics affecting GPs' contracts. The LMC represents the views of the...

Department of Health: Caldicott Guardian Manual (2010)

http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/infogov/caldicott/caldresources/guidance

Department of Health: Code of Practice on Confidentiality and disclosure of Information

DOH guidance on the confidentiality of information held by contractors - referred to collectively in this document as 'contractors' - who provide General Medical Services (GMS), Personal Medical Services (PMS) and Alternative Provider Medical Services...

GDPR BMA resources

Paul Cundy from the BMA has put a lot of work into producing Blogs for Practices and templates, but has had difficulty getting them onto the BMA website. So he has sent us an email which says: "At the bottom of this mail you will see a link to share in my GDPR Dropbox. This is my offering to...

HM Courts & Tribunal Service Requests for Information (2012)

Kent LMC Office has been contacted by Practices expressing concern about requests for information from HM Courts and Tribunals attracting the small fee of £17.00. After discussing this with our local office from HM Courts and Tribunals Service in Sutton we can confirm this is the correct fee...

Information Commissioner's Office CCTV code of practice (updated 2014)

Information Commissioner's Office CCTV code of practice - online edition 2014: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1542/cctv-code-of-practice.pdf

Information Governance Alliance (IGA) GDPR Guidance March 2018

Please click on the link below to view the newly published Information Governance Alliance (IGA) GDPR Guidance on key points for GPs.

Medical Records and Adoption

When a child is adopted do I have to go through the medical record to delete all references to the previous surname? Following lengthy discussions with the Department of Health Solicitors, the NHS Central Registration Department have been adivsed that there is no statutory requirement for...

NHS Number Guidance for GP Practices

http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/nhsnumber/staff/guidance

NHSE Managing Conflicts of Interest Guidance

https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/pc-co-comms/coi/

Parents requesting access to their children’s medical records: LMC Advice

A child is defined as Under 18 by the Children's Act 1989 We are often asked if a parent can have access to their child's medical record when there is a clearly a dispute with the other parent. Anyone with 'Parental Responsibility' can apply to access a child's record. Who has Parental...

Protecting Electronic Patient Information: BMA/HSCIC Guidance

British Medical Association/NHS Connecting for Health Joint Guidance on Protecting Electronic Patient Information There has been much recent media attention around risks to personal data, which is understandable at a time when increasing amounts of data, on many aspects of our lives, are held...

Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (DoH)

This document sets out standards required for the management of NHS records: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/records-management-nhs-code-of-practice

SMS Messaging

Communicating with patients by text message: Advice from the Medical Protection Society (MPS) 15 May 2015 Summary Text messaging allows practices to target and contact hundreds of patients within minutes. Patients can respond by text with replies automatically forwarded to a specified email...

Social Media Guidance

Social Media Guidance More and more people are using social media as their main form of communication and way of receiving news and information. This can be advantageous to practices as it can be used to promote services and get messages out to patients, but it also comes with many potential...

Subject Access Requests for Insurance Purposes (August 2015)

Helpful guidance from the GPC to assist practices with processing SARs made on behalf of registered patients by insurance companies

Summary Care Records

Guidance is available from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (formerly NHS Connecting for Health) to support practices implementing Summary Care Records (SCRs). The GPC, RCGP and BMA were fully involved in commenting on the guidance to ensure it aligns with professional...