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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...

BMA Guidance on Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility refers to the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. Parental responsibility includes the right of parents to consent to treatment on behalf of their children, provided the treatment is in the interests of the...

BMA Guidance: Access to Health Records & Confidentiality (Updated July 2018)

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records/access-to-health-records

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...

CCG constitutions: BMA Guidance and checklist for GP practices

http://bma.org.uk/support-at-work/commissioning/commissioning-guide/ccg-constitutions

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...

Domestic Violence and MARACs (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences)

Department of Health document: 'Striking the Balance' - Practical Guidance on the application of Caldicott Guardian Principles to Domestic Violence and MARACs (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences) The following guidance is provided with thanks to Wessex LMC Domestic violence accounts...

EKHUFT Liaison Newsletter May 2014

eGFRs, Pre-op assessment, Test results, GI Histology, Urology Communication Update, Delays in letters to GPs, Switchboard Delays, Consultant Ownership, Delays in MRI Reports, Non-Provision of Med 3s, Instructions to GPs in EDNs, Pre-op Clexane

EKHUFT Liaison Newsletter May 2015

eGFRs/Acute Kidney Injury Alerting, Switchboard delays/mobile numbers, Named GPs, Urgent Prescription Requests, Referrals Under RaTC guidelines, Undifferentiated Cancers Pathway, DART for Locum GPs, Med3s, Test Results/Radiology, Secondary Care to Primary Care Shift, Patients with PEG feeding...

EKHUFT Liaison Newsletter November 2014

eGFRs/Acute Kidney Injury Alerting, Pre-op Assessments, Test Results, Delays in letters to GPs, Switchboard delays, Med 3's Induction, Named GPs from April 2015, DNA/CPRs, EDNs, Undifferentiated Cancers Pathway, Choose and Book, 2 Week Wait Referrals, Orthopaedic Referrals, Surgical Assessment...

Full LMC Newsletter October 2014

Domiciliary Dentistry, Flu (Housebound), National Review of FHS (KPCA), Interpretation Services, Contract Variations, Local Authority Payments, Friends & Family Test (FFT), LARC Update, APMS Contract, CQC, GPC Report - GPC News, Report from Sessional GP Meeting, Co-Commissioning of Primary Care...

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.

LMC Advice - separated parents and acces to children's records

It is common for parents post separation to mistrust the other and for the children's medical care to be part of that dispute. One parent may ask to view the child's records or to insist on being involved in the Child's care. Question 1 Is the child 'Gillick competent?' (Do they understand...

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...

MTW Liaison Newsletter July 2015

Electronic Discharge Note, Named GP on Hospital Letters, Late re-appointing of outpatient appointments, Delay in Hospital letters/discharge summaries, Secondary to Primary Care Prescribing Requests, Quality First Unfunded Work, Duty of Care, Delay in Urgent referrals, IG Breach

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/

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...