The overall remit of the LMC is to represent NHS GPs. However, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC recognises the important role played by good practice management in the success of a high-quality general practice.
In the Library on our website you will find a number of documents and links which address some of the common issues which are raised with us.
- Age Discrimination
|5440||Guide to Age Discrimination Regulations for Employers|
Putting the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 into practice
|5439||Guide to Age Discrimination Regulations for Individuals|
Age and the Workplace
|5441||Reference Guide to the Age Discrimination Law|
Age discrimination is unlawful in employment, training and education. We explain what the new rights are and who they apply to
- DBS Checks
|21044||A Guide to Eligibility for Criminal Record Checks|
|24862||CQC Guidance on DBS Checks|
|25191||Criminal Record and Barring Checks|
The Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service. CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
|10407||The Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008|
Guidance to medical practitioners completing forms Cremation 4 and 5
- Practice Management
|14322||Ethnicity and First Language Recording|
Fees and Charges
- Fees and Certificates
|5305||A User's Guide to Late Payment Legislation|
|13098||BMA Fees Guidance Page|
The BMA (through its professional fees and forensic medicine committees) negotiates a range of fees to cover part-time medical service work, local and central government work, medico-legal work, insurance work and a wide range of reports, examinations and certificates for patients or third parties. The BMA also provides advice and written guidance to members on issues surrounding professional fee work.
|7335||Charges to NHS patients|
|23067||Getting the Most Out of the Fit Note|
|6895||Schedule 5 |
- Hazardous waste
|7292||Waste Disposal Guidance|
New hazardous waste regulations will be introduced in England on 16 July 2005, replacing the Special Waste Regulations produced in 1996. It is expected that a separate, but effectively identical set of regulations will apply to practices in Wales. In Scotland, the Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 have aligned the definition of Special WasteÂ€Â™ with that of Hazardous Waste so that the two terms now mean the same. Producers of Special WasteÂ€Â™ in Scotland do not have to register with the Environment Agency, even if waste is exported to England or Wales. Regulations applicable to Northern Ireland are expected to be published, although it is not anticipated that registering with the Environment Agency will be necessary. This guidance applies to England and Wales.
Health and Safety
- Practice Management
- Health and Safety
|10971||Control of Legionella: Code of Practice|
Practical advice concerning the risk from exposure as aligned to the requirements of both the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999. The Approved Code also gives guidance on compliance with relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
|10965||HSE - Legionnaires' Disease|
Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which can affect anybody, but which principally affects those who are susceptible because of age, illness, immunosuppression, smoking etc.
|17524||HSE Information about Asbestos|
Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. This site provides health and safety advice and guidance so that those who may be exposed to asbestos at work know what to do to protect themselves and others.
|10967||Legionnaires' Disease: A Guide for Employers|
This short and simple guide is written to help you, as an employer, understand the health risks associated with legionella. It explains in general terms how to control those risks.
|17526||Legionnaires: What must you do|
If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella. This section can help you to control any risks from legionella bacteria.
|17447||Sharps Safety Leaflet|
An outline of the requirements of the directive, are available on pages 8-9 and the employers' checklist is on page 17.
- Clinical and Prescribing Issues
- Vaccinations and Immunisations
- Hepatitis B Immunisation
|13822||Focus on Hepatitis B Immunisations|
The Focus on hepatitis B immunisations aims to clarify the circumstances where charges can be made and where active attempts to encourage immunisation ought to be made. The guidance explains when a practice should provide hepatitis B immunisations on the NHS or privately, and when it can be charged for. It also contains a Q and A to help answer any queries that practices may have, and model letters for patients and employers requesting hepatitis b immunisation for occupational health reasons.
|13109||Hepatitis B Immunisations|
The clinical benefits of hepatitis B immunisation are clear, but there is less clarity in the understanding of the regulations covering hepatitis B immunisation. This is manifested by some practices being pressurised by their Primary Care Organisations into giving hepatitis B immunisation for travel solely as a private service and by some practices charging for occupational hepatitis B.
- Practice Management
- Infection Control
|15466||Code of Practice on the Prevention and Control of Infections|
It sets out the criteria against which a registered provider's compliance with the requirements relating to cleanliness and infection control will be assessed by the Care Quality Commission. It also provides guidance on how the provider can interpret and meet the registration requirement and comply with the law.
|18102||Decontamination of Re-Usable Medical Devices|
This document confirms the importance of effective decontamication of re-usable medical devices in the strategy to reduce health care associated infection. It underlines the duty of care to patients wherever treatment is undertaken, in that decontamination processes should be of consistently high quality irrespective of location.
|7256||National Specifications for Cleanliness (Q and As)|
Guidance on setting and measuring performance outcomes in primary care medical and dental premises
|7011||National Specifications for Cleanliness : primary medical and dental premises|
These national cleanliness specifications provide a framework for primary dental care providers and primary medical care providers to demonstrate to the CQC how they ensure their premises are clean and safe and meet the required standards.
- Information Governance
|27388||NHS Patient Online|
|26028||BMA guidance on confidentiality and access to health records|
This page on the BMA website includes information about access to health records, reports for insurance companies, retention of records, SCR, care.data and much more.
|23221||BMA Reports for Insurance Companies|
Information and Guidance
|13389||Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information to PCTs in Primary Care Settings|
This guidance only covers confidentiality and disclosure of patient identifiable information to PCTs for secondary purposes when the data are held by contractors/GPs who provide or perform general practice services. Patient data may be disclosed for other secondary purposes such as research. Guidance on other such secondary uses is available separately, as is broader information about the general duties of confidentiality in relation to disclosure for GPs.
|23241||Freedom of Information Act|
If you are a public authority you have a legal obligation to provide information through an approved publication scheme and in response to requests. Find out what you need to do under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
|26222||Freedom of Information Act FAQs|
|25543||Guide to 3 National Information Sharing Schemes|
An explanation of the differences between care.data, summary care record, and enhanced data sharing model for SystmOne
|26944||Guide to information provided by GPs under the model publication scheme|
|22534||ICO Guide to Data Protection|
|26331||Information Governance document|
|26030||NHS Codes of Practice and legal obligations|
This page on the HSCIC website includes the codes of conduct and practice for confidentiality, information security and records management as well as guidance on legal and professional obligations.
|26495||Subject Access Requests|
|17987||The Confidentiality & Disclosure of Information (GMS, PMS, APMS) Directions 2013 |
This Code of Practice sets out guidance on the confidentiality of information held by contractors
|14054||The Good Practice Guidelines for GP Electronic Patient Records|
The Good Practice Guidelines for GP electronic patient records v4 will act as a reference source of information for all those involved in developing, deploying and using general practice IT systems.
Insurance and Indemnity
- Practice Management
- Insurance and Indemnity
|11348||RCN Indemnity Scheme Changes|
Guidance on the Recent Changes to the Royal College of Nursing's Nurse Indemnity Scheme
- Practice Management
- Jury Service.
|17141||Guidance for Medical Practitioners Summoned for Jury Service|
Although some of the information (eg financial data) may be out of date, the principles remain current
- Jury Service
- Contracts and Contractual Issues
- Overseas Visitors
|25180||HPA Migrant Health Guide|
Free online resource for GPs and nurses working in primary care
|22323||Overseas Visitors and Primary Care|
Link to the BMA Webpage
- Practice Management
- Patient Registration and Removal
|17131||Patient Registration FAQ|
Although not recently released, some of the information is of relevance
|7076||Removing Patients from the Practice List|
MPS is the world's leading indemnifier of healthcare professionals. As a not-for-profit mutual organisation, MPS offers discretionary indemnity to members with the legal, ethical and related problems that arise from their professional practice
- Practice Finance
|26545||Focus on phasing out seniority October 2015|
|25656||Sale of Goodwill|
This guidance has been produced by the GPC to help GPs and LMCs with decisions relating to trading in goodwill and to better understand the sale of goodwill regulations that came into force in April 2004
This guidance note has been produced by the GPC to help GPs and LMCs understand the funding arrangements for seniority payments under the new GMS contract, and is one of a series of guidance notes on the new contract
- External Links
- Training Practices
|13222||Guide to a Session for GP Trainers and Trainees|
General practice is often organised around clinical sessions. This guidance is intended to help GP trainees and their hosting practices understand ways to organise working patterns that are in keeping with the conditions described in the COGPED-BMA agreed framework contract.
If you are not able to find an answer to your query via the Library, please contact the LMC Office to see if we can help further.
Practice Management LMC Training and Events
To help support and develop practice managers’ skills we run courses and seminars on a wide range of topics. Please go to the Events section.
Practice Management Training and Events from other providers
Last reviewed on 8th December 2015 (HB)