Guidance

 

The guidance section holds relevant information on a widerange of subjects related to general practice. Guidance is available either from the links below or by using the Search Guidance box on this page.


Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) Frequently Asked Questions published - 25 July 2012

Joint BMA and NHS Employers guidance on QOF frequently asked questions for 2012/13 was published on Monday 25 June: • BMA and NHS Employers QOF guidance These FAQs are for primary care organisations and general practices and cover a number of historical issues and commonly asked questions.

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Focus on hepatitis B immunisations - 24 July 2012

The ‘Focus on hepatitis B immunisation’ guidance from the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) explains when apractice should provide hepatitis B immunisations on the NHS or privately, and when it can be charged for.   It also contains a Q and A section to help answer any queries that...

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Focus on vaccines and immunisations - 18 June 2012

This revised General Practitioners Committee (GPC) ‘focus on vaccines and immunisations’ guidance has now been updated following the publication of the amendments to the Additional Services section of the NHS Regulations 2004 (Annex BA of the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE)) on 30 April 2012.   In 2004, everything...

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CQC registration - what you need to know - BMA guidance - 30 May 2012

This BMA guidance provides a straightforward explanation of the registration process, to help providers determine whether they are compliant with the CQC’s essential standards, and to explain what will happen once providers are registered.   CQC registration – what you need to know - Guidance for GPs (BMA...

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Guidance for Good Performance Management of General Practice - 04 April 2012

An Introduction to a Pan London Approach to Improve Quality, Access and Patient Experience in General Practice. April 2011   Guidance for Good Performance Management of General Practice - (pdf)

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The M Word Issue 7 - Dr Michelle Drage's latest personal briefing for practices on NHS reforms - 01 March 2012

  Through the fog    I felt it timely to send a beam of light out into the fog and try to illumine the way ahead for general practice.    Big breath, here goes:   And in June 2010 all was rosy in the London GP Garden of Eden. Everyone...

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It’s Your Practice: A patient guide to GP services - 05 October 2011

The RCGP’s publication ‘It’s Your Practice: A patient guide to GP services’ is available free of charge and gives patients a diverse range of useful information – from choosing and registering with a surgery and understanding the different services that are available, through to making appointments and getting the...

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Personal Medical Services (PMS) - 19 September 2011

These services are governed by the NHS PMS Agreement Regulations. The agreements are locally negotiated and have the ability to introduce local flexibilities not available under the GMS contract. Elements of PMS agreements are governed by the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE). PMS practices are able to provide enhanced...

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Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) - 19 September 2011

APMS is one of the four routes available for primary care organisations (PCOs) to make provision for primary medical services to patients. Its introduction has broadened the range of potential providers from whom PCOs can commission services. PCOs may commission APMS to provide essential services, additional services, including where GMS/PMS practices...

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Access 2006-07 - Focus on guidance - 19 March 2006

This guidance note was produced by the GPC to help GPs deal with the changes to access arrangements under the 2006-07 contract. 

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