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17th January 2022

Communication between DWP and GP practices


To support the NHS move away from use of fax as a method of communication and in response to the removal of fax machines from GP surgeries, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been working with Centre for Health and Disability Assessments (CHDA), to respond to this change. 

21st December 2021

Reminder

Update the NHS 111 Directory of Services with Christmas and New Year opening hours


It is important that primary care providers update their NHS 111 Directory of Services (DoS) entry with accurate opening hours for the Christmas and New Year period...

 

 

21st December 2021

Workload prioritisation update

RCGP/BMA publish revised workload prioritisation for General Practice


The emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, in combination with broader winter pressures, has the potential to significantly impact the delivery of general practice and wider NHS services. 

The new guidance published today has been developed for clinicians working in general practice in England by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Associations (BMA) GP’s Committee with NHS England and Improvement's support, but this advice is from the RCGP and BMA. It is intended to support practices in their planning as general practice pivots to deliver the accelerated COVID-19 booster campaign.  

 

21st December 2021

BMA publish template

Private Provider requests for investigations under the NHS


Following some queries from LMCs about requests from private providers relating to investigation, and/or treatment of one of the practice’s registered patients, the BMA have produced the below guidance, which includes a template letter to respond to private providers.

21st December 2021

Update

Exemptions from self-isolation of fully vaccinated staff members identified as a contact of a case


The UK Health Security agency has updated their guidance on COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings.

Fully vaccinated GPs and practice staff no longer need to isolate for 10 days if they are a close contact of an Omicron Covid case. 

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