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What does GDPR mean for GP Practices?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2018 3:00:27 PM / by Nils Christiansen posted in Practice Management

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What is GDPR and what does it mean to be compliant?

I am sure that you will all by now be aware of GDPR. GDPR comes into effect on 25th May 2018 and seeks to give individuals more control over how organisations use their data.

GDPR is a European regulation, and automatically becomes law in the UK because of our membership of the European Union. Although Brexit would take us out of the European Union, the current plan is to incorporate all EU law into UK law, so GDPR is almost certainly here to stay.

Confusingly, the UK Parliament is drafting its own data protection law called the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). This law will supplement the GDPR and replace the existing 1998 Data Protection Act. The DPA 2018 is still working its way through Parliament so is not finalised. Much of the commentary on ‘GDPR’ combines it with the DPA 2018, and so mixes actual law with a draft bill.

 

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Should a GP practice accept gifts and legacies?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2018 9:38:00 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Management, Regulatory

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Every now and then, a practice might be fortunate enough to be remembered in a patient’s Will or to receive gifts from grateful patients.  Research has shown that the proffering of small gifts is relatively common place.  Whilst it is obviously nice to be recognised for one’s good work, it does give rise to a number of professional and legal issues.

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Why is a partnership offer letter so important?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2017 9:27:35 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership, Practice Management

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Taking on a new partner is a significant step for any GP practice, and it is important to get it right from the outset.

Once a new Partner has been selected, a partnership offer letter should be next on the agenda.

 

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Pensions protection scheme deadline approaches

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2017 12:22:30 PM / by Nils Christiansen posted in Practice Management

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The start of a new fiscal year is fast approaching and with it comes an important deadline for any GP nearing retirement.

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Is your practice prepared for the changes to IR35?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2017 9:25:49 AM / by Jonathan Hemmant posted in Partnership, Practice Management, Employment

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Significant changes to tax legislation IR35 are likely to come into force from April 2017. These changes have implications for any practice that engages workers, such as locums, through their own companies.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Planning to retire? Don’t forget about your lease liabilities

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2016 11:28:35 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Management, Property

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 If you’re a partner in a GP practice and have decided to retire, then there are many issues that both you and the remaining partners need to consider. Making a smooth exit is likely to be top of your agenda and one important area that can often be overlooked is dealing with lease obligations.

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GP practice funding: What you need to know about the District Valuer

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2016 4:04:52 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Management, Property

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Most GP practices will come into contact with the District Valuer Service (DVS) at one time or another. The DVS plays a key role in issues surrounding GP premises funding and has the potential to significantly impact on a surgery’s finances. 

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Should you promote a non-GP into your partnership?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2016 11:14:17 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership, Practice Management, Employment

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The changing nature of running a GP practice, with all its pressures and complexities, means that most GP partnerships now recognise the need and benefit of having skilled managers supporting them.

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Burnout: 4 legal issues to consider if one of your GP Partners "Burns Out"

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 9, 2016 2:59:51 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership, Practice Management

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Partner burnout is a growing problem for GPs – up to 50 percent are at high risk due to stress, high demands and funding cuts.

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GP surgery lease – managing your repair and reinstatement obligations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2016 1:51:54 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Management, Property

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When you’re negotiating a lease for your GP practice it is important to ensure that you are aware of all the potential costs you may incur throughout your tenure - especially when you could be faced with bills running into many thousands of pounds.

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