03 March 2013

Official lease documentation for practices in PCT-owned premises

See the latest regarding leases etc in PCT Owned Premises

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Error in the 2012/13 QOF guidance for indicator OST1

The GPC and NHS Employers and have been made aware of an error in the 2012/13 QOF guidance for indicator OST1. The sentence 'the DXA scan codes will only be those that indicate a positive result of osteoporosis, and T score codes will not be included' under the reporting and verification section is incorrect (see page 140 of the 12/13 guidance) and contradicts the business rules. It should read 'The DXA scan codes will only be those that indicate a positive result of osteoporosis'. This correction does not impact the supporting business rules that are correct. Note that a revised version of the 2012/13 guidance will not be issued, and the full guidance is available on the BMA website:

http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/contracts/independent-contractors/qof-guidance

Sharps Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive are introducing new regulations in response to a new European directive on preventing sharps injuries in the healthcare sector (Council Directive 2010/32/EU). The HSE have not yet confirmed when the regulations will come into force, but the directive must be implemented by 11 May 2013. We advise all practices to make use of the outline of the requirements of the directive available on pages 8-9 of the Royal College of Nursing's Sharps Safety leaflet, and the employers' checklist on page 17.