04 August 2013

BMA GP Employment Law Courses

The BMA are offering a series of courses for GP Partners and their Practice Managers to support you in managing your employment issues.

See here for further details

MMR guidance and audit requirements

NHS Employers has published further guidance about the MMR catch-up campaign and the audit requirements for this. This is in addition to the already existing service specification which was introduced on 25 April 2013. A link to the new guidance document will be available on the MMR catch-up programme page on the BMA website, which already has the service specification and FAQs on it.

Childhood (two and three year old) influenza vaccination programme

The Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England have published a letter and a service specification. explaining the extension of the 2013/14 flu immunisation programme to healthy children (two and three year olds). From 1 September, practices should vaccinate children who attain the age of two and three years, but not yet four, on 1 September 2013 on either:

a. a proactive call basis, if not considered at-risk, or
b. a proactive call and recall basis, if considered at-risk

Fluenza is the recommended vaccine which is administered as a nasal spray and an item of service fee of £7.64 will be paid for each eligible patient.

This information is also available on the
vaccinations and immunisation pages of the BMA website.

CQRS bulletin

HSCIC has published a CQRS bulletin which practices may find useful. For any queries regarding CQRS, please email cqrsfeedback@hscic.gov.uk or cqrsservicedesk@gdit.com

Regional LMC Officer Elections...

The North East & Cumbria Regional LMC, which incorporates the Local Medical Committees across Cleveland, Co. Durham & Darlington, Gateshead & South Tyneside, Newcastle & North Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland, has recently conducted an election for Committee Officers.

Officers elected:
Chairman Dr Roger Ford (Sec. Sunderland LMC)
Vice-Chair Dr Julie-Anne Birch (Vice-Chair/Assist. Sec./Medical Director Cleveland LMC)
Secretary Dr Ken Megson (Sec. Gateshead & S Tyneside LMC/Exec Off. Newcastle & N Tyneside LMC)