As part of the 2018/19 GP contract it is a contractual requirement for practices to use the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) for all referrals to first consultant-led outpatient appointments from October 2018.
A weekly update on the news that matters for GP practices. This week: NHS England narrowly misses extended hours target and Scotland launches GP premises loans.
The state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs is due to be introduced in April. Medeconomics looks at what it will cover and highlights issues practices should be aware of.
More practices will be able to employ pharmacists under NHS England's clinical pharmacist programme following changes to the scheme's application criteria.
Practices should proceed with caution if they want to refuse to register a potential patient, says MDDUS senior risk adviser Liz Price.
Research your options carefully when considering how to recruit locums.
Practices need to prepare for new locums to get the best from them. This checklist can be used to ensure you have covered everything.
A checklist to ensure your locum has the essential information they need to do a good job.
A checklist to ensure the practice provides its locums with the information they need to make home visits.