GP Educational Meetings
DVLA – PATIENT REQUESTING GP APPROVAL FOR FITNESS TO DRIVE
Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988
During COVID many drivers’ licences have expired. The DVLA initially gave extensions so that drivers could continue to drive and work. For many drivers however, this extension is coming to an end.
Some Drivers are now being told by the DVLA to ask their GP if they are “fit to drive” so that they can continue to drive under Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988). The DVLA has produced a leaflet which explains RTA 1988.
It is not the place of the GP to provide an opinion as to an individual’s fitness to drive per se, but they may offer to provide DVLA with factual information about the patient’s health, with their consent.
In normal circumstances a practice may provide a factual report for the DVLA so that their expert medical advisers will decide upon fitness. If a GP chooses to produce a bespoke report prepared for the patient to be sent to the DVLA on their behalf, a reasonable fee may be charged as this is not NHS work.
Please check practice websites/noticeboards as to what their policy is.
To all experienced GPs :
A fully-funded mini course (8 hours in total over 3 virtual workshops) specifically aimed at teaching the skills needed to enable you to hold holistic and meaningful conversations with your GP colleagues about their careers. The course will cover:
The four stage Career Conversations framework
The core skills of Career Conversations
Case study discussions
Introduction to using tools in Career Coaching
Using When I’m at my best
Using Job Satisfiers
Visioning and Blocks/Bridges
Goal and Action Grid: cases revision
There is on-going NHSEI funding available to enable you to undertake these career conversations with your colleagues. There is also funding available to support career needs identified during career conversations. Refer to the Cheshire & Merseyside Workforce Support workspace for associated guidance and resources: ICS: Cheshire & Merseyside Primary Care Workforce Support – FutureNHS Collaboration Platform (guidance also attached).
Due to popular demand we have set dates for cohorts 2&3 (cohort 1 is fully booked):
2nd Cohort: 3 workshops:
Thursday 27th Jan: 2pm-5pm
Thursday 3rd Feb: 2pm-5pm
Thursday 10th Feb: 6pm-8pm
3rd Cohort: 3 workshops
Wednesday 16th Feb: 2pm-5pm
Wednesday 23rd Feb: 2-5pm
Wednesday 2nd March: 6pm-8pm
An application form is attached- please return to me as soon as possible as spaces fill up fast
If you are unsure of your eligibility or for any other queries please don’t hesitate to contact me
Sarah Christian RGN
Primary Care Project Manager
Commissioning: Medical Workforce & Transformation
NHS England & Improvement North West
Cheshire & Merseyside
Working Days/hours: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm
If your email is urgent please contact email@example.com.
Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice
GP SPECIALITY RECRUITMENT
There is a launch of GP speciality round 1 re-round recruitment campaign and the support of GPs is needed to have positive discussions regarding general practice.
See links for more info:
The GPNRO website includes application information, GP career stories and FAQs. Please share and like posts across social media channels using #choosegp on twitter, Instagram and Facebook page. There’s a toolkit on the HEE website with downloadable campaign banner, posters and flyers to use with local promotion. The GPs featured are all voluntary ambassadors and some appear in the campaign video
Changes to NHS Hospital Contract 2017-19
Doctors in Difficulty / Financial Support
The following web address might be of assistance: https://www.doctorshelp.org.uk
NHS Practitioner Health:
This is a free, confidential service for doctors and dentists across England, which is provided by health professional specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England. The service is designed to help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, particularly where these might be affecting work. For more information on this service, please follow this link: https://www.practitionerhealth.nhs.uk