Notice for patients
The practice will be closed from 6pm Friday 29th April 2016 and will re-open normal working hours Tuesday 3rd May 2016. Cover will be provided by the NHS111 service. Calls to 111 from landlines and mobiles are free.
Publication of GP Net Earnings
All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in Benfield Park Medical Group in the last financial year was £58,844 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs and 5 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.
Patient information on plans for collecting anonymous fit note data From January 2016
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will soon begin to collect anonymous data from general practice clinical systems on patients who have been issued with a fit note.
This information is required by the HSCIC under section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Anonymised data on the use of fit notes is being provided to the HSCIC on behalf of Department of Health (DOH), and the Department for Work and Pensions (DPW). This will enable the DWP to undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation of Fit for Work.
The data collected includes the type and duration of the fit note, recommendations for adjustments to enable a return to work, health condition, geographic area and gender.
Please note that data will not be extracted for those patients who have objected to their identifiable data from leaving the practice for purposes beyond their direct care. These objections will be respected, even though the extract does not include any patient identifiable data.
If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, please inform the practice and we will make a note of this in your medical record. This will prevent your confidential information from being used other than in special circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency. This is known as a type 1 objection.
Where to get more information about the use of my personal information
Get information on use of personal data and the options available to patients on the HSCIC website
Additional general information
Information Commissioners Office – UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
HSCIC, the NHS’s data centre’s pages about:
§ the types of data they collect: www.hscic.gov.uk/article/4963/What-we-collect
§ how they look after information: www.hscic.gov.uk/article/3388/How-we-look-after-information
Plan to Meet GMS / PMS 2015-16 Contractual Requirement for Patient Online Service
This practice plans to offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print detailed coded information held in their own records from February 2016. These dates are subject to the necessary NHS GP systems and software being available to the practice.
This practice currently offers the facility for patients:
- to book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments online
- order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions for drugs, medicines or appliances
- to view online, export or print summary information from their record, relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions and any other items agreed between the practice and individual patient
We will publicise and promote our online services to our practice’s patients through the practice website, practice waiting room leaflets, newsletters, posters and the Patient Participation Group by January 2016.
Online Services Records Access ‘It’s your choice’
If you wish to, you can now use the internet to book appointments with a GP, request repeat prescriptions for any medications you take regularly and look at a summary of your medical record online. You can also still use the telephone or call in to the surgery for any of these services as well. It’s your choice.
Being able to see a summary of your record online might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means that you can even access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment on holiday. If you decide not to join or wish to withdraw, this is your choice and practice staff will continue to treat you in the same way as before. This decision will not affect the quality of your care.
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