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In this section, you can find the latest national guidance on a range of topics affecting general practice including GDPR compliance and social media use.

Social Media

Social media can be a great resource, but it is not without its risks. There is plenty of advice available now about the pros and cons of doctors using social media. There are many forms of social media, including blogs, micro-blogs, wikis, social networking sites, photo-sharing sites, instant messaging, video-sharing sites, podcasts, widgets, virtual worlds, and more.

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The government has created a new Data Protection Act (2018) which replaces the 1998 Data Protection Act. The new UK Data Protection Act was passed just before GDPR came into force, after spending several months in draft formats and passing its way through the House of Commons and House of Lords. The GDPR imposes new rules on companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other organisations that offer goods and services to people in the EU, or that collect and analyse data tied to EU residents.

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Cyber Attacks

In May 2017, many NHS Trusts and organisations were hit by a ransomware cyber attack, including GP practices. Although NHS England said no patient data had been compromised or stolen, a Government report criticised the NHS for not following cyber security recommendations.

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CQC Mythbusters

Since 2014 Nigel Sparrow, the CQC’s Senior National GP Advisor, has published a series of articles to clear up some common myths about CQC inspections of GP and out-of-hours services.

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Tier 2 Sponsorship

Tier 2 is an employer-led category which means that employers must sponsor any skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Doctors and nurses have recently been excluded from the cap on skilled worker visas.

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