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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, flu vaccine policy for 2019-20, social media use and changes to the GP contract.

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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GP Contract 2019-20

GPC England has negotiated a deal spanning the next five years. Elements will be introduced throughout the five years – 2019 will focus on building the foundations, creating Networks and starting to expand the workforce; 2020 onwards will see the workforce increase further, additional funding and services reconfigured (as decided by the networks).

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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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Flu Vaccines 2019-20

Due to the extremely challenging 2018/19 flu season, the Buying Group made the decision to work with all four remaining flu vaccine companies for the 2019/20 season to ensure we are in a position to help our members no matter which supplier you decide to use next season.

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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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Primary Care Networks

With Primary Care Networks (PCNs) about to be rolled out across England, many practices will be eager to keep track of developments from funding to deadlines. That's why we've pulled together all the available resources to make life a little easier for you!

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