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What businesses need to know about the new GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force from May 2018. It will replace the current Data Protection Act and is the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years. GDPR will change the way organisations...

Input Tax – Beware of the pitfalls!

VAT expert Tony Nickson outlines the pitfalls to avoid when reclaiming input VAT. 1. Reclaims for purchases made before VAT registration It is important to ensure that the maximum amount of input VAT is reclaimed on your business expenditure. This includes...

The Election result: What are the tax implications?

The general election has ended in a hung parliament – the Conservative party have the most seats but do not have an overall majority. Theresa May has announced that she will form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). What does this...

Over the last two years GP contact with patients increased by 7.5%

Over the two years from 2014/15 to 2015/16 the amount of face-to-face and telephone contact between GPs and their patients rose 7.5%, according to a leading think tank. According to data from the Kings Fund, contacts between GPs and their patients rose faster than...

Study finds two in five GPs set to quit in next five years

40% of GPs in South West England have stated they would quit in the next five years, GP leaders have warned. It has also been found that 70% of GPs in the region intend to reduce their patient contact time. In the findings, it was found that low morale was a common...

Premises funding cuts could be on horizon for small practices

Premises reimbursement for practices could be cut if they do not fit with future NHS strategy to "force the pace" of moves to larger care units, say NHS commissioners. It comes after a review that has warned 30% of practices are not large enough. These proposals came...

Further guidance issued on the Quality Payments Scheme

NHS England has published further guidance on the Quality Payment (QP) Scheme for community pharmacists which is intended to ease the pressure faced by GP practices whilst also improving the care of patients. A brief background As part of changes to the Community...

Tax Rates and Allowances 2017/18

Tax Rates and Allowances 2017/18 Many of the tax rates and allowances are fundamental to our business and personal lives and the most important ones for the 2017/18 tax year are summarised here. We are sure that you will find it a useful point of reference throughout...

GP contract changes 2017/18

The Department of Health (DH) and the British Medical Association (BMH) have agreed a £238m overhaul for the 2017/18 GP contract. This will see funding cover rising expenses and CQC fees as well as the unplanned admissions Direct Enhanced Services (DES) being...

The Autumn Statement 2016 predictions

The Autumn Statement 2016 on Wednesday is set to be an important event.  It will be the Chancellor’s first opportunity to outline his plans for taxes & spending in the wake of the Brexit vote. But what tax changes can we expect in the upcoming Autumn Statement?  Craig...

CQC announce considerable increase in fees for GP practices

Following on from our last article, 'GPs face significant increase in CQC fees', the CQC (Care Quality Commission) have recently announced the proposed increases for 2017/18, and GP leaders have labelled it as "scandalous". The proposed increases to the fees continue...

Five-point plan to retain GP workforce

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker has outlined a five-point plan in order to retain the existing GP workforce, in a letter to health secretary Jeremy Hunt. The government wants to increase the GP workforce by 5,000 by the year 2020 solely through recruitment...

GMS and PMS contract funding gap falls by nearly 40%

Following on from our article on 'What the PMS funding changes mean for your practice', official NHS data has revealed that the funding gap between GMS and PMS practices has fallen by nearly 40% in 2015/16 as PMS reviews cut funding from locally negotiated contracts....

What next for the GP partnership model?

What next for the GP partnership model? The profession has changed significantly in the last 5 years, from where giving up a partnership in favour of a salaried position would have been unthinkable, to those resigning from partnerships to take up salaried roles....

GP contract changes 2016/17

The NHS Employers and the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the BMA have announced changes to the GMS contract in England for 2016/17, but what do the GP contract changes mean for you and your practice? The general focus of the contract is to help alleviate...

GP data security – what the proposed new rules mean

Two major independent reviews (one from CQC and one from the National Data Guardian) on data security have suggested changes to the way that NHS organisations handle patient data. Although the reports found that personal data is generally managed securely across NHS...

Brexit: tax implications as the UK votes to leave the EU

From the argument over selling bendy bananas to the threat of an emergency Budget, the EU referendum campaign has undoubtedly had its share of the headlines over the past couple of months. The biggest headline now though is of course that the UK has voted to leave the...

£17m funding available for training in the Sheffield City Region

Do you know about the new Skills Bank for the Sheffield City Region? The Skills Bank is a government/LEP initiative aimed at workforce training and development in the Sheffield City Region. It is a £17m fund - new for 2016 - comprising of funding from the European...

One year on from the 2015 new pensions rules – key stats

According to HMRC figures released last month, over 230,000 people have used the new pension rules, introduced one year ago, to access over £4.3bn in pensions saving. Since the pension flexibility rules took effect from 6 April 2015: 232,000 individuals have accessed...

General Practice Forward View – an accountant’s perspective

The much anticipated "rescue package" for general practice has now been published and sets out plans to tackle historic underfunding, the recruitment crisis, red tape and unnecessary GP workloads, in a new document entitled the General Practice Forward View. General...

The 2016/17 GP contract – a 1% funding boost, but more bureaucracy

As I am sure you will have read by now, the belated 2016/17 GP contact negotiations between the GPC and NHS Employers have now finally concluded and the details published. The headline news is that GPs will receive a 1% pay uplift, but what does the 2016/17 GP...

Publishing GP net earnings from 31 March 2016 – what you need to do

As you are probably already aware (and may have already started doing so), following changes that were announced in the 2015/16 GP contract last year, GP practices will now have to publish the average earnings of all full-time, part-time and locum GPs as part of the...

Tax Rates and allowances 2016/17 – summary and details

Tax Rates and Allowances 2016/17 Many of the tax rates and allowances are fundamental to our business and personal lives and the main ones for the 2016/17 tax year are summarised here. We are sure that you will find it a useful point of reference throughout the coming...

2015/16 year-end tax planning advice for owners and individuals

2015/16 year-end tax planning advice Would you like the opportunity to reduce the taxman’s take from your own and your family’s income? If so please continue on to read our year-end tax planning advice. Carrying out an annual review of your tax affairs could...

Pharmacy global sum funding 2016/17 set to fall considerably

The government has announced plans to reduce the amount of funding for community pharmacies for 2016/17. In an open letter last month the Department of Health (DH) told the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) that "the budget for community pharmacies...

Are there variations in CQC inspection ratings?

Since our last update on CQC inspections (in Autumn 2015) the regulator has now officially rated 1,890 GP practices. The picture remains largely – or exactly - the same as it was then, as the tables below show: CQC inspections have so far found that the picture is...

GPs face significant increase in CQC fees

GPs could face substantial increases in CQC fees following proposals released by the regulator in November. A rise in fees was inevitable - the last two years have also seen a rise in CQC fees - but CQC’s proposed increases this year represent a much more significant...

Is succession planning for GPs a top strategic priority?

Is succession planning for GPs a very real concern in the UK? Over recent years there has been a strong focus in the media and the national press on the recruitment crisis in the GP workforce. The primary focal point of many reports has been on the lack of new GPs...

What the PMS funding changes mean for your practice

The PMS funding changes – part of the national drive for equitable funding – may see a large number of redundancies, reduced service offerings and even practice closures over the next few years. Reviews in one CCG area indicate that as many as half of practices fear...

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