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Guidance update 22 July: Flu changes, pay awards, DVLA forms

A round-up of key guidance updates for GP practices.

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Flu vaccination programme

The government has issued an updated annual flu letter and details of reimbursable vaccines following its decision to extend this year's programme to cover all over 50s. Full details of the campaign for this year are here.

NHS and doctors' pay awards

The government has confirmed details of the pay awards for NHS staff and doctors. This does not include GP funding as this has already been agreed as part of the five-year contract that began in 2019. Practices are not obliged to apply the pay increases to staff and they can decide what actual increase they give, but many practices do use Agenda for Change as a guide on what to pay staff.

GP Business looks at what the pay awards could mean for practices here.

DVLA questionnaires

A wider range of healthcare professionals are now able to complete DVLA medical questionnaires following a change in legislation that came into effect on 20 July.

All individuals are required to inform the DVLA of a medical condition that could impact on their ability to drive and In some cases the DVLA will then contact the person's GP or consultant for further information. Under previous rules only doctors could complete these forms. However the law has now changed to allow registered nurses, opticians, chiropractors, osteopaths, psychologists and other relevant professions to complete the forms.

The DVLA said that it would continue to send the questionnaires to patients' GPs or consultants, but it would then be up to practices or hospital teams to decide which healthcare professional was the most appropriate person to complete the form.

The changes do not apply to the D4 medical examination report needed by those applying for a lorry or bus driving license. These reports will still need to be completed by a doctor.

Full details are here.

COVID-19 guidance tracker

Don't forget that our COVID-19 GP guidance tracker provides a list of guidance relating to the pandemic relevant to GP practices in an easy-to-search format. The tracker is regularly updated and you can find it here.

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