PMA is delighted to be working with LMC Law to bring you insight, advice and guidance on all aspects of HR, Employment and Legal issues.

LMC Law is a firmly established legal consultancy which offers a fresh and innovative approach to delivering legal services to primary healthcare providers via our team of qualified lawyers.

We do not operate the usual fee structures and charges that are normally associated with law firms. We favour a more personal approach and our services are practical, commercial, and specifically tailored to meet the requirements of General Practitioners and other primary healthcare organisations.

We extend a significant amount of goodwill to our clients who are encouraged to pick up the phone to talk through any issues before formally instructing us. General Practice is unique, and healthcare is complex but our team ensure that we offer down to earth advice, expertise and support – quickly and professionally.

Our relationship with Local Medical Committees (LMCs) is well established and many of the LMCs across the country retain our services on an ongoing basis for the benefit of their members who are able to obtain free advice from us under the retainer. A retainer service is also available for other primary care organisations and we have a number of retainers with federations, and more recently Primary Care Networks.  Any organisation that has a retainer with us may, in most circumstances, obtain free advice and guidance whether by phone or email.

Introduction to LMC HR

LMC HR provides an HR Service which only available to the medical profession and is run by healthcare experts in employment law. Your issues will be dealt with by an appropriately qualified and dedicated member of the LMC Law/LMC HR team backed, where it is necessary to do so, by employment lawyers.

The Service is only available to the medical profession and is run by healthcare experts in employment law. Your issues will be dealt with by an appropriately qualified and dedicated member of the LMC Law/LMC HR team backed, where it is necessary to do so, by employment lawyers.

The Service also includes access to a dedicated employment and HR helpline which is staffed by HR consultants and is available on normal working days (excluding public and bank holidays), Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The Service includes advice and support which includes but is not limited to the following: –

  • Preparing new, and updating existing, employment contracts;
  • Disciplinaries and Grievances;
  • Absence and Performance management;
  • Maternity & paternity leave;
  • Temporary staff and flexible working;
  • Appraisals;
  • Preparing and updating staff handbooks, policies and procedures, template policies and letters;
  • Recruitment and retention and statutory employment rights;
  • Restructures and reorganisations;
  • TUPE transfers;

Employment law updates;

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Record Retention and Disposal Policy Template

The purpose of this Record Retention and Disposal Policy is to ensure that your practice retains its official records in accordance with the requirements of all applicable laws and to ensure that official records no longer needed by the Company are discarded at the proper time. This Policy provides guidelines concerning the length of time official records should be retained under ordinary business circumstances.


Privacy Notice

How to demonstrate to your patients you understand how important it is to keep their personal information safe and secure and take you take this very seriously and have taken the steps to make sure their personal information is looked after in the best possible way and that this is reviewed this regularly. The Privacy Notice contains important information about how you use their personal and healthcare information you collect on their behalf.


COVID-19 Update 1 to Practice Privacy Notice Template

The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ICO also recognise that ‘Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.’ Additional guidance is included here with respect to Covid.


PCN Partnership Agreement wording

Standard PCN Partnership Agreement wording to enable you to appoint a standard formal agreement between all practices and partners across the PCN and in accordance with the Primary Care Network Agreement.


PCN Letter of Authorisation

The standard letter that will enable you to appoint a representative to act on your behalf at the PCN Committee meetings held in accordance with the Primary Care Network Agreement.


PCN Conflict of Interest Policy

The purpose of the PCN Conflict of Interest Policy is to protect the integrity of the PCN Committee’s decision-making process, to ensure PCN members have confidence in the integrity of the PCN, and to protect the integrity and reputation of the PCN Committee.


PCN Due Diligence Questionnaire

The aim of the questionnaire is to provide a clear and transparent of the current practices and partners operating in the PCN – in the following areas: Partners, Contracts for the delivery of medical service, Finance, Real property, Employees, Locum/agency workers, Clinical standards (CQC), complaints, Insurance, Information governance.


Partnership Addendum

Standard document to enable you to agree any partnership Addendum. The Addendum will be supplemental to the Partnership Agreement/Deed which should be reference and dated. Together they will represent the full and final binding agreement between the Partners.


Seminars via Zoom

LMC Law are able to run a range of seminars via Zoom which include the following popular topics: PCNs – their structure, employment of workforce, setting up a limited company, Limited liability companies, GDPR, Mergers and Takeovers, Partnerships and disputes & HR and Employment Law.


Template letter 1: Clarification of SAR

This letter has been formulated to assist practices in writing to individuals who have made a subject access request but where clarification in terms of the request is required or where the practice seeks to clarify whether the amount of information requested is in fact correct. Although you cannot oblige an individual to reduce or alter the request for information, there is no harm in querying the amount they are asking for especially if you feel that they are being asked to produce this for a 3rd party e.g. an insurance company.


Template letter 2: Excessive Request

This letter has been formulated to assist practices in refusing to provide information requested where the practice has evidence to establish that the information has already been previously provided.


Template letter 3: Charging

There are times where you may be justified in seeking to charge for a request – please note this should be rare. However, should you have a genuine case whereby a charge is justified the example wording has been provided to assist.


Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) Checklist

This Checklist is for guidance only. There may be other considerations/processes and documents that you may have to take into account or have in place to fully comply with all the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679)/Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) and other data protection legislation. This will provide you with a useful checklist, to enable you to liaise with your Data Protection Officer (DPO) and other parties to the DSA, to ensure that you are compliant with GDPR/DPA 2018 and other data protection legislation.


ICO Guidance Notes

A summary of guidance notes from the Information Commissioner (ICO), includes guidance and insight on: Rights of Access to Information, Can we charge a fee?, What does manifestly unfounded mean?, What about requests for information about children?, Requests made on behalf of others.


‘Whilst PMA make every effort to ensure that the Partners we work with have the relevant expertise, and are experts in the healthcare arena, PMA take no responsibility for any advice given by our partner organisations and any dealings with any partner organisation shall be conducted under that organisations specific terms and conditions.’

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