Aspiring Leaders Fellowship (MDT)

The Fellowship posts are designed to support emerging Primary Care leaders within the local healthcare System, to allow an opportunity to consolidate their clinical and managerial skills whilst developing educational and leadership skills in a supportive environment with protected time.

Apply here

The closing date is the 3rd December 2023.

RESPECT QI sessions

ReSPECT QI sessions are available now for anyone working in South Yorkshire (& including Bassetlaw Hospital as part of DBTHFT) who is:

  • A Consultant
  • A GP
  • A Doctor/Junior Doctor/Doctor in Training

These sessions will be focussed on Respiratory and Long Term Conditions (January date) Frailty and Dementia (March dates) and will be hosted using Project ECHO.

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Covid Medicines Delivery Unit (CMDU) change of provider

As of Tuesday the 21st of November Local Care Direct will no longer be the provider for CMDU, Primary Care Sheffield will be the new provider.

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Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) service for mental health support in Doncaster

RDaSH NHS Talking Therapies Long Term Conditions service and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) Specialist Neurology Psychotherapy Service have worked collaboratively with NHS South Yorkshire ICB (Doncaster) to provide a new service for adults (registered with a Doncaster GP Practice and over the age of 18) diagnosed with FND requiring support for their mental health.

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New BMA guidance for sessional GPs

The BMA’s Sessional GPs Committee and GPC England have produced new guidance and support for managing the workload and overtime for salaried GPs Workload and overtime guidance for salaried GPs ( GPs and practices across the country are working hard, to support the delivery of more than a million appointments every day. This toolkit builds on the BMA’s existing Safer Working Guidance which was published last year Safe working in general practice (

DWP Fit note guidance

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published new guidance for GPs and other healthcare professionals using fit notes (statements of fitness for work) and GPCE was involved in its development. Fit note – GOV.UK (

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Palliative Care Simulation Training Days

Please see the dates below for next year’s Palliative Care simulation courses:


Tues 16th April 2024

Tues 18th June 2024

Tues 17th Sept 2024 

Tues 15th Oct 2024 


The training days remain free to attend and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

To book places please email

Palliative Care Team

Sheffield Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust 

0114 2717633/ 0114 3058411

PCSE Seniority Payments Reconciliation Exercise 2023

Some practices may recently have received letters from PCSE regarding the Seniority Payments Reconciliation Exercise 2023.

Seniority Payments used to be made to GP partners and were based on length of NHS service and received profit. The seniority scheme closed to new members on 1 April 2014, and was then phased out, with the last payments made by 31 March 2020. Seniority funding was then diverted to Global Sum, as part of the 2013/14 Contract Agreement.

The actual entitlement to seniority pay depended on the Final Seniority Factor [FSF] and as there was a time-lag in calculating this, the FSF for financial years 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20 have only just been published. NHS England and PCSE are now reviewing the adjustments made for those years and will be contacting practices once this has occurred.

Current partners should advise their accountants of the information that has been received from PCSE, as the amounts can be challenged via the on-line form link within the letter received from PCSE. In a limited number of cases, there will be a need to liaise with retired colleagues, and the matter may not always be covered by written arrangements.

GPCE recommends that practices first ask their accountants for advice in terms of PCSE figures, raising a query if appropriate, which may not be a value-for-money exercise if the variance is small.

GPCE and RCN joint Statement on GP practice staff pay uplift 2023/24

GPC England (GPCE) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have issued a joint statement to alert their respective members to the details of the recently announced 6% pay increase for salaried general practice staff. The way the expenses uplift is applied leads to some inequity amongst GP practices. This means some practices will not receive enough additional funding to cover an entire 6% uplift for all salaried staff members.

Securing recurrent pay uplifts for all practice staff is vital for the future success of General Practice. Key to successfully negotiating with the Government in forthcoming contract negotiations 2024/25 and 2025/2026 is making the case that staff should be fairly paid and benefit from rewarding working conditions. The GPCE and RCN are committed to working closely together to ensure appropriate and fair funding for Nurses in General Practice as an integral part of the General Practice Team. Read the statement here RCN and GPCE Joint Statement on GP practice staff pay uplift 2023/24 (

Navigating GP Premises Service Charges

In 2022, the cases of Valley View & Others v NHS Property Services considered five different scenarios where service charges (charged by landlord NHS Property Services) were disputed.
Service charges usually arise when the GP practice doesn’t own the premises and the landlord provides repair and maintenance. Here, NHS Property Service’s default position was to charge pursuant to its Charging Policy.
However, the Court concluded that the Charging Policy doesn’t override the terms of the tenancy agreement. While these cases don’t set a universal precedent, there are useful points that may assist GP practices in resolving disputes or pushing back on service charges raised.
The sums initially demanded by NHSPS in the cases of Valley View & Others were significantly higher than what was ultimately paid by the practices with one practice agreeing to a reduction of more than 80%.
BMA Law has a team of legal professionals specialising in healthcare-related law and can advise GP practices in respect of service charge issues.  To discuss NHSPS service charges and other related matters please call BMA Law on 0300 123 2014 or email

LMC Buying Group

Doncaster LMC is been a member of the LMC Buying Groups Federation. This means that practices can access the discounts the Buying Group has negotiated on a wide range of products and services.  If you’re not sure what the Buying Group is all about then this short video explains what they do:   


By registering with the Buying Group:, you can view all the suppliers’ pricing, contact details and request quotes. The Buying Group also offers any member practice a free cost analysis which demonstrates how much money your practice could save just by swapping to buying group suppliers.  Tel: 0115 979 6910  Email:   Website: