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Patient Online Services - April 2016

Dyneley House Surgery has offered patients’ facilities to book appointments and order their repeat prescriptions ‘on-line’ since 2011.

From 1 April, we are able to offer patients the facility to view information from their medical record. 

Please ask at Reception about the process of registering to be able to access this facility.

NHS Friends & Family Test

We welcome your feedback and would be really pleased if you can spare a few minutes to complete the new NHS Friends & Family Test. You can find the survey in the 'Have your say' section on the homepage of the website.

Named Accountable GP

From the 1 April 2015, under the terms and conditions of the General Medical Services Contract, the Practice is required to allocate a named, accountable GP to all registered patients.

 

If you wish to know who your allocated GP is, or have a preference as to which GP you are allocated, please contact Reception.

 

These new arrangements do not prevent you making an appointment or seeing any GP at the Practice as patients have always been able to.

 

GP Earnings

From April 2016, all doctors’ practices are required to declare the mean earnings (average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients. 

The average pay for GPs working in Dyneley House Surgery in the last financial year was £70,695 before tax and National Insurance.  This is for 2 full time GPs, 7 part time GPs and 0 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.”

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the Practice are publicised and the required disclosure is shown above. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the Practice and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.

Accessible Information Standard - Making Health & Social Care Information Accessible

The Accessible Information Standard will come into force from 31 July 2016 across health and social care in England. Our aim is to make sure disabled people have access to information that they can understand and any communication support they might need.

You can find out more by reading this guide in easy words and pictures. You can also watch a video in British Sign Language (BSL) or listen to an audio recording.

We are currently working towards the standard.  The first thing we need to do is identify those people with information and communication needs. Please help us to do this.

Let us know if you have a disability, impairment or sensory loss, and the kind of information and communication support that you need.

We will record this on your medical records.  This will help us to be prepared the next time you use our services. Please ask a member of the Practice Team if you need any further information or assistance.

Sharing Your Records: Your Personal Information

Information about you is used in a number of ways by the NHS and social care services to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is the national NHS organisation with a legal responsibility to collect data as people make use of NHS and social care services. The data is used both at a local level and nationally to help with planning, managing your care, supporting research into new treatments, identifying trends and issues and so forth and is used to try to make services better for all. You can, however, choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care.

Your Right to Opt Out

You can choose not to have anything that could identify you shared beyond your GP practice. You can also choose for the HSCIC not to share information it collects from all health providers any further.   If you have previously told your GP practice that you don't want the HSCIC to share your personal confidential information for purposes other than your own care and treatment, your opt-out will have been implemented by the HSCIC from 29 April 2016. It will remain in place unless you change it.   Simply contact your GP either to register an opt-out or end an opt-out you have already registered and they will update your medical record. Your GP practice will also be able to confirm whether or not you have registered an opt-out in the past.   You can find more information about how the HSCIC handles your information and choices and how it manages your opt-out on the HSCIC website www.hscic.gov.uk/yourinfo

Dignity & Respect

Dyneley House Surgery is committed to promoting an environment which provides for the support and ongoing well-being of patients.

 The Practice’s Dignity and Respect Policy is based on the principles of excellent staff management and ethical behaviour which underpins the practice’s values in providing patients withan environment centred upon self-respect, tolerance and support.

This Dignity and Respect Policy applies to all patients at the Practice. All staff members, including agency workers, are expected to comply with the requirements of this policy.

This Dignity and Respect Policy enables the Practice Manager and GP partners to be both proactive and reactive with regard to situations that could compromise a patient’s dignity.

The policy aims to give support to all persons connected with a suspected breach of the practice’s rules (this includes the complainant and the respondent) and explains the practice’s response to all such complaints.

 All staff members have a personal and legal responsibility to comply with this policy on practice premises or inother locations relating to DyneleyHouse Surgery.

The Practice Manager and GP partners have a responsibility to ensure that all complaints are fully investigated in accordance with the practice complaints procedure, and to ensure that all staff members, both permanent or temporary, are made aware of this policy.

The Practice also follows the guidelines suggested in the revised version of the GMC document “Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety”, effective 12 March 2012, a copy of which can be downloaded here:

http://www.gmc-uk.org/Raising_and_acting_on_concerns_about_patient_safety_FINAL.pdf_47223556.pdf

 

Scope

This policy is intended to provide a framework to promote dignity and respect within Dyneley House Surgery based on the following standards:

Ensure that patients are treated with dignityand respect at all times;

Support a working environment based on principles of self respect, tolerance and support;

Ensure that particular attention is paid to treating patients with dignity and respect where any form of abuse has occurred

Continuously promote good relations to the benefit of all;

Respect and value diversity and contrasting opinion;

Facilitate a culture whereby patients feel confident to report suspected breaches of this policy, and to believe appropriate action will be taken against perpetrators where necessary.

Policy

General

 A notice will be displayed in reception offering the provision of a private discussion with a receptionist, if required.

A notice will be displayed in reception to offer the facility of a private chaperone during consultations, if required.

A notice will be displayed in reception stating that guide dogs are permitted in all parts of the building.

A hearing loop must be installed and operational at all times, and staff members trained in its use.

Patients will be addressed by their preferred title (e.g. Mr, Mrs Ms).

During staff work-related conversations, patients will be referred to with respect and the subject matter discussed confidentially, regardless of where the discussion takes place in the practice.

The Practice will not under any circumstances,stereotype patients based on pre-formed, perceived opinions.

Conversations about patients must not take place with other staff members outside the practice at any time.

Conversations about patients must never take place between staff members and non-staff members.

 

During Consultations

 

 Patients will be allowed to choose whether they see a male or female clinician, where available. Where their first choice is not readily available, they may wait until their chosen clinician becomes available. For urgent cases, patients will be encouraged to see a clinician appropriate to ensure that 'best and prompt care' is undertaken.

 A chaperone will normally be available where an examination is to take place, if necessary.

 Patients whose first language is not English may have a family member or friend present to interpret or assist.

Where an intimate examination is considered necessary for a patient with difficulty in understanding due to issues such as English not being their first language, consent or cultural issues, it is recommended that a chaperone, family member or carer should be present.

Patients who have difficulty in undressing will normally be offered the services of a same gender staff member to assist.

Patients will only be requested to remove the minimum amount of clothing necessary for the examination.

Patients will normally be able to dress and undress privately in a separate room. Where a separate room is not available, a screen will be provided in the treatment room. Patients using this facility will be requested to advise the clinician when they are ready to be seen.

Areas used by patients for dressing / undressing will be secure from interruption or from being overlooked (i.e. no unlocked door to any other room or passageway that is not occupied by the clinician taking the consultation).

The area used for dressing / undressing will be equipped with clothes hangers or pegs and will have a chair with arms at asuitable height and design for the patient to use.

 A clean, single-use sheet, covering or gown will be available and used for each examination and changed after each patient. 

Washing facilities will be offered to anypatient, if required.

 Under no circumstances are staff to enter a closed consultation room or treatment room without knocking and receiving permission to enter from the clinician conducting the consultation.

 Patients will be given as much time and privacy as is required to take on-board any 'bad news' given by a GP. Where possible,clinical staff will anticipate this need and leave sufficient time betweenappointments, as necessary.

 Patients will be given adequate time and privacy for the provision of any required samples on the premises without feeling anytime pressures or other constraints.

 Patients' 'personal space' should not be compromised where at all possible.

 Clinical staff will be sensitive to patient needs and will ensure patients are comfortable in complying with any requests during the consultation.

 Communication between clinicians and patients will be personalised to each individual patient, taking into account any disability or difficulty they may have.

 Clinicians conducting a consultation in a patient’s home will be sensitive to the location, surroundings and any other persons present who could potentially overhear matters discussed.

 

Post-Consultations

Clinicians and staff will respect the dignity of patients and will not discuss issues arising from the above procedures unless in a confidential clinical setting appropriate to the care of the patient.

Clinicians and staff will continue to be respectfulof the patient, even when the patient is not there.

 

 

 
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