Named Accountable GP
The GMS contract requires Practices to allocate a named accountable GP to all patients. The named accountable GP takes responsibility for the coordination of all appropriate services required under the contract and ensures they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the clinical judgement of the named accountable GP). The overall responsibility of your care has not and will not change.
Can I choose my own named GP?
The GP allocated to you is the one you see most of the time. However, if you request a particular GP, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your preference, recognising that there are occasions when the practice may not feel the patient’s preference is suitable.
Do I have to see the named GP when I book an appointment with the practice?
No. You can and should feel free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements and availabilities. Please be assured that this will not impact your experience of the care the Practice offers, the provision of appointments, your treatment, or prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice as you have always done. It is important to be clear that you do not need to wait and only see your named GP. If you would like to know who your allocated GP is then please ask us when you next attend or contact Reception who will be happy to inform you.
We teach Undergraduate Medical Students and Nursing Staff. You may be asked occasionally if you would mind a Medical Student sitting in on a consultation for teaching purposes. We would be grateful if you would help by giving your consent but you are under no obligation to do so.
NHS Care Records
A patient’s Summary Care Record, or SCR, is a summary of three basic parts of information from the GP Patient Record:
- Adverse reactions
- Medications (Acutes from the last 12 months; all Current Repeats; Discontinued Repeats from the last 6 months)
What are the benefits of SCR?
- Sharing vital information between primary care and emergency services.
- Improve security for data sharing across services.
- Reduction in manual processes.
Patients can opt out of sharing their Summary Care Record. If you choose to opt out, you need to visit us to speak with a receptionist.
The practice complies with the Data Protection Act. All information about patients is confidential, whether in note form or on computer. All patients can expect that their personal information will not be disclosed without their permission except in the most exceptional of circumstances, when somebody is at grave risk of serious harm.
Young people aged under 16 years can choose to see health professionals, without informing their parents or carers. If a GP considers that the young person is competent to make decisions about their health, then the GP can give advice, prescribe and treat the young person without seeking further consent. However, in terms of good practice, health professionals will encourage young people to discuss issues with a parent or carer.
As with older people, sometimes the law requires us to report information to appropriate authorities in order to protect young people or members of the public.
GP Average Earnings
All GP Practices are required to declare mean earnings (i.e. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working in the practice of Newton Medical Centre in the last financial year was £83,450 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time GP and 5 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.