Press release 7 April 2017

Medical Charities’ Portal launched to highlight financial help available to struggling doctors
We are a group of five medical charities that all offer financial assistance to doctors, as well as dependant members of their family. Our mission is to reach out to every doctor in the UK and make them aware that there is confidential help for doctors who are struggling.
With support from NHS England, we have worked together to launch the ‘Help me, I’m a Doctor’ Portal, which acts as a single access point for doctors searching for financial help. It will also be a useful sign-posting tool for colleagues and organisations who may be trying to help a doctor access support.
In 2016 the five charities supported doctors, and their dependent families, with charitable grants and loans totalling over £1.3 million.
Doctors all too often experience loneliness and isolation, even though working in an extremely busy, stressful work place – whether a hospital or practice setting. Dedicating their time to helping others, while putting their own needs to one side, doctors can often find it difficult to admit they have a problem, to their colleagues or even to their own family. Often they are concerned that admitting they have a problem will impact upon their Fitness to Practice.
The Portal will offer an effective way to attract those who are in distress and have a real need for financial help and money advice.
There has been a lack of knowledge about the differences between each of the charities and how they operate. By completing a very simple questionnaire on the Portal, the result will highlight which of the charities may be able to offer financial help.
The ‘Help me, I’m a Doctor’ Portal will also signpost doctors to other confidential support, including the new GP Health Service.
Please help us spread the word about the Portal and the financial help available?
All applications are considered in confidence.
www.doctorshelp.org.uk
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The number of points available in the clinical QOF Domain has reduced from 407 points at 2016/17 to 367 points at 2017/18. The Domain has been split into Active QOF and Inactive QOF. Approximately 50% of clinical QOF, representing 202 points, has been designated as active QOF; approximately 40% of clinical QOF, representing 165 points has been designated as inactive QOF and approximately 10% clinical QOF, representing 40 points, have been retired and the points value transferred to the Cluster Network Domain.

Patients who die while subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) no longer require automatic referral to the coroners

From the 3rd of April 2017, it will no longer be necessary to refer all patients who die while subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to the coroner.

Before that date, patients who died subject to DoLS were regarded as dying while in state detention, triggering an automatic requirement for an inquest. From Monday the 3rd of April the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 will be amended so that coroners will no longer be under a duty to investigate a death solely because the individual was subject to the DoLS at the time. These deaths will only require reporting to the coroner if the cause of death was unknown, or where the cause of death was violent or unnatural.

All deaths while subject to a DoLS authorisation that occur prior to the 3rd of April will still need to be reported to the Coroner.

Background

From 1 April 2016 new information sharing processes between GPs and the police were introduced in an attempt to ensure those licensed to possess firearm and shotgun certificates are medically fit to carry arms. We have significant concerns about these arrangements and we continue to raise them with the Home Office with the aim of agreeing a process that is fair to GPs in particular, and doctors in general, and safe for the wider public. Discussions are ongoing and any future improvements may necessitate the revision of this guidance.

The following advice on the current system takes into account our discussions with the Home Office, the police and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), as well as external legal advice.