BOLLINGTON MEDICAL CENTRE PUBLICATION SCHEME
Welcome to the Bollington Medical Centre Publication Scheme. This is the combined Publication Schemes of the following doctors within this General practice:
Dr Gerald Coope; Dr Deborah Maxwell; Dr Valerie Ramsden; Dr Thomas Losel and Dr Peter Wilson
The combined Publication Scheme is in three parts, as follows:
PART ONE: Introduction
PART TWO: Classes of Information that we hold
PART THREE: Index to the Publication Scheme and useful Resources
PART ONE: Introduction
· What a Publication Scheme is
This combined Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Bollington Medical Centre. It is a description of the information about our General Practitioners and practice which we make publicly available. We shall review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.
It is important to us that this Scheme meets your needs and we have designed it to be a route map so that you can find information about Bollington Medical Centre easily.
Unless stated otherwise, the information is available free of charge. Reasonable charges may be made however for copying, printing, postage or other disbursements.
The Scheme states how the information can be obtained.
· Your rights in relation to Freedom of Information, the Data Protection Act and the NHS Openness Code
In addition to accessing the information identified in this combined Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Bollington Medical Centre under the NHS Openness Code 1995. A link to this is available in Part 3. Hard copies are available free of charge from the Department of Health.
Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided and we will explain the reasons why not when this happens, such as when the information is of a sensitive, personal or confidential nature.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you and you can contact your doctor to do this.
We welcome suggestions about how the publications themselves might be improved.
Any questions, comments or complaints about this Scheme should be sent in writing to the practice Systems manager at Bollington Medical Centre.
If you feel that we have not dealt with your complaint adequately, you may take the complaint further to the Information Commissioner. Details of how to do this are available from the practice Systems manager at Bollington Medical Centre
PART 2: Classes of Information that we hold
THE CLASSES OF INFORMATION
All information at Bollington Medical Centre is held, retained and destroyed in accordance with NHS guidelines. The information on this Scheme is grouped in to the following broad categories:
· 1. The NHS and how we fit in
· 2. Who we are
· 3. Our Services
· 4. Public Finance
· 5. Complaints
· 6. Regular Publications and Information for the Public
· 7. This Publication Scheme
In selecting information which is to be included in each class, we will have to take into account that some of the material included in the contents may have to be exempted from disclosure under the NHS Openness Code or the Freedom of Information Act. This means that sometimes not all of the material can be made available for publication or the material may be edited.
1. The NHS and how we fit in
The NHS Plan explains how the NHS is changing and sets out how all the different parts function and work together. A copy is available on the Department of Health web site; the address is at Part 3 of this Scheme.
The practice aims to follow NICE and National Service Framework guidelines and participates in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). These can also be found on the Department of Health web site.
The NHS is a very large part of the public sector. A full list of local General practices can be found on Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust web site at www.cecpct.nhs.uk . Bollington Medical Centre provides medical services for the town of Bollington, the villages of Pott Shrigley and Prestbury plus parts of Rainow and Tytherington.
A full list of our services and a description of the practice boundary appears in the practice Information Booklet and on the practice website at www.bollingtonmedicalcentre.co.uk
2. Who we are
Details of the General practice organisational structure and key personnel are outlined on the Website.
This includes the full name of each Partner and other doctors and whether they are full or part time, managers and health professionals employed by the practice e.g. Practice nurses.
This practice adheres to a local Personal Medical Services contract with Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust to provide primary care services for registered patients of the practice.
Some information will be withheld, including personal, confidential information about individuals which is protected by the Data Protection Act.
3. Our Services
Our services are outlined on the website. This explains the range of services that we provide ourselves or together with other agencies.
Some services may involve Information-sharing (e.g. child protection conferences) with other agencies.
Practice opening hours are 8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. We also provide some evening surgery appointments from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm, details on the website. Out of hours services are provided by the PCT..
The partners consult in English.
We employ at the practice:-
1 practice Systems manager
1 practice Business manager
1 Access lead
1 IT Assistant
3 Medical Secretaries
2 Administrative Assistants
8 Medical receptionists
4 practice nurses
3 Pharmacy Technicians
1 Healthcare Assistant
All doctors can be consulted about any problem that lies within the practice remit. For particular problems you may be advised to see a particular doctor after the initial consultation.
The doctors mentioned below are the leads within the surgery for clinical and administrative functions:
Dr Gerald A. Coope (Partner)
MB ChB - Manchester 1978, MRCP, MRCGP Hypertension, Lipids, Respiratory Disease.
Dr Debbie A. Maxwell (Partner)
MB ChB - Manchester1983, B.Sc MedSci - St Andrews, MRCGP. Family/ Maternity Services.
Dr Valerie A. Ramsden (Partner)
MB ChB - Manchester 1982, MRCP, DRCOG, MRCGP, Diploma in Practical Dermatology. Dermatology, Diabetes.
Dr Thomas M. Losel (Partner)
MB ChB - Sheffield 1993, DRCOG, MRCGP Certificate in management of Drug Misuse. Diabetes, Obstetrics, Child Health.
Dr Peter C. Wilson (Partner)
MB ChB - Manchester 1991, MRCGP, MRCOG. Minor Surgery, Joint Injections, GP Trainer.
Dr Sharon Wasson
MB ChB - Manchester 1992, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP. Menopause, Osteoporosis, HRT.
Dr Rachel Calver
BM BS - Nottingham 1997, B. Sc MedSci, MRCGP, DRCOG, Diploma Practical Dermatology, Diploma Family Planning. . Dermatology, Family Planning.
Dr Lawrence YT. Low (Partner) MB ChB - Manchester 2004, MRCGP Urology, Mens Health.
4. Public Finance
The practice receives money from Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust according to its PMS contract in exchange for NHS services provided to patients.
The total income received from the NHS before expenses, including staff costs, in 2008/2009 was £1,365,756.00 The sum identified for spending on NHS drugs prescribed by Bollington Medical Centre for 2010/2011 is £1,412,971.52
There may be circumstances where material cannot be released because it is confidential or commercial information or the appropriate officer designated for these purposes under the Act has taken the view that it may be prejudicial to the conduct of the practice’s affairs.
A copy of the complaints policy for our practice is available at Bollington Medical Centre. Complaints can be directed to the practice Business manager or the PCT.
6. Regular Publications and Information for the Public
Our policies: confidentiality, zero tolerance to violence, data protection and removal of patients from the practice list are available at Bollington Medical Centre free of charge.
Information leaflets relating to the clinical services and health services that we provide for patients and the public, and our range of regular publications are freely available at the surgery in the reception area.
Some of this information is of a personal and confidential nature and will be excluded as will any other confidential material. Material relating to the health and safety of specific individuals, as to law enforcement or criminal or regulatory enforcement issues may also be excluded from publication. There may be circumstances where material cannot be released because the appropriate officer designated for these purposes under the Act has taken the view that it may be prejudicial to the conduct of public affairs.
7. This Publication Scheme
The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act and at common law. Maintaining the right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part. To help with this, the Primary Care Trust has appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian. This person for CECPCT is Heather Pope, head of Community Dentistry. Their responsibility is to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality. The Caldicott Guardian supports the Information Governance Lead for Bollington Medical Centre who is Mrs J Appleyard.
Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (there is a link to the Act in Part Three below), each General practice has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of the information held. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities which includes General Practitioners. From 2005 the General practice will be obliged to respond to requests about the information which they hold and is recorded in any form and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions which the General practice has to take into account before deciding what information can be released. This combined Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information which the General Practitioners in Bollington Medical Centre publish.
This combined Publication Scheme aims to make as much information about Bollington Medical Centre, as available as possible, on a continuous basis. We will continue to add to the information here proactively and regularly.
Whenever we make any changes to any of the information above, we will ensure that the Publication Scheme reflects these changes.
PART THREE: Index to the Publication Scheme and useful Resources
Web sites :
Primary Care Trust web site and East Cheshire Trust
NHS Openness Code
Code of practice under Section 45 FOI Act 2000
Code of practice under Section 46 FOI Act 2000
Statement of Fees and Allowances payable for General Medical Practitioners in England
Material available through this Publication Scheme is subject to the General practice’s copyright unless otherwise indicated. Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided it is done so accurately in a manner which will not mislead. Where items are re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source and acknowledge copyright status. This permit does not extend to third party material, accessed through the scheme. For HMSO Guidance Notes see www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm