GPs (doctors)and practice managers confront many issues in staff management. A Guide to Staff Employment in General Practice provides detailed procedures for navigating these sometimes difficult issues. At the same time, the book identifies relevant UK law and draws on authoritative advice from bodies such as Acas. Although it contains expert information on employment law, expert knowledge is not required to use this book. It has an easy-to-use style and gives step-by-step guidance throughout. Information is accompanied by meticulous cross-referencing and details of the pertinent employment law are readily available in the appendices. The book accesses current law and good practice, allowing readers to manage any specific issue. The book covers a wide range of topics, including: the employment contract - the key to the many employment rights - and how to change the contract legally; managing disciplinary procedures; performance management (including sickness absence); dismissal; equality; maternity rights; appraisal; workplace stress. The book also contains a chapter on recent developments, such as GP federations and their employment implications.
This guide has been compiled by a practice adviser with many years' experience of advising, representing and training GP practices. Not only does the author know how employment law works, but he also knows how general practice works. Readership: GP staff partners, practice managers, HR personnel in (English) Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP trainers who may need an employment manual to take trainees through learning situations; trainee practice managers.
Legal aspects of the employment contract and employees' rights. What is in the contract and changing the contract. Breach of contract. Disciplinary procedures and appeals. How to conduct a formal disciplinary meeting. Performance management. Disability. Managing sickness absence. Bullying and harassment. Terminating the contract, including dismissal, notice and redundancy. Statutory, maternity and equality rights. Part-time employees and temps. Health and safety. Staff appraisal. Stress in the workplace and a stress policy. Grievance procedures. Transfer of Undertakings - TUPE. Recent developments, including GP federations and changes to employment tribunals. Appendices.