Tier 2 Visa Reimbursements - Deadline Extended
Please note that NHSE have extended the deadline for Tier 2 visa reimbursements from 31/01/2020 to 31/03/2020. They will soon be issuing an updated reimbursement form and process, which will also reflect the reduced Tier 2 fees from when GPs were added to the Shortage Occupation List from 6 October.
See our news item of 04/09/2019 (below) for more details on Tier 2 Visas or visit our Tier 2 Visas Guidance page.
LMC Newsletter September 2019
The September 2019 issue of our regular newsletter is now available. Included in this month's issue with all the latest news, events and updates:
- Premises issues update from the GPC
- Additional roles reimbursement guidance
- Latest training and events including HYMS courses
Download the September 2019 newsletter (pdf).
Premises Issues Update
Practices affected by issues with CHP and NHSPS will be interested in the latest update regarding work being done at national level to address these matters.
In summary, the BMA has asked NHS Property Services for an urgent response to concerns over the worrying rise in service charges faced by GP practices. Failing this, legal action will be considered. BMA lawyers have set out in detail the reasons why it believes NHSPS is acting unlawfully in a letter of claim. If no satisfactory response is received, the BMA says it intends to take NHSPS to court. The BMA are currently engaging in the ‘alternative dispute resolution’ process proposed by NHSPS’s lawyers.
Further background to the issue can be found in a recent GPC policy leads update (see the Premises and practice finances update by Gaurav Gupta, pages 8-9).
The BMA has a dedicated area on their website Support with Community Health Partnership (CHP) and NHS Property Service issues (NHS PS) which practices may find useful.
BMA guidance is clear that practices should engage with NHSPS, identify areas where there is a dispute and pay undisputed amounts. Practices should not be forced into any agreement which places the viability of the practice at risk and solutions must be sustainable. Practices should be mindful that the BMA are proceeding with legal action to address historical charges and should ensure that in reaching any agreement independently of this they do not put themselves at risk of any future liability or compromise their future position.
We are happy to provide advice and support to practices facing issues with premises. Contact details here.
Tier 2 Visas for International GPs: Guidance for Practices
Practices looking to recruit GPs from overseas will benefit from new guidance to help with the process of obtaining Tier 2 Visas.
Tier 2 is an immigration route for non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants who wish to work in the UK. Initially the focus was on doctors from the EEA but has now been widened to include Australia and New Zealand.
In order to obtain a Tier 2 Visa, these migrants must be sponsored by an organisation or company that holds a Tier 2 licence. A licence is a permission given to an organisation by the Home Office to sponsor workers in its business. This licence lasts for 4 years and the organisation is then recognised as a sponsor.
NHS England is offering a package of funding to support any practice who wants to become Tier 2 Visa sponsors. Funding available includes: reimbursement of sponsor licence fee (even if unsuccessful), Certificate of Sponsorship fee, the first two years of Immigration Skills Charge and Visa fees for GP trainee and their family.
There are a number of resources to help practices with Tier 2 Visa Applications:
Tier 2 Visa Applications: Support Information from NHSE - an overview of the rules, and how to get help from NHS England
Becoming a Tier 2 Visa Sponsor - PowerPoint slides outlining the process
Creating and Assigning Certificates of Sponsorship - PowerPoint slides explaining how to create the required certificates
LMC Newsletter August 2019
The August 2019 issue of our regular newsletter is now available to download.
Included on this issue are all the regular updates, events and opportunities including:
- Primary Care Network Data Templates
- New local resource - GP Signposts for Yorkshire and the Humber
- Resilience Resources
Download the August 2019 newsletter (pdf).
New Appointment at Humberside LMCs
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Zoe Norris who will be joining the LMC Secretariat team as Medical Director in August.
Zoe is a sessional GP and Hull Chambers lead for The Medical Chambers and has worked in the East Riding for the last nine years. She also has roles as a GP Appraiser and Clinical Lecturer.
We will be welcoming Zoe when she starts early next month, working with us for one day a week. She will have a key role in informing, supporting and representing GPs and practices, and in liaising with a range of bodies on primary care issues including workload, funding and workforce development.