GPC Guidance

From your BMA GPs committee chair

Missed any of our key guidance?

Dr_Chaand_NagpaulAs your representative body, one of the key roles of the BMA GPs committee is to provide guidance for GPs and LMCs (local medical committees) and briefings on changes affecting general practice, helping you to plan ahead and respond to challenges.

We have produced no fewer than 25 guidance documents and briefing notes for GPs in the past six months, all of which are available on the BMA website. These have been written with everyday GPs in mind and I’ve listed some of the key resources we have published most recently below:

If you need further support or clarification on any of these resources, email us You can also contact your LMC for assistance.

Fit for Work scheme goes live across England and Wales

GPs throughout England and Wales can now refer employed patients who have been, or are likely to be, off sick for four weeks or more for a voluntary occupational health assessment. Government information states that: ‘The occupational health professional will identify obstacles preventing the employee from returning to work. A Return to Work Plan will be agreed providing recommendations tailored to the employee’s needs, which can replace the need for a fit note.’

Further details are available on the Fit for Work website, while specific guidance for GPs can be found on the Government’s website and we have also produced our own guidance and FAQs.

Finally, as always, you can keep in touch with the latest news at

With best wishes,
Chaand Nagpaul
BMA GPs committee chair