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Managing Regulatory and Legislative Risks in GP Organisations

By: Helen Hartley | Post date: 20/12/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 14/11/2018

CQC and other regulatory and legislative issues are a significant challenge for all GP organisations. This challenge is set to increase. What advice can you give to manage this challenge/risk?

Head of Underwriting Operations, Dr Helen Hartley, discusses how GP organisations manage regulatory and legislative issues.


The change in primary care delivery models with increased federations and hubs mean that other healthcare professionals are taking on roles that have traditionally been the domain of general practitioners. We are seeing increased nursing prescribers, we are seeing pharmacists involved in medication reviews and while that offers many advantages to GPs and patients, there is a possibility that those healthcare professionals may be subject to regulatory criticism and similarly the GPs who are delegating those tasks could be criticised if that is deemed inappropriate or without the correct degree of supervision. GPs that have got individual membership with Medical Protection have always and will continue to be able to call on our assistance with matters involving their regulator, the GMC, as will other healthcare professionals who may be subject to the Nursing and Midwifery Council who are individual members with Medical Protection. Medical Protection has traditionally offered individual membership to doctors and dentists and other healthcare professionals and that remains the case. However, those practices part of our Practice Extra scheme have the opportunity to include healthcare professionals taking on additional roles as individual members within that scheme. 

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Helen Hartley

Helen Hartley is the head of underwriting operations & deputy head of underwriting policy at Medical Protection. With over 17 years’ NHS hospital medical experience prior to joining us as a medicolegal advisor and then risk consultant, she brings a vast wealth of knowledge to her current role.

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