BMA guidance

BMA handbook for GP employers

The handbook is written for GP partners and practice managers who employ staff directly and helps you navigate a wide range of issues you may face as an employer.
Location: UK
Audience: GPs Practice managers
Updated: Friday 13 March 2020
Topics: BMA primary care support services, GPs and staff
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What you'll get from the handbook

  • Your responsibilities as an employer, initial guidance and steps to follow.
  • The legal framework you are required to work within as an employer
  • Example policies, contract and best practice that can be adapted to your situation.


How to use the handbook

This guide is not meant to be a comprehensive substitute for the detailed guidance and support available from our employer advisory service.

Our aim here, is to provide you with an overview of key areas you need to consider as an employer. Advice tailored to your situation is available from our employment advisers.


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  • Recruitment
  • Induction
  • Employee contracts
  • Statutory employment rights
  • Managing the employment relationship
  • Employee grievances
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Flexible working
  • Sickness and special absence
  • Performance management
  • Appraisal
  • Managing change
  • TUPE
  • Social media
  • Annual leave
  • Adoption, maternity, paternity and parental leave and pay
  • Redundancy
  • Retirement
  • Discrimination
  • Public interest disclosure act