Professional fees committee overview

The PFC (professional fees committee) consults and negotiates fees on behalf of doctors on a range of additional work that falls outside their NHS contracts.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Last reviewed: 23 May 2022
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​The PFC (professional fees committee) represents the BMA on all matters relating to non-NHS, non-contractual medical service work, such as local and central government work, medico-legal work, insurance work and a wide range of reports, examinations and certificates for patients or third parties.

This includes consulting with Government and other organisations on work implications for the doctor involved and, where possible, negotiating fees for this.

 

Our priorities

Fees calculator

We are developing a fee tool. It will inform how you prepare professional reports outside your normal NHS contract: the effects of overheads, tax, NI and NHS Pension contributions. With this information, you will be able to set your own fees more accurately.

Review of fees, including those in the devolved nations

We are identifying a priority list of the fees that need to be reviewed, including those in the devolved nations.

Medical examiners system in England and Wales (outside acute care settings)

We are expressing concern over to the implementation plans and timelines for extending the medical examiner role to evaluate all deaths occurring in community settings. We will continue to articulate these concerns as the system is rolled out in England and Wales.

Firearms licensing

We have been working with BMA general practice committee, the Home Office, NPCC and RCGP to establish a firm position on GPs' roles and responsibilities in the process of issuing firearms licences. We also continue to discuss and pursue the issue of flagging on the GP record to ensure that this is developed appropriately within existing IT systems and that it will be fit for purpose.

Safeguarding reports (and payments of collaborative fees)

Payments for the issuance of safeguarding reports (and payments of collaborative fees) are not part of the GMS contract and GPs are currently doing work with outdated fees. We aim to ensure doctors are paid whether working under GMS or not.

DVLA Fees and Medicals

The DVLA has consulted on healthcare professionals being able to complete DVLA medical questionnaires as well as doctors. The fees calculator will inform doctors of their true value and cost of production.

 

Our people

Chair: Dr Peter Holden

Deputy chair: Dr Om Aggarwal

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Our meetings

The committee meets three times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting the profession. These meetings are only open to committee members.

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 22 June 2022
  • Wednesday 2 November 2022
  • Thursday 9 February 2023
  • Thursday 11 May 2023

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

 

How to join

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of PFC, these are: 

Regional elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for one seat on PFC take place for a one-session term. 
  • Timeline - elections take place in June or July.
  • Eligibility - all doctors who are BMA members and meet the specified criteria for each seat are eligible to stand and vote in these elections. The criteria will be specified in the section below when elections are open.  
ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for three seats on PFC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM, and voting closes a few days after ARM.
  • Eligibility - all BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  

 

Elections

ARM elections 2022 to 2023

The professional fees committee is holding elections for 3 seats for a one-session term.

Eligibility

To stand in this election, you must:

  • be a BMA member 
  • have a BMA online account.

Only ARM delegates can vote in this election.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Friday 29 April 2022 to 10am on Monday 27 June 2022.
  • Ballot - from 2pm on Monday 27 June 2022 to 12pm on Wednesday 29 June 2022.

Results

Results will be announced from Friday 1 July 2022 at 5pm on the election portal.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the elections

If you have any questions about these elections, please email [email protected]

 

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the PFC, email [email protected].