Dear General Medical Council,

Please could you identify any standards, rules, policies or guidance that
a. gives GPs the responsibility or authority to request or insist on seeing a child solely because they have discovered that child's parents have opted for elective home education.
b. gives GPs any responsibility for checking the education provided
c. suggests this should automatically be done annually even if the child has been seen during the year.

I.E. when there is
a. no evidence to suggest any health concerns
b. no evidence to suggest any safeguarding concerns
especially in the instance that:
c. the child has been seen recently by a GP in the same practice
d. the child is known to be seeing other professionals e.g. Paediatrician

Yours faithfully,

R Mason

p.s. the school nurse service is still available to children in elective home education
p.p.s the DfE confirm that elective home education is not a safeguarding concern
p.p.p.s It is Social Services duty to investigate safeguarding concerns
p.p.p.p.s It is the Local Authority's responsibility to deal with breaches of the Education Act

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Dear R Mason

 

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Simon Willis (0161 923 6310), General Medical Council

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Dear Mr / Ms Mason

 

Your information access request

 

Thank you for your email of 18 November 2016. Your request is as follows
:-

 

“Please could you identify any standards, rules, policies or guidance that
a. gives GPs the responsibility or authority to request or insist on
seeing a child solely because they have discovered that child's parents
have opted for elective home education. b. gives GPs any responsibility
for checking the education provided c. suggests this should automatically
be done annually even if the child has been seen during the year.”

 

I’ve considered your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

‘Good Medical Practice’, together with its explanatory guidance, sets out
standards expected of all doctors registered with the GMC; these are
available from [1]http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/. The FOIA covers
requests for recorded information that is held by a public authority and,
as such, we are unable to advise you how the principles set out in the
guidance applies to your specific questions. However, we have issued a
guide on what patients can expect from their doctors which you might find
to be of interest – please find this at
[2]http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/patients....

 

Who to contact

 

I hope you find this information useful. If you have any queries about
this, or need anything further, please contact me on the details below.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Simon Willis

Information Access Officer

Resources & Quality Assurance Directorate

Direct Dial: 0161 923 6310

Email: [3][email address]

 

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Dear Simon Willis (0161 923 6310),

Thank you very much for your response, just for clarity could you confirm that my understanding of it is correct I.E. that there is no rule or guidance that mandates that a GP 'must' insist on an annual health check, asking about syllabus, timetable etc. when there is no other health concern.

Yours sincerely,

R Mason

Simon Willis (0161 923 6310), General Medical Council

Dear Mr/Ms Mason,

Thank you for your email.

As explained, unfortunately I cannot advise you how the principles set out in the Good Medical Practice and its explanatory guidance applies to specific scenarios.

Please contact me if you have any further queries.

Yours sincerely

Simon Willis
Information Access Officer
Resources & Quality Assurance Directorate
Direct Dial: 0161 923 6310
Email: [email address]

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