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Five top tips for helping your practice meet its goals

With the summer of sport in full swing, take a look at our fun guide to engaging your very own local superstars! General practice is all about working together as a team and putting your best foot forward, after all... 

England manager Gareth Southgate has drawn praise for his leadership skills at this year's World Cup, so here are some lessons we think can be taken away from his team's great results…

Engage and encourage your own local superstars

Arrange some posters and leaflets around the practice to motivate patients who have been inspired by sporting events like the World Cup or Wimbledon. Why not put together a Summer of Sport-themed display promoting NHS initiatives such as Live Well and Change4Life – you may have a new superstar in your midst who just needs an extra push to get more active!

Hone your technique and aim high

England may not have been one of the hot favourites to grab glory at this year’s tournament, but all of the players have grabbed their moment to shine. Similarly, every practice will have areas where they excel!

Regardless of whether CQC inspections are something you have to contend with in your country, the initiatives they hand out ‘outstanding‘ ratings for are often great ideas regardless. Take a look at our article What Makes a Practice 'Outstanding'? for some inspirational ideas on how to make your practice stand out from the crowd.

Bring your team together

It’s been demonstrated plenty of times in the past that management isn’t always the simplest task and can leave you open to criticism, but get things right and you can become an instant hero. We know that job satisfaction is hugely important - when you’re happy, your team is more likely to be happy too. Keep an eye out for the forthcoming results of FPM's Job Satisfaction Survey to learn more about the mood of practice managers in 2018.

Practice Manager tips for success
Get your tactics right

Footballers wouldn’t be sent onto the field without knowing exactly what’s expected of them, either as a group or an individual, and neither should a GP practice team. Regardless of whether you know your 4-4-2 from your Christmas tree formation, FPM members can rest assured that they have access to a wide-ranging selection of policies and procedures that receive regular, timely updates that will help keep them and their team on the front foot.

Avoid scoring any own goals

In the same way a player wouldn't kick off a match without properly warming up, practices should be as prepared as possible for what’s ahead. First Practice Management has helped practices stay ahead of the curve, helping prepare for big changes such as GDPR.

Are there any more key lessons we can take from this year’s World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below. You can learn more about the benefits of an FPM membership by clicking here.

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