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6 important skills every Practice Manager should have

By Simon Harker / 01 July, 2019

What makes a great leader in primary care? There are many perspectives on this issue, but there are some key skills we think everyone can agree on.

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Five resilience-boosting tips for stressed practice managers

By Simon Harker / 03 June, 2019

Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, something that is vitally important in general practice. It’s understandable that stress levels are on the rise thanks to ongoing changes in the NHS, tightening budgets and more initiatives than ever to keep track of.

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How can your practice cope with the GP shortage?

By Simon Harker / 14 May, 2019

It’s no secret that as the need for primary care services grows, general practice is struggling to recruit the GPs needed to meet demand. How can GP practices in the worst-hit area take steps to meet demand?

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The NHS App: New advice issued for Practice Managers

By Simon Harker / 08 May, 2019

The NHS App has been designed to provide a simple, secure way for patients to access NHS services using their smartphone or tablet. NHS Digital has provided new information for GP practice managers about what they need to do to prepare for the rollout.

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9 Key Quotes from the 2019 Staff Salary Survey

By Simon Harker / 17 April, 2019

The results from FPM’s 2019 Staff Salary Survey are in! Primary care managers from across the UK shared details of how they pay their team, and shared some striking insights into the challenges it presents.

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Social Prescribing: How taking a ‘nature pill’ can boost wellbeing

By Simon Harker / 04 April, 2019

We’ve talked a lot about social prescribing in primary care recently, so recent research that shows getting closer to nature can lower stress levels and boost wellbeing really caught our eye...

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GP practices to lead dentists and pharmacists in Primary Care Networks (PCN)

By Simon Harker / 02 April, 2019

Membership of Primary Care Networks will not be restricted to GP practices and will grow to include community pharmacies, dental providers and optometrists, NHS England has revealed.

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What Are the 10 High Impact Actions for General Practice? Part Two

By Simon Harker / 01 April, 2019

The GP Forward View contains 10 High Impact Actions to release time for primary care staff. In this article, we look at the last five set of actions, including personal productivity and social prescribing – what they involve, what benefits they could provide, and how they can be put into practice.

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What Are the 10 High Impact Actions for General Practice?

By Simon Harker / 25 March, 2019

The GP Forward View contained a series of 10 high impact actions that aim to release time for staff. In the first of two articles, we will take a look at the first five set of actions – what they involve, what benefits they could provide, and how they can be put into practice.

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5 quick ideas for putting social prescribing into practice

By Simon Harker / 20 March, 2019

Last week was Social Prescribing Day! To mark the occasion, we have gathered a few ideas on how to implement it at your practice, as well as information about Thornfields' new 'Learn and Share' programmes.

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CQC to introduce new annual reviews for ‘majority’ of GP practices

By Simon Harker / 11 March, 2019

GP practices rated either Good or Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission will be subject to new ‘annual regulatory reviews’ and focused inspections from 1 April. How will your practice be affected?

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Does the perfect GP practice exist?

By Simon Harker / 06 March, 2019

Practice Managers who took part in a recent BMA survey have addressed the issue of GP practices being too small to meet patient demand, with half of respondents saying they do not believe the surgery building they work in fits their present needs.

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Dispensing practices affected by crackdown on fake medicines

By Simon Harker / 20 February, 2019

The issue of counterfeit medicines is a growing concern, and the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) has been put in place to help solve the problem. As of February 9, GP practices are expected to comply with an initiative described as ‘the safest medicines system in the world’.

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6 key things to know about the NHS Long-Term Plan

By Simon Harker / 12 February, 2019

NHS England finally shared the NHS Long-Term Plan on 7th January, and as expected there’s a lot to get to grips with – the plan sets out the 10-year priorities for healthcare and reveals how NHS funding is going to be used.

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Key Steps to Running More Effective Meetings

By Simon Harker / 11 February, 2019

We’ve all been in that situation - walking out of the meeting room wondering exactly what’s been achieved, unsure of what we’re supposed to do next and, worst of all, even more confused than we were at the start. So how do we avoid these potential pitfalls and make sure that we’re getting the most from our meetings?

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What Makes Practice Managers so Great?

By Simon Harker / 04 February, 2019

Who’s got the skills, patience and knowledge to run a successful business, keep on top of a constant stream of changes to an already-complex NHS, and sort out a locum at the drop of a hat? It could only be a GP practice manager!

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A guide to saving time for primary care managers

By Simon Harker / 28 January, 2019

We’re all thinking about reinventing ourselves once again, whether it’s signing up for that gym membership, sampling a vegan sausage roll or ‘generously’ giving away the biscuits at the back of the cupboard. But what about our professional lives – how do we re-evaluate the way we work?

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New ‘Long-Term’ NHS Plan includes new CQC assessments

By Simon Harker / 09 January, 2019

The new long-term NHS plan introduces a series of measures that affect primary care, including a program that will see the CQC assess practices on how ‘carer-friendly’ their service is.

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11 Key Quotes from FPM’s Practice Manager Salary Survey 2018

By Simon Harker / 05 December, 2018

FPM’s annual Practice Manager Salary Survey results are in, and as always they make for fascinating reading. Here we take a closer look at some choice quotes from the survey, providing a snapshot of the state of people management in primary care today:

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Is the Primary Care Home model the future of General Practice?

By Simon Harker / 07 November, 2018

Matt Hancock told GPs that general practice can ‘blossom’ under the Primary Care Home model in a recent speech. But is this integrated approach to healthcare really the answer to the many problems facing primary care?

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