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Stress in the workplace: Why should I care?

By Sam Cook / 17 March, 2015

Stress is increasingly a feature of the workplace and managing it is a difficult task for any business leaders since this non-tangible condition or state of mind is very subjective to the individual. Stress is one of the most common reasons for absence or illness in the workplace...

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Legislation Update: Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Guidelines updates

By First Practice Management / 29 July, 2014

New guidance on safe handling of cytotoxic drugs. HSE has recently published a new page that provides guidance on the safe handling of cytotoxic drugs in the workplace. Cytotoxic drugs are used widely in healthcare settings as well as in the community in the treatment of cancers...

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Legislation Update: Health & Safety in care homes

By First Practice Management / 15 July, 2014

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have published guidance which is intended to help those providing and managing care homes – to give them a better understanding of the real risks and how to manage them effectively. It has been extensively rewritten...

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Website - HR / Employment Law Guidance Area – Major revamp live today!

By First Practice Management / 20 May, 2014

First Practice Management (FPM) is proud to announce a major revamp of its HR / Employment Law Guidance Area. After extensive revision the new HR / Employment Law Guidance Area is filled with information and guidance for our members to improve their knowledge on all the HR requirements...

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A stroll in the park

By Old Geezer / 22 April, 2014

So local authorities are now using public health money to weed the flower beds in your local park (Source - BMJ). Ok, that might be a bit facetious, but that fact is when you give a health budget to a public body with other (non-health) priorities, who are usually strapped for cash...

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Legislation Update: Health & Safety and Pneumonia Vaccination

By First Practice Management / 21 April, 2014

Practices are reminded that they must display the new 2009 version as from 1st April 2014. Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace...

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Are you unnecessarily spending too much time and money on statutory compliance?

By Malcolm Thomas / 03 February, 2014

Health and Safety is about preventing death, injury and ill health in the workplace. Regrettably the compensation culture which now prevails, has inflicted damage on the perception of health and safety and the Government in recognising this development...

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Preparation is key...

By Helen Murray / 21 January, 2014

In my days as a practice manager, preparing for the QOF visit was a daunting task.  At the time I had limited knowledge of the outcomes and very little awareness of the process itself, as it happens, the QOF visit went very well but the lead up to it was extremely stressful...

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Legislation Update: Car Park Management & Health and Safety Executive

By First Practice Management / 26 November, 2013

In a recent case Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that Luton Airport and a design subcontractor have been ordered to pay a total of £372,595 in fines and costs for safety failings after an elderly passenger was killed on a poorly sited pedestrian crossing...

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Adverse Weather

By Elspeth Buck / 05 November, 2013

The worst winter for decades and record breaking snow has been predicted from November; so it’s about time to get the adverse weather policy down from the top shelf and dust it off... This is a brief overview of what practices should be aware of when faced with a situation...

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Legislation Update: Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

By First Practice Management / 14 October, 2013

On 1 October 2013 changes were introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) that will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate...

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Legislation Update: Management of Water Systems for Legionnaires

By First Practice Management / 30 September, 2013

In a recent court case Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was ordered to pay a total of £350,000 in fines and costs for serious safety failings relating to two separate matters.The first concerns at least seven patients being infected with legionella...

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Legislation Update: Asbestos Management

By First Practice Management / 27 August, 2013

In a previous bulletin feature article (23rd January 2013) First Practice Management’s Steve Morris advised members of their duty to properly manage their premises in relation to its potential to contain asbestos. In a recent case the need to do this properly was emphasised...

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Health Tourists

By Old Geezer / 08 July, 2013

Following First Practice Management's article last week on Health Tourists. Old Geezer got in touch to share his side of the story... I don’t like the term “tourists” in this context. Tourists bring squillions in to the economy, and are usually a happy, interested, engaging and pleasant...

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Health tourism - What are your thoughts on the health tourism debate?

By First Practice Management / 03 July, 2013

Health tourism has been a topical discussion around the NHS for awhile. In fact, this was one of the questions we asked Andy Burnham in our interview with him. This morning Jeremy Hunt announced a shakeup of how foreign visitors will have to pay at least an additional £200 fee...

Legislation Update: Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare

By First Practice Management / 21 May, 2013

Following an initial consultation in June 2012, it was agreed by the HSE board that a number of Approved Code of Practices (ACOPs) would be revised in line with the recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’...

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Managing your Car Park

By Steve Morris / 30 April, 2013

Car parks are outside the building (usually) and so come under the spotlight twice a day, and one of these times is when you are leaving! So what are the issues?Who is responsible for the practice car park?Car parks, or more precisely cars, are a major workplace hazard...

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Business Continuity Plan. Where is yours?

By Dwysan Rowena / 02 April, 2013

It started with a text. 11.45pm on November 26th 2012. It said, 'just to let you know there are flood warnings for the A5'. This is the road I normally travel via to work. I live in North Wales, not only that but I live in the wettest part of Wales, 45 minutes away from work...

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Phased Return to Work Following Long-Term Sickness

By Elspeth Buck / 26 March, 2013

Question: What is the best practice for a phased return to work following long-term sickness? I have a member of staff who, after being absent for work due to ill health for the past 9 months is now able to return to work. The practice has been in contact with the individual...

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Legislation Update: Health and Safety Executive

By First Practice Management / 25 March, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive have launched some new online guidance to make it easier for employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers' health.The Health and Safety Executive have published new guidelines on health surveillance...

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