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7 ways to make the new QOF year an easier one

By Dwysan Rowena / 29 February, 2016

Practices everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief on the 31st March, because the QOF rush is over for another year. The 31st of March is a bit like New Year's Eve in general practice. It’s a time to celebrate and reflect; time to stop waking up in a pool of QOF-induced sweat during the night.

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7 important facts we learned from last year's staff salary survey

By Nicole Gallagher / 16 February, 2016

First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s annual staff salary survey is now under way, and in previous years hundreds of managers in primary healthcare have helped us to give you information on the average salaries for general practice staff up and down the country.

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Why you should be careful when using demotion as an alternative to dismissal

By Sam Cook / 11 January, 2016

Demotion is not an area explicitly covered by law. Although mentioned as an alternative disciplinary sanction by ACAS, it is in the courts where precedence and guidance originates on how to use demotion fairly.

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Revalidation for nurses - Does the prep start now? We say yes.

By Jade Dudding / 30 September, 2015

The publication of finalised revalidation guidance for nurses and midwives is expected in October with the process taking place in spring 2016. This procedure is to demonstrate that practise is being completed safely and it will strengthen the renewal process...

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How can you get the best out of your appraisals? (video)

By First Practice Management / 29 September, 2015

Appraisals are an important task for managers to complete, that’s why the next vlog focuses on how to undertake them and make sure they’re successful. In this video Charan Sarai one of our Practice Manager Advisers discusses in depth the purpose of appraisals and what preparation you need to conduct.

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The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager 27

By Anonymous Blogger / 29 September, 2015

Remuneration and salaries are always a controversial topic and - like most professions - there isn’t a job specification that fits all practice managers and roles. Because of this, pay can be quite varied across the board.

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Derby CQC Roadshow Roundup!

By First Practice Management / 22 September, 2015

Last Wednesday saw First Practice Management (FPM) Group hold their second CQC Roadshow of the year at The Silk Mill in Derby and once again the event was a huge success. Over 80 delegates registered an interest in the roadshow and those who attended said the event was ‘relevant’, ‘specific’ and that they enjoyed the interactive format.

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Practice Manager Salary Survey 2015

By First Practice Management / 02 September, 2015

The Institute for Fiscal Studies announced earlier this year that incomes had grown by 1.8 per cent between 2011/2012 and 2014/2015. It may have been a slow economic recovery, but figures suggested that incomes were finally back to pre-recession figures. But has this current trend been replicated for Practice Managers across the UK?

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9 important things we learned from last year’s Practice Manager Salary & Bonus Survey

By Nicole Gallagher / 26 August, 2015

The Practice Manager Salary & Bonus Survey will begin on 2nd September - as it enters it's 11th year, we decided to breakdown 9 important lessons we learned from 2014’s survey…

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Managing your inbox: Keep calm it’s only an email! (video)

By First Practice Management / 25 August, 2015

As part of First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s ‘aspects of managing’ vlog series, our newest video focuses on how to manage your emails efficiently. Following on from our last vlog on leadership qualities featuring Charan Sarai, this month’s video is presented by Practice Manager Adviser, Gerry Devine.

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What does the future of technology in primary healthcare hold?

By Jade Dudding / 18 August, 2015

Technological innovation in primary care has been prevalent in the media with Jeremy Hunt’s push for ideas to help ease the increasing workload for GPs. With the UK falling behind other countries that centre their medical service around improvements in technology, the NHS is still struggling.

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Our acclaimed CQC Roadshow is back again!

By First Practice Management / 12 August, 2015

Following the outstanding feedback received at our last CQC Roadshow, we’re excited to announce our next event will be taking place in Derby on the 16 September 2015! This exclusive free half-day event brings you the latest guidance around the new style CQC inspections...

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Mental ill health... It’s not just patients who need support

By Sam Cook / 11 August, 2015

Mental ill health can cover a range of conditions including stress, depression, schizophrenia, some addictions and eating disorders many of which (but not all) meet the legal definition of a disability. Employers are obliged to put in place reasonable adjustments...

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YoungMinds: Here's why we're supporting the charity...

By Jade Dudding / 03 August, 2015

As part of First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s aim to become Disability Confident we are supporting YoungMinds, a charity dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

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Managing People Survey 2015 (Win a £25 Love2shop voucher!)

By First Practice Management / 29 July, 2015

In order to help us to keep our content as relevant as possible to GP Practices and to develop new and existing services to meet the demands of the ever changing primary care sector, we would like you to complete our very quick HR feedback survey.

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Practice Manager Job Satisfaction Results 2015 (Infographic)

By First Practice Management / 21 July, 2015

The results are in for the FPM Practice Manager Job Satisfaction survey. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the survey. We have put together an Infographic to display some of the results and responses.

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HR news round up – Employment law in general practice

By First Practice Management / 17 July, 2015

A round up of the latest HR updates, including Equal Pay Claims, Nice Guidelines, Compulsory Living Wage, Tax Allowances, Holiday Pay and Working Time (Travelling).

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We are Disability Confident, are you?

By First Practice Management / 15 July, 2015

FPM are proud to announce that we are supporting the Disability Confident campaign. The campaign aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have opportunities to work to their full potential.

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A common annual leave scenario... and how to handle it

By Sam Cook / 13 July, 2015

Summer is a popular time for staff to book annual leave, and often it isn’t possible to accommodate everyone. However, declining holiday requests can lead to discontent among staff and a spike in unauthorised absence.

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Kings Fund report: "Making change will require a fundamental shift in approach"

By Nicole Gallagher / 10 July, 2015

Like much of the NHS, Primary Care is facing a time of change and challenges, with issues being exacerbated by a lack of funds and a shortage of potential staff. This week the King’s Fund published their ‘Better value in the NHS’ report...

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