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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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Report on General Practice Extraction Service published: What did the NAO find?

By Nicole Gallagher / 02 July, 2015

Further spending is needed to improve or replace the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) according to the findings of the National Audit Office’s investigation. The committee, who stand independently from the government, have released a report this morning .

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What I would tell my younger self?

By Marion Duffy / 06 May, 2014

Our local newspaper runs a regular column where it asks minor celebrities what they would now, with hindsight, tell their younger selves about the meaning of life and other big questions. It started me thinking about what I have learned during my recent three year stint as a Practice Manager...

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The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 15

By Anonymous Blogger / 15 April, 2014

Like many practice managers the first weekend in April (just after the end of the QOF year)  you are able to breathe a sigh of relief and hope that everything has been reported on and claimed for in the correct manner. It has been an exhausting period...

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Grab some last minute QOF Points... some hint & tips

By Helen Murray / 03 February, 2014

In my previous life as a practice manager, I often found that this time of year almost runs away with you and everyone is worrying about grabbing those last few QOF points.  In the words of Brucie; "points make prizes". Here are a couple of hints and tips of things I used to do to...

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Wales Update: Revised GMS contract package for GP practices

By Sarah Moore / 27 January, 2014

GPC Wales recently announced completion of negotiations with the Welsh Government on a revised GMS contract package for GP practices in Wales. Rather than amending details such as thresholds and withdrawing and replacing indicators, the changes announced appear to indicate...

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Carrot or Stick?

By Marion Duffy / 26 November, 2013

A news item caught my eye this week and left me saddened. Doctors and nurses are to be charged and possibly imprisoned for not providing adequate care for patients. How that contrasts with one of my recent reads – The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything...

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End of the Quarter? One Last Return Requested

By Marion Duffy / 12 July, 2013

Remember that full stool sample in the plastic container that came in after the lab van left on a Friday? The receptionist left the ‘sample’ in the treatment room to be disposed of later. (Funnily enough she decided she wasn’t going to put it in the vaccine or the kitchen fridges.)...

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Stuck in the middle with you. Getting to know your partners

By Marion Duffy / 18 June, 2013

You’ll have heard the mutterings in the staff room when some change is proposed or an unexpected situation arises.‘Dr W? – don’t bother asking him.  He’s just a grumpy git.  All he’ll do is moan. ’‘Oh, you can ask Dr X to do anything and she’ll always oblige...

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Scotland Update: QOF, DES, EMIS & Health and Social Care

By Donald Stewart / 13 May, 2013

Scottish QOF Guidance for 2013/14 was issued on 1 May 2013 and an electronic copy of the guidance is on the show website.Indicators across all domains have been renumbered.Indicators that apply to Scotland only, and differ from the rest of the UK have (S) after the indicator number...

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Influencing Others

By Kate Hodkinson / 23 April, 2013

There are a huge amount of pressures on practice managers at present – CQC, New QOF, loss of the PCT and all the support they gave and getting to grips with how the new CCGs will impact upon the practice. The ability to motivate, influence and get people on board with changes...

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Northern Ireland Update: GMS Contract 2013/14

By Nicola Cummings / 22 April, 2013

Northern Irish GP Practices were officially informed on 3rd April that an agreement had been reached between NIGPC and DHSSPSNI regarding the 2013/14 GP GMS contract. The key points of the GMS contract update are: 1.5% increase in pay and expenses...

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Diane Abbott MP Practice Visits

By Keerti Baker / 20 February, 2013

First Practice Management (FPM) accompanied Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health to visit member GP practices in Manchester on Thursday 14th February. This visit was a follow-up from FPM’s interview of Mr Andy Burnham (Shadow Health Secretary)...

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Andy Burnham MP - Exclusive Interview

By Keerti Baker / 05 February, 2013

First Practice Management exclusively interviewed Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, in London on 16th January 2013. FPM staff member and trained journalist Keerti Baker, asked Mr. Andy Burnham the "burning questions" put forward by our members...

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Does your practice website help you to comply?

By Steve Morris / 19 December, 2012

General practice websites are a mixed bag, varying from a web presence updated only occasionally and when forced to go so by radical change, through to an on-line tool providing a portal for patients to interact with the practice, other patients, and the staff managed daily...

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