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Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously CRB checks)

By Jennifer Melia / 29 May, 2014

A key responsibility as an employer is to consider the role and responsibilities within your practice, to ensure they have the correct type of check. This will mean reviewing the level of contact that your employees will have with adults and children...

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

By Towergate MIA / 29 May, 2014

As the famous saying by Benjamin Franklin goes, by knowing what you can prevent could help you avoid unwanted hassle in the future. Towergate Insurance has taken a look at some common claims doctors have made and considered how they can be avoided...

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Back to the Future

By Old Geezer / 28 May, 2014

Old hands will have seen (or heard) it all before. There is very little new in this world after all – Star Wars was a ground-breaker, Terminator 2, and Back to the Future (1) perhaps, and some argue for Ghostbusters, but as we all know that the NHS, for all its political hype, remains stuck in Groundhog Day...

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How can GP Practices utilise Twitter?

By Liam Cowling / 27 May, 2014

Social Media is an easy and cost effective way of sharing information about what’s happening at the practice and sharing relative content with your patients. Over the last year I have seen a definite rise in GP Practices taking on Twitter and Facebook accounts to communicate with patients...

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Going Live on EMIS Web

By Jeffrey Krell / 27 May, 2014

Well after the 12 week familiarisation period the day came to eventually go live. I have to admit to not sleeping well the night before but I got into work bright and early at 7:30am. As a surgery that still works with an open morning surgery there was a queue of 2...

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Legislation Update: National minimum wage and on-call time

By First Practice Management / 27 May, 2014

Two recent employment appeal tribunal decisions say that care workers who are required to be on the premises, even if they are allowed to sleep, are entitled to National Minimum Wage (NMW) even when they are sleeping or not carrying out work-related tasks...

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Changes to flexible working from June 30th 2014

By Jennifer Melia / 20 May, 2014

I am sure you all familiar with the current rules in relation to flexible working which provide employees, who have caring responsibilities, the right to request flexible working from their employer. It is worth noting that from the 30th June 2014, the Government will be amending the following...

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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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It’s time to save…and here is how. Chapter 1: Reduce Referrals

By The Microphone / 20 May, 2014

As the NHS faces a prospective funding gap of £30+ billion and GPs take the lead for commissioning services, there couldn’t be a better time for efficiency savings. Reduce referrals, share resources, cut costs: while the magic trio has never been higher on CCGs’ agenda...

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The Good, the Bad, and the ‘Iffy

By Old Geezer / 20 May, 2014

Charities are a bit of a mystery, aren’t they? They seem to range from vast outright international enterprises through to the small valuable local organisations set up for a particular and well-defined purpose, and all in-between. There are many out there which fill a gap...

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Legislation Update: Changes to Right to Work in the UK

By First Practice Management / 19 May, 2014

From 15 May 2014, an employer who hires someone who is not entitled to work in the UK can be subject to a civil penalty of up to £20,000 (increased from £10,000) for each person found to be working illegally, or a prison sentence of up to two years. From 16 May 2014...

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Out and about with iQ Medical

By Kathryn Poulter / 19 May, 2014

iQ Medical will be exhibiting at the Management in Practice event at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Thursday 5th June where the keynote speech is “Will practice managers save the NHS”. Keep a look out on the FPM Blog for my notes from the keynote speech...

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Thornfields public workshops

By Helen Murray / 13 May, 2014

Thornfields specialise in providing high quality, relevant and interactive primary care training courses to practice managers and staff in the primary care sector. We have been delivering training workshops to GP Practices and Primary Care Organisations throughout the UK since 1993...

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State of the NHS

By Old Geezer / 13 May, 2014

It’s a complex beast and I suspect that no-one actually understands it, or knows how it works. I am of course referring to the NHS. In a similar way no-one knows exactly what the NHS is – can anyone define it? There are squillions of quangos, private providers, contractors...

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Plan B - How to prevent an incident from spiralling out of control

By Kathryn Poulter / 13 May, 2014

What would happen if you were not able to communicate with your patients and staff or that the practice premises were affected and not accessible for a period of time?I thought it would be helpful to feedback on a number of conversations I have had with Practice Managers...

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2 days to go for the big switch over!

By Jeffrey Krell / 13 May, 2014

As the go live day gets nearer we all have a little trepidation of this change over that is now looming as from the switch we have to try and remember what we have learnt so far and put it straight into use. Until now we have been working with dummy patients...

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Legislation Update: HSE Legionnaires' Disease

By First Practice Management / 12 May, 2014

The final section of HSE’s Legionella technical guidance (HSG274: Part 2 – Hot and cold water systems) was published on 8 April 2014. Each section is now available to download. This guidance is for dutyholders, which includes employers, those in control of premise...

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Fixed term contracts – a great way to reduce costs or just a big headache?

By Jennifer Melia / 06 May, 2014

Fixed term contracts can be a really useful tool for you as the employer in terms  to ensure work is covered in the short-term, whilst you work out whether you need a permanent post. You can cover a period of sickness, or a maternity leave, career break or sabbatical etc...

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CQC consultation events

By Kate Hodkinson / 06 May, 2014

The CQC (Care Quality Commission) is running a number of consultation events around the country – aimed at finding out the views of interested parties regarding the changes to the inspection process in General Practice that are scheduled to commence later in 2014...

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Pulse Live 2014

By Helen Murray / 06 May, 2014

I attended the Pulse Live 2014 Conference in London last week. The focus was very much around CQC (Care Quality Commission) and my colleague Kathryn was lucky enough to attend a few of the workshops. The key points that we picked up on were as follows...

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