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STPs, Devolution and Primary Care: Interview with Stephen Dorrell

By Survindar Chahal / 30 November, 2016

More than 20 years after becoming John Major’s Health Secretary, Stephen Dorrell is still pushing for better integration of health and social care for the UK. He is under no illusions about the size of the task, but as Chair of the NHS Confederation he is in a position to talk outside of party boundaries and look at the problems from the outside in.

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11 Key Quotes from FPM’s Practice Manager Salary Survey 2016

By First Practice Management / 30 November, 2016

The results from our annual Practice Manager Salary Survey are in, and as always they make for fascinating reading. Responses from primary care managers across the UK revealed the gender pay gap is at 10.18%, as well as showing a desire for a more structured approach to the role. Here we pick out some choice quotes from the survey, providing a snapshot of the state of people management in primary care today.

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GP Awards 2016: Thornfields Win Education Provider of the Year Award

By First Practice Management / 29 November, 2016

We’re proud to announce that Thornfields came home with the Education Provider of the Year Award at last week’s prestigious GP Awards at the Lancaster Hotel in London!

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Stress Awareness – Dealing with Negative Thoughts

By Rosie Riley / 29 November, 2016

As we reach the end of our month-long focus on the issue of stress in general practice, mindfulness teacher Rosie Riley returns to share tips on how to deal with negative thinking. Following on from the Mindfulness Toolkit she created for FPM members, she reveals useful methods to help cope with the daily stresses and worries that plague us all.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 28th November 2016

By First Practice Management / 29 November, 2016

Our weekly round-up this week includes a new addition to the document library in the form of a Breast Feeding Policy that applies to both staff and visitors to your practice, which was produced in response to a request from the FPM Forum. We’ve also had a timely look at the Christmas Party Policy!

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Improving Your Personal Resilience (Vlog)

By Gerry Devine / 28 November, 2016

This video is a little different to the others we’ve produced - we usually focus on giving practice managers advice on helping you improve your staff, your management skills or your CQC knowledge. However, this time we want to focus on you.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 21st November 2016

By First Practice Management / 25 November, 2016

A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Including articles on an inspirational practice awarded outstanding, NHS passport checks and the Autumn Statement. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Working Smarter Not Harder – Leeds Roundup

By Jade Dudding / 24 November, 2016

Last Friday saw the last of our Working Smarter Not Harder workshops, which took place at Thackray Medical Museum in our home city of Leeds. The event saw practice managers get the chance to network, take away some helpful tips on CQC inspections, as well as HR and management issues, and get a demo of how the new FPM website and app work and their exciting new features.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 21st November 2016

By First Practice Management / 22 November, 2016

Our weekly round-up this week includes updates to our Being Open and Whistleblowing policies, where we’ve added some guidance regarding new NHS England guidance to support whistleblowers. The review states that all primary care providers should instate a named individual as their ‘Freedom to Speak Up Guardian’ by September next year.

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ILM-Accredited Courses Build Lasting Leadership Skills – Could Your Practice Benefit?

By Charan Sarai / 22 November, 2016

Charan Sarai, Training Business Manager for Thornfields, the recently crowned Education Provider of the Year at the GP Awards, discusses the success of the primary care training specialists’ ILM-accredited courses, which focus on the real challenges that managers and leaders face on a daily basis and help build leadership, management and coaching skills.

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Practice Manager Salary Survey 2016 Results – The Gender Pay Gap Revealed

By First Practice Management / 22 November, 2016

First Practice Management is proud to announce the results of our Practice Manager Salary Survey for 2016. Sponsored by insurance providers MIAB, the survey received more than 1,500 responses and sheds light on the gender pay gap in general practice management roles, with men earning more than 10% more than women working in the same roles.

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Professional Indemnity Cover: MDOs Vs Insurance Policies

By MIAB / 21 November, 2016

Healthcare professionals are committed to delivering a high standard of care to their patients but, as with all professions, mistakes can be made. Medical malpractice is professional negligence by a healthcare professional and refers to the misdiagnosis or incorrect treatment of a patient, which may have caused injury or death.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 14th November 2016

By First Practice Management / 18 November, 2016

A round up of this week's primary care headlines, including articles on STP plans to cut GP numbers, patient risk unless NHS budgets rise and QOF results being misleading. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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GP Practices Told to Appoint ‘Whistleblowing Guardians’

By Simon Harker / 17 November, 2016

New NHS England guidance put in place to support whistleblowers states that all primary care providers should instate a named individual as their ‘Freedom to Speak Up Guardian’ by September 2017.

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Social Media and the CQC: How Safe are You Socially?

By Bethany McCormack / 15 November, 2016

It's recently been reported that practices could face unannounced CQC inspections if patients complain about them on social media. In an attempt to become more data-driven, the regulatory body is looking to utilise social media in their efforts to monitor GP practices.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 14th November 2016

By First Practice Management / 15 November, 2016

First Practice Management’s comprehensive Policy and Procedure Library is continually updated to incorporate the latest changes and developments in healthcare, as well as being quality-checked on a rolling basis to keep our documents as up to date as possible.

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Stress Awareness – Anxiety and the Benefits of 7/11 Breathing

By Rosie Riley / 14 November, 2016

Continuing our month-long focus on the problem of stress in general practice, mindfulness teacher Rosie Riley discusses her battles with anxiety and the methods she uses to keep it in check. Following on from the Mindfulness Toolkit she created for FPM members, she also details the benefits of 7/11 breathing, a useful tool for staying calm in difficult situations.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 7th November 2016

By First Practice Management / 11 November, 2016

A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Including stories on super-practices, NHS budgets and the CQC. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 7th November 2016

By First Practice Management / 09 November, 2016

First Practice Management’s comprehensive Policy and Procedure Library is continually updated to keep our documents as up to date as possible, as well as being quality-checked on a rolling basis. Our weekly round-up this week includes an update to the Prescription Security Protocol, which features additional information on storing bulk forms and pads, as well as general security precautions.

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Practice Manager Salary Survey 2016 Results (Infographic)

By First Practice Management / 09 November, 2016

The results for First Practice Management's Practice Manager Salary Survey are in! We're giving you a snippet of the results this week and then the full breakdown will be released week commencing 21st November, so keep your eyes on our blog.

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