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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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FPM Staff Pay and Ratios Survey 2015/16

By First Practice Management / 28 February, 2016

Our annual staff pay and staffing levels survey has proven to be a valuable tool for managers assessing their own practice rates and staffing needs. Welcome to the 2015/16 survey and thanks in advance for taking the time to contribute your practice data.

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Rescue package for general practices may not be ready until spring

By Jade Dudding / 26 February, 2016

GP practices may have to wait another two months for a support package that was promised to help ease pressures has been pushed back. The Department of Health, NHS England officials and GP leaders are in discussions to come up with a plan to help struggling practices.

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Are you paying holiday pay for your staff correctly?

By Sam Cook / 26 February, 2016

In the latest in a series of holiday pay related tribunal cases over the past couple of years, the EAT has held that no change in domestic law is needed to adhere to the principals of EU law. In Lock v British Gas, Mr Lock, received a generous results-based commission when at work, but was only granted basic pay for periods of annual leave.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 22nd February 2016

By First Practice Management / 25 February, 2016

A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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How to tackle underperformance in your practice

By Sam Cook / 23 February, 2016

Individuals’ poor performance can give managers a real headache and leave holes in practice resources. Getting down to the cause of underperformance issues and taking some preventative measures means you won’t have to prepare yourself for timely and unpleasant formal procedures.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 22nd February 2016

By First Practice Management / 23 February, 2016

The headlines surrounding negotiations around the GP contract in England coming to an end brought with them news that the dementia enhanced service is to be withdrawn. With that in mind, we’ve updated the Dementia - Enhanced Service Specification.

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GP funding boost to help offset rising CQC costs

By Simon Harker / 22 February, 2016

Talks between the GPC and the Government over the 2016-17 GP contract in England have resulted in a £220m funding boost for practices, with a share of the uplift earmarked to help pay for planned rises to CQC fees.

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The whole NHS fails if general practice does, claims healthcare experts

By Nicole Gallagher / 18 February, 2016

Urgent action is needed to repair the issues facing general practice according to Sir Sam Everington, chair of Tower Hamlets and Professor Martin Roland from University of Cambridge. The healthcare experts claimed that NHS money being put towards practices has fallen by 2.5% in the last ten years despite funding increases.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 15th February 2016

By First Practice Management / 18 February, 2016

A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 15th February 2016

By First Practice Management / 17 February, 2016

With contractual changes to patients’ rights to access their medical records online in England just around the corner and similar plans afoot in both Wales and Scotland, the implementation of online resources is a hot topic in general practice.

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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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The future of online patient records

By Simon Harker / 15 February, 2016

The Primary Care Foundation report ‘Making Time in General Practice’, published in late 2015, set out to identify ways of freeing up time for GP surgery staff facing what can sometimes feel like ever-increasing workloads without a hint of respite.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 8th February 2016

By First Practice Management / 11 February, 2016

A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 8th February 2016

By First Practice Management / 09 February, 2016

The Child Health Protocols for England and Wales have both been up for review over the past week and the Immunisations sections for both have been tweaked to fully reflect the checklist of required vaccinations.

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Competition: Show some love this February

By First Practice Management / 08 February, 2016

We wanted to spread the love this February with it being National Heart Month and Valentine's Day by running a little competition. Nominate a colleague who you would like to show some love to by filling in the form below to let us know why they are so special.

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Could you be forced to give away extra holiday to staff?

By Sam Cook / 05 February, 2016

Many organisations will be looking towards the new holiday year in line with the financial year. Bank holidays often cause a headache for practice managers when administering annual leave but when bank holidays jump between holiday years this problem can be exacerbated.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 1st February 2016

By First Practice Management / 04 February, 2016

A round up of this week's primary care headlines. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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End of Year Report 2015

By First Practice Management / 02 February, 2016

In this report you will find survey results and analysis, a look back at some of the changes that came about in 2015 and the ones that we have to look forward to in the coming year, as well as the year in review from our anonymous Secret Diary blogger and an update on what to expect from FPM over the next few months.

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The Secret Diary of a CQC Advisor

By Anonymous Advisor / 02 February, 2016

Whenever I say that I am a specialist advisor on practice management with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) it`s guaranteed to make other managers’ eyebrows hit their hairline - or perhaps they reach for the crucifix and garlic under their desk. It’s the same reaction that I probably would have had before I started working for them.

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