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Sharp CQC fee increases will see practice payouts more than triple

By Simon Harker / 31 March, 2016

The decision to raise CQC fees by up to £2,417 for GP practices from April 1 has sparked controversy among practice managers. The regulatory body has announced plans to fast-track its planned seven-fold increase in fees, meaning the higher costs will be introduced over the next two years.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 28th March 2016

By First Practice Management / 30 March, 2016

There is a short but useful selection of updates this week following the Easter bank holiday break, including the addition of an Enhanced Services 2016-17 document. Collecting the latest available information on the changes set to come about at the start of April, it makes for a handy inclusion to the library.

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Save our surgeries: The University Health Centre, Huddersfield

By Nicole Gallagher / 29 March, 2016

Last week we covered the plight of Slaithwaite Health Centre, which is facing severe funding cuts that could eventually lead to the closure of the practice. The centre is just one of several practices in the area struggling with impending cuts to PMS practices. The University Health Centre in Huddersfield is another...

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Publishing GP earnings: What do you need to know?

By Gerry Devine / 29 March, 2016

By April 2016 practices will be required to publish the average earnings for their GP partners and salaried GPs on their website. In a bid to dispel rumours that GP’s are being paid more than they actually are, the mean figure will act as an ‘interim solution’ before individual net earnings are published 2016/17.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 21st March 2016

By First Practice Management / 24 March, 2016

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

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We’re on the road again: Our acclaimed roadshows are back!

By Nicole Gallagher / 22 March, 2016

In 2015, First Practice Management (FPM) Group ran a series of roadshows for GP practice managers, providing CQC guidance and tips on how to make sure your practice is an outstanding one. We received some great feedback from the roadshows, so this year we’re excited to announce a new set of even bigger and better roadshow events across the UK.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 21st March 2016

By First Practice Management / 22 March, 2016

The Accessible Information Standard section of the Communication Standards (Letters, Emails etc.) document has been added to in advance of an upcoming deadline for the NHS England directive. Elsewhere, the Medical Student Health and Safety Manual came up for review and has been given a complete overhaul...

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Save our surgeries: Slaithwaite Health Centre (Video)

By Nicole Gallagher / 22 March, 2016

“We got a letter at the end of 2014 signalling that our budget was going to be decimated, that we were going to be losing almost 44% of our budget,” says Dr Paul Wilding as he sits with First Practice Management (FPM) Group to talk about the extensive cuts to funding at Slaithwaite Health Centre.

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The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager

By Anonymous Blogger / 21 March, 2016

The last few weeks have thrown up a number of issues that highlight the vulnerability of the positions we hold. As front line workers in the NHS we may at times be asked to assist patients over and above what is usually expected. Caution, unfortunately, has to be observed.

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Budget 2016: No funding boost for struggling NHS

By Jade Dudding / 17 March, 2016

Yesterday was the unveiling of George Osborne’s eighth Budget as chancellor, with many changes being proposed. Unfortunately the NHS missed out on any boost to investment, but a levy has been added on soft drinks to help combat child obesity.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 14th March 2016

By First Practice Management / 17 March, 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 14th March 2016

By First Practice Management / 15 March, 2016

Holiday Record 2017 sheets have been created for all regions in order to give a helping hand to those who want to get ahead of the curve and be well prepared for next year. It’s completely understandable that that many of us are occasionally letting our minds wander to sunnier climes at this time of year - the summer can’t come soon enough...

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What should be on your end of financial year checklist?

By Charan Sarai / 15 March, 2016

It would be fair to say that the end of the financial year is a busy (and sometimes trying) time of the year for a practice manager. Long to-do lists and a head full of information, it can be easy to miss something out. This is why we have created an end of year checklist to help you remember the most important tasks.

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Could you be responsible for your employees’ actions outside of work?

By Sam Cook / 14 March, 2016

Medical providers have long been aware of the words ‘vicarious liability’ due to the requirements surrounding medical indemnity insurance. A recent case, that got as high as the Supreme Court, has highlighted the importance of taking responsibility for employee’s actions and their welfare in all roles.

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MPs recommend ‘significant’ changes to plug gaps in general practice

By Simon Harker / 10 March, 2016

The House of Commons report Access to General Practice in England has identified failures by the Department of Health and NHS England to keep pace with the growing demands on general practice. The findings have been put together by the Committee of Public Accounts...

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 7th March 2016

By First Practice Management / 10 March, 2016

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

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Junior doctors’ third strike starts today

By Jade Dudding / 09 March, 2016

Today is the start of the third walk out by junior doctors in England due to disagreements with the government over contracts. The strike -which started at 8am - will last 48 hours, making it the longest walk out so far and the first since Jeremy Hunt imposed the new contract.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 7th March 2016

By First Practice Management / 09 March, 2016

A new version of the Clinical Waste Management Protocol was uploaded to the library this week, with changes including further detail being added to the sections relating to compliance, segregation and general procedures. The Contract of Employment (Employees Other Than Salaried GPs) document was also up for review...

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Dear Justine: How can I stop staff family members coming into office areas?

By Agony Aunt Justine / 08 March, 2016

She’s feisty, forthright and fair. A practice manager with experience, she’s here to help you with any query about your practice. No problem too small.

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Junior doctors moving to general practice will have pay protected under new contract

By Simon Harker / 08 March, 2016

Trainees who decide to make the switch to general practice will receive pay protection under the terms of the new contract set to be imposed in April, according to an NHS Employers official. This is due to the shortage of doctors in general practice making it a ‘hard-to-fill’ training programme...

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