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News Headlines - Week Commencing 25th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 29 April, 2016

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

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General Practice Forward View (GPFV): Breakdown

By Survindar Chahal / 29 April, 2016

NHS England has unveiled its General Practice Forward View support for general practice, with plans for developing the practice workforce and how it intends to meet government targets to recruit 5,000 GPs by 2020. Here’s a breakdown of the proposals in the 60-page document...

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 25th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 27 April, 2016

The latest iteration of the FPM QOF Aspiration and Achievement Monitoring Toolkit has been uploaded to the Toolkit area of the site’s Members’ Section this week, with thresholds staying as they were, no doubt much to the relief of PMs in England and Wales.

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How can you measure employees’ performances? (Vlog)

By Gerry Devine / 26 April, 2016

April’s theme for First Practice Management (FPM) Group is feedback so we've filmed a useful vlog on the topic to help practice managers. Our practice manager advisor, Gerry Devine talks through getting the optimum contribution from each individual of your team.

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What we can all learn from the junior doctor strikes…

By Dwysan Rowena / 26 April, 2016

Junior doctors are taking part in their all out strike today in England. Meanwhile, in Wales we watch with trepidation at what is happening over the border – as we often do. We may not all be Jeremy Hunts, but this chaos is an example of exactly what goes wrong when disagreements are mismanaged.

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The Staff Salary Survey 2015/16 results are now in!

By Nicole Gallagher / 24 April, 2016

The results for First Practice Management (FPM) Group's annual Staff Pay and Ratio Survey are now in. We would like to thank all the practice staff who contributed to the survey, which helps practice managers gauge a suitable rate of pay for their staff based on the market rates paid by GP practices elsewhere.

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General practice to receive £2.4 billion funding increase

By Jade Dudding / 21 April, 2016

NHS England has announced that GP services will be given over a £2.4bn budget boost to help ease growing workloads and to get surgeries “back on their feet”. The funding injection will be pumped into services by 2020 to help pay for 5,000 more GPs and extra staff to improve access for patients.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 18th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 21 April, 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 18th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 20 April, 2016

A new protocol has been produced this week on Firearms Licensing, providing guidelines on how to adhere to a new system that is relevant to practices in England, Scotland and Wales. Effective as of the start of this month, the system has been put in place to improve information sharing between GPs and police.

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Peterborough FPM Roadshow Roundup

By Nicole Gallagher / 19 April, 2016

The second in our series of FPM Roadshows, the Peterborough event got off to a great start with practice managers catching up over coffee last Friday morning, followed by a day of presentations, exhibitors, competitions, one-to-one HR surgeries and networking over lunch.

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What’s going on in Wales in 2016/17?

By Dwysan Rowena / 18 April, 2016

So what’s going on over here in the land of choirs, sheep, rain and (err…) more rain. I can say all these things because I’m well and truly Welsh, so I can be relaxed and happy in accepting my beautiful country for what it is. Dwi’n siarad Cymraeg (a bit of Welsh for you there).

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Seniority Payments: Could changes have financial implications for your practice?

By RMT / 18 April, 2016

In 2014, it was agreed that no new GP entrants would be admitted to this scheme, and that seniority payments would be gradually phased out over the remainder of the decade. A 15% year-on-year reduction was introduced in December last year, with a view to payments eventually disappearing altogether by 31 March 2020.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 11th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 14 April, 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 11th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 13 April, 2016

A new leaflet for practices has been produced on the Use of Patients' Health Records. It provides patients with a useful and easily digestible source of information on why their health records are kept, the ways they are used, and how they can be accessed.

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The FPM weekly bulletin is getting a facelift

By Nicole Gallagher / 12 April, 2016

We're making some changes around here. We’ll keep the same much-loved content we've always provided for you, but with a new, fresher and easier to read look. The exciting new-style newsletter should go straight into your inbox as usual...

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Get involved with FPM: Regional Associates wanted!

By Simon Harker / 12 April, 2016

Over the years, First Practice Management has assembled a first-rate team of freelance associates who provide us with an essential insight into the day-to-day experience of practice managers. We are now looking to expand the team by bringing two new Regional Associates into the fold...

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Interview: Get to know FPM's HR expert

By First Practice Management / 11 April, 2016

First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s HR Consultant, Sam Cook, is on the road. Following the FPM Roadshows up and down the country, Sam will be on hand to offer HR advice on a one to one basis for free to delegates.

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Birmingham Roadshow roundup

By Nicole Gallagher / 11 April, 2016

Once again, the FPM Roadshow was a success, with practice managers agreeing that the day was ‘very very useful’ and ‘interesting and informative.’ The event was the first in our series of 2016 roadshows, and there’s still time to register for Peterborough on 15 April 2016.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 4th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 07 April, 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 4th April 2016

By First Practice Management / 05 April, 2016

Top billing in terms of updates this week goes to the introduction of a new Staff Training Matrix, which provides the ability to monitor the training levels and requirements for all members of the practice team. The document is populated with example entries and common competencies...

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