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Will Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) Save or Sink the NHS?

By Jade Dudding / 31 January, 2017

One of the UK’s leading thinktanks, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IIPR), has been looking into the much-discussed STPs and the financial deficits per head for each area.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 30th January 2017

By First Practice Management / 31 January, 2017

Among the changes we’ve made are updates to the Extended Hours Staff Rota, which has been rejigged with a cleaner design and interface. Plus, there have been minor updates to a number of other policies, with all changes marked on the documents.

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Lessons from History in HR

By Sam Cook / 31 January, 2017

Although employment law can often seem complicated and frustrating, it’s generally the case that good practice and best fit HR approaches come down to applying our common sense. We thought we’d take a look at some famous historical quotes and see how they apply to the modern workplace.

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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager – Fixing the NHS Crisis

By Anonymous Blogger / 30 January, 2017

Last week, our anonymous blogger spoke out about what many see as an attempt by Theresa May to make general practice a scapegoat for the problems facing the NHS. In the second part of their open letter to the PM, they get to grips with the roots of the crisis and share how they believe things need to change.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 23rd January 2017

By First Practice Management / 27 January, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on GP referrals blocked, UK health services as part of US deal and demand for seven-day service overestimated. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 23rd January 2017

By First Practice Management / 25 January, 2017

Our Policy and Procedure Library is constantly being updated to take into account the latest changes and developments to policy and law that affect primary care. The documents are also quality-checked on a rolling basis so they are easy to pick up and use, and can be tailored to the needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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Lifecycle of a Document: Why Recycling Isn’t Enough to Protect Your Confidential Waste

By Shred-it / 25 January, 2017

Most businesses and organisations these days want to be ‘green’ – and paper recycling goes a long way towards hitting sustainability targets and demonstrating environmental good practice. For GP Practices, there’s also the matter of patient confidentiality and the secure disposal of confidential information that is embedded in legislation and the NHS codes of practice.

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NHS Alliance Criticises Portrayal of GPs as Healthcare’s ‘Weak Link’

By Simon Harker / 24 January, 2017

Efforts by the Government to pin the blame on general practice for the crisis currently engulfing the NHS have been labelled as ‘inaccurate, unwise, unwelcome and likely to backfire’ by the NHS Alliance.

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Your Top 7 Motivational Drivers (Vlog)

By Charan Sarai / 24 January, 2017

The New Year is all about fresh starts and self-improvement but sometimes even the clock striking 12 isn’t enough to get us feeling motivated. Charan is back with a new vlog to explain the top 7 motivational drivers and how to get ready to accomplish what you want to this year.

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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager - An Open Letter to Theresa May

By Anonymous Blogger / 23 January, 2017

With arguments raging on over whether or not the NHS is truly in crisis, Theresa May has been accused of trying to make general practice a scapegoat for the many problems facing the healthcare system. In light of the Prime Minister’s recent statements, our anonymous blogger has plenty to say in response…

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 16th January 2017

By First Practice Management / 20 January, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on the seven-day service, the GP crisis and practice closures. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Meeting the GP Forward View: Training for Receptionists and Clerical Staff

By Thornfields Primary Care Training Specialists / 18 January, 2017

Part of the FPM Group, Thornfields are specialists in providing high quality training courses to staff in the primary care sector. To help practices meet the goals set out in the General Practice Forward View, we have designed comprehensive programmes in Active Signposting and Management of Clinical Correspondence.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 16th January 2017

By First Practice Management / 17 January, 2017

Our Policy and Procedure Library is constantly being updated to take into account the latest changes and developments to policy and law that affect primary care. The documents are also quality-checked on a rolling basis so they are easy to pick up and use, and can be tailored to the needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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May Frustrated as GPs Reject Demand for Seven-Day Opening

By Jade Dudding / 17 January, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has warned GP surgeries that they could risk losing funding if they refuse to open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm, unless they are able to prove there is no patient demand for longer opening hours.

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Key Steps to Running More Effective Meetings

By Simon Harker / 17 January, 2017

We’ve all been in that situation - walking out of the meeting room wondering exactly what’s been achieved, unsure of what we’re supposed to do next and, worst of all, even more confused than we were at the start. So how do we avoid these potential pitfalls and make sure that we’re getting the most from our meetings?

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Secret Diary of a CQC Advisor - Never Mind the Answer… What’s the Question?

By Anonymous Advisor / 16 January, 2017

One of the most frequently asked questions people put to me about taking part in CQC inspections at GP practices is “what sort of questions do you ask?”. During the course of the day there will be plenty of queries raised on all sorts of topics, so here is some insight into what gets asked… and why.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 9th January 2017

By First Practice Management / 12 January, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on the seven-day service, NHS crisis and bidding for clinical pharmacists. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Five Year Forward View Update: A Paperless NHS?

By Simon Harker / 11 January, 2017

We’re one year away from Jeremy Hunt’s original target for a paperless NHS, which it’s been predicted could save the health service up to £4.4 billion. It sounded like a huge task when the target was set in 2013, and to be frank it still does. Hunt himself has since accepted that this may not be a realistic timeframe, but has insisted it is still a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.

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Building the Whole Package to Attract New GP Recruits

By RMT / 10 January, 2017

The results of a new survey of over 3,500 partners across England by the BMA have confirmed what anyone working in primary care has known for a long time - it's very difficult to recruit GPs and there are clearly currently not enough to go around.

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Seven-Day Service Will Cure NHS ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ Claims Hunt

By Jade Dudding / 10 January, 2017

The increased pressures faced across the NHS, described as a ‘humanitarian crisis’ by the Red Cross, will be resolved by the introduction of a seven-day service, Jeremy Hunt has said this week.

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