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What Could the New Scottish GP Contract Mean for PMs?

By Simon Harker / 29 November, 2017

Proposals around the new Scottish GP contract have attracted a lot of attention thanks to its emphasis on increased funding, tackling the financial risks faced by GP contractors and allowing clinicians to spend more time treating patients than filling in forms. Could this approach signal a change in general practice throughout the UK?

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Cyber-Attack Report – Why It’s Not Your Fault

By Survindar Chahal / 29 November, 2017

On 30th October the National Audit Office published a report on the NHS response to the cyberattack in May 2017. The report stated that the attack could have been easily prevented if the NHS followed basic IT security practices for what is considered an “unsophisticated cyber-threat”.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 27th November 2017

By First Practice Management / 28 November, 2017

This week’s policy round-up includes documents updated by one of our brilliant team of Practice Manager associates. The Learning Disabilities (Identification of Patients with) Protocol has been amended to include details of the Learning Disabilities Health Check scheme.

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Are You Being Paid Fairly? Practice Managers Have Their Say

By First Practice Management / 28 November, 2017

In our recent Practice Manager Salary Survey 2017 we delved a little deeper than previous studies. This year we included the additional question ‘Do you think your salary is a fair reflection of your role? Why?’ which resulted in some fascinating responses.

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Could Social Prescribing Aid Winter Pressures?

By Bethany McCormack / 27 November, 2017

It’s no secret that winter time brings a lot of extra pressures in primary care - flu job campaigns, patients rife with cold and flu, and vulnerable patients being even more at risk. However, this year has been tipped to be the worst in recent history due to an added lack of available funding.

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Practice Manager Salary Survey 2017 Results – The Gender Pay Gap Is Narrowing!

By First Practice Management / 22 November, 2017

First Practice Management is proud to announce the results of our Practice Manager Salary Survey for 2017. Sponsored by expert insurance providers MIAB, the survey received over 1,000 responses and gives us an update on the gender pay gap in general practice management roles, with men earning 7.7% more than women working in the same roles.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 20th November 2017

By First Practice Management / 21 November, 2017

This week’s policy round-up includes documents updated by one of our brilliant team of Practice Manager associates. The Learning Disabilities (Identification of Patients with) Protocol has been amended to include details of the Learning Disabilities Health Check scheme.

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11 Key Quotes from FPM’s Practice Manager Salary Survey 2017

By Simon Harker / 21 November, 2017

FPM’s annual Practice Manager Salary Survey results are in, and as always they make for fascinating reading. Here we take a closer look at some choice quotes from the survey, providing a snapshot of the state of people management in primary care today.

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Charging for Information Requests to End Under GDPR

By First Practice Management / 20 November, 2017

A report by Pulse says that GP practices will have to provide personal data requested by patients for free when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25 May 2018. So what could this mean for practices’ finances?

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Occupational Health Reports – Do You Need One?

By Lisa Wainwright / 20 November, 2017

We take a look at the key questions surrounding Occupational Health reports: what are the benefits of getting one, what are the risks of not getting a report – and are there any viable alternatives?

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The Practice Manager Salary Survey 2017 Teaser

By First Practice Management / 15 November, 2017

The results for First Practice Management's 2017 Practice Manager Salary Survey are in! We're giving you a sneak peak of the results here and then the full breakdown will be released very soon, so stay tuned.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 13th November 2017

By First Practice Management / 14 November, 2017

This week’s policy round-up includes a new document put together by one of our FPM associates - 'Access to Patients' Records by the Police '.

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The Secret to My Success: Award-Winning Practice Manager Kay Keane

By First Practice Management / 14 November, 2017

It’s been an eventful year for Thornfields trainer and National Primary Care Awards practice manager of the year Kay Keane! We caught up with Kay to discuss her successful year, the focus on social prescribing she has put in place at Alvanley Family Practice where she resides as the practice business manager, and the future of primary care.

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HR Case File: Can I Ask an Employee to Retire?

By Lisa Wainwright / 13 November, 2017

What happens when you have an employee in their 70s who’s having trouble keeping pace with their colleagues and struggling to adapt to new systems? Is it appropriate to ask them if they are considering retirement? No one said dealing with HR issues would be easy…

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Secret Diary of a PM: When Things Aren’t as They Seem…

By Anonymous Blogger / 08 November, 2017

Our anonymous blogger reflects on a pair of incidents that made them question whether some of the day-to-day aspects of general practice are really as straightforward as they may first appear.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 6th November 2017

By First Practice Management / 07 November, 2017

This week’s policy round-up includes an update to the Caldicott Principles Compliance policy, which takes into account the news that the IG Toolkit in England will be replaced in April 2018.

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Did You Know… FPMS Pro Can Define Your Staff Schedule?

By First Practice Management / 07 November, 2017

FPMS Pro is the fantastic new suite of tools and features available to all First Practice Management members. Why not upgrade for free today to join the hundreds of PMs who’ve already signed up for access to tools including Holiday Planner, Drug Manager and Fridge Monitor?

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NHS England to Replace IG Toolkit in 2018: What PMs Need to Know

By Simon Harker / 06 November, 2017

Last week NHS England revealed that the Information Governance (IG) Toolkit will be replaced in April 2018. This change is part of a new approach to measuring progress against 10 data security standards for general practice set out by Dame Fiona Caldicott. We’ve picked out some key information for primary care managers!

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A Guide to Dealing with a Personal Crisis

By Lisa Wainwright / 06 November, 2017

Work is intruding on our personal lives more and more, with many of us checking work emails from the sofa and putting in extra hours from home at evenings and weekends just to keep on top of things. So perhaps it should be expected that personal issues will also start to intrude more into our working lives?

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November Awareness Days

By First Practice Management / 03 November, 2017

We've put together a handy calendar detailing some of the awareness days coming up for this month. Plus, links to the official pages in case you would like to get involved.

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