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2017/18 GP Contract: Sickness Cover Reimbursement for GPs

By MIAB / 28 February, 2017

The new GMS contract in England for 2017/18 sees changes being made to the existing sickness cover reimbursement arrangements for GPs, which come into effect on the 1st April 2017. Practices currently face a challenge to reclaim costs for GP sickness absence due to discretionary reimbursement, outdated list-size criteria and the need for cover to be provided by a locum.

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Could Scottish ‘GP Clusters’ Be the Key to Replacing QOF?

By Simon Harker / 27 February, 2017

As part of GP contract changes last year in Scotland, practices were asked to form regional ‘GP Clusters’ to help them pool their knowledge and resources, improve the quality of outcomes for patients and work together to offer more services.

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What is Active Signposting and How Can it Benefit Your Practice?

By Charan Sarai / 27 February, 2017

Active Signposting has been a main focus here at First Practice Management Group recently, with the emphasis on the GP Forward View and the introduction of the Thornfields courses. We decided we’d take some time to create a video to help you learn more about the benefits of introducing it to your practice.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 20th February 2017

By First Practice Management / 24 February, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on the CQC, practice closures and Brexit. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 20th February 2017

By First Practice Management / 22 February, 2017

This week’s list of reviewed documents includes our Pre-Appraisal Guidelines & Self-Assessment Form, which has been given a new look to make it easier to use than ever. We’ve also made some changes to the Access to Medical Records Leaflet for Patients, which covers topics including online access to records and SCRs.

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GP Practice Staff Caught in Phishing Scams

By Jade Dudding / 22 February, 2017

General Practice mail systems are being targeted by online ‘phishing’ scams, with a rise in these email attacks being reported by NHS Digital.

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5 Quick Tips to Help Practice Managers Stay Motivated

By Simon Harker / 21 February, 2017

The morning starts may be getting a little brighter, but there are still plenty of things that make it tough to summon up the motivation to really seize the day and achieve our goals. So how do we propel ourselves into another day at work and really make the most of it?

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Will General Practice Warm Up to SNOMED?

By First Practice Management / 20 February, 2017

It’s now just over a year until practices need to switch to the SNOMED CT coding terminology – practices in England need to make the transition from Read codes by April 1, 2018. There’s been some new information released on the topic, so we wanted to keep you up to date with the latest happenings.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 13th February 2017

By First Practice Management / 17 February, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on the new GP contract, CQC inspection reports and business rates. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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What is Correspondence Management and How Can it Benefit Your Practice?

By Gerry Devine / 15 February, 2017

We’ve spoken a lot about Correspondence Management recently in relation to the GP Forward View and the introduction of our two new Thornfields courses, so we thought we’d delve a little deeper into what it is and how it can benefit your practice.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 13th February 2017

By First Practice Management / 14 February, 2017

This week’s list of reviewed documents shows off the variety of useful resources FPM members have access to. From template letters and surveys to policies covering all areas of practice management, our documents are smartly presented, easy to understand and up to date with the latest changes in legislation.

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A Love Letter To The NHS

By Dwysan Rowena / 14 February, 2017

In honour of Valentine's Day, the 24 hours that you dedicate to that special someone, we thought we'd ask Practice Manager Dwysan Rowena to write a primary care inspired romantic article for us. Take a look at the heartfelt love letter she wrote here.

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The New GP Contract: What Practice Managers Need to Know

By Simon Harker / 13 February, 2017

Full details of the 2017/18 GP contract were announced at the end of last week by NHS England. There’s a lot of information to dig through, so we’ve pulled together all of the most important changes that practice managers need to be aware of before they come into force at the beginning of April.

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Seven Facts We Learned From Last Year's Staff Salary Survey

By Jade Dudding / 13 February, 2017

Our Practice Staff Salary Survey for this year is now well underway, with many managers filling it in already. The survey can help PMs assess the staffing and pay needs for their practice, making the results extremely useful. Here we take a look at seven of the key findings from last year to remind ourselves of what we discovered.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 6th February 2017

By First Practice Management / 10 February, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on short UK GP appointments, NHS crisis and fears of a 'two-tier' NHS. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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FPM Staff Pay and Ratios Survey 2016/17

By First Practice Management / 08 February, 2017

Welcome to the 2016/17 survey and thanks in advance for taking the time to contribute your own practice data. 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.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 6th February 2017

By First Practice Management / 08 February, 2017

We have a new arrival to the library this week, with the addition of a document featuring handy links and information on Using the Wales IG Toolkit for GPMs. This has been added thanks to a request from an FPM member – we’re always doing our best to make sure all bases are covered to save time for hard-working PMs.

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UK GP Appointments Are the Shortest in the Developed World

By Jade Dudding / 07 February, 2017

NHS doctor appointments in the UK are the shortest in the developed world, with the average consultation length of just 10 minutes putting patients at risk, GP leaders are warning.

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What Are the Insurance Requirements for Federations?

By MIAB / 07 February, 2017

As GP practices continue to develop collaborative alliances in order to secure contracts for the delivery of enhanced services, thought needs to be given not only to the structure of these alliances, but also the insurance requirements generated by the risks they are exposed to.

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Getting to Know Thornfields’ Charan Sarai

By Charan Sarai / 06 February, 2017

We’re lucky enough to work with a very skilled and talented team at First Practice Management Group, many of whom have years of primary care and general practice experience. With this in mind, we’ve decided to start a new interview series where you can find out a little more about the stars of FPM. The first interviewee is Charan Sarai, Training Delivery Manager for Thornfields.

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GP Federation Manager - St Albans

Closing Date: 3 November 2017

Salary: £48,000 - £52,000 dependent on experience

Practice Manager, Sheffield S11

Closing Date: 12 November 2017

Salary: £45,000 (pro rata)

Practice Business Manager - South Leicestershire

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Salary: Up to £50,000 depending on skills and experience

Group Practice Manager - Haringey (N15)

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Strategic Practice Manager - East Devon

Closing Date: 20 October 2017

Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 per annum (including bonus)

Two Senior Management Opportunities Available at Putneymead Medical Centre (HR, Facilities)

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Practice Finance Manager - Cambridge

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