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What Do the Five Year Forward View’s ‘Next Steps’ Mean for Primary Care?

By Simon Harker / 31 March, 2017

The Five Year Forward View is NHS England’s blueprint for the future of the health service – published in October 2014, it set out a series of goals that aim to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health. The world moves quickly though, and now a series of ‘next steps’ have been published to bring the wide-ranging plans up to date.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 27th March 2017

By First Practice Management / 31 March, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on delays in funding for practices, workforce crisis and increase in waiting times. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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FPM Staff Salary Survey Results 2017 Are Live!

By First Practice Management / 29 March, 2017

The results for First Practice Management's staff salary survey are here! We would like to thank all of the practice managers who contributed to the survey - the results will help you gauge a suitable rate of pay for your staff based on the average rates paid by GP practices elsewhere.

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Funding Delays Leave Struggling Practices Without Support

By Jade Dudding / 28 March, 2017

A survey undertaken by the GPC has revealed that practices in more than 20 LMCs have yet to receive the resilience funding that they had been promised.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 27th March 2017

By First Practice Management / 28 March, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include changes to the latest BMA guidance on the Firearms Licensing Protocol, as well as adjustments to the Consent Protocol and Consent Form (For Patient) on issues surrounding informed consent.

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How to Balance Bank Holidays and Keep All of Your Partners Happy

By DR Solicitors / 28 March, 2017

It barely seems likes any time at all since the Christmas and New Year period, but it won’t be long before the next bank holidays arrive. One question we are frequently asked is how partnerships can fairly apportion bank holidays so that part-time partners don’t miss out.

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How Will New Rules on Self-Employment Affect Your Practice?

By RMT / 27 March, 2017

Over the last few months, issues surrounding the employment status of people working for the likes of Uber and Deliveroo have been high on the business news agenda. While cab drivers and couriers might seem far removed from the world of primary care, we're expecting to see a number of similar instances arising in GP practices as some important new rule changes come into effect.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 20th March 2017

By First Practice Management / 24 March, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on the overseas workers fee, GP access targets and the CQC. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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The Next Big Idea for Recruiting the Right Person for Your Practice

By Gerry Devine / 22 March, 2017

Ever heard of Fruit Astrology? No? Neither had we until Gerry informed us of the work of Professor Max Jaffa, who believes a person’s fruit of choice says a lot about them and their personality traits.

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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager: Modern Day Complaints

By Anonymous Blogger / 21 March, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I have seen a steady rise in the number and type of complaints coming into the surgery. I cannot help feeling that the nature of comments made by the Government about the NHS, which are then hyped up by the media, have left patients thinking that they should complain about everything they are not happy with.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 20th March 2017

By First Practice Management / 21 March, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include new tools for practices in England and Wales ahead of the new QOF year in the QOF Aspiration & Achievement Monitoring Toolkit. These Excel documents are useful and very easy to use, helping you to track your QOF achievements and optimise your income.

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Government Urged to Let NHS Off Overseas Worker Fee

By Jade Dudding / 20 March, 2017

Health unions have backed the NHS to be made exempt from the new Immigration Skills Charge, which will be coming into effect in April.

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A Look at NHS Inform’s New, More Personalised Website

By First Practice Management / 20 March, 2017

Educating wellbeing and self-care has been talked about a lot recently in the FPM office and is something that we’ll be focusing on for World Health Day, so the redesign of the NHS inform website in Scotland has come at the perfect time.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 13th March 2017

By First Practice Management / 17 March, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on CCQ inspection fee rise and GP mergers. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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The 'Practice Management Conference' 2017 is now sold out!

By First Practice Management / 15 March, 2017

Join primary care experts for an informative day of networking, knowledge-sharing and problem-solving. This exclusive one-day conference will cover a range of issues that impact the management and efficiency of your practice. (Tickets for the event are now sold out)

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 13th March 2017

By First Practice Management / 14 March, 2017

This week’s changes include a review of the Transfer Patient Records (To/From Another Practice) Protocol, which has been updated and streamlined. We’ve also made changes to Confidentiality Policy (Teenagers) and the Preconceptual Advice Protocol.

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now… I’d Become a Locum GP!

By Dwysan Rowena / 14 March, 2017

I’ve been a practice manager for five years and have seen locum costs rise by at best 50%. There are credible accounts on the grapevine that some practices have paid an increase of more than 75% on fees during the last few years.

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Interview with FPM’s Practice Manager of the Year Linda Benn

By Survindar Chahal / 13 March, 2017

Last year, First Practice Management sponsored the first-ever Practice Manager of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Evening Post’s annual Best of Health Awards. We caught up with winner Linda Benn, PM at Greystones Medical Centre, Sheffield, to learn more about what made her stand out from the crowd.

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CQC Fees for GP Practice Inspections to Rise Again in April

By Simon Harker / 13 March, 2017

Controversial regulatory body the CQC is raising fees by up to 76% for GP practices from April 1st. However, practice managers will be relieved to hear that the money will be reimbursed by CCGs following negotiations around the latest GP contract.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 6th March 2017

By First Practice Management / 10 March, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on £100m funding boost, 111 helpline and plans to attract more nurses to general practice. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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