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News Headlines - Week Commencing 24th April 2017

By First Practice Management / 28 April, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including reflections on the first year of the GP Forward View. Plus, changes to the NHS.uk website and efforts to increase GP numbers.

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How Does Correspondence Management Work in Practice?

By Kay Ellermeyer / 26 April, 2017

Correspondence Management has been a hot topic recently in relation to the GP Forward View and the introduction of our new Thornfields courses. Here, PM Kay Ellermeyer talks about how it actually works and the big difference it has made in her practice.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 24th April 2017

By First Practice Management / 25 April, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include an update to documents including Removal of Patient from Practice List, Summary Care Record (Patient Opt Out) and Urgent / Emergency Appointment Requests - Reception Guide.

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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager: General Election 2017

By Anonymous Blogger / 25 April, 2017

Our anonymous blogger returns, providing reaction to the surprise general election called last week and making a call to arms to fellow PMs: “act today to to save the NHS for tomorrow!”

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Practice Management Conference Round-Up - London

By First Practice Management / 24 April, 2017

Learn what happened at the first of our Practice Management Conferences, a sold-out event taking place on a bright and sunny day in London. More than a hundred delegates heard from a selection of primary care experts and enjoyed an informative day of networking, knowledge sharing and problem solving.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 17th April 2017

By First Practice Management / 19 April, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include an update to the Shared Parental Leave Policy following the recent change to the rate of shared parental pay. The Emergency Incident Procedure and Prescription Recording Procedure have also been revised.

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What Effect Will STPs Have on Transformation Funding?

By Survindar Chahal / 19 April, 2017

Last week we looked at how the creation of 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans will affect the future of primary care. There’s more to the story though - STPs are also to be the ‘single application and approval point’ for local organisations to access NHS transformation funding.

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Protecting Your Practice from Fraud

By RMT / 18 April, 2017

Working to detect and prevent fraud is sadly an everyday part of business life these days, and while GP practices might not seem like the most obvious targets for the criminals who carry out such enterprises, it's far from uncommon across the primary care sector.

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The GP Forward View: One Year On

By Simon Harker / 18 April, 2017

It’s been 12 months since the full details of the GP Forward View were unveiled, so we’ve decided to mark that anniversary by taking a look at what progress the initiative has made so far.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 10th April 2017

By First Practice Management / 13 April, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on the latest round of CQC inspection results, possible cuts to small practices and new primary care technology. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Practice Management Software System Coming Soon for All FPM Members!

By Matthew Wright / 12 April, 2017

First Practice Management members will soon be able to access a host of new tools to help make running their practice a simpler and smoother process – and the best part is, they are all included as part of your existing membership.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 10th April 2017

By First Practice Management / 11 April, 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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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager: Taking a Forward View

By Anonymous Blogger / 11 April, 2017

Love them or loathe them, the Five Year Forward View and General Practice Forward View are here to stay. The key aim of the plans is to shape services for the future. If we could disassociate ourselves from our positions, looking from the perspective of members of the public, would we not support such changes?

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Majority of Practices Rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in Latest CQC Inspections

By First Practice Management / 10 April, 2017

The most recent round of inspections by the CQC has seen the majority of practices rated as either good or outstanding. More than 100 of the 131 practices received positive ratings, with five being classed as outstanding.

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The Most Important Things You Need to Know About STPs

By Survindar Chahal / 10 April, 2017

One of the key outcomes of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View was the move to create 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) to help deliver healthcare reform. The plans have become a source of controversy in the news and will finally be formally introduced this month, so we have broken down exactly what they are and how they will affect general practice.

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 3rd April 2017

By First Practice Management / 07 April, 2017

A round up of the top primary care news headlines, including articles on the Five Year Forward View, GP closures and the existing GP model. Online registration to some sources may be required.

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Getting to know FPM’s Helen Murray

By Helen Murray / 05 April, 2017

In February we spoke to Charan Sarai about her work with First Practice Management, proudest moments as a trainer and plans for the future. This month we’ve had a chat with Helen Murray, Account Manager, to learn more about her past life as a practice manager and working at FPM.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 3rd April 2017

By First Practice Management / 05 April, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include changes to documents relating to complaint procedures in Northern Ireland, with revisions made to both the policy and the handy leaflet for patients. There’s also been a reworking of the Patients from Abroad (Entitlements to Treatment) Procedure – Scotland, making an already useful resource more helpful than ever.

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ILM-Accredited Leadership Courses: There Is No Limit to Our Sky

By Charan Sarai / 04 April, 2017

Charan Sarai, Training Business Manager for Thornfields, acknowledges the importance of the skills, knowledge and personal abilities that are needed to manage and succeed in a managerial role in general practice in 2017.

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How to Promote Self-Care at Your Practice

By Jade Dudding / 03 April, 2017

The 7th April is World Health Day, so to celebrate we thought we’d take a look at ways you can educate your patients on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and choosing the right type of care when unwell.

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