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GP Practice Cuts and Closures Remain on the Rise

By Bethany McCormack / 31 May, 2017

Recent reactions from a variety of primary care organisations show a sense of disappointment and agitation towards NHS England. Some of the resounding factors of this distress come from an increase in closures and staffing issues, coupled with a decrease in funding or not receiving promised funding at all.

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Identification of Patients with Frailties: What PMs Need to Know

By First Practice Management / 31 May, 2017

When details of the 2017/18 NHS England GP contract were announced in February, one of the changes was a new requirement for practices to focus on the identification and management of patients living with frailty. With this coming into force soon, FPM takes a closer look at what it actually involves.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 29th May 2017

By First Practice Management / 30 May, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include a brand new document on the new contractual requirement for GP practices in England to focus on the identification and management of patients with frailty.

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The Secret Diary of a CQC Advisor – Reflections on the Role

By Anonymous Advisor / 30 May, 2017

It’s been around two years since I started as a Specialist Advisor (Practice Management) at CQC. As the present round of inspections seems to have run its course, it’s probably time to look back on that period and try to draw some comparisons and conclusions.

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SNOMED - What You Need to Know (Vlog)

By First Practice Management / 24 May, 2017

We’re back with another vlog, this time looking at the switch from Read codes to SNOMED. Gerry Devine has prepared a quick rundown of what you need to know about the new standard clinical terminology system for general practice.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 22nd May 2017

By First Practice Management / 24 May, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members have seen us review documents including the New Patient Registration/Health Questionnaire and Mental Health Care Plan.

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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager – The Fight for the NHS

By Anonymous Blogger / 23 May, 2017

Politicians are revealing how they would tackle the problems of the NHS and social care if elected, but they are covering up the extent of the problems. I recently wrote about initiatives that I hoped we would see springing up around the country to try to influence change for the better within the NHS – here is my update.

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Election 2017: The Political Parties’ Plans for General Practice

By Anonymous Blogger / 22 May, 2017

Our anonymous blogger has been keeping tabs on the campaign trail since the General Election was called last month. So far there have been various proposals on the future of the NHS and general practice in particular, and we have collected some of the key points together in one place here.

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Dealing with the CQC During a Practice Merger

By DR Solicitors / 22 May, 2017

Merging your practice is a major decision and there are many factors that you need to consider before taking the plunge. One important step is the CQC registration. This is often overlooked as an ‘administrative matter’, when in reality it can inform both the structure and the timing of the merger...

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Implications for Practices and Practitioners of Making Tax Digital

By RMT / 17 May, 2017

The Government's flagship Making Tax Digital initiative was first announced back in 2015, and as with all major undertakings of this sort, it has been far from a smooth ride towards implementation. Learn more about what it could mean for you and your practice here...

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 15th May 2017

By First Practice Management / 16 May, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include the review of a selection of HR-related documents including the Staff Handbook, Statement of Fees and Charges and Probation Period Policy.

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How Would You Handle this Tricky Holiday Pay Query?

By Lisa Wainwright / 16 May, 2017

Summer is almost here and everyone is looking forward to spending some time in the sunshine At this time of year we often get queries about calculating holiday pay, in particular for people who have changed their hours part way through the year...

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Being Prepared for Cyber Attacks: A Guide for Practice Managers

By Survindar Chahal / 16 May, 2017

The NHS ransomware attack has driven home the need for all practices to have a robust cyber security strategy in place. Here is our guide to the things you need to know to be prepared for potentially devastating cyber attacks.

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Windows XP – Why the Walking Dead of the Software World is Endangering Your Patient Data

By Survindar Chahal / 15 May, 2017

Following the ransomware attacks that rocked the NHS, we look back at an article we published in 2015 that shone a light on how the outdated Windows XP software is susceptible to a range of computer viruses and other malicious threats.

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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager: Handling Abusive and Violent Patients

By Anonymous Blogger / 10 May, 2017

"Dealing with difficult patients is something that we all have to do from time to time..." Our anonymous blogger shares their thoughts on this tough topic, including examples from their own experiences as a PM.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 8th May 2017

By First Practice Management / 10 May, 2017

This week’s updates for FPM members include the review of a selection of HR-related documents including the Disciplinary Procedure, Paternity Leave and Pay Policy, and Sickness Management Procedure.

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How to Tackle Any 'Dress Code Dramas' this Summer

By Lisa Wainwright / 09 May, 2017

Dress codes have been in the spotlight a lot in the last 18 months after a receptionist, Nicola Thorp, made headline news when she was sent home without pay for refusing to change her footwear. A media storm, a highly publicised petition and a House of Commons debate followed...

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know These NHS Acronyms?

By First Practice Management / 08 May, 2017

Feel like you're on top of the latest NHS acronyms and buzz terms? Just for fun, why not try your hand at our quick quiz. Let us know how well you did in the comments section!

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News Headlines - Week Commencing 1st May 2017

By First Practice Management / 05 May, 2017

A round up of the top primary care headlines, including news of GP practices being taken over by hospital trusts. Plus, the latest on general practice in Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Aren’t Jedi Knights just Practice Managers with Lightsabres?

By Survindar Chahal / 04 May, 2017

Second only to Ed Balls Day, May the 4th is now an annual fixture in the social media calendar, with an almost inexhaustible list of ‘May the 4th be with you” puns thrown in for some light comedy values and a jovial weblink. Here are a few things that the sci-fi epic can teach us about management in the modern day practice…

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GP Federation Manager - St Albans

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

Practice Manager, Sheffield S11

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Strategic Practice Manager - East Devon

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