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5 important things to know about GDPR

By Simon Harker / 28 February, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25 May 2018 and FPM members can visit our Toolkit area right now to download a brand new document explaining the provisions of the GDPR for general practice.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 26th February 2018

By First Practice Management / 28 February, 2018

This week we have added a GDPR & Data Protection document to our Toolkit section for FPM members. Full of useful information and explanations of the provisions of the GDPR, it has been designed to help practices understand and comply with the requirements of GDPR.

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FPMS Pro’s absence management tool has been upgraded

By First Practice Management / 27 February, 2018

FPMS Pro is the fantastic new suite of tools and features available to all First Practice Management members. It includes an invaluable absence management tool that is now even better than ever.

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Quick tips for the switch to SNOMED CT

By Simon Harker / 27 February, 2018

NHS Digital have provided a set of suggestions for GP practices to help them prepare for the transition to the SNOMED CT coding terminology, a common clinical language that will replace Read codes within the health service.

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Is your practice prepared for bad weather?

By First Practice Management / 26 February, 2018

Although we thought spring was finally on its way, weather forecasters have announced that the ‘beast from the east’ is approaching and temperatures are set to fall once more. If you haven’t already, it’s time to dust off those snow boots and take a look at your adverse weather policy.

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6 things we learned from last year's Staff Salary Survey

By First Practice Management / 26 February, 2018

Now that the Practice Staff Salary Survey 2018 is underway, we thought we would take a look back at six of the things we learned last year.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 19th February 2018

By First Practice Management / 21 February, 2018

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 easy to pick up and use, meaning you can tailor them to the unique needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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Just how bad was this winter for general practice?

By First Practice Management / 20 February, 2018

As the season shifts away from winter into spring, much of the media is commenting on how winter pressures affected general practice and the NHS - was it a crisis, and was it the worst on record?

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The importance of a professional, compliant practice website

By First Practice Management / 20 February, 2018

The term ‘online presence’ has slipped comfortably into day-to-day usage and it’s very rare to find someone who has no presence on the internet whatsoever. The first source of information many go to when looking for, well, just about anything is Google - and it’s never been so easy to access the internet anywhere and anytime for answers.

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Quick tips for getting involved with awareness campaigns

By Bethany McCormack / 19 February, 2018

Getting involved with awareness campaigns and raising the profile of a health or wellbeing issue can help in a very real way, but taking the plunge can feel daunting. Here are a few tips for getting involved, and we’ve even added some advice on starting your own campaigns!

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7 Reasons to Love the NHS

By First Practice Management / 14 February, 2018

This Valentine’s Day we wanted to show a bit of love to the NHS ahead of its 70th anniversary in July. Let’s grab this chance to cherish and celebrate just a few of the things that make it so special.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 12th February 2018

By First Practice Management / 14 February, 2018

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 easy to pick up and use, meaning you can tailor them to the unique needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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HR Case File: When Should I Extend a Probation Period?

By Lisa Wainwright / 13 February, 2018

You’re not completely happy with the performance of a new employee whose probation period ends soon - what’s the best approach to take? No one said dealing with HR issues would be easy…

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The Carillion Collapse – Will Capita be Next?

By Survindar Chahal / 12 February, 2018

Carillion’s demise should be a warning that other big government suppliers must now take stock of how they’re operating and whether they are strong enough to deliver their contracts. However, common sense and big business don’t always go hand in hand, and for the primary care sector there are serious concerns about who will be next, with all eyes on Capita.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 5th February 2018

By First Practice Management / 07 February, 2018

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 easy to pick up and use, meaning you can tailor them to the unique needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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DBS Modernisation Scheme Running Behind Schedule

By First Practice Management / 07 February, 2018

In 2009 the Home Office launched a transformation programme for the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS), intending to reduce costs and increase efficiency through modernisation and the introduction of a new ‘update’ service. However, a recent investigation by the National Audit Office revealed these plans are behind schedule and take-up of the update service is much lower than expected.

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Capita and the Outsourcing Crisis: Should PMs Be Worried?

By Anonymous Blogger / 07 February, 2018

Capita’s finances have been a hot topic in the news, with millions of pounds wiped off the company’s stock market value following a recent profit warning. Bearing in mind their involvement in the infrastructure of general practice and the wider NHS, should GP practice managers be worried?

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Secret Diary of a PM: The Challenges are Intensifying

By Anonymous Blogger / 06 February, 2018

So here we are well into another year, and as our CCG lead has said at a recent meeting, “this next year will be just as chaotic as the last, and the challenges will just intensify.”

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Supporting Doctors with Mental Illness

By MIAB / 05 February, 2018

Being a GP has always meant coping with stress and pressure, and as primary care extends its scope of services in line with initiatives such as the General Practice Forward View, things are getting no easier.

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GP Posts - Whitstable, Kent

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Practice/Business Manager - Derbyshire

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