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.
This week’s updates for FPM members have seen us review documents including the New Patient Registration/Health Questionnaire and Mental Health Care Plan.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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ransomware attacks that rocked the NHS, we look back at an article we published in 2015 that shone a light on how the outdated Windows XP software is susceptible to a range of computer viruses and other malicious threats.
"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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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…
The constantly shifting landscape of general practice can present significant challenges, all against a backdrop of rising demand and diminishing resources. However, it also presents opportunities for us to introduce new ways of working and develop services to improve patient care.
This week’s changes to the document library for FPM members include useful updates to HR-related documents including the Holiday Policy and Maternity Policy.
A recent crime survey in the UK showed an 8% increase in cyber-crime offences. Online fraud is a huge issue, and fraud has far surpassed burglary and theft as the highest volume crime. Find out more about how to protect your practice here.
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.