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More than Words : A Practice Manager’s guide to the Verbal Warning

By Samantha Rigby / 24 June, 2020

Do you and your practice still give “Verbal Warnings”? Did you know that it is no longer in the ACAS Code of Practice and could be considered “old fashioned”?

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Changing Employment Contracts- What Can you change and when do you need to consult?

By Samantha Rigby / 08 June, 2020

I often get emails to the HR helpline from Practice Managers who want to make changes like aligning holiday entitlements, sickness policies or even just changing rotas around.

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Managing Sickness Absences through the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Samantha Rigby / 27 May, 2020

Coronavirus has disrupted all of our lives more than we ever could have imagined, but what do we do about those employees that have been off sick for a significant amount of time?

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What do you do if you have employees not happy to return to work?

By Samantha Rigby / 19 May, 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week that those that can, should return to work, concerns have been raised by some employees that don’t feel safe about returning to work, or simply cannot due to childcare as children are of course not back at school.

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Is Covid-19 likely to change Primary Care Services in the future?

By Samantha Rigby / 11 May, 2020

A recent webinar from NHS England stated that 95% of practices are now set up to offer virtual consultations as a result of Coronavirus in the UK, compared to only 5% before the onset of the virus

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Opening on Bank Holidays - HR Advice

By Samantha Rigby / 06 May, 2020

Coronavirus has changed the way that Practices work in many ways, but one of the possibly largest surprises has been the change in the GMS contract to open on Bank Holidays.

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GP Practices and Furlough - Further Clarity is Needed

By Samantha Rigby / 22 April, 2020

On the 26th March, the government released information to support businesses in the UK through the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Is this the Calm Before the Storm? Practice Resilience in the Covid-19 Outbreak

By Samantha Rigby / 15 April, 2020

FPM have been speaking to Practice Managers about how their practices and teams are coping amid the pandemic.

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HR FAQS Part 2 - Coronavirus

By Samantha Rigby / 14 April, 2020

These are frequently asked questions received on the HR Helpline during the Coronavirus crisis:

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HR FAQs - Coronavirus

By Samantha Rigby / 08 April, 2020

These are frequently asked questions received on the HR Helpline during the Coronavirus crisis:

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New Legal Rights to Parental Bereavement Leave and How To Support Your Staff

By Samantha Rigby / 06 April, 2020

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult circumstances that we will ever have to face during the course of our lives. It’s important as managers that we do not add to the burden of employees and ensure we support them during a very difficult and sensitive time.

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Furlough Leave- What is it and how can it apply to my Practice?

By Samantha Rigby / 27 March, 2020

You will probably have seen the word “Furlough” in the news a lot recently, but what does it mean for primary care and practice staff?

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How to Prepare Your GP Practice for 2020’s Employment Law Updates

By Samantha Rigby / 26 February, 2020

We first shared news of big upcoming employment law changes a few months ago, and since then we’ve been hard at work investigating how they will affect primary care.

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The truth behind 7 common HR myths

By Samantha Rigby / 19 February, 2020

There are so many aspects to HR that it’s no wonder confusion and misinformation can start to cloud our understanding of the facts. FPM’s primary care HR specialist Samantha has collected seven of the most common HR myths and laid out the facts behind the misconceptions.

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Management and Leadership: Check Your Vision

By Samantha Rigby / 05 February, 2020

Great Practice Managers need to be great managers but more importantly, great leaders. There is one thing that all successful leaders in this world have in common. They have a vision.

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Dismissing Employees: When is it fair and what are the risks?

By Samantha Rigby / 03 February, 2020

One of the questions our HR specialist often receives on the FPM HR Helpline is “Am I OK to dismiss this employee?” It’s not one of the nicer parts of a management position, but it’s a decision which should be made with confidence whilst understanding the risks

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Everything you need to know about Employment Tribunals - HR Vlog

By Samantha Rigby / 06 November, 2019

The word “Tribunal” is bandied around fairly commonly in the workplace, but what do they actually involve and how likely are you to ever have to attend one?

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Burning Bright - The Brilliance of Primary Care

By Samantha Rigby / 04 November, 2019

With a swirling Catherine wheel of negativity seeming to surround the NHS, we think it’s time to fire a rocket into the November night sky and illuminate the brilliant work Primary Care teams do in this country.

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How would you deal with workplace bullying at your GP practice?

By Samantha Rigby / 16 October, 2019

Bullying is not illegal - but should it be? February 2019 saw a ‘Healthy Workplace Bill’ considered in 32 of America’s states, which aims to give employers the tools to eliminate bullying and provide employees with a legal lifeline by making it punishable by law.

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What is the key to moral and ethical leadership? Quiz

By Samantha Rigby / 24 July, 2019

One aspect of leadership that's often overlooked is the impact of morals and ethics. Lines seem to have become blurred, and leaders don't always do the “right” thing, either because of cost or a risk posed to the business.

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