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A Practice Manager's Guide to Work-Life Balance

By Simon Harker / 03 December, 2019

Every job comes with its unique stresses and pressures, but we know from talking to our members that the role of a GP Practice Manager can often feel very isolated. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your wellbeing, build peer connections and strike a good work-life balance.

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FPM Wellbeing – Five steps to great health and success

By Simon Harker / 23 October, 2019

Summer is officially coming to an end, and we hope you got involved with our FPM Wellbeing ideas for primary care managers, whether it was organising a coffee morning, thinking about social prescribing or getting your team together to enjoy a park run!

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What makes a practice ‘Outstanding’ in a CQC inspection? - Infographic

By Simon Harker / 15 October, 2019

Just the idea of a CQC inspection can be enough to send a shiver down the spine of even the most cool and collected of Practice Managers - but it's also an opportunity to show just how good a job you and your staff are doing.

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How do we separate 'mental health' and 'mental illness'?

By Simon Harker / 09 October, 2019

October 10th is the date set by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and combat the stigma that surrounds it.

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A job description for a perfect practice manager

By Simon Harker / 24 September, 2019

What’s the definition of a GP practice manager? We have put together a sample job description that sums up the skills and experience needed to be a PM, along with our top tips for making the most of these key strengths.

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How high are motivation levels at your practice?

By Simon Harker / 23 September, 2019

Many practice managers have told us a positive, committed team helped keep their motivation high, while a big issue for those with low motivation is disinterested staff.

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Reducing DNAs and Increasing Capacity in General Practice

By Simon Harker / 16 September, 2019

Reducing DNAs is a topic that’s never far from the minds of savvy practice managers and it’s also one of the GP Forward View’s 10 high impact actions for general practice. With that in mind, here are a few ideas for reducing DNAs to improve access and free up vital time for clinicians.

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6 important skills every Practice Manager should have

By Simon Harker / 01 July, 2019

What makes a great leader in primary care? There are many perspectives on this issue, but there are some key skills we think everyone can agree on.

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Five resilience-boosting tips for stressed practice managers

By Simon Harker / 03 June, 2019

Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, something that is vitally important in general practice. It’s understandable that stress levels are on the rise thanks to ongoing changes in the NHS, tightening budgets and more initiatives than ever to keep track of.

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How can your practice cope with the GP shortage?

By Simon Harker / 14 May, 2019

It’s no secret that as the need for primary care services grows, general practice is struggling to recruit the GPs needed to meet demand. How can GP practices in the worst-hit area take steps to meet demand?

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The NHS App: New advice issued for Practice Managers

By Simon Harker / 08 May, 2019

The NHS App has been designed to provide a simple, secure way for patients to access NHS services using their smartphone or tablet. NHS Digital has provided new information for GP practice managers about what they need to do to prepare for the rollout.

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9 Key Quotes from the 2019 Staff Salary Survey

By Simon Harker / 17 April, 2019

The results from FPM’s 2019 Staff Salary Survey are in! Primary care managers from across the UK shared details of how they pay their team, and shared some striking insights into the challenges it presents.

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Social Prescribing: How taking a ‘nature pill’ can boost wellbeing

By Simon Harker / 04 April, 2019

We’ve talked a lot about social prescribing in primary care recently, so recent research that shows getting closer to nature can lower stress levels and boost wellbeing really caught our eye...

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GP practices to lead dentists and pharmacists in Primary Care Networks (PCN)

By Simon Harker / 02 April, 2019

Membership of Primary Care Networks will not be restricted to GP practices and will grow to include community pharmacies, dental providers and optometrists, NHS England has revealed.

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What Are the 10 High Impact Actions for General Practice? Part Two

By Simon Harker / 01 April, 2019

The GP Forward View contains 10 High Impact Actions to release time for primary care staff. In this article, we look at the last five set of actions, including personal productivity and social prescribing – what they involve, what benefits they could provide, and how they can be put into practice.

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What Are the 10 High Impact Actions for General Practice?

By Simon Harker / 25 March, 2019

The GP Forward View contained a series of 10 high impact actions that aim to release time for staff. In the first of two articles, we will take a look at the first five set of actions – what they involve, what benefits they could provide, and how they can be put into practice.

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5 quick ideas for putting social prescribing into practice

By Simon Harker / 20 March, 2019

Last week was Social Prescribing Day! To mark the occasion, we have gathered a few ideas on how to implement it at your practice, as well as information about Thornfields' new 'Learn and Share' programmes.

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CQC to introduce new annual reviews for ‘majority’ of GP practices

By Simon Harker / 11 March, 2019

GP practices rated either Good or Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission will be subject to new ‘annual regulatory reviews’ and focused inspections from 1 April. How will your practice be affected?

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Does the perfect GP practice exist?

By Simon Harker / 06 March, 2019

Practice Managers who took part in a recent BMA survey have addressed the issue of GP practices being too small to meet patient demand, with half of respondents saying they do not believe the surgery building they work in fits their present needs.

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Dispensing practices affected by crackdown on fake medicines

By Simon Harker / 20 February, 2019

The issue of counterfeit medicines is a growing concern, and the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) has been put in place to help solve the problem. As of February 9, GP practices are expected to comply with an initiative described as ‘the safest medicines system in the world’.

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Practice Manager - Wembley Middlesex

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Senior Practice Operations Manager - London, SE11

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Assistant Practice Manager – Hampshire

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Network Improvement Manager - London

Closing Date: 31 December 2019

Salary: Highly competitive depending on skills and experience

Practice Manager - Wembley Middlesex

Closing Date: 20 January 2020

Salary: According to experience

Senior Practice Operations Manager - London, SE11

Closing Date: 22 February 2020

Salary: £37,525 - £48,246 p/a

Practice Manager - Cambridge

Closing Date: 13 January 2020

Salary: £55,000 p/a DoE

Interim Practice Manager - Frampton Cotterell, Bristol

Closing Date: 17 January 2020

Salary: Dependent on experience

Head of General Practice - Sheffield

Closing Date: 15 December 2019

Salary: £53,000 - £60,000 p.a.

Assistant Practice Manager – Hampshire

Closing Date: 18 December 2019

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Practice Manager - St Albans

Closing Date: 19 December 2019

Salary: £47,000 - £55,000 depending on skills and experience

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