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New ‘Long-Term’ NHS Plan includes new CQC assessments

By Simon Harker / 09 January, 2019

The new long-term NHS plan introduces a series of measures that affect primary care, including a program that will see the CQC assess practices on how ‘carer-friendly’ their service is.

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A guide to saving time for primary care managers

By Simon Harker / 08 January, 2019

We’re all thinking about reinventing ourselves once again, whether it’s signing up for that gym membership, sampling a vegan sausage roll or �generously’ giving away the biscuits at the back of the cupboard. But what about our professional lives – how do we re-evaluate the way we work?

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11 Key Quotes from FPM’s Practice Manager Salary Survey 2018

By Simon Harker / 05 December, 2018

FPM’s annual Practice Manager Salary Survey results are in, and as always they make for fascinating reading. Here we take a closer look at some choice quotes from the survey, providing a snapshot of the state of people management in primary care today:

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Is the Primary Care Home model the future of General Practice?

By Simon Harker / 07 November, 2018

Matt Hancock told GPs that general practice can ‘blossom’ under the Primary Care Home model in a recent speech. But is this integrated approach to healthcare really the answer to the many problems facing primary care?

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CQC has ‘improved the quality of care’ in general practice

By Simon Harker / 23 October, 2018

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice at the Care Quality Commission, has said that the regulator’s inspection process has improved care for millions of patients.

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Reducing DNAs and Increasing Capacity in General Practice

By Simon Harker / 01 October, 2018

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 / 25 September, 2018

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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What we learnt from last year's Practice Manager Salary Survey

By Simon Harker / 18 September, 2018

Our annual Practice Manager Salary Survey is now well underway, with hundreds of managers already taking part. Let’s take a look at the key findings from last year to remind ourselves of what we discovered.

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Five Resilience-Boosting Tips for Stressed Practice Managers

By Simon Harker / 15 August, 2018

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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Anger grows over the cost of GDPR to general practice

By Simon Harker / 13 August, 2018

The new Data Protection Act (DPA), incorporating GDPR, has been in place for almost three months. Since then, the controversy over GP practices being unable to charge for Subject Access Requests (SARs) has only intensified.

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Five top tips for helping your practice meet its goals

By Simon Harker / 11 July, 2018

With the summer of sport in full swing, take a look at our fun guide to engaging your very own local superstars! England manager Gareth Southgate has drawn praise for his leadership skills, so here are some lessons we think can be taken away from his team's great results…

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NHS app to ‘revolutionise’ booking GP appointments

By Simon Harker / 03 July, 2018

A new mobile app developed by NHS England and NHS Digital aims to transform how patients book appointments with doctors at their local GP surgery.

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CQC report offers general practice a signpost to success

By Simon Harker / 19 June, 2018

A new report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows how 10 GP practices managed to improve their ratings from ‘Inadequate’ and ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ - and even achieve ‘Outstanding’.

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How high are motivation levels at your practice?

By Simon Harker / 18 June, 2018

This year’s FPM Practice Manager Job Satisfaction Survey launched last week, helping us build up a picture of day-to-day life for GP practice managers in 2018. Last time we asked you about your motivation levels, just over half of PMs told us they felt motivated in their role.

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Up to 750 GP practices could close their doors by 2022

By Simon Harker / 12 June, 2018

A report by the British Medical Association to mark two years of the GP Forward View has warned that general practice remains in ‘critical condition’, predicting that almost 800 GP practices could face closure within the next five years.

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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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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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New Scottish GP Contract Receives the Go-Ahead

By Simon Harker / 23 January, 2018

The new Scottish GP contract has been given the green light, placing a fresh emphasis on increased funding, boosting recruitment and less time on bureaucracy. It’s been speculated that this approach could signal a change in general practice throughout the UK.

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What Makes Practice Managers so Great?

By Simon Harker / 17 January, 2018

Who’s got the skills, patience and knowledge to run a successful business, keep on top of a constant stream of changes to an already-complex NHS, and sort out a locum at the drop of a hat? It could only be a GP practice manager!

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What Could the New Scottish GP Contract Mean for PMs?

By Simon Harker / 29 November, 2017

Proposals around the new Scottish GP contract have attracted a lot of attention thanks to its emphasis on increased funding, tackling the financial risks faced by GP contractors and allowing clinicians to spend more time treating patients than filling in forms. Could this approach signal a change in general practice throughout the UK?

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