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.
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?
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.
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’.
NHS England finally shared the NHS Long-Term Plan on 7th January, and as expected there’s a lot to get to grips with – the plan sets out the 10-year priorities for healthcare and reveals how NHS funding is going to be used.
We’ve all been in that situation - walking out of the meeting room wondering exactly what’s been achieved, unsure of what we’re supposed to do next and, worst of all, even more confused than we were at the start. So how do we avoid these potential pitfalls and make sure that we’re getting the most from our meetings?
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!
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?
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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’.