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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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6 key things to know about the NHS Long-Term Plan

By Simon Harker / 12 February, 2019

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.

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Key Steps to Running More Effective Meetings

By Simon Harker / 11 February, 2019

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?

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What Makes Practice Managers so Great?

By Simon Harker / 04 February, 2019

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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A guide to saving time for primary care managers

By Simon Harker / 28 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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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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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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