Working in healthcare, politics may often tend to provoke some kind of debate, but in today’s heated environment, people can easily turn an opinion into a fiery discussion that draws in individuals who may not even wish to get involved.
Last week we talked improving your timekeeping, introducing the Eisenhower Matrix and working out the difference between what’s important and what’s urgent. Now let’s look at refining that technique even further.
It’s a common thread in comments we hear from practice managers – you spend 99% of your time putting out one proverbial fire after another.
Data breaches and how to deal with them under GDPR continues to be a big issue for GP practices - we put together a quick video to break down the process.
FPM looks into some of the big questions surrounding Subject Access Requests and the Data Protection Act 2018. What are the differences between requests from insurers and solicitors, and is its ever possible to charge for SARs?
We look into the efforts to find clarity on the government’s contingency plans for medicines access post-Brexit, as well as the potential costs in the event that no deal is reached before the March 29 deadline.
Seventy years is a long time in healthcare and the NHS has provided a consistently excellent service since its inception. We need to celebrate the lives saved and the huge leaps in care and science made by a British institution that’s as much a part of our culture and heritage as it is a governmental obligation.
I’m guessing when you hear ‘data breach’ you’re thinking of Tom Cruise hanging from a ceiling in a secret government facility. Here's a quick guide to what data breaches mean in the context of general practice...
Second only to Ed Balls Day, May the 4th is now an annual fixture in the social media calendar, with an almost inexhaustible list of ‘May the 4th be with you” puns thrown in for some light comedy values and a jovial weblink. Here are a few things that the sci-fi epic can teach us about management in the modern day practice…
Carillion’s demise should be a warning that other big government suppliers must now take stock of how they’re operating and whether they are strong enough to deliver their contracts. However, common sense and big business don’t always go hand in hand, and for the primary care sector there are serious concerns about who will be next, with all eyes on Capita.
On 30th October the National Audit Office published a report on the NHS response to the cyberattack in May 2017. The report stated that the attack could have been easily prevented if the NHS followed basic IT security practices for what is considered an “unsophisticated cyber-threat”.
Consultations have already started on how the CQC will change its inspection process from November 2017, so we've put together a handy video summarising what we know so far. Will the proposals change things for the better?
A consultation has begun on what changes the CQC will make to its inspection process from November 2017. There are already a number of proposed changes that will impact on the current preparations that GP practices make for their inspections, and the proposals aim to move away from the perception that they are a ‘box-ticking exercise’.
The implementation of SNOMED CT continues apace, and NHS Digital are confident that things are on track for the expected first phase launch of 1st April 2018. With that deadline less than 12 months away, let’s catch up on the latest developments.
The NHS ransomware attack has driven home the need for all practices to have a robust cyber security strategy in place. Here is our guide to the things you need to know to be prepared for potentially devastating cyber attacks.
Following the ransomware attacks that rocked the NHS, we look back at an article we published in 2015 that shone a light on how the outdated Windows XP software is susceptible to a range of computer viruses and other malicious threats.
Last week we looked at how the creation of 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans will affect the future of primary care. There’s more to the story though - STPs are also to be the ‘single application and approval point’ for local organisations to access NHS transformation funding.
One of the key outcomes of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View was the move to create 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) to help deliver healthcare reform. The plans have become a source of controversy in the news and will finally be formally introduced this month, so we have broken down exactly what they are and how they will affect general practice.
Last year, First Practice Management sponsored the first-ever Practice Manager of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Evening Post’s annual Best of Health Awards. We caught up with winner Linda Benn, PM at Greystones Medical Centre, Sheffield, to learn more about what made her stand out from the crowd.
First Practice Management were proud to sponsor the Practice Manager of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards. Now in their fifth year, the awards are a celebration of the best health workers in the region.