Featured: 5 quick ideas for putting social prescribing into practice

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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One bad day at the practice: PMs share their horror stories

By First Practice Management / 18 March, 2019

Everyone has bad days at work, but for a Practice Manager they can feel like a week's worth rolled into one. The life of a PM can sometimes feel isolated, but don’t worry because you really are not alone, as some of these tales will assure you…

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Secret Diary of a Practice Manager: The NHS Long-Term Plan

By Anonymous Blogger / 13 March, 2019

"I do believe we can get a better NHS for our times if we want to." Our anonymous blogger returns to share their thoughts on the ambitious Long-Term Plan, weighing up both its good and bad points.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 11th March 2019

By First Practice Management / 13 March, 2019

Our Policy and Procedure Library is constantly being updated in line with the changes and developments to policy and law that affect primary care. The documents are easy to pick up and use, meaning you can tailor them to the unique needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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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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The Practice Staff Salary Survey 2019

By First Practice Management / 11 March, 2019

Our annual staff pay and staffing levels survey has proven to be a valuable tool for managers assessing their own practice rates and staffing needs. Welcome to the 2019 Survey, and thanks in advance for taking the time to get involved.

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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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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 4th March 2019

By First Practice Management / 06 March, 2019

Our Policy and Procedure Library is constantly being updated in line with the changes and developments to policy and law that affect primary care. The documents are easy to pick up and use, meaning you can tailor them to the unique needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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Why apprenticeships could be right for your practice

By First Practice Management / 05 March, 2019

It’s National Apprenticeship Week so we are revisiting our chat with Kay Keane, Business Manager at Alvanley Family Practice, who has enjoyed great success using apprentices.

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HR Case Study: Dealing with a problem employee

By Lisa Wainwright / 04 March, 2019

No one said dealing with HR issues would be easy... Thankfully, FPM’s HR experts are here to help. We have prepared a series of handy case studies that are packed with useful tips and ideas. We begin with a query about handling a difficult employee.

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What we learnt from 2018's Practice Staff Salary Survey

By First Practice Management / 27 February, 2019

With the annual FPM practice staff salary survey well underway, now is a great time to take a look back at our results from 2018 and reflect on what we found.

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Policy Updates - The February Round-Up

By First Practice Management / 27 February, 2019

Here’s a definitive round-up of reviewed policies in the FPM Policies and Procedures Library for this month, including our new Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Policy.

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March awareness days calendar

By Bethany McCormack / 26 February, 2019

March is set to be be a very busy month and that's even before Easter arrives! While we look forward to Spring, here's our round-up of awareness days to keep you busy...

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Quick tips for getting involved with awareness campaigns

By Bethany McCormack / 25 February, 2019

It's fantastic to get involved in awareness campaigns and raise the profile of health and wellbeing issues, but taking the plunge can feel daunting. Here are a few tips for getting involved, as well as advice on starting your own campaigns!

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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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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 18th February 2019

By First Practice Management / 20 February, 2019

The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Policy is the latest addition to the FPM policy library, which discusses the purpose of the new initiative and how it needs to be applied.

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Stretching your salary: Tips for you and your staff

By Bethany McCormack / 19 February, 2019

The Staff Salary Survey launches this week, and to mark the occasion we have decided to revisit this article all about making the most of your money.

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Does your leadership style utilise this key management skill?

By Charan Sarai / 15 February, 2019

Charan Sarai, Training Delivery Manager for Thornfields, is back to discuss the importance of kindness in both our personal and professional lives. This article discusses why caring is such an essential skill for GP practice managers.

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Reasons to love being a Practice Manager

By Bethany McCormack / 13 February, 2019

To celebrate Valentine's Day we decided to pay homage to all the reasons to love being a Practice Manager! We asked why you love what you do, and here are the answers...

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 11th February 2019

By First Practice Management / 13 February, 2019

Our Policy and Procedure Library is constantly being updated in line with the changes and developments to policy and law that affect primary care. The documents are easy to pick up and use, meaning you can tailor them to the unique needs of your practice with minimum fuss.

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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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Salary: £37.5 - 40K depending on experience

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