Meeting with a CCG Chief Officer: The challenges facing general practice (Part 2)

By Sam Cook / 29 June, 2015

Last week we published the first part of our meeting with Nigel Gray, Chief Officer of Leeds North CCG. Here, we covered the relationships between CCG’s and General Practice, asking the question, ‘how can practices and CCGs work better together?


Meeting with a CCG Chief Officer: How can practices and CCGs work better together? (Part 1)

By Sam Cook / 19 June, 2015

First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s HR Advisor, Sam Cook, recently met up with Chief Officer of Leeds North CCG, Nigel Gray, to find out a bit more about the relationship between GP Practices and CCGs.


The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 20

By Anonymous Blogger / 17 November, 2014

I sometimes wonder where the government/NHS gets their ideas from. I have always felt that the Friends and Family Test (FFT) was a waste of time and money. Please correct me if I am wrong or have missed the whole point of it, but it has now - in my eyes - become farcical...


The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 19

By Anonymous Blogger / 22 September, 2014

They say a week is a long time in politics; well the same applies for the NHS.I am writing this blog on receipt of the 17th of September FPM weekly bulletin. On looking at the updated news section, it all looks doom and gloom for general practice. If I took everything at its face value...


The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 18

By Anonymous Blogger / 16 September, 2014

We are better off together – no, not the referendum. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the abolition of the PCT was to let practices to take more control. This would then allow them to be more hands on through being part of the CCG...

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Congratulations Maggie!

By First Practice Management / 04 August, 2014

Last week we received an email from Warrington CCG telling us all about the wonderful work that Maggie Brown, Practice Manager from Fearnhead Cross medical centre in Warrington, has been doing in her area. From this they awarded her Healthcare in Warrington Above and Beyond award...


The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 16

By Anonymous Blogger / 15 July, 2014

Things are changing, but are they for the better? We are all well aware that you can’t go a day without the press or a politician making a remark about GPs being part of the NHS problem and that more changes are needed to make it work. So we are told we should be working 8:00 till 8:00pm...

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The Ongoing CQC Consultation

By Kate Hodkinson / 24 June, 2014

I would hope that all practices are, by now, aware of the changes happening in regard to CQC regulation and inspections. The pilot projects in 12 CCG areas are now underway and inspections are beginning to take place. We will, hopefully, know some of the results of these in July...

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Thornfields public workshops

By Helen Murray / 13 May, 2014

Thornfields specialise in providing high quality, relevant and interactive primary care training courses to practice managers and staff in the primary care sector. We have been delivering training workshops to GP Practices and Primary Care Organisations throughout the UK since 1993...

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Introducing ERS Connect

By Rhian Bulmer / 29 April, 2014

I joined ERS Medical a year ago this month. The reason I came to work at ERS Medical was because of the focus on using technology and innovation to help our customers and a patient’s experience. Our new service ERS Connect is our specialist healthcare communication division...


Update on our change to EMIS WEB

By Jeffrey Krell / 18 March, 2014

We are now well into our familiarisation period leading up to May 8th 2014 the big switch over from EMIS PCS to EMIS WEB. I will admit, that I was not looking forward to the change, bearing in mind the severe problems that we had 9 years ago changing to EMIS PCS from another system...


The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 13

By Anonymous Blogger / 04 March, 2014

When is the National Health Service, not National?  Or are we really a post code lottery NHS?I have often thought give me one patient seeing 5 doctors across the country giving the same symptoms, would they all be diagnosed the same and offered the same treatment?..


Update From Thornfields

By Donna Laybourne-Jackson / 27 February, 2014

We have noticed a huge increase in demand for Thornfields training recently, especially with groups purchasing all of the their training for 2014/2015 up front, so we thought it was worth giving you a bit of background on Thornfields and the services we offer...


How to deal with changing clinical systems...

By Jeffrey Krell / 03 February, 2014

Like many practices we are going to be changing our clinical system this year from EMIS PCS to EMIS WEB. A large number have already changed and I am sure that there must be hints and tips that can be shared amongst us for the many who have not yet taken this step...


England Update: Let's take stock and look forward

By Jeffrey Krell / 28 January, 2014

At the beginning of the year I think we all take stock and review what has happened and what is going to happen during the next few months.One cannot say that the change from PCT to CCG has been smooth but after early trouble the shoots of a better working relationship are being seen...


What has been the impact on your role (if any) of the changeover from PCTs to CCGs?

By Keerti Baker / 03 September, 2013

It was April this year when the “big change” came about and PCTs ceased to exist as they were replaced by CCGs. For us who work in the health care sector (primary or secondary) we all knew about it, spoke about it, worked hard to prepare for it and most probably also speculated...


Practice Manager Job Satisfaction Survey Infographic

By First Practice Management / 27 August, 2013

The results are in for the FPM Practice Manager Job Satisfaction survey. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the survey. For a quick reference we have put together an Infographic to display some of the top line results. Keep your eyes on the FPM blog...

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Give me, Give me, Give me Referral Visibility

By The Microphone / 12 August, 2013

OK, it’s a given. Everybody agrees that digital dictation is able to shrink turnaround times from days to hours while taking GP and secretary productivity to where it should be: a good place. But that doesn't answer THE question: can a digital dictation system (DDS) ALSO shed light on referral patterns for you? Yes it can It’s only logical if you think about it...


The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 6

By Anonymous Blogger / 06 August, 2013

So have things really improved with the new CCG organisation set up within the NHS? Are these changes likely to produce any savings for the NHS? More importantly will it improve patient care?Well in my opinion I cannot see anything yet to think that anything has...


The Secret Diary of a Practice Manager Part 2

By Anonymous Blogger / 21 May, 2013

Here we are 14 days into the new QOF year and wondering where the last 12 months have gone and what the next 12 months will bring. I suppose we did exactly the same last year. Fortunately, we seem to have done well once again this QOF year...


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