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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 02 July 2021

By First Practice Management / 02 July, 2021

A weekly roundup of all the important news GP Practices need to know


Is it time to recruit? A guide to employing new members of staff

By Jade Dudding / 12 May, 2015

Whether a member of staff just handed in their notice, or you need some new skills and manpower to help your practice, it’s best to start thinking about recruitment sooner rather than later in order to find the best fit.

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Understanding changes to the NHS Pension Fund

By Gerry Devine / 24 March, 2015

Changes are being introduced to the NHS Pension fund next week, and whilst Practice Managers are not licensed financial advisors (though your job description seems to include ‘being an expert in everything’), you are likely to face questions about the changes...

HR / Employment Law

Annual Leave: Your questions answered...

By Sam Cook / 24 March, 2015

Annual leave is often, and understandably, a priority to employees. Despite this, it can often become a ‘bottom of the pile’ administrative task to managers - this is mainly due to its non-urgent nature.

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Interview with Carey Dowson: My first two years as a practice manager

By Charan Sarai / 10 March, 2015

Charan Sarai met with Carey Dowson who became a practice manager in May 2013 after years of project management in the construction sector and submarine build. What's it like to switch from submarines to practice management? We asked Carey a few questions to find out...

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It’s time to manage your time

By Charan Sarai / 16 December, 2014

Happy holidays! Where did 2014 go? In the past year it has been a privilege to work with Practice Managers up and down the country, all of whom say to me “If only we had more time”.

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The latest on CQC update

By Kate Hodkinson / 25 November, 2014

The first wave of CCGs and practices to be inspected under the new system is now well under way and information is beginning to emerge about the inspections and how the inspection team prepare for and carry out their visits.


Undertaking a critical appraisal of staff resources

By Charan Sarai / 18 November, 2014

We all know that without good staff our organisations will fail.  What we have also come to learn is that we are only as strong as our weakest link. Whilst I agree with both these quotes, I think it proves that there are two camps - one suggests focusing on your strengths, while the other that says you will never go forward unless you address your...


Practice Manager Salary Survey 2014

By First Practice Management / 10 September, 2014

The average advertised UK salary has increased by 0.9% this year according to Adzuna. This is the first increase in wages since the beginning of the recession. Although this is a positive sign, there are also signs of an increasing gap between wage growth in different areas of the country...


Keep calm it’s only a prize draw

By First Practice Management / 26 August, 2014

Have you spotted any Practice Managers from the FPM team sporting our exclusive “Keep Calm PM” t-shirts? They have been setting Twitter and Facebook on fire by sharing snaps of themselves wearing them and we have been inundated with members asking about how they can get their hands on one...


New Course - Practice management for GPs

By First Practice Management / 12 August, 2014

Following the continued success of our Introduction to practice management course for practice managers, we are delighted to announce the launch of a version of the course aimed specifically at GPs and GP registrars. The full day course, which includes handouts...

HR / Employment Law

Working in Hot Weather

By Kate Hodkinson / 22 July, 2014

Summer is here and we are experiencing a period of warm and dry weather – which many people see as a positive yet can create problems for managers and practices to deal with. One of the most commonly raised questions on our Health and Safety Courses for Managers...


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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Legislation Update: Health & Safety in care homes

By First Practice Management / 15 July, 2014

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have published guidance which is intended to help those providing and managing care homes – to give them a better understanding of the real risks and how to manage them effectively. It has been extensively rewritten...


New Thornfields Training Course – Clinical Coding

By Julia Smith / 08 July, 2014

Thornfields are proud to announce a suite of new courses that focus on aiding the development of your practice team in terms of understanding the importance of data quality, summarising, clinical coding and exception reporting. We are going to look at Thornfields new training courses...


Bending over backwards

By Old Geezer / 07 July, 2014

Now that the government have expanded flexible working to include everyone, I expect this will have a major impact on GP practices. We have always had the major requirement when recruiting that our staff have the flexibility to cover absences etc...

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New changes to flexible working rights

By Jennifer Melia / 01 July, 2014

New changes to Flexible Working Rights came into force on 30th June 2014 which are designed to simplify the request process for both staff and managers. Employers will now have to consider applications for all staff that have worked over 26 weeks in the practice...

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Could we do more to prevent DNAs?

By Helen Murray / 01 July, 2014

I recently read an article venting frustrations at persistent ‘DNA-ers’ and as an ex-practice manager I completely understand the frustrations around this. Patients are not fully aware of the implications of missed appointments; how wasteful and costly it is to the NHS...


The Sacred Cow

By Old Geezer / 01 July, 2014

The BMA has knocked the concept of charging for a GP appointment on the head. I pay to see my NHS dentist and he delivers pain. I don’t like it, (the cost I mean) but it is a fact of life, so I accept it. If he had decent premises rather than an old terraced house with ultra-steep stairs...

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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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