A good contingency plan will help build a healthier work life, give you more freedom to take that all important time off work without having to stress about coming back to a week’s worth of work and the knowledge that the practice can carry on as usual should you be off for a period of time or leave for new pastures.
Last Wednesday saw First Practice Management (FPM) Group hold their second CQC Roadshow of the year at The Silk Mill in Derby and once again the event was a huge success. Over 80 delegates registered an interest in the roadshow and those who attended said the event was ‘relevant’, ‘specific’ and that they enjoyed the interactive format.
‘Outstanding’ - the word most practices are hoping makes an appearance or two in their CQC Inspection report when it finally arrives in their inboxes. Through hard-work, good organisation and sheer passion, Tong Medical Practice saw that goal achieved after their inspection in February this year.
The challenges facing Practice Managers in the current climate are well documented, but First Practice Management (FPM) group wanted to find out how managers in general practice really feel about the expectations placed on them...
Like much of the NHS, Primary Care is facing a time of change and challenges, with issues being exacerbated by a lack of funds and a shortage of potential staff. This week the King’s Fund published their ‘Better value in the NHS’ report...
Further spending is needed to improve or replace the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) according to the findings of the National Audit Office’s investigation. The committee, who stand independently from the government, have released a report this morning .
The peak summer months can come with their own HR challenges with rising temperatures and school holidays. Some common themes that Practice Managers and HR Professionals are faced with over the warmer periods include changes to dress codes, spikes in sickness absence...
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?
Egos in the workplace can be very destructive and cause harm to your business. Employee’s egos causing problems or creating low morale in the office could come from actions like deliberately failing to consult a colleague when they should, failing to include another employee...
Before Practice Manager Marion Duffy heads off into the sunset to enjoy retirement, the co-author of ‘Never Do Harm’ and ‘Eight of Cups’ decided to write one last blog post for First Practice Management (FPM) Group.
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.
Most of the articles on this week’s election will have another one of those introductions such as “the NHS is a key factor in the General Election campaign” or something similarly obvious. The seemingly endless rounds of debates, finger-pointing and fear-mongering draw to a close in less than 48 hours.
Sick pay can often be seen as a frustrating expense where money is leaving the practice and there is no contribution in return, but sick pay is an important area of UK employment rights and it can often get complicated. There have also been some changes that may have passed under the radar with the introduction of the Fit for Work scheme.
The results for First Practice Management (FPM) Group's annual Staff Pay and Ratio Survey are now in. We would like to thank all the practice staff who contributed to the survey, which helps Practice Managers gauge a suitable rate of pay for their staff based on the market rates.
The results for First Practice Management (FPM) Group's annual Staff Pay and Ratio Survey are now in. We would like to thank all the practice staff who contributed to the survey, which helps Practice Managers gauge a suitable rate of pay for their staff based on the market rates paid by GP Practices elsewhere.
Time is a precious luxury in general practice, so any service that could potentially free up time to see more patients is welcomed. The roll-out of the Fit for Work scheme in the coming months is offering this, supporting employees through prolonged sickness absence.
A round up of this week's primary care headlines. On-line registration to some sources may be required.
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.
Stress is increasingly a feature of the workplace and managing it is a difficult task for any business leaders since this non-tangible condition or state of mind is very subjective to the individual. Stress is one of the most common reasons for absence or illness in the workplace...
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...