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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 5th April 2021

By First Practice Management / 06 April, 2021

First Practice Management members can access a comprehensive and invaluable selection of sample documents in the Policies and Procedure Library.

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NHSE extend vaccine priority to immuno-suppressed households

By Survindar Chahal / 06 April, 2021

NHS England asks GP Practices to prioritise people over the age of 16 who are living with an adult with a weakened immune system for their vaccine.

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Integrated Care Systems - What GP Practices should know

By Survindar Chahal / 31 March, 2021

From tomorrow (1st April), Integrated Care Systems will cover every area of England, and the existing CCGs will be phased out by April 2022. From a Practice Manager's point of view, it's worth finding out how it will impact your Practice, your day-to-day work, and how involved you are in the transitions and plans for the future.

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Policy Updates - Week Commencing 29th March 2021

By First Practice Management / 30 March, 2021

First Practice Management members can access a comprehensive and invaluable selection of sample documents in the Policies and Procedure Library.

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Primary Care News Round-Up week commencing 22nd February 2021

By Survindar Chahal / 12 March, 2021

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

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Primary Care News Round-Up week Commencing 8th Feb 2021

By Unknown / 12 February, 2021

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

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Study shows successful hospital management of GP Practices

By Survindar Chahal / 09 December, 2020

A report showing how hospital trusts took over the running of primary care services saved some GP practices from closure.

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Kings Fund report: "Making change will require a fundamental shift in approach"

By Nicole Gallagher / 10 July, 2015

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...

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Five Year Forward View explained

By Survindar Chahal / 21 April, 2015

With funding towards the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) resting on the general elections in May, the plan should start taking shape from this April. While prevention is the main focus of the FYFV, the 36 page document provided by NHS shows that plans are much more complex than this alone.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Friends and Family Test – Update

By Helen Murray / 29 July, 2014

As you know the FFT will be introduced as a contractual requirement from 1st December 2014.   Rhian and I were invited to NHS England last week for an update on the Friends and Family Test which we thought would be a useful way to gather more information...

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Fat Cats

By Old Geezer / 29 July, 2014

Anyone old enough to enjoy the original series of “Top Cat” will realise that I am not referring to Benny the Ball. Every so often the newspapers pick up on yet another vast salary or payout hidden within the depths of the NHS and I have read of another in the FPM headlines recently...

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Perception and Misconception

By Old Geezer / 15 July, 2014

It is quite difficult, short of a direct information request, to find out what the breakdown of members is in the BMA. Out of 7 GPs in my practice (and a good many others who I have known and have been and gone in the last few years) I only came across one BMA member...

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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 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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Has NICE had its day?

By Old Geezer / 29 April, 2014

Recent news that NICE has once again snookered a new cancer drug on the basis of cost is a despairing blow to the thousands of families across the UK hit by cancer every year. I’m not talking about breast cancer here specifically, or even the drug trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcla)...

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