Practices everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief on the 31st March, because the QOF rush is over for another year. The 31st of March is a bit like New Year's Eve in general practice. It’s a time to celebrate and reflect; time to stop waking up in a pool of QOF-induced sweat during the night.
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.
Case law often influences the way employees are managed, what is viewed as best practice and set a precedent for tribunals to consider. The following is a brief round-up of a few notable cases that might help practices.
The 30 minute presentation that can be part of practices’ CQC inspections has been a popular topic of conversation and questioning at our last two CQC Roadshows. This is why First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s newest vlog focuses on the presentation.
The publication of finalised revalidation guidance for nurses and midwives is expected in October with the process taking place in spring 2016. This procedure is to demonstrate that practise is being completed safely and it will strengthen the renewal process...
Appraisals are an important task for managers to complete, that’s why the next vlog focuses on how to undertake them and make sure they’re successful. In this video Charan Sarai one of our Practice Manager Advisers discusses in depth the purpose of appraisals and what preparation you need to conduct.
Remuneration and salaries are always a controversial topic and - like most professions - there isn’t a job specification that fits all practice managers and roles. Because of this, pay can be quite varied across the board.
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.
Managing staff and HR duties is a time consuming aspect of the Practice Manager role. There are many people-management aspects that can be pre-planned such as appraisals and payroll, however there are occasions when managing people creates issues that need to be dealt with amongst the busy day-to-day schedule.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies announced earlier this year that incomes had grown by 1.8 per cent between 2011/2012 and 2014/2015. It may have been a slow economic recovery, but figures suggested that incomes were finally back to pre-recession figures. But has this current trend been replicated for Practice Managers across the UK?
The Practice Manager Salary & Bonus Survey will begin on 2nd September - as it enters it's 11th year, we decided to breakdown 9 important lessons we learned from 2014’s survey…
As part of First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s ‘aspects of managing’ vlog series, our newest video focuses on how to manage your emails efficiently. Following on from our last vlog on leadership qualities featuring Charan Sarai, this month’s video is presented by Practice Manager Adviser, Gerry Devine.
A second budget within a calendar year is highly unusual; however the chancellor unveiled the first Conservative-only Budget in nearly 20 years announcing a series of bold measures affecting business, tax and welfare. Many elements of the second budget will affect the GP Practice.
Technological innovation in primary care has been prevalent in the media with Jeremy Hunt’s push for ideas to help ease the increasing workload for GPs. With the UK falling behind other countries that centre their medical service around improvements in technology, the NHS is still struggling.
‘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.
As part of First Practice Management (FPM) Group’s aim to become Disability Confident we are supporting YoungMinds, a charity dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Short term sickness can have a big impact on the practice and the remaining staff. High absence can put strain on the team and cause delays, low morale, and the inability to meet service demands, so we have put together some quick steps to reducing short term sickness.
The results are in for the FPM Practice Manager Job Satisfaction survey. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the survey. We have put together an Infographic to display some of the results and responses.
A round up of the latest HR updates, including Equal Pay Claims, Nice Guidelines, Compulsory Living Wage, Tax Allowances, Holiday Pay and Working Time (Travelling).
FPM are proud to announce that we are supporting the Disability Confident campaign. The campaign aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have opportunities to work to their full potential.