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...


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...


New Thornfields Training Course – Understanding Data in Primary Care

By Julia Smith / 24 June, 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. Through a series of articles we’re going to...


Out and about with iQ Medical

By Kathryn Poulter / 19 May, 2014

iQ Medical will be exhibiting at the Management in Practice event at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Thursday 5th June where the keynote speech is “Will practice managers save the NHS”. Keep a look out on the FPM Blog for my notes from the keynote speech...

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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...


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...

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CQC is aiming to inspect all practices over the following two years. Are you ready?

By Helen Murray / 18 December, 2013

You will have all heard the news about a handful of GP Practices that have struggled to meet the stands set out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). However, the majority of practices inspected are delivering an excellent level of quality care and maintaining high standards...


2013 – A Year of Change

By Kate Hodkinson / 10 December, 2013

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” This quote from the British Philosopher, Alan Watts, always reminds me of some of the best ways of dealing with change, particularly when it is frustrating and seems to be overwhelming...

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Birmingham CQC Roadshow Video

By First Practice Management / 22 October, 2013

On Tuesday 8th October First Practice Management held its second CQC Roadshow at the Thinktank Birmingham. The event saw Practice Managers, GPs and Practice staff come from all over the area to listen and share experiences of their practices recent CQC inspection...

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Birmingham CQC Roadshow Round Up!

By Kate Hodkinson / 15 October, 2013

The Birmingham CQC Roadshow took place at the Thinktank last week. As previous events have been, this FPM CQC Roadshow proved to be an invaluable event for practice managers and the opportunity to learn what actually happens in a CQC inspection...


Care.Data – The Implications for General Practice

By Kate Hodkinson / 01 October, 2013

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIS) is the new central body providing information to commissioners and providers of care. The service is a new development which aims to achieve six main objectives: Support patients choice...

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CQC Roadshow London 6th November

By First Practice Management / 30 September, 2013

GP Practices and other primary medical services have been registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since April 2013. Since then, practices up and down the country have undergone CQC inspections and undergone different experiences. Following on from the FPM CQC Roadshows...

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Six key qualifications for healthcare assistants (HCAs)

By Ruth Long / 17 September, 2013

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are often described as the foundations of general practice and work under the guidance of qualified health care professionals. The roles of HCAs in practices largely depend on the patient demand and the level of care required in that area...

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Introduction to Practice Management London Event

By First Practice Management / 10 September, 2013

First Practice Management (FPM) is proud to announce that they will be delivering the ever popular Introduction to Practice Management course in London on the Tuesday 26th November 2013. FPM has become well known for this course for newly appointed practice managers...

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Thornfields Launches Two New Courses

By Kate Hodkinson / 20 August, 2013

Practice management has changed dramatically since its inception in the 1970’s – and changed again since the creation of the GMS 2 contract in 2003. If you look back to the competence framework developed for practice management at the time...

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Is anyone listening? Communication the neglected skill.

By Kate Hodkinson / 10 June, 2013

Many managers are feelings under increasing pressure at work – preparing for CQC, changes in QOF and new services are all adding to an already busy workload. But the pressure problem is often compounded by the need to keep repeating communication both internally and externally. A situation which creates a lot of frustration ...

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Developing Your Practice

By Kate Hodkinson / 28 May, 2013

What constitutes good management?  Keeping things going without major incident or developing your practice to meet future challenges. For many practice managers, their job is a mixture of both. They are required to take a very hands- on day to day role in ensuring that things run smoothly...

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Time and Workload Management

By Kate Hodkinson / 13 February, 2013

As the role of the practice manager grows and resources become more scarce, now is the time for everyone to focus on being as efficient and as effective as they can with the time they have available. People are different – the ways in which they think, respond, work and plan...

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Improving Performance Appraisal

By Kate Hodkinson / 05 December, 2012

Performance appraisal has become common practice in most GP surgeries over recent years for a variety of reasons. Some use it to focus their training plans and spend their training budget wisely; some use it to help achieve the practices’ objectives in a more strategic...


Chaperoning in General Practice

By Kate Hodkinson / 14 November, 2012

The lack of definitive guidance on Chaperones in general practice has resulted in a wide variation across practices in the way they identify the need for a chaperone and how any policy is implemented. Results from a 2009 survey showed the following rather surprising results...


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