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CQC Index - FPM Policies and Procedures Library Update

By First Practice Management / 29 October, 2014

Following recent changes to the CQC inspection process for GP practices in England, First Practice Management (FPM) have reviewed and updated the FPM CQC Index in the protocol library. In order to aid practice managers with the new style of assessments, members can now access all the documents needed to be CQC complaint with a step by step guide...


5 things to consider when merging your practice

By Charan Sarai / 27 October, 2014

Is it a question of surviving?  Can a merger result in lower overhead costs?  Perhaps a more balanced life style for the GP partners whilst maintaining that their income cannot drop?  These are questions you are faced with when making the decision to merge or not to merge...


To pay or not to pay - a very important question

By Marion Duffy / 27 October, 2014

Many a time I have valued the information and support provided by fellow Practice Managers in my local area.  Whether it is how to find SCON numbers, where to send invoices for liquid nitrogen or who updates practice trainers in CPR – I can usually rely on one of my colleagues...

HR / Employment Law

When banging their heads together just won't do

By Survindar Chahal / 22 October, 2014

Let’s be honest, we've all been there. You walk into the building, and you can cut the tension in the air with a wooden spoon, it’s that thick. A quick hello to the receptionists is met with a brief glance and an even briefer smile, eyes shifting between the floor and the monitor...

HR / Employment Law

Legislation Update: National Minimum Wage, Tribunals, Antenatal Appointments & Subject Access Requests

By First Practice Management / 21 October, 2014

Minimum wage went up to £6.50. Employers can be fined £20,000 per employee where found to be paying below the NMW. Employees may also claim unlawful deduction of wages and be entitled to back-pay.

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New CQC remarks

By Jeffrey Krell / 21 October, 2014

I found reading Survindar Chahal’s blog on the new CQC strategy very interesting. However, it only highlights the changes, which left me thinking about how these changes were conceived. I am trying to understand how these changes that the CQC have put in place are going to benefit patient care...


Ebola: Is your Practice prepared?

By Jeffrey Krell / 14 October, 2014

The Ebola epidemic is spreading. No longer just a problem in West Africa, the disease has reached Europe, with a case as close as Spain reported last week. While it is important that we do not panic, we should be vigilant in the coming weeks...

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New CQC inspection process announced today

By Survindar Chahal / 09 October, 2014

Is your surgery safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led? This is what CQC inspections hope to uncover when the new and improved style of inspections are carried out from October 2014 onwards. The Pilot Inspection Process (July-September 2014) allowed them to review the way the inspections are executed...

HR / Employment Law

October - when the clocks go back but you need to look forward

By Gerry Devine / 07 October, 2014

A number of changes to employment law took effect from the 1st October. You need to take this opportunity to ensure that you are aware of these changes and to ensure that your policies, practices and procedures reflect them so that your Practice remains compliant...


GMS Contract 2015/16

By Kate Hodkinson / 02 October, 2014

Interesting news coming from NHS Employers who have reached agreement with the GP Committee of the BMA on changes to the GMS Contract for next year. There are a mix of things which give an uncertain picture of the implications for practices...


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