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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 25th February 2022

By First Practice Management / 25 February, 2022

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

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Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing: How to Build Great Teams

By Jonathan Finch / 23 February, 2022

Sometimes we all feel that we "can't see the wood for the trees" - we're too close to a situation to view it with any perspective. That's when we need to step away for a while, and away days are a great way of doing this. Use them to build trust, learn new skills, and say thank you!

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March Awareness Calendar

By Jonathan Finch / 23 February, 2022

It's that time again! We've put together a handy awareness days calendar detailing some of the key days coming up in March 2022.

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Should You Encourage Practice Staff To Share Their Pronouns?

By Samantha Rigby / 23 February, 2022

You may have heard recently that the NHS is encouraging employees to put their pronouns in their email signatures, as well as creating “pronoun badges” for employees to wear, to share their pronouns with their colleagues and patients. But why are pronouns so important, especially in the NHS, and which pronouns should you be aware of?

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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 18th February 2022

By First Practice Management / 18 February, 2022

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

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Green Practices: How Your Surgery Can Be Greener and More Sustainable

By Jonathan Finch / 16 February, 2022

The CQC are increasingly using 'environmental sustainability' as one of the metrics that they will mark services on. But amidst all the other pressures that GP practices are under at the moment, why is the ‘green’ agenda so important, and how should you tackle it?

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8 ways to improve your waiting room

By Survindar Chahal / 15 February, 2022

As the remaining Covid restrictions gradually lift, patients will return to GP practice. The waiting room is the first place they see, but many find them stressful or uncomfortable. Survindar Chahal explores how can you create a welcoming and relaxing waiting area.

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Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment: What Happens Next?

By Samantha Rigby / 11 February, 2022

It was announced at the end of January that mandatory vaccinations are no longer a proportionate need for NHS staff - but many practice managers still have serious questions about what happens now.

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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 11th February 2022

By First Practice Management / 11 February, 2022

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

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Fancy a (virtual) coffee with our finance expert?

By First Practice Management / 09 February, 2022

Fancy a (virtual) coffee with our Accountant? Our in-house financial expert, Phil Harnby, is holding a series of informal sessions soon, answering all the questions you were afraid to ask about financial disputes, mergers, forecasting and much more.

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Consultation: What is it and when do you need to consult with your employees?

By Samantha Rigby / 09 February, 2022

Our HR advisor Samantha Rigby tackles some frequently asked questions around employee consultations - when are they useful, what can they achieve, and how should they be carried out?

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Proposal to incentivise GPs to work under NHS Trusts

By Survindar Chahal / 09 February, 2022

According to new proposals from the health secretary, more GPs would be provided incentives to work directly for 'academy-style' hospitals rather than operating their own practices as independent contractors.

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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 4th February 2022

By First Practice Management / 04 February, 2022

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

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Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD) – Or Not?

By Anonymous Blogger / 02 February, 2022

The health secretary confirmed on Monday that vaccination will no longer be a condition of deployment stating that it was being “reviewed”. So for now, we are being asked to stand down. No dismissal meetings necessary, no invites to formal or informal meetings. The process is on hold.

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Increase in Recruitment Activity Points to More Leaving Primary Care

By Jonathan Finch / 02 February, 2022

FPM Group helped recruit more practice managers than ever last year. Figures show the real desire amongst PMs to stay the course through the worst of the pandemic - but also point to an increase in both clinical and non-clinical staff leaving their roles, or leaving the profession for good.

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Mindfulness : Can you let go of your anger?

By First Practice Management / 02 February, 2022

Anger is the most primal and oldest emotion known to mankind—it’s simple to spot in others, but it's not necessarily easy to spot in ourselves. Here we look at some of the warning signs and ways to control it.

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Secret Diary: January in General Practice

By Anonymous Blogger / 01 February, 2022

Hard to think we are almost through January, and so much has been happening. We are being led to believe that we are now seeing the beginning of the end of Covid, but are we being misled by an ulterior motive, or not? As the saying goes “You may say that, but I could not possibly comment”.

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