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A Visible Difference: 31st March is International Trans Day of Visibility

By Jonathan Finch / 30 March, 2022

31st March is International Trans Day of Visibility. Here we look at some of the terminology you might hear around transgender issues, explore some of the common issues transgender people face, and see what the aims of the awareness day this year are.

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Lost in translation – communicating with refugees and other non-native patients

By Jonathan Finch / 30 March, 2022

Many people in the UK have opened their hearts-and their homes-to refugees fleeing Ukraine in recent weeks. Those coming will need medical treatment for physical or mental injuries. Being able to communicate with them adequately in their native language is crucial, but poor availability of interpreting services and translated information threatens that.

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April 2022 Awareness Calendar

By Jonathan Finch / 28 March, 2022

It's that time again! We've put together a handy awareness days calendar detailing some of the key days coming up in April 2022, with hyperlinks where available.

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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 25th March 2022

By First Practice Management / 25 March, 2022

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

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BMA: GP Practices need 10% of funding for NHS Backlog

By Survindar Chahal / 23 March, 2022

The BMA has said the government will need to provide an extra £5-7 billion to clear the elective care backlog in England, with 10% of that going to general practice.

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Employment Updates in 2022: What Do You Need To Be Aware Of?

By Samantha Rigby / 23 March, 2022

As always, around this time of year there is a flurry of employment law changes that all employees and managers should be aware. Our HR Expert Samantha Rigby looks at the main employment law updates for 2022.

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How Thornfields Can Help Your Kickstart Scheme New Starters

By Jonathan Finch / 22 March, 2022

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new jobs for young people who receive Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. But with all the pressures of business as usual, how can you ensure the new starters you welcome will make the most of this great opportunity? Thornfield's Foundation Skills Academy can help.

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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 18th March 2022

By First Practice Management / 18 March, 2022

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

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Updates to the GMS Contract and the Impact on Practice Staff

By Samantha Rigby / 16 March, 2022

With the recent news that more practices are going to need to extend their operating hours, there are plenty of PMs out there wondering how they are going to be able to staff their practice. Here we look at the options available to you.

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New GP Contract for Primary Care - what are the changes?

By Survindar Chahal / 16 March, 2022

With the new contract arrangements published by NHS England recently, we've taken a look at some of the key points and what this would mean for GP Practices preparing for the new financial year

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Finance Webinar No 2- PMs Becoming Partners

By Jonathan Finch / 14 March, 2022

The first event in our series of finance webinars got off to a flying start last month. Our in-house finance expect Phil Harnby is running his next FREE session on the topic of Practice Managers Becoming Partners on Tuesday 29th March - book your place now!

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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 11th March 2022

By First Practice Management / 11 March, 2022

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

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A New SSP Regime and the End of Covid Restrictions – How Will Your Practice Be Affected?

By Samantha Rigby / 09 March, 2022

Now that the last remaining Covid restrictions are being lifted, our HR Expert Samantha Rigby explores what this means for practices, and how the recent change in Statutory Sick Pay will also affect practice life.

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The Fight Against Coronavirus – Safeguarding The Vaccines

By First Practice Management / 09 March, 2022

With the rollout of the Covid vaccination, accurate monitoring and recording of medical refrigerator temperatures has never been more important. Now an innovative device from Remote Monitoring Ltd can automate, speed up and simplify this often manual process. RemoteM is a wireless refrigerator temperature monitoring system developed for the healthcare environment, enabling easy, reliable compliance with relevant statutory bodies.

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Secret Diary: Same Old, Same Old

By Anonymous Blogger / 07 March, 2022

Following the news that a new GP contract will be imposed with Saturday working hours included, our secret diarist gives a view from the front line as to what this might mean for general practice.

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Primary Care Weekly News Roundup 4th March 2022

By First Practice Management / 04 March, 2022

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

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Bouncing back better - investing in workforce planning

By Jonathan Finch / 02 March, 2022

If you have unutilised funds in your budget at year end, then there are a range of things you might want to invest in - and one of those is workforce planning for the future. Here we look at how how to do it, and how our Thornfields training colleagues can help.

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5 Ways To Be a Mindful Listener

By Survindar Chahal / 02 March, 2022

Everyone likes to think they're a good listener, but our minds sometimes stray and we find we're not completely present in the situation. Mindful listening can help you improve personal and professional relationships. Here we explore the benefits of mindful listening, and look at 5 ways to improve your listening skills.

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Secret Diary: Back to the Future!

By Anonymous Blogger / 01 March, 2022

As a new month arrives and the final remaining Covid restrictions are lifted, our secret diarist gives us their views on life in a GP practice - and what the future may hold.

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