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Resigning GPs await politicians

GPs in Northern Ireland are putting a resignation threat on ice while they wait to find some politicians to negotiate with, a conference will hear today. The problems facing practices in the region are to be set out at the annual conference of local medical committees in Edinburgh, Scotland. GPs signed mass resignation letters with […]

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EXCLUSIVE: The Practice Manager’s Manual 2017

Practice Manager's Manual 2017

110 pages on everything you need to know as a GP practice manager. This detailed manual includes sections on accounts, complaints, CQC inspections, estate management, pensions, payroll and staff. Written by three highly skilled and long-serving practice managers; Michele Petrie, Robert Campbell and Alan Moore. Includes additional input from PM colleagues with significant experience of […]

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Infection control for your computers: Protecting against cyber crime

Infection control for your computers: Protecting against cyber crime

The global cyber security threat is growing, and one which could affect any organisation that does not have appropriate defences. For example, the first half of 2016 saw an almost threefold increase in ransomware variants compared to the whole of 2015, according to the National Cyber security Centre (NCSC), while 2017 has been awash with incidents, including the massive […]

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May 18, 2017, by in GPs, News, Political

GP leader hits at politicians

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Politicians have a “callous disregard” for the problems of the NHS, a senior GP says today. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, is due to launch his attack at the annual conference of local medical committees today. He will warn of the impact of growing GP shortages and say: “The […]

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May 16, 2017, by in Property

GP premises – to lease or not to lease?

GP premises - to lease or not to lease?

Written by GP Surveyors Many GP practices are not aware of when a lease is required or how the presence or absence of a lease can impact upon NHS rental reimbursement. Where all the owners of the property are still practicing General Practitioners (GP) in occupation of the property, the GP Partners are owner occupiers […]

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The cyber attack

The cyber attack

By Nicola Davies A lot has happened since I last put pen to paper. Fairly significantly I got married, just waiting now for the ball and chain to be soldered on, but otherwise he’s lovely, but, more recently, (and a much larger issue) was the ‘cyber’ attack! Many of us had problems last week with computers […]

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May 15, 2017, by in News

Scottish plea for European doctors

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GP leaders in Scotland have called for urgent guarantees that European doctors can stay in the UK. About 4% of GPs in Scotland are from non-UK European Economic Area countries. The Royal College of GPs in the country said an exodus of European doctors would aggravate the growing shortage of GPs. There are 226 European […]

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May 11, 2017, by in Staff

Recognising the importance of ALL practice staff

Recognising the importance of all practice staff

Earlier this month the Scottish government announced £2.5m worth of funding for the training of GP staff. The big news here is that, rather than focusing on GPs, decision makers at Holyrood are recognising the role clerical staff play in delivering effective primary care – and how integral they are to the practice team. The […]

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May to repeat 8pm GP opening pledge

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The Conservatives are set to repeat their pledge to open GP surgeries until 8pm, it was reported today. The plan, originally proposed in the 2015 manifesto, is linked to the faltering proposal to recruit 5,000 extra GPs. But reports today say it will be included in this year’s Conservative manifesto. The party – expected to […]

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May 8, 2017, by in CQC, News

Practices survive inspector criticism – mostly

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Most practices that get a poor rating from inspectors manage to improve later, according to a new analysis. About 80% of practices survive their first poor inspection report and climb out of the “inadequate” rating, the Health Service Journal reports. It reports an analysis showing that out of the first 151 practices rate inadequate, some […]

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May 5, 2017, by in News

GPs press for private charging rights

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An influential group of GPs is to press for the right to charge NHS patients for additional services. The British Medical Association is under pressure to back the proposals which have been tabled for the conference of local medical committees in Edinburgh later this month. GP leaders say it is an anomaly that patients cannot […]

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The four day PM

The thought of a four-day working week is clearly appealing and it’s a topic that has been floating around for some time. It’s therefore unsurprising that more and more organisations are adopting it and news channels are full of talk about people shifting their work-life balance to four days on and three off. Can this approach […]

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A small(ish) rant by Nicola Hayward

Well, there’s plenty enough for me to get annoyed this week (for a change!).  We all know that end of March/beginning of April is when the madness descends. End of year to sort, QOF figures to be finalised (meaning we’ve spent most of March ramming patients in left, right and centre) staff being on holiday […]

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May 4, 2017, by in News

Alarm as GP access money denied to practices

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GP leaders have expressed alarm after local practices were denied funding for extended access services in favour of a large primary care business. The dispute has broken out in Camden where the £1.5 million contract has been awarded to AT Medics, a business led by six GP directors with responsibilities across London for 200,000 patients. […]

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May 3, 2017, by in News

GP recruitment plan not ‘credible’ – MPs

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The NHS lacks a “credible” plan to achieve a sustainable workforce in general practice, MPs have alleged. And projects promising to improve patient access to GPs are failing to get the best from existing resources, according to the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons. The MPs cast doubt on promises of recruiting 5,000 […]

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April 28, 2017, by in News, QOF, Wales

Wales announces QOF purge

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Practices in Wales will benefit from a 40% reduction in the number of QOF indicators in the coming year, it has been announced. QOF reporting has been suspended over the last few months in a bid to reduce pressure on practices in the country. The British Medical Association said it had agreed a reduction in […]

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Retaining staff and reducing sick leave

At a time when staff recruitment is probably harder than it has ever been, the need to retain staff – and keep those valuable assets fit and healthy at work – is more acute than ever. Whether staff departures are voluntary or involuntary, it can be problematic for practices due to the costs involved in […]

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GIZZA PAYRISE…………..!

I am a partner (I’m not really, but for this exercise, just bear with me). And because I am not really a partner, I am going to (not really) be the Senior Partner. And I am going to be slim, handsome and young – just because I can be, even if it is for only […]

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Our interview with Roy Lilley – Watch it here now!

Thank you for all of your questions on this thread for Roy Lilley. The whole interview can be seen below but if you’d like to skip to specific answers, please see the timings under the video. If you click on the timings it will take you to that part of the video in a new window. 1) […]

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