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The integrity of HR systems on a CQC inspection

The integrity of HR systems on a CQC inspection

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 requires practices (and other regulated care providers) to prove that: they have “sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, competent, skilled and experienced persons” their staff receive “appropriate support, training, professional development, supervision and appraisal as is necessary to enable them to carry out the duties […]

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April 25, 2017, by in News

GP rescue programme “patchy”

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A programme of promised investment in general practice has proved “patchy,” senior GPs have claimed. Funding to support practices has often been delayed and has not reached some parts of England, according to the general practice committee of the British Medical Association. It criticised NHS England for “confusing and inadequate” implementation. GPs have been critical […]

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April 24, 2017, by in Finance, GP Partners

Attracting new GP partners – the financial offer

Attracting new GP partners – the financial offer

Written by: Lentells Accountants It is becoming increasingly difficult for some GP practices to recruit new partners, due partly to the current national shortage.  In this article, we examine some of the financial detail to include in a contract offer to a new GP partner. The main requirement of the financial offer should be based […]

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Recruiting a clinical pharmacist – some handy hints

Recruiting a clinical pharmacist – some handy hints

Much has been said about the role of practice based clinical pharmacists and the benefits they bring to practices. Indeed, only last month in its ‘Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ publication, NHS England said its aim is to increase the number of pharmacists in general practice to over 900 by March […]

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April 20, 2017, by in GPs, Insurance, Locums

GP sickness absence reimbursement

GP sickness absence reimbursement

Author: Lynda Cox The new reimbursement provisions, announced in February and effective (in England) from 1st April 2017, mean that practices can claim up to £1734.18 pw for the first 26 weeks of a GP’s sickness absence, falling to half in the second 26 weeks of absence. This doesn’t mean that practices can claim £1734 pw […]

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April 19, 2017, by in News

Row over GP payments for referral reduction

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Practices in parts of England have been paid incentives for reducing referrals for scans and cardiac testing, it has been claimed. An investigation into referral incentive schemes found four clinical commissioning groups that had included scans and tests. The Daily Mail set out to identify areas that introduced referral incentive schemes – where practices are […]

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April 19, 2017, by in News, Scotland

Premises liabilities deter partners in Scotland

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GP partners in Scotland are facing huge financial liabilities for the repair of their premises, it has been reported. At least one practice is thought to face a liability of £500,000 arising from the expiry of 30-year-old leases on premises. Leading doctors said the problem explained why many rural practices struggled to find partners. The […]

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April 19, 2017, by in News, Political

Put practices centre stage, politicians told

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The crisis in the NHS and in general practice must take centre stage in the general election campaign announced yesterday, senior doctors have said. The election on 8 June is expected to centre on Brexit – although Labour sought yesterday to identify the NHS as a key issue. The British Medical Association said the NHS […]

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April 13, 2017, by in News

700 practices to get clinical pharmacists

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England is to take the next steps towards placing hundreds of clinical pharmacists in practices, it has been announced. Some 700 practices are to get pharmacists, covering some six million patients, NHS England said. The news takes England half-way to a promised target of 1,500 clinical pharmacists by 2020. It says this will be backed […]

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April 12, 2017, by in News

Prospects for general practice “bleaker” than feared

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A looming crisis in general practice may be “deeper and more imminent” than anyone has so far anticipated, according to an in-depth study published today. Researchers found that about 40% of GPs are planning to leave their jobs in the next five years in the south west of England. And many more want to cut […]

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Notifying a unsuccessful job applicant

Unsuccessful job applicant

You may have heard about the recent job applicant to a restaurant chain who claims to have been rejected by text, complete with laughing emoji. Texts can be a great form of communication in some circumstances but certainly not for issues such as job rejection as it is both unprofessional and disrespectful to the applicant. […]

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April 7, 2017, by in News

Patients in limbo as practice closures increase

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More than 90 GP practices closed last year – forcing more than 250,000 people to find new doctors, according to figures reported today. Out of the 92 practices, 57 closed without making any provision for patients while the remainder merged into larger practices, according to Pulse magazine. The magazine quoted some sources as saying that […]

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IR35 the NEW Rules

IR35

Written by: David Elliot, Tax Director. BW Medical Accountants Ltd. HMRC’s IR35 legislation is nothing new.  Its purpose is to ensure that individuals working in engagements which are deemed by HMRC as “disguised employments” are obligated to pay employment taxes over to HMRC.  However, in HMRC’s view, the IR35 rules haven’t strictly been adhered to and […]

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Travel clinics – stay or go?

Travel clinics – stay or go?

Now that spring is here and the Easter holidays have arrived, patients will no doubt be turning their attention to holidays – bringing the requirement for travel vaccinations and the provision of travel clinics to the fore. For years, these clinics have been a healthy way of generating additional revenue for practices but now, due […]

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Are surgery websites accurate?

Are surgery websites accurate?

Written by Robert Campbell We’re moving house so my wife looked at the NHS Choices website to see what GP services are available in our new town. As it’s in a rural area she found a selection of main and branch surgeries in the new town and several different small towns nearby. But what I […]

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April 4, 2017, by in News

County to introduce GP triage

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Patients wanting a same-day GP appointment in one English county will have to persuade a “highly skilled” professional their need is urgent, it has been decided. Oxfordshire is to introduce a county-wide triage system for urgent GP appointments as part of plans. The county’s clinical commissioning group said patient would have no “automatic right” to […]

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Local care networks to be new shape of primary care

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England is to get “local care networks” in which GPs, physicians and social services work together, NHS England has said. The networks will involve neighbourhoods of 30,000 to 50,000 people. In a “half-time” report on its five-year plan, NHS England claimed to be making progress on its plans to improve primary care – promising that […]

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March 30, 2017, by in Nurses, Staff

Utilising your nurses to the max

Utilising your nurses to the max

For years, nurses have been an important part of delivering care in general practice. And with current policy increasing the shift of care from hospital to general practice, nursing provision will only become more important. However, at the same time, the skill mix within practices now often includes Health Care Assistants (level 2 – 4), […]

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Meeting the CQC: perspectives of a PPG Chairman – Part 3

Meeting the CQC perspectives of a PPG Chairman

You may or may not have read my previous blogs giving a PPG Chairman’s perspective of a CQC inspection, but I promised a final installment to review our report. Observant ones among you will wonder why the delay, especially considering the first two blogs were published last Autumn? With Spring now sprung the simple answer: […]

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