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Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell

Former GP Practice Manager with over 25 years experience working in Upton, near Pontefract, Seacroft in Leeds, Tingley in Wakefield, Heckmondwike and more recently Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. www.gpsurgerymanager.co.uk

Passwords – What a collection!

As any new practice manager will soon discover, life is ruled by passwords. And obtaining a whole load of passwords to start working in a surgery can take a considerable amount of time. It’s not a five-minute job. Another problem is working remotely – say, from home – as many of the sites you might

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The driving seat – Is it still uncomfortable?

Having spent some time recently back in the driving seat, after a few years of being at home on the range, I realised that while the workload is changing all the time, the attitude of employers towards their staff and their practice managers hasn’t changed much at all. My concern has always been the salary

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What you might need to look for as a new practice manager

Apart from wondering whether you should have taken on the job in the first place, what other factors should you consider on commencing your new role? This checklist is intended to help you through the quagmire of challenges you might face! Contract of employment: Have you received a formal, written job offer along with detailed

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Employing locums – is it really the solution?

Firstly, I should say that locums come in many forms, not just doctors. I’ve recently come across a locum practice manager, a locum nurse practitioner as well as a locum healthcare assistant, a locum pharmacist and even agency reception and secretarial staff, all of whom were highly skilled and beneficial to the practice. However, all

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I, Practice Manager

Recruiting new practice managers and keeping the good ones is a major problem for GP practices as the demands of the job continue to develop and change, and the attraction of better-paid jobs looms. I attribute my survival in the post from 1992 to 2010 to an ability to smile in adversity, a positive attitude,

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Practice mergers – an alternative checklist!

General practice continues to change and develop beyond all recognition as the 2019/20 GP Contract attempts to enforce the coming together of practices in Primary Care Networks with patient populations of between 30,000 and 60,000 – enough to support a ‘district hospital’. The choice to merge with others has been sparked by the difficulties in

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Is time on your side?

In the driving seat Having spent some time back in the driving seat recently in a busy practice, after a few years of being at home on the ranch, I realised that whilst the workload is changing all the time, I suspect that the employers’ attitude to their staff and their practice managers hasn’t changed

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