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Managing your workload

For the last 14 years, I’ve been running a practice and HR consultancy and during this time I’ve worked with many PMs all over the country, both in large multi-site and small single-handed practices. I’ve also run many training workshops on managing people, personal development and organisational management. Most managers tell me they’re finding it

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Upcoming changes to employment legislation and what these mean for PMs

I recently attended an employment law update hosted by the CIPD and thought I’d share some of the key highlights that are likely to impact on us as practice managers. Statements of Particulars (i.e. Contracts of Employment) From 6th April 2020, the duty on employers to provide a Contract of Employment to an employee is

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Looking ahead to 2020 – by Nicola Davies

At the start of a new year, I always get a little reflective on the past year. What have I achieved? Could I do better? Definitely is the answer to that one! What should I have done that I didn’t? You know how it goes. I drove into work thinking about all the jobs that

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Is it time you spent a day at the other coalface?

For practice managers working all hours to at least attempt to make headway on the to-do list (which seems to be constantly growing), it can be hard to take a step back and truly experience for yourself what your staff and patients are going through. Yet, ask most successful business leaders (and practices should be

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Partnership succession planning – Is it possible?

Partnership succession planning – Is it possible?

“In 1950 the average list size was 2,500 patients. The average practice size in July 2018 was 8,279 patients, which suggests a partnership size of around four and a half whole-time equivalents” (c. 42 sessions). “The Medical Practices Committee approved entry to the Medical List according to need, where high list sizes justified extra doctors.”

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Return-to-work interviews

Many managers view the return-to-work interview as a five-minute chat to tick a box and say they’ve “supported” their staff member. But these meetings can be so much more than that. When should I have the meeting? As soon as possible after the employee has returned to work. Obviously some staff are part-time, you might

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How much are locums costing your practice?

Whatever the cost – and it varies hugely around the UK – it’s set to increase by 5.5% in April 2020. As you will be aware, in April 2019, the NHS employer contribution rose from 14.3% to 20.6% although implementation, for the NHS, was deferred until April 2020. Now the implementation date is looming.  As

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