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COVID is changing recruitment habits and patterns

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Managers are all too aware of the perennial issue of recruitment to ensure that practices have enough employees, but in these changing COVID-19 times, the goalposts on recruitment appear to be changing. A long-standing reliance on expensive locums may be due for a switch, with GPs becoming far more willing to agree to salaried positions…

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NHSE, are you kidding me?! – Paula the PM

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Another stealthy letter has passed across my desk. I’d missed it among the never-ending torrent of paperwork and guidance. Somehow it only slipped into my consciousness today; clearly, I must have been asleep at the end of last week. Last day of the month and last thing on a Friday – really? I must start…

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Improving working relationships with GP partners: what do partners think?

Improving working relationships with GP Partners - What do Partners think?

Improving working relationships with GP partners: what do partners think? You may have a clear idea of what an effective relationship looks like between practice manager and partners but would the partners in your practice agree? What do they want from a good practice manager? And what do PMs need from them? We asked GP…

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Supporting new mothers during the six-week check

September 30, 2019, by in GPs, News, Patients 0 Comments

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The arrival of a new baby is undoubtedly amazing, but it’s also stressful, overwhelming and changes the parents’ lives in every way. Of course, there are also sleepless nights to contend with and a great deal of worry about caring for this new little person. Nothing really prepares you for the experience! Bearing in mind…

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Getting creative to solve the GP shortage

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For practice managers, one of the biggest headaches is staffing. Recruiting new staff, retaining existing people, managing salary (and pension) costs and generally ensuring a practice has the right balance of personnel is tough. Then there’s the CQC’s safe staffing agenda to worry about. According to the CQC, Safe, effective staffing is about “having enough…

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NEWS: GP shortage worst for 50 years


The UK has fewer GPs per person than at any time in the last 50 years, according to a stark analysis published today. The failure of GP numbers to keep up with population growth was highlighted by a second survey showing doctors working, on average, 11 hour days. The Nuffield Trust analysis found that there…

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Locum visits: helping them get off to a flying start

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Home visits can be a daunting prospect for a locum team member. Providing them with a few extra little details about the patient they are visiting, can go a long way to helping the locum get the most out of their time, writes Dr Richard Fieldhouse. Home visits can be particularly challenging for GP locums,…

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