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The degrading of a practice manager

Avid blog readers of the Practice Index forum will have read, hopefully with interest, my recent series of blogs on grading practice staff, but sadly the same readers will probably also have read the threads about the poor treatment some of our erstwhile practice managers experience. I’ve worked either in or with eight practices since

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Tell them how it is

It’s so worrying that I keep reading threads on the Practice Index forum about how difficult life is made for a practice manager by doctors and their staff. While there’s no ideal way to run a practice, there are approaches you can try to develop which may help you. One maxim is ‘Always have an

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Grading of a practice manager

September 30, 2019, by in Opinion, Pay, Staff

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This is the third article in a series of three looking at grading practice staff salaries. View part one and part two.  Much is being written on the Practice Index forum about the plight of practice managers and their deputies. The discussion often centres around grading, working hours and workload. Principally, the size of a

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Practice nursing teams and grading

September 23, 2019, by in Opinion, Pay

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This is the second article in a series of three looking at grading practice staff salaries. Part one can be found here What’s a job worth? Following on from the blog about clerical and administrative staff grading, this blog takes a closer look at the nursing team in a GP practice and the salaries that

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Practice staff grading

September 16, 2019, by in Opinion, Salary, Staff

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This is the first article in a series of three looking at grading practice staff salaries.  What’s a job worth? I tend to adopt a simple approach to judging what salary a job is worth. My approach is partly based on knowledge of NHS grades and salaries, and partly based on common sense. The NHS

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A date with data security – by Nicola Davies

September 12, 2019, by in Data, DSP Toolkit, Opinion

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I got a little nudge yesterday from our Data Quality team to check on my progress with the DSP Toolkit – or to give it its proper name – ‘The Data Security and Protection Toolkit’. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?! This was previously known as the Information Governance Toolkit, but obviously we’d had that

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Can an employer refuse a request for annual leave?

Annual leave entitlement and bank holidays Looking at the leave entitlement data given on threads such as here on the Practice Index forum earlier this year, it seems that only 25% of practices offered 28 days’ leave including bank holidays. Some 28% offered 25 days plus bank holidays, and 22% offered 27 days plus bank

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