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Practice Managers – A vital resource? by Nicola Davies

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Many of you, by now, will be aware that I’m one of the co-founders of the Institute of General Practice Management and that (behind the day job) we’re steaming ahead, making sure we’re recognised as THE ‘go-to’ organisation – We want to become the first place that anyone who’s anyone will come to, to get the…

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Make sure your pension records are complete

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I’ve been pondering the kinds of errors that are made when submitting the annual pension returns to NHS Pensions, the dreaded SD55. As a retired person, but still doing the odd practice management job, I fully understand the importance of accurate NHS pensionable service records and up-to-date contributions being recorded correctly. “Here’s another fine mess…

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Do you feel as though you work for the National Health Service?

April 20, 2021, by in Opinion 0 Comments

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Over the last ten years, I’ve worked for a number of practices, helping them out during difficult times, and have been involved in the recruitment of new practice managers. So, during that time, I’ve come across a variety of situations, which on reflection make me think about the salaries offered for the job in hand.…

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A holiday? By PM Polly

April 15, 2021, by in Funny, Opinion 7 Comments

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What bank holidays mean to the rest of the nation: Time off Lie-ins Gardening Walks Sunshine (hopefully) Beach trips Picnics Take-outs Relaxing Reading DIY Going to the park Enjoying a bike ride Camping A short break away What the public think the bank holiday means for anyone working in a GP practice: NONE OF THE…

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Will next year be an even bigger challenge than last year for Practice Managers?

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Life, as we know, is a challenge in general practice.  But will 2021/22 prove to be the biggest challenge so far? Now, 2020/21 was challenging enough!  It is not every year that practices have to completely change the way they do things, cope with a pandemic, run the biggest ever flu vaccination programme, and then…

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Just when I thought I had it sorted… By Nicola Davies

March 18, 2021, by in COVID-19, Opinion 5 Comments

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Well, it’s been a while dear reader, but the rant is back, and I hate to say it’s all things COVID! But, there’s nothing else going on in the world after all! Earlier last week, I sat down with my nurses and worked out a plan of action to sort out second doses of our…

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NHS reforms 2021 – By virverax

March 11, 2021, by in Opinion 4 Comments

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British governments have, over the years, demonstrated a persistent and almost obsessive desire to re-engineer the NHS via politically driven, top-down reorganisation throughout its 73-year history – more so than most other comparable G7 countries do with their own healthcare systems. Arguably, the mis-characterisation of the NHS as a single unitary organism by politicians, rather…

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