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A brief guide to final pay controls and how to avoid them

August 19, 2020, by in Accounting, AISMA, Pay

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Final pay controls were introduced in 2014 to stop the abuse of the NHS Pension Scheme. Practices can face huge charges if they fall foul of the rules. Specialist medical accountant James Gransby explains. Many practice managers are unaware of final pay controls and the impact the resulting charges could have on their practice’s profitability.

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Is now the time to pay the real Living Wage?

August 6, 2020, by in Pay, Staff

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The Government’s recent announcement of pay rises for 900,000 public sector workers – including doctors, nurses and health visitors – unsurprisingly made headline news and prompted plenty of discussion on the topic. While the greater proportion of the column inches dedicated to the news covered the same ground we’ve been used to seeing for years,

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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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Managing overpayments to staff

Managing overpayments to staff

Quite a few forum posts have appeared recently questioning what to do if you overpay a member of staff. Can I recover the money? Is there a time limit on reclaiming it? What do I do if the employee doesn’t give it back? Let’s shed some light on this topic. Hopefully we’ve all got a

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Hours, overtime and compensation: A never-ending issue

One of our most popular recent forum threads has been shedding light on the thorny issue of hours and overtime. With a seemingly endless list of to-do items, a practice manager’s job is never done – and many are bearing the brunt of this by working hours far longer than their contracts stipulate. Working overtime

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Top tips to help you grab a pay rise

August 8, 2019, by in Pay, Salary

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Pay rises, it seems, are an emotive subject. Plus, if the popular thread on the Practice Index Forum is anything to go by – click here to join the conversation – there’s a real mixed bag of regular pay rises, ad hoc increases, bonus payments and no rises to contend with. Reading between the lines

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