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Success Stories Showcase: Self care – championing a patient-led approach

Supporting people to play a greater role in their own health and care clearly has benefits for GP practices – not least because it frees up time – which is why the NHS detailed Self Care and Management as the ninth action in its Releasing Capacity in General Practice initiative. For practices, this idea is

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Are you new to practice management? Part 2

How did you feel after reading the first blog on this subject? I hope you weren’t too worried or even disillusioned. If you were, is that perhaps because you haven’t yet assumed the role, or haven’t undergone an effective induction process? What about your handover; what did it involve and was it comprehensive enough? What

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Managing doctors’ numbers: Is it possible?

Some 20,000 GPs were thought to be working as locums in 2016 (National Association of Salaried GPs). In 2016, there were 41,985 GPs in England working in 7,613 practices. The number of salaried GPs has increased by 400% in the last decade (British Medical Association). There are thought to be some 20,000 GPs working as

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Success Stories Showcase: Partnership working

Partnership working: small-scale collaboration that works When the NHS launched its Releasing Capacity in General Practice plans, one of the most hotly-debated topics among the 10 High Impact Actions was number seven – partnership working. The idea is that by creating partnerships and collaborations with other practices and other providers in the local health and

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Are you new to practice management? Part 1

So you’ve landed your dream job and you’re now the Practice Manager! But if it’s your first time in the industry, are you ready for the challenges that lie ahead? Primary care is unlike any other industry and no two practices are the same. That’s the reality of working in general practice. Maybe in a

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Success Stories Showcase: Personal productivity

Personal productivity: every little helps Frankly, we’re just not pulling our weight. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, British productivity used to grow at a solid 2% a year, but in the last decade it’s hardly grown at all. Productivity is now lagging behind the majority of Western Europe – and it’s a problem

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Being a Practice Manager: The Inside Story!

A GP practice manager is a solitary being, alone but a member of a brigade of over 9,000 managers scattered across the UK, working in large multi-premises practices and very small practices with one surgery and one doctor, in cities, towns and rural locations. The make-up of each practice is unique and although there are

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