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Are your GPs rushed off their feet?

April 26, 2016, by in GPs, Stress

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Are your GPs rushed off their feet?

“Doctors say that the pressure on GPs in England and Wales is now so great that many feel they are failing patients and potentially providing unsafe care.” Extract from smart clinics web site. The BMA are concerned, according to media reports, that GPs have reached the stage where consultations are rushed and patients are now

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Stressed by your computer – PM Polly

March 22, 2016, by in Funny, IT & Technology, Stress

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IT – it stands for Information Technology you know?  For me IT also stands for I and then also Temper.  This is because I lose my Temper quite a lot with IT. The clinical system is fab – when it works.  An example of how my temper tantrum boils up like a teenager who has

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Alarming numbers of doctors experiencing mental health issues

March 22, 2016, by in GPs, Stress

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Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF)

A new survey, released today (22 March 2016) by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF), highlights the overwhelming concern amongst doctors about the state of their mental health and wellbeing as a result of working under increasing pressure and scrutiny. The survey finds that 82% of doctors know of other doctors experiencing mental health issues

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Halting the exodus of practice managers

Halting the exodus of practice managers

Pressure on general practice has created a significant increase in practice managers thinking of leaving their jobs. Whether the ever-increasing workload, rising stress levels and suffocating bureaucracy being suffered by practice managers leads to a mass exodus or a steady outflow, nobody knows. What we do know however is that, while the GP shortage grabs

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Are You Leaving your Practice or Retiring?

Here are a few tips to help your smooth departure from the practice: Handover to staff and partners well in advance of your leaving date Communicate changes with staff and reassure them Provide interim management arrangements, if applicable Pass on passwords and security information to the right people Ensure someone responsible has access to the

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Managing stress in your practice

Managing stress in your practice

Stress is a health and safety issue at work and employees who are stressed are at risk of stress-related illness and/ or injury. In previous blogs we’ve identified that practice managers have a stressful job However, despite this it’s also usually practice managers role to help others deal with stress in the practice. Stress is

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Practice Managers: Should we expect a mass exodus?

Practice Managers: Should we expect a mass exodus?

A well-publicised research report published by the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) this week revealed that over half of current practice managers have applied for new jobs and the majority of those are aiming to get out of practice management altogether. While the survey only spoke to a relatively small number of PMs, it does

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