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May 2, 2017
Virginia Patania is not a typical practice manager. Angela Sharda speaks to her about her outlook and approach.

Virginia Patania hasn’t used the title ‘practice manager’ for about a year, but instead refers to herself as a ‘transformation partner’, which she describes as ‘someone who is deeply invested in the practice’s change and transformation, but has a stake.’
Her approach is different from the conventional practice manager, but she is also keen on making a difference in her community and in general practice. Her positive approach, she says, comes from the people around her and from generating results.

April 28, 2017
The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year.

The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year

The GP contract for 2017/18 gives the first indications that the Government is waking up to the need to stabilise primary care. The consequences for the NHS of an underfunded general practice are finally getting recognition.

April 28, 2017
What will your job be like in a decade’s time? Victoria Vaughan asks the experts.

What will your job be like in a decade’s time? Victoria Vaughan asks the experts

If the past year has taught us anything, it is that predicting the future is a fool’s errand. Few people expected Brexit, to see Theresa May moving into Downing Street or Donald Trump waving from the White House.

But, closer to home, there are some clues to how the role of the practice manager is changing – and how it might look 10 years from now. 

March 27, 2017
Dr Chaand Nagpaul is not afraid to voice his views on the topics that matter to general practice. As the chair of the British Medical Association (BMA)’s General Practice Committee (GPC), he has fought hard to highlight the crisis in general practice as well as to ensure the profession is well represented within the wider NHS.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul is not afraid to voice his views on the topics that matter to general practice. As the chair of the British Medical Association (BMA)’s General Practice Committee (GPC), he has fought hard to highlight the crisis in general practice as well as to ensure the profession is well represented within the wider NHS. He worked on the details of NHS England’s GP Forward View which promised a £2.4bn investment in general practice and is set to see practices through a lot more changes in the coming year.

February 28, 2017
Anthony Brand advises on how to develop the perfect business plan.

Anthony Brand advises on how to develop the perfect business plan

Every practice should be thought of as a business and it is vital that these businesses set a budget, especially in the current uncertain NHS economy. 

February 21, 2017
Practice managers could benefit from tapping into the opportunities on offer in their local pharmacies, argues Steve Williams.

Practice managers could benefit from tapping into the opportunities on offer in their local pharmacies, argues Steve Williams

February 21, 2017
Dwysan Rowena advises on how a practice manager can juggle their various roles while propping up a busy practice.

Dwysan Rowena advises on how a practice manager can juggle their various roles while propping up a busy practice

What is a practice manager? Simple. A manager of a practice. But what does it actually mean? The responsibilities vary, particularly with the size of the practice. A large practice could have 10 managers; a smaller or medium-sized practice often has only one.

February 17, 2017
The rising workload in general practice is keeping everyone on their toes. Angela Sharda quizzes a practice manager on how she rises to the challenge

The rising workload in general practice is keeping everyone on their toes. Angela Sharda quizzes a practice manager on how she rises to the challenge

Q Why did you decide to become a practice manager?

A I was not sure about working in the public sector but I was bringing up three children alone and wanted to be closer to home.

Q What are the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis and how do you tackle them?

February 17, 2017
Are female practice managers valued less than their male colleagues? Alice Harrold investigates the gender gap in practice managers’ pay

Are female practice managers valued less than their male colleagues? Alice Harrold investigates the gender gap in practice managers’ pay

Practice managers across the UK may be tasked with the same daily challenges of running a busy GP practice, but when it comes to pay, they’re better off being male than female.

February 15, 2017
Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Parkstone Health Centre and Madeira Practice are expected to become one practice on 1 April this year once the Madeira premises and merger site is refurbished.

Q. How has the state of primary care effected this decision?

June 30, 2015
Ministers want to cap lawyers’ fees for NHS clinical negligence cases, in a bid to save £80m annually

Ministers want to cap lawyers’ fees for NHS clinical negligence cases, in a bid to save £80m annually.

At the moment a lawyer can earn up to 10 times the amount their client receives in compensation in some cases, but after these changes the lawyer’s fee would reflect a percentage of the compensation received by the patient.

June 8, 2015
Keith Ward, the BMA chief executive has penned a letter responding to reports of large pay rises for leaders at their union

Keith Ward, the BMA chief executive has penned a letter responding to reports of large pay rises for leaders at their union, released by the Guardian today.

This morning the British Medical Association was reported to have secretly awarded its senior figures pay rises of up to 137% and doubled its leader’s salary to £172,000.

May 22, 2015
Scrap NHS 111 then do it a better way, said GPs at the British Medical Association conference in London yesterday

Scrap NHS 111 then do it a better way, said GPs at the British Medical Association conference in London yesterday.

They said that while NHS 111 was a great idea it is proving ineffective in practice and a “lost opportunity”, and voted by an overwhelming majority that it should be removed so the money spent on it could be used differently.

May 19, 2015
The NHS will know exactly how it’s leadership team plans to find the £22bn in efficiency savings in the next two weeks

The NHS will know exactly how it’s leadership team plans to find the £22bn in efficiency savings in the next two weeks.

Speaking in the West Midlands, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, announced that in a fortnight’s time he and his colleagues would release the £22 billion efficiency challenge, detailing how the efficiency cuts could be made.

May 18, 2015
RCGP concerned about consistent quality of care if there is seven-day GP access, which Prime Minister David Cameron pledged pre-election

By 2020 there will be seven-day GP access, Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to confirm in a speech today at a GP surgery in the West Midlands.

Cameron is expected to commit to hispre-election pledges of seven-day GP access, increased NHS budgets by at least £8bn a year by 2020, and the recruitment of 5,000 new GPs.

May 18, 2015
GP surgeries throughout the UK who challenged their notional rent in 2014 received average increases of 10% (£2,520 per year), statistics released today from GP surveyors has found

GP surgeries throughout the UK who challenged their notional rent in 2014 received average increases of 10% (£2,520 per year), statistics released today from GP Surveyors has found.

One of the largest increases in 2014 was 53% equating to £66,375 in total over three years. By comparison, the report found average increases of 9% (£3,602 per year) in 2013 and 9% (£3,291 per year) in 2012.

May 15, 2015
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a further 59 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected under its new approach

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a further 59 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected under its new approach.

May 15, 2015
A study examining the physical activity of health professionals’ working day suggests health promotion policies are not sufficient in the workplace

A study examining the physical activity of health professionals’ working day suggests health promotion policies are not sufficient in the workplace.

Only 6% of healthcare employees at Galway University Hospital reached the recommended level of 10,000 steps a day, causing researchers to suggest more needs to be done by employers.

May 14, 2015
It was announced today that David Prior, the chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has been appointed to the position of parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Health

It was announced today that David Prior, the chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has been appointed to the position of parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Health. 

May 14, 2015
The Department of Health has been urged to invest in cost benefit analysis of voluntary mental health projects following the success of one venture that has saved Wandsworth more than £500,000

The Department of Health has been urged to invest in cost benefit analysis of voluntary mental health projects following the success of one venture that has saved Wandsworth more than £500,000.

May 11, 2015
The Mental Health Foundation is calling for mindfulness based cognitive therapy to be available in all areas of the UK so that GPs can recommend it

The Mental Health Foundation is calling for mindfulness based cognitive therapy to be available in all areas of the UK so that GPs can recommend it.

A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and carried out by YouGov reveals that 46% of workers struggle to switch off from work and 29% of people always or often feel stressed.

May 7, 2015
An outstanding rating was given to Ashcroft House in Somerset, for its “excellent care based on a service culture of continual learning and individuality”

An outstanding rating was given to Ashcroft House in Somerset, for its “excellent care based on a service culture of continual learning and individuality”.

Ashcroft house, which is managed by 3 Dimensions Care, provides accommodation, support and personal care for three younger adults with moderate to severe autism and communication difficulties.