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November 14, 2018

School children are often told to stand up to bullies and speak up about their behaviour – whether this is in the playground or via the internet.
 
But what if the bullying is happening in the workplace and you find yourself the victim of it? And what if you are afraid to stand up to the bully and the bureaucracy of the NHS organisation you are working in?
 
The 2017 NHS Staff Survey, published by NHS Employers and completed by 487,227 NHS staff, shows that bullying and harassment remains an issue in the NHS.
 

September 11, 2018

A glitch in an IT system used by GP practices has resulted in documents being left out from patient records, NHS England has warned.
 
The Docman IT system – which is used by approximately 6,000 GP practices – automatically processes letters received by practices through NHSmail and adds them to the patient records.
 

September 7, 2018

There has been an increase in the number of written complaints submitted to GP and dental practices but a fall in those presented to secondary care, NHS Digital has found.
 
In a report published yesterday (6 September), Data on Written Complaints in the NHS, 2017-18, NHS Digital said that there was a 4.5% rise in the number of complaints made by or on behalf of patients to GP and dental practices.
 

September 3, 2018

The finalists for the 2018 General Practice Awards have been announced.
 
Management in Practice is delighted to announce the finalists for the Practice Manager of the Year Award (sponsored by PSUK Ltd) and the GP Team of the Year Award (sponsored by MPS).
 
The six practice managers that will vie for the award are:

January 21, 2019

GP practices have dealt with an increasingly growing number of homeless patients over the last five years, a BMA survey has found.
 
Over a quarter of the 178 GPs who responded to a BMA survey said a larger number of homeless patients visited their practice in the last five years.
 
Some of the respondents (18%) said their practice had to dedicate greater time and resources to homeless patients in comparison to five years ago.
 

January 21, 2019

Nearly three quarters of patient organisations that contribute to NICE decisions have taken funding from manufacturers of a relevant product, a new study has claimed.

January 18, 2019

More than 1,600 patients were removed from GP practice lists in England in 2018 to be placed on the Special Allocation Scheme (SAS), a health minister has said.
 
In a written answer to Parliament, published on 15 January, health minister Steve Brine said that as of November 2018, 1,686 patients were removed from GP practice lists and placed on SAS.
 
Fewer patients were removed from GP practice lists in 2018 than in 2017, when 2,055 individuals were removed from their practice list.
 

January 17, 2019

GP patients in Gosport have been banned from switching surgeries after a dramatic exodus of patients from a hospital-managed GP practice left others overwhelmed.
 
The Hampshire town has seen 2,100 patients transfer to different practices after problems at the four-practice Willow Group, managed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
 
NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG, which took the decision, said the three-month restriction will remain in place until 31 March.
 

January 17, 2019

GP practices in Cornwall and in the Isles of Scilly will be reimbursed £2.50 per child after checking the immunisation status of 1,200 children following an individual’s error, NHS England has said.
 
According to NHS England, the system recall functionality was ‘inadvertently switched off’ following the passage of records between two different providers of Child Health Information Service (CHIS) systems, meaning some children could have not been recalled for their immunisation appointments.
 

January 16, 2019

Management in Practice is speaking to a series of PMs on the front-line about what being a practice manager means to them.
 
Reporter Valeria Fiore talks to Sue Jennings, business partner at Teams Medical Practice in Gateshead and finalist of the General Practice Awards 2018 about the challenges practice management poses and the future of the profession.
 
Q. How has being a practice manager changed since you first started out in the profession?
 

January 15, 2019

CCGs should fund data protection officers to help overworked practices cope with patient data requests, the GP partnership review has suggested.

January 15, 2019

Practice managers should receive further training and development to help ease the workload pressures on their practices, a review has suggested.
 
The GP Partnership Review, published today, put forward the suggestion as part of a series of recommendations to reinvigorate the partnership model.
 

January 14, 2019

CCGs have been told to ensure that the new primary care networks, which all GP practices will be mandated to join, are in place by 30 June at the latest.
 
NHS England planning guidance for the year ahead said CCGs must commit to spending a recurrent £1.50 per head of population on ‘developing and maintaining’ the primary care networks.
 

January 14, 2019

The extra £4.5bn funding boost to primary care will be used to relieve pressure on GPs rather than introducing new services, health secretary Matt Hancock has exclusive told our sister publication Pulse. 
 
Mr Hancock told Pulse there is ‘too much pressure’ on GPs and primary care, and some of the £4.5bn is ‘specifically aimed at relieving that pressure’.
 

January 11, 2019

 Angela Sharda asks our panel how practice managers can work with GP partners to make savings in your practice.
 
Tracy Dell, practice manager, Plane Trees Group Practice, Halifax
 
Printing and postage costs can be quite significant in practices. Printers are provided by CCGs however we have very little say in which make and model we are given.
 

January 11, 2019

The CQC has appointed Dr Rosie Benneyworth chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care. She will take over from Professor Steve Field when he steps down in March.
 

January 10, 2019

More than one in two patients think there is not enough space at the reception desk to discuss their issues in private, a survey has found.
 
The survey by The Patients Association found that 58% of the 720 respondents feel their practice lacks privacy.
 

January 10, 2019

NHS England’s flagship Time for Care programme has been extended beyond its deadline of March 2019, Management in Practice can exclusively confirm. 
 
Given the success of the programme – which has allowed participating practices to save 295,897 hours of admin time and 176,808 hours of clinical time since its inception – NHS England has decided to extend the scheme beyond March 2019.
 

January 9, 2019

The CQC will assess GP practices on their ability to support carers, under guidelines laid out in the NHS long-term plan.
 
NHS England's plan for the next 10 years said new quality marks will help to identify carer-friendly practices going forward. 
 

January 9, 2019

A GP practice in Chiddingfold, Surrey has been left damaged following a fire at around 3am on 7 January.
 
The fire significantly damaged Chiddingfold surgery, which as a result is now closed, but no fatalities nor injuries to patients or staff were reported.
 
A number of residents from houses nearby the practice were evacuated, according to a statement by Surrey Police.
 

January 9, 2019

NHS England has published its long awaited long term plan earlier this week, confirming its anticipated commitment to prioritise primary and community care.
 
As part of measures to better care for patients at community level, primary care and local services will receive £4.5bn a year in real terms by 2023/24 through a ring-fenced investment that NHS England said ‘will grow faster than the overall NHS budget’.
 

January 9, 2019

The NHS long term plan, published this week, placed a stronger focus than ever before on investing in primary care and community health services.
 
Under the plan, the two sectors will receive a significant funding boost by 2023-24, which will be used to reduce demand pressures, expand the workforce and create new services.
 

January 7, 2019

GP practices in England can expect changes to their contract from April mandating them to join networks of 30-50,000 patients in return for a major funding boost, our sister publication Pulse has learned.
 

January 4, 2019

Patients who need an ambulance at a GP surgery are routinely facing waits twice as long as patients who call 999 from elsewhere, a major investigation by our sister publication Pulse has revealed.
 
Freedom of information responses from 10 of the 13 ambulance trusts across the UK show that, without exception, the average wait for patients who are with healthcare professionals is far longer than for members of the public.