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August 9, 2017
Practices in Suffolk plan to keep communication lines open using a mobile chat app in the event of another cybersecurity attack on the NHS.

Practices in Suffolk plan to keep communication lines open using a mobile chat app in the event of another cybersecurity attack on the NHS. 

Practice managers and commissioners in NHS West Suffolk CCG and NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG will be asked to join WhatsApp groups to keep in contact with each other.

The emergency measure comes in response to a cybersecurity attack on the NHS in May, which shut many practices for days.

August 8, 2017

A £4 million NHS scheme is offering 5,000 extra appointments each month at neighbourhood hubs around Oxfordshire. The appointments last 15 minutes and are available at more flexible times, including weekends and evenings until 8 pm.

August 3, 2017

Ann Neville decided to move into practice management in 2014 after her father fell ill with dementia. Just three years later, she has rectified major problems with access, introduced a workable system for visits and created a risk register that is giving pre-emptive advice to patients who might develop diabetes.  
Her practice, Darwen Healthcare in Lancashire, has nine GPs, 38 practice staff and a list of 12,500. 
Ms Neville has been commended by her peers for her ‘can-do’ attitude and as someone who is both firm and fair in her approach.

August 3, 2017

For the first time ever, Management in Practice has compiled a list of the 25 most inspiring practice managers in the industry.  At a time when general practice is under pressure, it seems vital to highlight the people who keep the show on the road.

The MiP List is a much-needed reminder of the amazing work practice managers are doing despite the daily challenges in primary care and the wider NHS. We delved behind the scenes to uncover the people who are going the extra mile, as nominated by their colleagues.

July 28, 2017
As the latest figures show only a modest improvement in staff absence due to illness, NHS Employers launches a new tool to help managers deal with sickness absence

The latest NHS Digital figures show that staff absence due to sickness has reduced by just 0.15% in the past two years, from 4.44% in 2015 to 4.29% in 2017.

The lowest rates of sickness absence (0.96%) were for nurses, midwifes and health visitors, while healthcare assistants and support staff showed the highest absence rates (5.9%).

July 28, 2017
Figures from the Royal College of GPs show that patients in England will have to wait more than a week for a GP appointment on more than 100 million occasions in just five years’ time

Figures from the Royal College of GPs show that patients in England will have to wait more than a week for a GP appointment on more than 100 million occasions in just five years’ time.

The data, estimated by the College based on current trends, show that the number of instances when patients will need to wait a week or more to see a GP will increase by over 20 million over the next five years. This is an increase of more than a quarter, from 80 million instances this year to 102 million by 2022.

A 'genuine risk to patient safety'

July 28, 2017
In an announcement released today, the BMA warns plans for severe funding cuts could have ‘serious consequences’ for hospitals and GP surgeries, including longer waiting times and even closures

The announcement relates to the ‘Capped Expenditure Process’ (CEP) which was introduced in April and asks NHS Commissioners in 13 areas across England to make considerable cuts in order to make up for budget deficits.

The areas affected include Cheshire and Merseyside, several areas in the South West including Bristol, Somerset and Devon, as well as three London CCGs. These areas are reportedly expected to cut spending by £500 million by April next year.

July 21, 2017
Most GP practices in England are rated as good or outstanding the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) has revealed.

Most GP practices in England are rated as good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), it has revealed.

Its annual report, released on Tuesday (18 July), details over 45,000 of the CQC’s inspections carried out over the past year, almost 20% (7,770) of which were for GP practices.

The vast majority (85%) of assessed GP practices were rated ‘good’ and 5% were considered ‘outstanding’. However, 9% were deemed to ‘require improvement’ and 3% named ‘inadequate’.

July 20, 2017
Over 200 English GP practices closed or merged in the year ending June 2017 – yet only eight new practices opened, the latest figures from NHS Digital reveal.

Over 200 English GP practices closed or merged in the year ending June 2017 – yet only eight new practices opened, the latest figures from NHS Digital reveal.

The report details the number of GP practices that opened, closed or merged in England between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

It also provides data by region, showing that the North of England suffered the most closures/mergers, followed by the South, which also saw no new practices open over the period. 

July 6, 2017
It is essential for practice managers to know how to get the most out of staff by turning negatives into positives, writes Keith Taylor.

It is essential for practice managers to know how to get the most out of staff by turning negatives into positives, writes Keith Taylor

Dealing with conflict and having to deliver bad news are some of the least enjoyable aspects of managing a team. But the way you deal with negative situations is what sets you apart as an effective practice manager. 

June 30, 2017
Solicitor Jayne Harrison discusses how to avoid an employment tribunal when dismissing an employee for performance reasons.

Solicitor Jayne Harrison discusses how to avoid an employment tribunal when dismissing an employee for performance reasons

Compensation awards for unfair dismissal can easily cost a practice dear. Here’s how to deal with difficult issues now and minimise the chance of a claim.

June 30, 2017
Bereavement is one of the most challenging experiences anyone will ever face. Debbie Kerslake, chief executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, explains how to cope with bereavement at your practice.

Bereavement is one of the most challenging experiences anyone will ever face. Debbie Kerslake, chief executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, explains how to cope with bereavement at your practice

For the GP whose partner has died after a long illness, the practice manager whose sister has been killed in a road crash or the receptionist returning to work after a miscarriage, bereavement can be overwhelming. 

June 30, 2017
When it comes to providing more efficient and effective services, the quick wins have already been banked. So how do GP practices continue to improve services and save money?

When it comes to providing more efficient and effective services, the quick wins have already been banked. So how do GP practices continue to improve services and save money, while grappling with an ageing population, exponential rise in long term conditions, tighter budgets, increasing vacancies and a heavier workload?

June 21, 2017
Should you own and develop your own building, or find a reliable private sector partner to develop premises that you can lease? Monica Macheng
and Michael Hiscock from law firm Wright Hassall explore the options.

Should you own and develop your own building, or find a reliable private sector partner to develop premises that you can lease? Monica Macheng and Michael Hiscock from law firm Wright Hassall explore the options

Reading the NHS sustainability and transformation plan for Coventry and Warwickshire published recently, I was impressed by the bold opening statement of the vision for the local health and care economy: ‘To work together to deliver high-quality care, which supports our communities to live well, stay independent and enjoy life.’

June 19, 2017
The healthcare sector relies on a significant number of migrant workers to deliver services and meet demand. But increasingly and sometimes urgently, practice managers face a number of ethical and practical challenges when a candidate or member of staff finds it difficult to obtain or extend their visa.

The healthcare sector relies on a significant number of migrant workers to deliver services and meet demand. But increasingly and sometimes urgently, practice managers face a number of ethical and practical challenges when a candidate or member of staff finds it difficult to obtain or extend their visa.

The prospect of someone working unlawfully in the UK is worrying and could prove costly for employers, but so could a claim for unfair dismissal if the situation is not handled properly and fairly.

June 16, 2017
Ahead of the beginning of the Brexit negotiations, a new alliance has been formed to promote and protect the interests of patients and their healthcare services.

Ahead of the beginning of the Brexit negotiations, a new alliance has been formed to promote and protect the interests of patients and their healthcare services. 

The Brexit Health Alliance combines the NHS, medical research, industry, and patients with public health organisations.

The group will be co-chaired by Sir Hugh Taylor, the former permanent secretary of the Department of Health, and Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

June 16, 2017
Coping with harassment at work is not an easy task and can become an uncomfortable situation. Katie Mahoney and Emily Battcock explain how to overcome the issue.

Coping with harassment at work is not an easy task and can become an uncomfortable situation. Katie Mahoney and Emily Battcock explain how to overcome the issue

Many of us probably think workplace harassment is a thing of the past, but it is both surprising and disappointing that cases are still hitting the headlines.

Last year, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that in a survey of 1,500 women, 52% said that they had been harassed at work.

June 15, 2017
Political uncertainty could benefit the NHS, the NHS Confederation's chief executive has said.

Political uncertainty could benefit the NHS, the NHS Confederation's chief executive has said.

June 14, 2017
Two new health ministers have been announced today (14 June) as part of the prime minister’s ongoing cabinet reshuffle.

Two new health ministers have been announced today (14 June) as part of the prime minister’s ongoing cabinet reshuffle.

Conservative MP for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price, has been made parliamentary under-secretary of state for health under health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Steve Brine, who is the MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, who has also been announced as a health minister, calls himself a ‘passionate defender’ of primary care and general practice.

June 13, 2017
The recent announcement that NHS staff are to be awarded a 1% pay rise this year, while disappointing, is perhaps the percentage uplift most people had been realistically expecting.

The recent announcement that NHS staff are to be awarded a 1% pay rise this year, while disappointing, is perhaps the percentage uplift most people had been realistically expecting.

On the whole, staff might have accepted this with a resigned shrug, given the current financial pressures on the health service. But then we learned that MPs are to enjoy a 1.4% increase, which, according to the Daily Mirror, gives the politicians a new take-home pay of £76,011 per annum.

June 12, 2017
Following the election in which Theresa May lost the Conservative majority, Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed as health secretary for a record third time.

Following the election in which Theresa May lost the Conservative majority, Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed as health secretary for a record third time.

Mr Hunt, who entered 10 Downing Street wearing his NHS lapel pin shortly after 4pm yesterday afternoon, was confirmed in his position nearly an hour later.

Having previously been quoted as saying that his would be his ‘last big job in politics’, Hunt will have held the position for five years this September - the longest serving health secretary.

June 8, 2017
Ann Neville is the practice manager for Darwen Healthcare which recruited 3 GPs during the last year and a half and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

Ann Neville is the practice manager for Darwen Healthcare which recruited 3 GPs during the last year and a half and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

Ann spoke at Management In Practice Manchester today (8 June) about her experience of implementing change in her practice at a session called: ‘When recruitment gets tough, the tough get recruiting’.

June 7, 2017
It’s worth keeping a close eye on practice finances, and with the software packages now available it’s easier than ever, writes Mark Dempsey.

It’s worth keeping a close eye on practice finances, and with the software packages now available it’s easier than ever, writes Mark Dempsey

There is more pressure than ever before on GP practices to keep good financial records, meaning they need to be up to date, accurate and easily accessible. The slowdown in funding growth is making it increasingly difficult for practices to live within their means and places them under tremendous pressure to get their finances in order.