Funding for general practice will rise by at least £2.4bn a year by 2020/21 under NHS England's long-awaited support package, but what changes will practices see as a result of this?
Practices' HR and employment processes will be checked during a CQC inspection, including DBS check procedures, whether staff have clear roles and responsbilities that fall within their level of competence and whether the practice supports staff learning and development.
The key to ensuring your CQC inspection goes smoothly is thorough preparation. Practice manager Fionnuala O'Donnell pulls together key guidance and provides downloadable checklists and tips to help prepare staff.
NHS Employers, the BMA and NHS England have published guidance for the GMS contract in England for 2016/17.
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There are a number of government and other initiatives aimed at supporting and encouraging practices to 'work at scale'. Fiona Barr reports on what they are aiming to achieve.
The Whitstable Medical Practice has been 'working at scale' for many years, which has delivered cost efficiencies and expanded the services available to patients. As an MCP vanguard site the practice's model is now being rolled out across the local area.
Download Medeconomics' Guide to Practice Mergers, which provides advice on the financial, legal, HR, management and patient engagement issues involved with a merger.
What are GP provider organisations? And what are the pros and cons of practices coming together in this way? Neha Shah explains.
Jenny Stone explains how changes to the state pension, which will result in the end of contracted-out schemes, affect GP employers.
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