Business development

Private work in general practice: What is allowed?

Private work in general practice: What is allowed?

Specialist accountant Laurence Slavin explains the rules surrounding private work undertaken by practices contracted by the NHS.

New services and new ways of working

How to employ a pharmacist in your practice

How to employ a pharmacist in your practice

An overview of guidance on employing pharmacists in general practice, plus details of further resources.

Introducing physiotherapy posts to general practice

Introducing physiotherapy posts to general practice

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), RCGP and BMA have published guidance for implementing and evaluating physiotherapy posts in general practice. Separate guidance is available for England and Wales.

What to consider when upskilling practice staff

What to consider when upskilling practice staff

To free-up GP time, NHS England's GP Forward View suggests practice staff could be trained to take on a greater supporting role. The MDU's Dr Sharmala Moodley considers the medico-legal implications of 'upskilling' non-clinicians.

Case study: Using data to tackle workload

Case study: Using data to tackle workload

Deeper analysis of data has highlighted new ways of improving efficiency for one GP practice. Rima Evans reports.

Practices invited to bid for funding to employ clinical pharmacists

Practices invited to bid for funding to employ clinical pharmacists

Practices in England are able to bid for funding from a £112m scheme to employ clinical pharmacists from 9 January 2017.

1 comment
How primary care can provide more services

How primary care can provide more services

The Primary Care Home model, developed by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), is aiming to increase collaboration and bridge the gap between primary and secondary care. But does primary care really have the capacity to deliver more services?

Case study: Delivering services to intermediate care patients

Case study: Delivering services to intermediate care patients

Dr Ian Pawson explains how his practice provides primary care services to intermediate care patients, which he believes can provide practices with an opportunity to both expand and improve patient care.

Training administrative staff to deal with clinical letters

Training administrative staff to deal with clinical letters

A new clinical assistant role has helped dramatically cut GP paperwork and shows how GP Forward View funding for training reception and administrative staff will be spent. By Rima Evans.

How can social prescribing help practices?

How can social prescribing help practices?

What is social prescribing and can it help practices to reduce their workload? Greg Pitcher reports.

1 comment
Practice managers as partners

Practice managers as partners

Practice managers in larger GP surgeries are increasingly being offered partnership. But what does the role involve and what are the benefits for practices? Rima Evans reports.

Organising a strategy or planning day

Organising a strategy or planning day

If your practice is to be a successful business it is vital that it has a plan and business strategy. An 'away day' can be a useful way to work on this, but how can you get the most out of this?

Setting up a GP provider organisation

Setting up a GP provider organisation

What are GP provider organisations? And what are the pros and cons of practices coming together in this way? Neha Shah explains.

Practice mergers

Guide to practice mergers: Steps to take before you merge

Dr Jonathan Cope and Claire Oatway explain the key issues practices should address before they even start the merger process.

Guide to practice mergers: The legal process of merging

A step-by-step guide to the legal issues that merging practices need to consider. By Lynne Abbess and Puja Solanki.

Guide to practice mergers: The financial aspects of a merger

It is essential for practices to compare accounts and discuss financial issues early on in the merger process, explains Jenny Stone.

Guide to practice mergers: Practical issues involved with a merger

There are many practical issues to consider when merging. Dee Lynes looks at what should be addressed early on in the process.

Guide to practice mergers: Managing staff through a merger

Practice mergers can create a lot of anxiety for staff. Dee Lynes explains how practices can ease the transition for employees and highlights employment law issues to address.

Guide to practice mergers: Engaging with patients during a merger

Merging practices should obtain patient feedback and keep all stakeholders informed. Dee Lynes provides 10 top tips on how to do this.

Guide to practice mergers: How and why we merged with two other local practices

A desire to collaborate rather than compete led to our merger with two other practices, writes Dr Jonathan Cope.

Guide to practice mergers: Why we developed a super-partnership

Dr Dave Sangha and James Robinson explains how Midlands Medical Partnership has developed through mergers and its achievements.