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How coaching helped resolve tensions in our practice team

How coaching helped resolve tensions in our practice team

Dr Tom Milligan and Dr Dinesh Kumar explain how coaching helped their practice management team develop a better working relationship and a happier working environment.

Video series: Legal advice for GP practices

Video series: Legal advice for GP practices

Healthcare lawyer Lynne Abbess speaks to Medeconomics about a range of legal issues affecting GP practices.

What skills will practice managers need in the future?

What skills will practice managers need in the future?

General practice in 2020 will not look the same as today. Ian Jones, operations director at the Practice Managers Association, looks at how the role of the practice manager will develop.

Improving the care provided to care home residents

Improving the care provided to care home residents

In a bid to improve quality of care and efficiency, practices in Nottinghamshire have overhauled their approach to looking after care home residents - with impressive results. Rima Evans reports.

Changes to GP sickness leave payments

Changes to GP sickness leave payments

From 1 April all practices in England and Wales are entitled to reimbursement payments towards the cost of providing cover for GPs who are off work through sickness for periods of two weeks or more.

Near-patient monitoring: How to set up a recall system

Near-patient monitoring: How to set up a recall system

Practice manager Fionnuala O'Donnell provides a practical guide on how to use your clinical system to set up a patient recall system using SystmOne.

How the Freedom of Information Act applies to GP practices

How the Freedom of Information Act applies to GP practices

The MDU's Dr Nicola Lennard explains what practices are required to do under the Freedom of Information Act.

Video: Undertaking a partnership 'health check'

Video: Undertaking a partnership 'health check'

Lawyer Lynne Abbess advises on the issues GP partners should regularly review to ensure their partnership is on a strong legal footing.

Video: Planning for a GP partner's retirement

Video: Planning for a GP partner's retirement

Healthcare lawyer Lynne Abbess provides advice for retiring partners and practices on issues relating to retirement, including the practice premises.

Video: Legal considerations when federating and working at scale

Video: Legal considerations when federating and working at scale

Healthcare lawyer Lynne Abbess discusses legal issues relating to federating and working at scale.

Video: Legal advice on practice mergers

Video: Legal advice on practice mergers

Healthcare lawyer Lynne Abbess offers advice to practices considering a merger and explains why GPs should not fear the super partnership model.

Guidance for practices following NHS cyber attack

Guidance for practices following NHS cyber attack

The RCGP and NHS Digital have issued guidance to help practices affected by the cyber attack that shut down NHS services across the country.

Management of patients with severe frailty under the 2017/18 GP contract

Management of patients with severe frailty under the 2017/18 GP contract

From 1 July 2017 practices will be contractually required to identify and manage patients aged over 65 who are living with moderate to severe frailty. This article has been updated to include links to new guidance.

How physician associates can help general practice

How physician associates can help general practice

The GP Forward View promised 1,000 physician associates to support general practice by 2020. Dr Peter Dixon explains how these health professionals are trained and the role they can undertake within practices.

Details of the GP Retention Scheme 2017

Details of the GP Retention Scheme 2017

Under the 2017/18 GP contract a new GP Retention Scheme began in April 2017, replacing the Retained Doctor Scheme.

How 'active signposting' can benefit practices

How 'active signposting' can benefit practices

Active signposting is one of the 10 high impact actions that practices can take to free up GP time, according to NHS England. But what does it mean in practice? Rima Evans reports.

Mental health DES 2017/18 - Wales

Mental health DES 2017/18 - Wales

Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for mental health for Wales.

Care homes DES 2017/18 - Wales

Care homes DES 2017/18 - Wales

Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for care homes for Wales.

Oral anticoagulation with warfarin DES for 2017/18  - Wales

Oral anticoagulation with warfarin DES for 2017/18 - Wales

Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for oral anticoagulation with warfarin.

Extended hours access enhanced service 2017/18

Extended hours access enhanced service 2017/18

A summary of what is involved in the extended hours health check scheme ES for England.

Providing online services - GMS contract requirements

Providing online services - GMS contract requirements

Under the GMS contract practices are required to participate in digital services including referral management, online ordering of repeat prescriptions, interoperable records, patient access to their patient record and online appointment booking.

Patient participation contract requirements

Patient participation contract requirements

All practices must have a patient participation group under the GMS contract. Medeconomics explains what practices need to do to meet the contract requirements.

Alcohol-related risk reduction GMS contract requirements

Alcohol-related risk reduction GMS contract requirements

It is a contractual requirement for practices to identify newly-registered patients who are drinking at increased or high-risk levels. Patients identified as at risk should also be screened for depression

Minor surgery enhanced service 2017/18

Minor surgery enhanced service 2017/18

Details of the enhanced service for minor surgery.