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Practice dilemma: Is electronic consent for an insurance report valid?

Practice dilemma: Is electronic consent for an insurance report valid?

We have had a request for an insurance report on a patient. There is no signed patient consent, instead the insurance company has stated that consent has been captured electronically. Is this valid?

How to survive a partnership dispute

How to survive a partnership dispute

Lynne Abbess provides advice on how to avoid partnership disputes and what to do should one occur.

Job description: Senior practice-based clinical pharmacist

Job description: Senior practice-based clinical pharmacist

Download this job description, which can be amended for use in your practice.

Job description: Practice-based clinical pharmacist

Job description: Practice-based clinical pharmacist

Download this job description, which can be amended for use in your practice.

Templates for general practice job descriptions

Templates for general practice job descriptions

Medeconomics has produced job description templates that you can download and adapt for use in your practice. New roles added, February 2017.

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.

How will the 2017/18 GP contract affect pay?

How will the 2017/18 GP contract affect pay?

Accountant Laurence Slavin assesses the likely impact of England's 2017/18 GP contract on practices and GP pay.

Job description: Data quality/IT manager job description

Job description: Data quality/IT manager job description

Download and amend this job description for use in your practice. This job description is suitable for either a data quality, IT manager or combined role.

Job description: Medical secretary

Job description: Medical secretary

Download this job description, which can be amended for use in your practice.

Details of 2017/18 GP contract in England

Details of 2017/18 GP contract in England

The GPC and NHS Employers have agreed changes to the GP contract for 2017/18 that will see the unplanned admissions DES scrapped and extra funding to deliver a 1% pay rise for GPs and practice staff, cover CQC fees and help pay for rising indemnity costs.

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

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

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.

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.

End-of-year checklist for GP practices

End-of-year checklist for GP practices

A round-up of what practices need to do by the end of March 2017.

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.

Assistant practice manager training plan 4: HR

Assistant practice manager training plan 4: HR

Suggestions for training a new APM in HR issues and staff management tasks that can be delegated to them.

Assistant practice manager training plan 3: Practice finance

Assistant practice manager training plan 3: Practice finance

Assistant practice managers are often involved in some aspects of practice finance. This training plan suggests tasks in this area that can be delegated to the APM.

Assistant practice manager training part 2: General practice management

Assistant practice manager training part 2: General practice management

Training a new APM to understand the day-to-day running of the practice and suggestions of tasks that can be delegated to them.

Assistant practice manager training part 1: Admin, reports and communications

Assistant practice manager training part 1: Admin, reports and communications

Paperwork and internal and external communication are a good place to start when training your assistant practice manager.

Training plan for an assistant practice manager

Training plan for an assistant practice manager

Training a new assistant practice manager will usually fall to the practice manager. This step-by-step guide highlights what your training should cover, with suggestions for how to help your APM learn on the job.

Details of QOF suspension in Wales

Details of QOF suspension in Wales

The Welsh government has suspended most QOF requirements for practices from now until 31 March in order to free up capacity to deal with winter pressures.

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.

Annual calendar of practice management

Annual calendar of practice management

Practice manager Fionnuala O'Donnell highlights what practice managers need to review or address during a year.

What is involved in a sale and leaseback transaction?

What is involved in a sale and leaseback transaction?

What should your practice expect if it is considering a 'sale and leaseback' of the practice premises? Paul Conlan explains the process, plus a case study shows how this worked for one surgery.