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Practices to pay increased employer pension contributions from April

Practices to pay increased employer pension contributions from April

GP practices will pay employer contributions on NHS pensions at an increased rate of 14.38% from April, the government has confirmed.

Demonstrating that your GP locums are self-employed

Demonstrating that your GP locums are self-employed

Changes to IR35 mean that from April 2017 it is now the responsibility of GP practices to ensure their locums' employment status is correct. Katie Singer explains what this means and provides a model contract that practices can use.

Tool allows practices in England assess impact of 2017/18 GP contract on income

Tool allows practices in England assess impact of 2017/18 GP contract on income

NHS Employers has produced a 'GMS Ready Reckoner' to enable practices in England to see how their income is likely to be affected by changes to the GMS contract that are due to be introduced from April 2017.

How the budget affects general practice

How the budget affects general practice

Accountant Laurence Slavin explains how the budget will affect GPs and their practices.

GP funding in Scotland to rise £250m per year by 2021

GP funding in Scotland to rise £250m per year by 2021

GP funding in Scotland will rise £250m per year by 2021 with responsibility for vaccinations stripped from GMS contracts to ease practice workload, Scottish health secretary Shona Robison has announced.

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, including practice-based pharmacists, added - March 2017.

How can we improve wellbeing in our practices?

How can we improve wellbeing in our practices?

Dr Jennifer Napier shares tips and advice about what practices can do to promote staff wellbeing.

BMA updates guidance on firearms certification again

BMA updates guidance on firearms certification again

The BMA has again updated its guidance on responding to police requests for information relating to firearms certification.

Details of Welsh GP contract for 2017/18

Details of Welsh GP contract for 2017/18

GP contract funding for Wales will rise around £27m in 2017/18 under a deal announced by health secretary Vaughan Gething.

New RCGP tool to support quality improvement activities

New RCGP tool to support quality improvement activities

The RCGP has developed a new online tool to help GPs and practice staff carry out quality improvement activities.

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.

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?

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.

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 in England 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.