Welcome to the staff management section of Medeconomics

In this section you will find Medeconomics guidance across a range of topics connected with managing staff and implementing HR policies. We have reduced the articles in our HR section to reflect user feedback on the most useful information for practice managers, and to make our practical guidance easier to find, read and apply. Future updates will include more on employment law and advice on managing staff as practices work more collaboratively together.

If you have any suggestions for content that would be useful in this section, or other queries, please email emma.bower@haymarket.com

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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.

Your HR questions: How to manage staff underperformance

Your HR questions: How to manage staff underperformance

Employment lawyer Susan Bernstein answers a question about how to manage underperformance in the practice team

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.

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.


Latest on managing staff

BMA guide to help practices understand mandatory training obligations

BMA guide to help practices understand mandatory training obligations

The BMA has launched a new guide to help GP practices meet their training obligations and make clear what is mandatory training. The guide explains what training practices should provide to GPs and their staff and how often this training is needed.

NHS England's 10-point plan to boost practice nurse workforce

NHS England's 10-point plan to boost practice nurse workforce

NHS England has pledged £15m to bolster the general practice nurse workforce and develop their role to help ease workforce shortages across general practice.

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.

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.

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.

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CPD requirements for pharmacists in general practice

CPD requirements for pharmacists in general practice

Dr Ivana Knyght explains CPD requirements for pharmacists, how practices can support their pharmacists' CPD and highlights some useful resources.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Employment law

Job descriptions

Advice on recruitment

How to employ a pharmacist in your practice

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

Staff recruitment: preparing the selection process

Fiona Dalziel provides advice on advertising a job vacancy and selecting candidates for interview.

Writing a person specification: a key to effective recruitment

Creating a person specification will clarify your recruitment needs and protect you against potential discrimination claims, writes Fiona Dalziel

Job descriptions: a vital building block for managing staff

Many practices underestimate the importance of writing and updating job descriptions. Done well, they are a crucial tool in maximising the strength of your staff team, writes Fiona Dalziel.

New employee checklist

What documentation do practices need when a new member of staff, including GPs, join the team?

Avoid the pitfalls of employment references

Practices should approach the provision of employment references with caution, advises Fiona Dalziel.

Employing paramedics in general practice

Paramedics can work as part of a multidisciplinary team to help practices manage their workload, but what does the role involve and what skills should you look for? This article also includes a sample job description.

Managing your locums

Staff salaries

Agenda for Change UK pay scales 2016/17

Full details of changes to AfC from 1 April 2016. The pay scale applies to NHS staff and can be used for practice staff.

Agenda for Change UK pay scales 2015/16

The AfC pay scale applies to NHS staff and can be used for practice staff.

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