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Flu campaign checklist

Flu campaign checklist

Our checklist can help ensure your practice is prepared for the 2019/20 flu season.

Flu campaign: Useful resources

Flu campaign: Useful resources

Links to flu guidance and promotional material for the 2019/20 flu campaign. This will be updated as new material is available.

Templates for general practice job descriptions

Templates for general practice job descriptions

Job description templates to download and adapt for use in your practice. New roles, including practice pharmacist, prescribing technician and physician associate have been added.

Government proposes changes to firearms licensing process

Government proposes changes to firearms licensing process

Proposed changes to firearms rules in England and Wales, set out in a new government consultation, suggest that police will be unable to issue firearms licences until they have received medical information about an applicant from their GP.

Are your locums taxed appropriately?

Are your locums taxed appropriately?

Accountant Laurence Slavin explains what practices need to do to ensure they are not falling foul of tax laws when it comes to how they pay their locums.

Practice managers jailed for defrauding practices of six-figure sums in two cases

Practice managers jailed for defrauding practices of six-figure sums in two cases

Two separate cases of fraud in GP practices have seen practice managers jailed in the past week for defrauding the surgeries they worked for of nearly £700,000 in one case and almost £600,000 in the other.

New average fees for private and professional services, July 2019

New average fees for private and professional services, July 2019

The results of the the latest Medeconomics Fees Survey have been added to the GP Fees Database.

Updates to private fees

Updates to private fees

Details of the latest updates to the Medeconomics GP Fees Database.

Holiday/travel insurance: cancellation claim

Holiday/travel insurance: cancellation claim

The Medeconomics Database of GP Fees is gathered from official sources, plus our own research among UK GP practices.

Annual calendar of practice management: Risk assessments

Annual calendar of practice management: Risk assessments

It is good practice to repeat risk assessments at least annually. Below is a list of things that you will need to cover.

Health and safety checklist

Health and safety checklist

Practices are required to regularly review their health and safety processes and procedures. Our checklist below can help you do this.

Health and safety: Risk assessment downloadable template

Health and safety: Risk assessment downloadable template

The key document for health and safety is your risk assessment. This downloadable risk assessment template contains key questions and prompts to help you complete it.

How to recruit a social prescribing link worker

How to recruit a social prescribing link worker

What should primary care networks and practices bear in mind when recruiting a social prescribing link worker? Christiana Melam, CEO of the National Association of Link Workers, offers some practical advice.

NHS England sets out new plans for GP premises

NHS England sets out new plans for GP premises

NHS England plans to take on the premises liabilities of practices in some leased surgeries and has also recommended that GP ownership of surgery buildings should be separated from other partnership arrangements.

What to consider when upskilling practice staff

What to consider when upskilling practice staff

To free-up GP time, it has been suggested for some time now that practice staff could be trained to take on a greater supporting role. The MDU's Dr Kathryn Leask, considers the medico-legal implications of 'upskilling' non-clinicians.

Details of Welsh GMS contract deal for 2019/20

Details of Welsh GMS contract deal for 2019/20

GPs in Wales will receive a £25m increase in funding in 2019/20 as part of a new GMS contract deal that will also provide financial incentives and extra support for GP partners.

Learning from significant events

Learning from significant events

Significant event audit is a formal way of analysing and learning from incidents at your practice, writes the MDU's Dr Sally Old.

How to make your practice carer-friendly

How to make your practice carer-friendly

GP practices can take some simple steps to identify and support carers on their list.

How social prescribing can help practices and PCNs tackle workload

How social prescribing can help practices and PCNs tackle workload

What is social prescribing and can it help practices to reduce workload?

VAT and primary care networks

VAT and primary care networks

Accountant Katie Collin explains what practices need to know about VAT and primary care networks.

GP contract: Direct booking from NHS 111

GP contract: Direct booking from NHS 111

Practices in England are required to allow direct booking of appointments from NHS 111 under the new GP contract. Medeconomics explains how this should work.

QOF: End-of-life care QI checklist

QOF: End-of-life care QI checklist

Download this checklist to help your practice plan its work for the QOF quality improvement domain's end-of-life care module.

QOF: Prescribing safety checklist

QOF: Prescribing safety checklist

Download this checklist to help your practice plan its work for the QOF quality improvement domain's prescribing safety module.

Minor surgery enhanced service 2019/20

Minor surgery enhanced service 2019/20

Details of the enhanced service for minor surgery.