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CQC inspection explained: How does the CQC rate practices?

CQC inspection explained: How does the CQC rate practices?

Practices receive a rating of outstanding, good, inadequate or requires improvement under the CQC's inspection regime.

CQC inspection explained: What does the CQC assess?

CQC inspection explained: What does the CQC assess?

The CQC's inspection and rating regime focuses on the quality and safety of services by asking five key questions. From November 2017 the CQC is using an updated framework to assess healthcare services.

Preparing for a CQC inspection

Preparing for a CQC inspection

The key to ensuring your CQC inspection goes smoothly is thorough preparation. Practice manager Fionnuala O'Donnell pulls together key guidance and provides downloadable checklists and tips to help prepare staff.

How to make the most of your PPG

How to make the most of your PPG

10 tips on how to get the best out of your PPG and ensure the process does not involve too much work, plus links to useful resources.

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.

New average fees for private and professional services, November 2017

New average fees for private and professional services, November 2017

The results of the the latest Medeconomics Fees Survey have been analysed and 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.

How practices can cope with winter pressures

How practices can cope with winter pressures

As the NHS heads into the winter, what can practices do to ensure they are prepared for a serious flu outbreak or if there is severe pressure on local services?

Details of proposed new Scottish GMS contract revealed

Details of proposed new Scottish GMS contract revealed

GPs in Scotland have been offered a new contract deal guaranteeing partners minimum earnings of £80,430 and offering interest free premises loans in a bid to return the profession to a sustainable footing.

Changes to CQC inspections explained

Changes to CQC inspections explained

Most practices in England will undergo simpler and less frequent, focused inspections from April 2018, under the CQC's plans to update how it assesses primary care.

How to ensure money you are owed comes in

How to ensure money you are owed comes in

Accountant Faye Armstrong provides advice on how to set up a credit control system to help you collect NHS funding and private fees.

DH sets out new data security requirements for practices

DH sets out new data security requirements for practices

Every GP practice in England will be contractually required to have a named partner or senior staff member who is responsible for data and cyber security under new data security requirements published by the DH and NHS England.

Job description: Physician associate

Job description: Physician associate

The following generic job description for a physician associate (PA) in primary care has been provided by the Faculty of Physician Associates. The faculty has also provided a person specification, which is also attached. You can download these and adapt them for use in your practice.

Job description: Prescribing technician

Job description: Prescribing technician

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, including practice-based pharmacists, prescribing technician and physician associate have been added.

Responding to patient complaints in a timely manner

Responding to patient complaints in a timely manner

Responding to patient complaints within the specified timescale is important. However, you should not compromise the quality of your investigation or the completeness of your response with a hasty reply, writes MDU medico-legal adviser, Dr Nicola Lennard.

Removing patients from the practice list

Removing patients from the practice list

Removing a patient from your list is never an easy option. MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Beverley Ward provides a step-by-step guide to help practices avoid the pitfalls.

Making the most of the Medeconomics GP Fees Database

Making the most of the Medeconomics GP Fees Database

How practices can use our exclusive database of private and professional fees as a resource for generating extra earnings.

Tips to succeed when merging or working at scale

Tips to succeed when merging or working at scale

Martin Ramsey has supported a number of practices to merge or federate, he offers advice on how to ensure an 'at-scale' approach to primary care is successful.

New guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

New guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

NHS England has launched a series of practical guides to support people with sight loss, hearing loss, autism or learning disabilities to use online GP services.

What is the general data protection regulation (GDPR)?

What is the general data protection regulation (GDPR)?

From next May practices will be subject to new data protection regulation. Medeconomics provides an overview of the legislation.

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.

Advice on completing the Information Governance Toolkit

Advice on completing the Information Governance Toolkit

A guide to what practices need to include when completing the Information Governance Toolkit each year.

How the primary care home model is improving services

How the primary care home model is improving services

The NAPC's primary care home model aims to provide a new way of delivering primary care at scale. Rima Evans looks at how pilot site Larwood and Bawtry has used the initiative to deliver benefits to patients and staff.