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Most common reasons for complaints in general practice

Most common reasons for complaints in general practice

The total number of new written complaints about general practice in England fell to 72,356 in 2018/19. Medeconomics looks at the most common reasons for complaints.

Changes to the Friends and Family Test explained

Changes to the Friends and Family Test explained

From April 2020 practices will need to introduce changes to the Friends and Family Test.

Recruiting staff from overseas: a guide for GP practices

Recruiting staff from overseas: a guide for GP practices

What process should practices follow if they want to recruit a GP or other staff member from overseas? And how will Brexit impact on recruiting staff from EEA countries? Luna Williams explains.

Key knowledge for GP practice receptionists

Key knowledge for GP practice receptionists

Part of our training plan for receptionists, this article highlights the key knowledge receptionists need and provides advice on training in each of these areas.

Key skills for GP practice receptionists

Key skills for GP practice receptionists

Part of our training plan for receptionists, this article highlights the key skills receptionists need and provides advice on training in each of these areas.

Developing a training plan for your receptionists

Developing a training plan for your receptionists

Medeconomics highlights the key skills and knowledge required for the job and provides advice on how to ensure your receptionists are appropriately trained in all of these areas.

Primary care networks: New workforce roles explained (updated)

Primary care networks: New workforce roles explained (updated)

Primary care networks will receive funding for new staff roles, but how will this work? This article has been updated to reflect new guidance published in August 2019.

Practices in England could lose £40,000 of funding for half-day closure

Practices in England could lose £40,000 of funding for half-day closure

GP surgeries risk losing more than £40,000 in funding if they close during core hours, NHS England has warned.

Updated locum rates for 2019 show rise in fees in most parts of UK

Updated locum rates for 2019 show rise in fees in most parts of UK

The average hourly rates charged by locums booking work directly with practices have risen across England during the past 12 months, however rates in Wales have fallen.

Could your practice benefit from the GP Retention Scheme?

Could your practice benefit from the GP Retention Scheme?

Medeconomics explains how the GP Retention Scheme works, and outlines payments for practices.

Flu campaign 2019/20 checklist

Flu campaign 2019/20 checklist

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

Flu campaign 2019/20: Useful resources

Flu campaign 2019/20: Useful resources

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

Flu vaccines and targets for 2019/20

Flu vaccines and targets for 2019/20

Details of the flu vaccines and targets for the 2019/20 enhanced service.

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.