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Bursaries for practice managers NHS England currently in talks with the Practice Management Network

Student bursaries for practice managers could be implemented as part of the Practice Management Development Programme. NHS England and the Practice Management Network are currently in talks over bursaries to fund students across two programmes; an existing level 2 practice manager programme, and a new advanced practice manager programme at level 5. The new programme would provide practice managers with the experience to work on “a much bigger federated working model”, also allowing those who ...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 20 Sep 2016

Worrying stress levels affecting GPs and their staff

Over a 1000 GPs, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses and other primary care staff have taken a survey by Mind, which revealed that almost nine out of ten (88%) respondents find their work life stressful. One in five (21%) said it has resulted in the development of a mental health problem, while one in six (17%) said it has led them to take medication for a mental health problem. Almost one in ten (8%) said work stress has led to suicidal thoughts. The poll also revealed that work is currently ...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 18 Aug 2016

GP practices to be inspected by the CQC on data security

The Care Quality Commission will include data security audits when carrying out inspections at GP practices. The new security standards have been approved by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Two data reports were commissioned by Jeremy Hunt last year. One from the National Data Guardian (NDG) to set new data security standards for health and social care, the other from the CQC to analyse the existing levels of data security across the NHS. Data security auditing for safe data and safe care ...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 20 Jul 2016

GPs and their staff encouraged to take regular breaks to ensure safe patient care

​The Royal College of General Practitioners has rolled out a new poster campaign which will be sent to all practices in the UK. The poster warns that ‘Your safety should always come first’ and encourages general practice to have similar rules on working hours and breaks, to pilots, train and lorry drivers. The poster calls for GPs to be well rested and to take regular breaks to ensure the safety of patient care; ‘A rested GP is a safer GP’. Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Chairwoman said: “GPs are at ...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 20 Apr 2016