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Practice Managers - The Unsung Hero

Practice Managers - The Unsung Hero

Practice managers – what does the future hold? Recent statistics from 2019 suggest that more than 25% of practice managers are actively planning to quit their jobs and many more feel unhappy in a role with increasing pressure and decreasing satisfaction. Burnout is often cited. Practice managers keep the doors open, the lights on, the ...

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Christmas Time, Mistletoe and large gaps in the rota.... doesn't quite have the same ring to it does it?

Christmas Time, Mistletoe and large gaps in the rota.... doesn

Winding down for Christmas? I’m not sure about that, but as the countdown to Christmas ticks down, I thought I’d take a moment to sit back and reflect on the business and the sectors we operate in. There has been a lot going on at RotaMaster HQ in the last few months against a backdrop of difficult and changing times in our key sectors of ...

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Primary care networks – what does it mean in practice?

Primary care networks – what does it mean in practice?

  Over the last couple of months we have attended a number of healthcare events and conferences, including Management in Practice, Urgent Health, RCGP annual conference and one thing that has been quite striking is the number of people talking to us about their uncertainty over primary care networks (PCNs). In this blog we thought we’d look ...

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Nouvita Healthcare – From cumbersome manual rotas to a streamlined, all-encompassing HR system

Nouvita Healthcare – From cumbersome manual rotas to a streamlined, all-encompassing HR system

We have been working with Nouvita now for around 3 years. We wanted to share their story, as it’s a great example of what a positive impact our systems can have on a business in helping them on the path to greater success. Nouvita’s predicament In 2016, when Nouvita first approached us, they had in place a cumbersome system of manual rota ...

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Our health, more than just healthcare.

Our health, more than just healthcare.

Population health Improving population health has become an urgent priority. It’s not difficult to understand why when you consider that morbidity strikes 10-15 years earlier in some disadvantaged populations (David Buck, King’s Fund). We have got used to people living longer, that we have an ageing population, but in reality, in recent years, ...

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NHSX - Have we seen it all before?

NHSX - Have we seen it all before?

You may be rather sceptical over the recent launch on 1st July of the government’s new digital transformation body. You might think “we’ve seen it all before” or “why will it be any different this time?” but maybe we need to have a bit of faith in what Matthew Gould is setting out to achieve. Isn’t it, after all, about time that the NHS gets their ...

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Compassion and collaboration – changing the culture in the NHS

Compassion and collaboration – changing the culture in the NHS

With many people citing the workforce crisis in the NHS as the biggest threat to the success of the Long Term Plan (LTP), we look at the changes needed not only to workforce strategy but also how leadership and culture need to change if the LTP is to have the desired impact. An unhappy workforce The NHS has been suffering for years, as the ...

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Staff Shortages – the biggest challenge facing the health service and the PCN plan.

The NHS long-term plan, published in January this year promises a 3.4% real terms annual increase in the NHS budget up until 2024. As welcome as that may be, in order to meet the rising demand, the staff shortages present a crisis that may well put the success of the plan in doubt. Current scenario The reality is that 1 in 11 posts* in the ...

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5 Ways to Look After Your Staff’s Wellbeing

5 Ways to Look After Your Staff’s Wellbeing

  A healthy and happy workplace makes for a productive and effective team that is likely to stick around. However, with everything that office management entails, looking out for the wellbeing of your staff sometimes falls off the list. It pays to look out for the health of your employees and to encourage good habits.   Here are five ...

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5 strategies for tackling any annual leave rush

Summertime is approaching and it’s likely that your HR team is anticipating a rush of annual leave requests. No good employer begrudges hard working employees a bit of time out, but what happens when half of your team suddenly want to be away at the same time? Fear not! We have proactive strategies for relieving the annual leave burden at ...

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What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 2 of 2]

What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 2 of 2] The impact of Brexit on the NHS has been a source of much debate since the EU referendum in 2016. As the UK steps ever-closer to its departure date, we’ve taken a look at what the impact of Brexit might really look like for the UK health ...

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What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 1 of 2]

What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 1 of 2]   The impact of Brexit on the NHS has been a source of much debate since the EU referendum in 2016. As the UK steps ever-closer to its departure date, we’ve taken a look at what the impact of Brexit might really look like for the UK ...

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