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Five Summer Employment Issues and How to Curb Them

The heat is on this summer with sweltering conditions making workers feel hot and bothered. For employers, there are a number of summer employment issues to contend with too. As temperatures soar toward 30C, there are ways to make work more bearable during the heat wave. MPs in the House of Commons environmental committee have urged ...

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5 Ways to Look After Your Staff’s Wellbeing

A healthy and happy workplace makes for a productive and effective team. But with everything that managing the office entails, looking out for the wellbeing of your staff sometimes falls off the list. In 2016 there were 137.3 million working days lost due to sickness or injury in the UK. The most common reason for sickness was minor ...

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How to Drive Improvement at Your GP Practice 

Building a successful GP Practice and driving improvement certainly comes with its challenges.  Faced with a growing number of GP vacancies, lack of support and rising list numbers, many practices are becoming over-stretched and under pressure. Adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t always work and sets them up for failure.  It is a ...

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GP Vacancies Rise to Record High, Survey Suggests

GP staffing levels have been a cause for concern for many practices across the UK and now latest figures suggest that GP vacancies are higher than ever before. From long patient waits, rushed appointments and even GP practices closing their doors; the of lack of GPs across the UK has a concerning impact on us all. NHS statistics suggest ...

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NHS To ‘Engage’ Public on Digital Transformation Plans

The NHS is set to consult on the most ‘substantial changes in GP contracts since 2004’ and is inviting the public, primary care professionals and innovators to have their say. With the NHS having celebrated its 70th birthday, it recognises that by the end of the next decade, digital technology is likely to have ‘transformed the service’. As ...

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Six Ways to Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

The daily grind can get in the way of finding that elusive work-life balance. Juggling your career, family commitments and personal life can leave you feeling like you are spinning more plates than ever before and you just hope that none of them come crashing to the ground. UK has a reputation for a poor work-life balance. Britons spend around ...

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Why Flexible Working Is Good for the Workplace...

Many people dream of having a flexible working arrangement. Cutting down that tortuous commute by starting a bit later? Yes please. The occasional day at home to give you that bit more time with the kids when they finish school? Sounds great. Whatever the arrangement, flexible working has been proven to provide benefits to both employer and ...

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Why Staff Buy-In is Vital for a New Software Rollout...

Whenever we’re exhibiting at healthcare events, we always hear the same thing. ‘Oh we had a system for that – it didn’t work’. Nurses, administrators, doctors, midwives – there’s one common thread. They wanted their lives to be made easier by technology – but somehow their organisations missed the mark. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience; but ...

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Managing annual leave can be a nightmare - but does it have to be?

Managing annual leave can be a tricky business. Making sure everyone's used up their allowance, but without having too many people off at once. 'I asked for that day, too, why didn't I get it?!'. Sound familiar? Throw in the summer or Christmas holidays and your service could be thrown into chaos.     In teams with a mix of part/full time, ...

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How Healthcare Services Can Prepare for GDPR

How Healthcare Services Can Prepare for GDPR On the 25th May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection (GDPR) will come into force. The healthcare industry has taken the handling of sensitive personal information seriously for a long time, but the legal requirements are about to increase and, according to recent research, NHS trusts ...

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Deadline Looming for Extended Access in the UK

Extended access is designed to give patients better access to see a GP outside of core hours - tackling the age old problem of traditional GP services only being available during the working day. CCGs across the country were given a deadline to offer extended access services to patients by March 2019, but this has been brought forward October ...

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Can Technology Help Ease Financial Pressure on Healthcare Services?

In the healthcare industry, the need for updated technology is becoming more apparent. While tech is transforming how patients are diagnosed and treated, there are still many ways it can be used to tackle the challenges faced by day-to-day healthcare services and the associated rising costs. When it comes to creating staff rotas, technology ...

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