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Managing annual leave – the dos and don’ts.

Managing annual leave – the dos and don’ts.

With the ongoing pandemic and travel off the cards for the last 12 months, there are flickers of hope that we might be able to get away in the UK at least over the summer.  Managers may be bracing themselves for a deluge of requests for time off in the coming weeks and requests to carry over unused annual leave.  Are you confident you can ...

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10 reasons why you need rota software

10 reasons why you need rota software

It is difficult to quantify the huge strain the healthcare sector has felt this year from a staffing point of view – staff shortages; higher demand; high staff sickness rates and social-distancing regulations and there are concerns around how staff on the frontline will cope after the pandemic has passed – we will have an over-worked and stressed ...

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Gamechanger - How has the COVID-19 vaccine been developed and rolled out so quickly?

Gamechanger - How has the COVID-19 vaccine been developed and rolled out so quickly?

Under normal circumstances, making a vaccine can take between 10 and 15 years due to the complexity of vaccine development.  However, as the global pandemic took hold in the Spring 2020, time was a luxury the world could not afford.  This “landing on the moon moment,” (*Dr. Yager) has ushered in a new era of vaccine research and within 11 months ...

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Can flexible working solve the staffing crisis in the NHS?

Can flexible working solve the staffing crisis in the NHS?

There has been a lot of talk about digital transformation in the NHS in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and what huge strides have been made in a short space of time.   We have also seen a huge shift taking place in working patterns across a whole range of sectors. The NHS however, still seems to have an underdeveloped and inconsistent ...

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Delivering better patient care through data

Delivering better patient care through data

The power of data One of the biggest challenges facing the NHS is data.  The NHS has lots of it but has historically not been great at using it.  Yet it is a challenge that must be overcome as data is critical to the healthcare system in providing safer and more effective care; overcoming operational issues; understanding disease and improving ...

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That political hot potato rears its head again – trade talks and the NHS

That political hot potato rears its head again – trade talks and the NHS

Whilst we don’t want to start a political debate, we couldn’t help but notice a bit of a Twitter furore around last month’s vote in parliament – new clause 17 – an amendment to the post-Brexit trade deal. The clause was intended to protect the NHS from any form of control from outside the UK, but was voted down by MPs, leading to some saying it ...

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The new normal – how doing business has changed

The new normal – how doing business has changed

  As many people yearn for post-lockdown life and getting back to ‘normal’, being able to turn their backs on the fear and anxiety caused by the pandemic, we are left contemplating what the new normal will look like. There are many positives to take from the last few months that will change the way we work for the better going forward. Think of ...

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Supporting General Practice through the COVID-19 crisis

Supporting General Practice through the COVID-19 crisis

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, general practice has been forced to change its daily routines and adjust to a new reality, with surgeries moving fast to online triage and consultations in a very short space of time. Leaders have had to make plans to ensure their staff are ready to play their part in the COVID-19 response. GPs ...

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Covid-19 – The Unexpected Driver for Embracing Technology

Covid-19 – The Unexpected Driver for Embracing Technology

  It’s very difficult at the moment to think about anything other than the Covid-19 pandemic. It is presenting primary care with unforeseen challenges and there is a lot of trepidation around how it will cope under the strain. Although it is far too early to be thinking about absolute learning points from how we deal with it, it will ...

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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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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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