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Using and updating job descriptions

Many practices underestimate the importance of writing and updating job descriptions. Done well, they are a crucial tool in maximising the strength of your staff team.

Writing a person specification: a key to effective recruitment

Creating a person specification will clarify your recruitment needs and protect you against potential discrimination claims.

Staff recruitment: Advertising a vacancy, shortlisting and interviewing

Advice on advertising a job vacancy and selecting candidates for interview.

Guidance update 24 June: Access to records, risk assessments, autumn COVID jabs

A round-up of key guidance updates for GP practices.

COVID-19 GP guidance tracker - live table

Our COVID-19 GP guidance tracker highlights guidance relevant to GP practices during the pandemic in an easy-to-search format. Last updated: 22 June 2022

What does recent legal ruling mean for practices in NHSPS buildings?

GP practices in premises owned by NHS Property Services (NHSPS) could be forced to pay service charges worth around £200m in total after a legal ruling. GP Business explains the case.

Improving care for patients with learning disabilities – a checklist

Patients with learning disabilities die earlier and more often from preventable diseases, compared with the rest of the population. There are a number of contractual targets linked to this group and our checklist can help you meet these and improve patient care.

Patient access to records from November 2022 – a checklist

Later this year patients with online accounts will be able to read new entries in their health records. Our checklist provides a list of actions practices can take to get ready for the change.

VAT considerations for PCNs explained

Specialist accountants Jonathan Main and Deborah Wood examine the impact of VAT rules on PCNs and explain the options available to networks.

Downloadable policy: Data security policy template

This data security policy can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice.

Data Protection and Security Toolkit checklist

This checklist provides a guide to the information you will need and advice on how to complete the Data Protection and Security Toolkit.

Pharmacy technician: person specification

Use this person specification to help with recruitment for a pharmacy technician.

Job description: Pharmacy technician

Download this job description, which can be amended for use in your practice.

How to make the most of your pharmacy technician

PCNs can employ pharmacy technicians under the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) and practices might also benefit from employing them directly. Fionnuala O'Donnell explains how practices can get the most from this role.

What does the Fuller stocktake mean for general practice in England?

A new report sets out the next steps for integrating primary care in England. GP Business explains what the report says and how it could impact on practices.

Learning disabilities enhanced service 2022/23

A summary of what is involved in the learning disabilities health check scheme ES for England.

How practices should update their abusive patient policies

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Kathryn Leask explains new guidance for practices in England that gives them more powers to deal with abusive patients and how this can be incorporated into your policies.

New career framework for practice nurses in England

A revised career framework for general practice nursing has been developed by Health Education England to help practices to support their nurses' career development and improve retention.

Accountants warn that PCN VAT rules could hit funding

PCNs could facing losing millions of pounds in funding because work carried out by PCN clinical directors and potentially other staff could be subject to VAT, accountants have warned.

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