A few years ago medical professionals would have felt the need to hide when depression was eating away at them, or that their workload was becoming a problem. Now the subject of mental wellbeing is welcomed. The taboo over mental health has been slowly chipped away.
As a practice owner, you need to run a tight ship to make sure that everything in your practice ticks over as it should. Time is precious and when you’re busy your priority is your patients rather than insurance. But dropping one ball can lead to a cascade of organisational mayhem. This is where your…
Running a practice is a tough job and financial pressures are always top of mind. The NHS sickness reimbursements to cover GPs on sick leave were supposed to alleviate some of this stress. However, the numbers don’t always add up, and the experiences vary when trying to claim.
Working in the healthcare industry comes with high levels of stress. The media regularly reports on overstretched GP surgeries, busy A&E departments and unsustainable long shifts. However, the focus is often on outcomes for patients or physical exhaustion of medical staff, and not mental health.
Changes to the General Medical Services contract in April 2017 has increased the maximum payment of the NHS reimbursement scheme and made the eligibility process simpler. This is great news for NHS medical practices who can get additional support for locum cover if a GP is on long term leave.
A practice can never really be fully prepared for unexpected long term leave of one of the key clinical or dental team due to sickness or an accident. Quite often practices also forget how important non-clinical staff are in the smooth running of the surgery as well.