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    Reflecting on revalidation

    Your revalidation is changing. Mr Ian Mackay analyses the implications for independent practitioners. Taking Revalidation Forward, Sir Keith Pearson’s review ...

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Outcome stats delayed

By Robin Stride The target date for official publication of consultant-level performance measures has been scrapped following the failure of some smaller private hospitals to hand over all their data. Instead, the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) will publish hospital performance measures only in April 2017. Consultant-level performance figures, which around 14,000 independent practitioners had […]

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Circulating a lot of knowledge

A new type of conference next month aims to help doctors expand their private practice from being just varicose veins to a whole venous service. Consultant vascular surgeon Prof Mark Whiteley outlines his plans. I have been thinking about setting up a new veins meeting for many years. What has inspired me to launch our […]

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Avoid long arm of the taxman

When starting out in private practice, it is easy to forget that you are running a business and you need to understand requirements at the outset if you are to avoid the long arm of the tax inspector. Ian Tongue outlines the importance of good record-keeping and gives some useful tips. Keeping adequate clinical records […]

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Protecting patients

‘Business Dilemmas’ Dr Nicola Lennard (right) gives advice in two scenarios where patients’ confidentiality is at stake     Dilemma 1 I worry she can’t care for children Q A 38-year-old woman has been attending my private practice for treatment for alcohol dependency. She is on medication to reduce her cravings but has relapsed on […]

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A lot for your money

‘Doctor on the Road’ For the independent practitioner with a growing family who needs a good-value car with occasional off-road or towing capabilities, this Octavia could be all you need, says Dr Tony Rimmer. As an independent practitioner, you will be funding your business premises and equipment either directly or indirectly. These exp­enses have significant […]

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Show them you’re worth the money

    Philip Housden’s continuing series on private patient units (PPUs) explores tariffs and prices, both for insured and self-pay patients. April, now only a few weeks away, may well be a renewal date for one or more agreements with a major private medical insurance provider. Most, if not all, PPUs consider that their tariffs […]

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Drumming up some custom

TV doctor and full-time writer Dr Michael O’Donnell draws from his new book, Medicine’s Strangest Cases, to reveal how doctors have solicited business. LARGE FEES AND HOW TO GET THEM, USA, 1911. Doctors have never found it easy to balance the demands of Hippo­crates and Mammon. Those who practise in Europe try to disguise the […]

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Expert handling

Differences of opinion between claimant and defendant experts need to be explored. It is important that misunderstandings are ironed out in a meeting and that areas of genuine disagreement are identified, says Michael R. Young. The purpose of the experts’ meeting is not to reach agreement. There are many cases where this is not possible, […]

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Don’t get snared in your own web

OK, so it’s your website – but do you own and control it? Gill Hall and Nabil Asaad continue our series to help doctor entrepreneurs avoid a growing number of legal pitfalls. Organisations rightly devote significant time and resources towards ensuring their web presence reflects their values and the message they wish to convey to […]

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Get best price when selling your practice

If 2017 is the year you decide to retire, make sure you maximise the capital by selling, rather than simply winding down, the business. Susan Hutter advises on having all the appropriate information to hand if you decide to sell. There are two ways to sell a business. You can just sell the goodwill – […]

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How to survive the effects of burn-out

In these high-pressure times, Dr Philip Zack discusses how independent practitioners can look after their health – and how your medical defence body can support you. There’s no doubt independent practitioners are under pressure from increasing workloads, patient demands and expectations – and this high-stress work environment can take a toll on doctors’ mental and […]

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