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By Robin Stride Independent practitioners experiencing falling incomes are being alerted they could be due a New Year defence subscription rebate if they have not told their defence organisation about their lower earnings. Equally, those with higher than anticipated incomes from private practice may need to pay extra if their changing situation has not already […]
Opinion By Jenny Tate, AMSPAR, BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MA. Private clinic administrator I was much amused by Mr Dev Lall’s comic piece in the November issue of Independent Practitioner Today on how one’s NHS secretary should not be allowed to handle one’s private practice. If it was not intended to be comic, it was, […]
Thinking about continuity income can do a lot for your profit line, says surgeon Mr Dev Lall. A big problem with private practice is that you need to ensure you have a constant stream of new patients, as many will only be seen once or a few times before their treatment is complete and they […]
A professional website presence is a must in today’s online world. But with website average quality scores at a low 34.85% across the UK’s private medical practitioner sector, Joel Calliste suggests three areas to focus on as a priority for your patients and business. 1 Website content: it’s more important than design The ‘copy’ on […]
‘Business Dilemmas’ Damage limitation is the theme in this month’s selection of readers’ questions, answered by Dr Oliver Lord (right) Dilemma 1 Can I say my side of story to press? Q I have just been contacted by a journalist from a local newspaper who is investigating a story from one of my […]
Seeing embassy patients? Check out Gary Nials’s excellent tips before going one step further. Many consultants will consider treating overseas patients as their practice grows. It makes sense to diversify the business into new areas. Self-pay and private medical insurance work are the lifeblood of many practices, but the opportunities are many when dealing with […]
Ian Tongue continues his series for doctors setting out as independent practitioners by taking a look at best practice for accounting systems. Accounting systems come in all shapes and sizes with no one-size-fits-all approach. But there are some fundamentals that your accounting system must have to prevent financial loss and to avoid to long arm […]
So you are thinking of passing on your pension to loved ones? Patrick Convey examines why it may be advantageous to keep your personal pension untouched. The merry-go-round of the pensions industry continues apace. After countless negative changes in recent years, saving into pensions has become popular again thanks to the so-called freedoms granted by […]
As 2016 gets underway, Susan Hutter says it will be vital to maximise your practice’s productivity and efficiency. Here are her top tips. Regardless of the size of your business, whether you are a sole trader or have ambitious plans to grow your practice, it is vital you do not neglect back office procedures. Consider […]
Consultant ophthalmic surgeon Mr Larry Benjamin is a trustee and medical volunteer with blindness prevention charity Orbis UK. He tells us about the skills and knowledge doctors can bring to a medical charity, both in the field and on the board. There are 39 million blind people in the world and 90% live in a […]
The leading UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families has been offering support through difficult times now for over 175 years. Leslie Berry reports. When crisis strikes, whether through illness, injury, bereavement or disability, the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) is there to help doctors. Its help ranges from financial assistance through grants, […]