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    Getting uninsured patients to pay up

    Self-paying patients are on the increase – and more and more consultants are needing help to gather their fees as ...

Healthy returns

By Robin Stride Private practice incomes remain healthy and major business opportunities beckon for doctors who understand the changing market and take advantage. That was the overwhelming message in this year’s keynote speech given to more than 100 private consultants and GPs at the Indep­endent Doctors Federation’s (IDF) annual general meeting. Many members were encouraged […]

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Wild rover no more

If you like the idea of a full-size Land Rover Discovery but are attracted to the benefits of a more affordable, compact and fuel-efficient sports utility vehicle (SUV), then our tester Dr Tony Rimmer believes you should look hard at this new car. The compromise is minimal and you will save significantly on costs. As […]

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Pensions – they’re the limit!

It’s all been happening on the pensions’ front. Ian Tongue continues his series for new doctors in private practice with a recap of the pension annual allowance and new tapering rules. There has been much talk lately of the pension annual allowance due to the significant changes which applied from 6 April 2016. One thing […]

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I want to wind down

Q I am looking to wind down my private practice. What would you advise? Accountant Susan Hutter says: Many of you will know that Independent Practitioner Today often looks at the issue of how to expand your practice and what trading vehicle should be used. But it is useful to also know about the opposite […]

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A happy team is a successful one

The right staff are critical to your success. Pam Underdown explains why the team you surround yourself with can make or break your business, how to find the right team-players and ensure they produce a consistent experience for patients every time they visit. Setting up the right team to represent your medical aesthetic practice is […]

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Aim to go for gold

In a crowded market, it’s often the little things that have the biggest impact. So if you want to stand out from your competitors, a focus on client service could be the key. Stephanie Vaughan-Jones looks at what constitutes gold-standard service and why it has never been more important to provide it. Competition among practices […]

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Neurosurgeons armed with the latest gear

Prof Keyoumars Ashkan of the London Neurosurgery Partnership talks to Leslie Berry about the developments in neurosurgery, including The Harley Street Clinic’s latest acquisition – the ROSA Robot. By its nature, dealing with the most delicate structures – namely the brain and spine – neurosurgery is heavily reliant on technology to achieve the best outcomes […]

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How to build a BRAND

‘Practice Builder’ series: Part 3 In a four-part series for Independent Practitioner Today, Malcolm McCoskery examines key issues facing consultants as they build their practice. He is looking at four different topics aiming to help consultants as they look to build their practice. In March and April, he covered teamwork and choosing a private hospital. […]

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Referral to GMC is a bitter pill to swallow

Abuse of prescribing is being taken very seriously by the GMC and is in the top three areas where doctors are asking for more information. Dr Gail Gilmartin gives some topical advice.  Prescribing is a complex area and can be the source of a wide range of problems, from simple harmless errors to significant fatal mistakes […]

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When staff are spot of bother

‘Management Dilemmas’ Staff issues can get independent practitioners into deep water – and not just due to employment legislation. Dr Beverley Ward (right) answers two private doctors’ concerns that could go all the way to the GMC   Dilemma 1 PA’s homework is threat to data Q I have recently discovered that my practice secretary has […]

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Getting uninsured patients to pay up

Self-paying patients are on the increase – and more and more consultants are needing help to gather their fees as a result. Gary Nials analyses the problems and shows what can be done. Many practices still seem to think of private practice as the insurance market – but, in reality, it is not that simple. […]

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