It’s vital to consider your billing and collection management from the very beginning of private practice. Gary Nials ...
Stop fraudsters getting their hands on the funds held in your medical practice. Ian Crompton shows the scams you and ...
Independent Practitioner Today ran three stories last month highlighting the increasing case for consumerism in private healthcare. So what do ...
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By Robin Stride Private consultants and GPs are being put on red alert over rising threats to their practice finances from fraudsters. Independent practitioners and their staff are seen as potential easy targets from criminals responsible for conning the cash from over 40% of businesses in the UK last year alone. Doctors face attacks from […]
Probably the biggest challenge when it comes to private practice is when you’re starting out for the first time. Surgeon Mr Dev Lall has some wise words. Before you can even see your first private patient, there are, of course, a number of obligate costs: medical indemnity; consulting rooms; secretarial support fees. And […]
There is strength in numbers – Ian Tongue presents a guide to the whys and the wherefores of independent practitioners working as a group Working in a group can have a number of advantages and this approach is common among certain specialties. It may seem straightforward to work as a group, but it […]
In the fifth of her essential series for doctors in the aesthetics world, Pam Underdown shows how to create a marketing strategy. A marketing strategy is essential for focusing your energy towards the right actions that will deliver on what you want to accomplish. There’s no need to over-think it or over-do it. The focus […]
Will your investment portfolio withstand any market conditions? Simon Bruce looks at the most effective way to prepare for all eventualities. Owners of 4×4 vehicles often appreciate them most when they leave smooth city roads for rough country lanes. And in investment, highly-diversified portfolios can provide similar reassurance. In blue skies and open highways, streamlined […]
Hold on to your hats! Independent Practitioner Today motoring correspondent Dr Tony Rimmer reckons there is nothing this side of a Porsche or Ferrari likely to thrill you on a rare weekend off as this stress-buster. There is something very satisfying about going back to basics. We are trained as doctors to assess, diagnose and […]
Dr Michael Devlin answers some burning questions about how the statutory duty of candour will apply to independent practitioners. When something goes wrong during treatment, individual doctors have long had an ethical duty to be open and transparent with the patient and try to put things right. But following the Mid-Staffordshire inquiry, a legal duty […]
So you’ve smelt alcohol on a member of staff? Fiona McLellan and Jeremy Coy report on a sobering case for doctor employers. An employment tribunal finding that an NHS trust unfairly dismissed an employee for smelling of alcohol on duty has some important implications for independent practitioners. The case is of particular relevance to healthcare […]
For those clinicians and organisations who have recognised the importance of media relations and agreed to dip their delicate toes into its murky waters, the first hurdle tends to be acquiring comprehension of what the mainstream press is after. Tingy Simoes reports. So just what will the media recognise as ‘a story’? Most importantly, you […]
Private hospital matron Caroline Cassels (below, right) has witnessed some enormous changes in the fields of nursing and general medical care over the last 30 years. Training methods have evolved, technologies transformed and medicine has advanced light years. But, she says, many of the qualities that make a top-class nurse have not changed. The best […]
Following last month’s article on where to buy real estate in Portugal, Dylan Mitchell looks at how to go about buying your dream villa or apartment in this beautiful country. Holidaymakers and property investors have often overlooked Portugal – but this is changing. Through a combination of tough cutbacks on government spending and the introduction […]