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Setting out your stall

If you are a consultant or GP in private practice, it can be daunting to think about marketing. After all, your expertise is in healthcare – not selling and certainly not digital marketing. Nonetheless, a good strategy and the right expertise are essential, because whether you realise it or not, you are telling your potential […]

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Please keep it a secret

The fourth in our series examining new GMC confidentiality guidance focuses on sharing information for healthcare purposes. Most patients who visit an independent practitioner do so for specialist investigation and treatment. However, they continue to rely on their GP for the rest of their healthcare needs and will return to the care of their GP […]

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Bin the budget

In a previous article in Independent Practitioner Today, surgeon Mr Dev Lall turned the spotlight on opportunities to market your practice for free. But you shouldn’t look to do everything for nothing, he warns. We all like stuff for free. No matter what it is: products – or less commonly, services – we love it. […]

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They can make your business soar

One of the most important hires you will ever make is your medical secretary. Jane Braithwaite gives some excellent advice and tips on working in partnership.     Your secretary should ideally be viewed as your business partner. But in a world where your patient is your highest priority and things generally move at lightning […]

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Totally committed

Profile of a novel group practice. Consultants who have formed a new north London group, Total Orthopaedics, believe they are creating something special. Kathryn Bryant tells their story A new consultant partnership has developed from the foundation of friendship and years of collaboration running an orthopaedic department for Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Hospitals. ‘It […]

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Joining up GPs and specialists

Dr Kartik Modha is a north London GP and the co-founder and chief executive at He has been listed in the Pulse Power 50 most influential GPs in the UK for the last four years and is passionate about using technology to improve clinical connectivity and patient care.   What is features […]

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Investment risks are not all visible

Investors need to take risks to achieve returns, but do you really understand what risk means? Dr Benjamin Holdsworth shows how risk is connected to your long-term objectives. Investors know that equity markets can be risky. The trouble is that ‘risky’ means different things to different people. William Bernstein – a neurosurgeon-turned-adviser and prolific investment […]

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The last word on PPUs

    Self-pay growth and yearly profits are among the areas covered in the third and last of Philip Housden’s series providing an A-Z guide of private patient units (PPUs). Ring-fenced (PPU beds) A PPU is not really a PPU unless it has a ‘home’. And in almost every example that means beds. Maybe not […]

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Making allowances

Accountants Clinic. Many independent practitioners would benefit by making a summer stock review to ensure they are not missing out on accumulating more funds for themselves and their business. Susan Hutter points where to look. The rules on dividends, which apply for anyone who trades as a limited company, changed on 26 April. A taxpayer […]

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Advice on references

Doctors are regularly asking for advice on writing references for others. Dr Catherine Wills advises on how to write a reference for a colleague     Dilemma 1 What should I put in a reference? Q A colleague – who has become a good friend – has asked me whether I could write a reference […]

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