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Don’t allow taxman to steamroller you

The tax system can be very daunting and it can be difficult to know if your finances are positioned efficiently when it comes to tax, which can take many forms. With the demands of work, running a private practice can be all-consuming and provide only limited time to consider key areas where tax can be […]

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No end in sight to growth in self-pay

The number of self-pay patients continues to rise, as we reported last month, and independent practitioners are being advised to position themselves to take advantage of the trend. Here we present key themes from the Private Healthcare UK Self-pay Market Report 2017. The research on the self-pay market was conducted between July and August 2017 […]

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When Dr Google gets in the way

Providing treatment you don’t believe is necessary could put you at risk of a complaint or clinical negligence claim. Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury looks at the medico-legal risks involved and how you can manage a patient’s expectations to make them satisfied. The internet provides unfettered access to a wealth of knowledge. A recent study in Belgium […]

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Guard against complaints

‘Legal Briefing’ FITNESS TO PRACTISE: Hempsons’ Hannah Stephenson gives an overview of GMC processes and common issues for independent practitioners. Complaints to healthcare regulatory bodies are growing – partly due to the growing use of social media and media coverage of the healthcare profession. Of course, all medical practitioners hope they will never be the […]

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E for easy learning

Jane Braithwaite shows how to make the most of the world of podcasts at your disposal.     Our busy lives mean that we do not always have the time to sit down and enjoy listening to and watching the things we are interested in. Who among us is not guilty of recording and downloading […]

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Need a wake-up call?

You know your number but would you like what your patients hear? In the second of her series, Stephanie Vaughan-Jones shows how to test how your phone customer service is performing. For any business, customer service is a highly important skill. Whether it’s in person, via an email, online web chat or a phone call. […]

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The privacy perils of email

If you are involved in commissioning or overseeing IT within your private practice, the GMC expects you to understand and follow information governance and data protection law. Dr Ellie Mein provides medico-legal advice in this fifth article about the council’s new confidentiality guidance. It’s tempting to predict that writing formal letters will eventually be superseded […]

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Italian flair and flaws we grow to love

‘Doctor on the Road’ It oozes style – but how does it drive? Dr Tony Rimmer takes out a good-looking Italian with a great brand image to match. As well-educated professionals, we have all worked very hard to get where we are and, as reward, like to enjoy the finer things in life. Consequently, we […]

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When you retire

‘Business Dilemmas’ We give a lot of ethical advice to new independent practitioners starting up. But here, Mr Jerard Ross suggests the way forward for when you want to shut up shop for the final time.      Dilemma 1 What do I have to do when I retire? Q I have recently decided to […]

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Words of wisdom

Experience counts for a lot, so young specialists often welcome a helping hand from experienced consultants in private practice. Luckily Findlay Fyfe – with tongue firmly in cheek – came across this helpful letter from a just-retired new independent practitioner . I know we have not met, but I have been told you will be […]

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