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What are you doing to attract patients?

Private Practice Growth Guide The Private Practice Growth Guide is designed to give independent practitioners the knowledge and tools they need to develop their private practice. Whether you are an experienced independent practitioner or are new to private practice, this series by Jane Braithwaite serves as a helpful guide to the exciting, and sometimes confusing, world […]

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Making access to self-pay easy

The good news for many independent practitioners is that self-pay surgery is on the rise. The bad news is that the private healthcare sector needs to do much more to make it easier for patients to access. And clearing up price confusion would be a good place to start, argues Keith Pollard. The increasing cost […]

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Keep your lifeblood flowing

Many consultants and GPs with busy private practices sometimes lose sight of cash flow management. Cash is the lifeblood of a business and those running businesses are advised to remember that ‘cash is king’.  Susan Hutter gives her five top tips for freeing up and managing cash flow. Credit control GPs and consultants in private […]

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Giving voice to the private sector

The new president of the Independent Doctors Federation, private GP Dr Neil Haughton, reveals his plans and hopes for the organisation in the years ahead. At the Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), we have seen the need to adapt our role and services to the independent medical community and my priority in the next three years […]

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Ensure you pass it on when you pass on

Half of the adult population dies intestate. Don’t let that happen to you. A will is one of the most important documents doctors in private practice will ever write. Fiona Wilson shows why. Independent practitioners need to carefully consider their financial affairs throughout their professional lives and into retirement, keeping their will under periodic review.  […]

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Beware the annual allowance: A financial planner’s view

Will you join the thousands caught out by the ‘taper’? Dr Benjamin Holdsworth sets out the essential steps needed to check your pension’s tax position. More and more doctors are triggering substantial tax bills because of harsh pension savings regulations, which are difficult to understand and easy to get very wrong.  In January, a Freedom of […]

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A guide to take you to the top

New series: Private practice growth guide The Private Practice Growth Guide is designed to give independent practitioners the knowledge and tools they need to develop their private practice. Whether you are an experienced independent practitioner or are new to private practice, this series by Jane Braithwaite will serve as a helpful guide to the exciting, and […]

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All hell to pay

Many doctors with busy private practices, especially those who also have an NHS practice, sometimes allow the management of their finances and their practice to take a back seat and, inevitably, mistakes occur as a result.  Susan Hutter gives her advice on how to avoid some of the most common business howlers that trip practices […]

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How crises cause brain block

Our trio of writers – two doctors and an airline pilot – are co-founders of a business on a mission to improve patient outcomes by helping healthcare professionals understand why errors occur.  Analysis of a number of high-profile medical errors has demonstrated poor crisis management. In their fourth and last article in the series, John […]

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Employed can spell freedom

The salaried consultant model in private practice is now with us – and more are set to go this route in future.  Here, four orthopaedic surgeons employed by the new Schoen Clinic London – Mr Rohit Shetty, Mr Giuseppe Sforza, Mr Adrian Carlos and Mr Alexander Montgomery – talk frankly to Independent Practitioner Today about […]

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Doctors reluctant to look in the mirror

Awareness of mental health issues has significantly increased in recent years and more people are open about their own mental health than ever before. That is, it seems, for everyone but medical professionals. Amie Roadnight reports. Many lay people forget that doctors and dentists are, in fact, human themselves. Despite being medically or dentally trained […]

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Attack your billing

With yet more big changes on the way in the next few months for consultants in private practice, Garry Chapman suggests it is time to take stock of the way your practice’s billing and collection is working There are ten main billing issues to address in many private practices. I’ll deal with the first five […]

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