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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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Repeating back stops mistakes repeating

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.  John Reynard, Tim Kane and Peter Stevenson’s third article in their major series hones in on  and outlines simple tools to reduce communication […]

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Don’t let your cash be eaten

Costs really do matter. Patrick Convey on how high charges can impact your investment returns. Ensure you are aware of the effect of investment fees on your own portfolios. Human beings are poorly wired to be good investors. We have many deep-seated biases and behaviours that, while once useful to survive in the wild, do […]

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Free Tax Guide

Our 2019-20 Tax Guide provides all you need to know to plan your business. To read our free, page-turnable digital edition, click here

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Do you own the rights to your great idea?

Calling doctor entrepreneurs: lawyer Michael Rourke warns to beware of the potential intellectual property mistakes you could make if you are considering the development of your own health technology. Technology and innovation is at the forefront of current medical practice, with new software, apps and websites being released regularly.  Over the past few years, there […]

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Ensure callers can always get through

Answer that call! It can be a big problem for many private practices – but Jane Braithwaite has some excellent advice to help you provide an exceptional service.     Now this is a thorny subject for patients, medical secretaries and consultants alike.  Here’s two common scenarios: ‘The patient says she couldn’t get through’. ‘She […]

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When safety is critical

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.  John Reynard, Tim Kane and Peter Stevenson’s second article in a major series set to challenge attitudes and inspire you looks at the […]

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Zoom your practice into the 21st century

NHS GPs are being offered the ability to build private patient networks and develop their own private practices through a fast-growing company set up by a doctor. Naimah Callachand tells the story. Perception of what constitutes effective and quality healthcare has fundamentally altered over the past few decades.  Technological developments now mean we can bring healthcare […]

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It’s time to cast away the errors

Beware of these five common practice management errors. Kingsley Hollis shows how to avoid them. There is a unique museum in Sweden which showcases products and services that flopped with the public.  From Betamax video recorders to a short-lived Donald Trump board game, visitors to the Museum of Failure can relive, puzzle and occasionally wonder […]

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The human error

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. John Reynard, Tim Kane and Peter Stevenson’s major new series for Independent Practitioner Today gives a startling insight into attitudes and aims to […]

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Using social media to sail out ahead

Will this be the year you get ‘out there’? Grant Brookes presents an independent practitioner’s guide to the dos and don’ts of social media. We cannot ignore the way social media has become ingrained in society. People look to their social channels for answers for almost every kind of problem, as well as to engage […]

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