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VoxDocs Survey results on GP wellbeing Jan 2019

Thanks to all our members who responded so quickly to our survey on GP wellbeing.  Your officers meet with tthe GMC to add these findings to the GMC Health and Wellbeing review.

NHS Long Term Plan: Overview

NHS Long Term Plan: FDA One Page Overview

Read our confidential, one page GP-friendly update on the NHS Long Term Plan here.  The Family Doctor Association was consulted from the earliest stages and used its influence to help shape this plan. 

I joined a telephone conference call by invitation of Dominic Hardy, NHS England Director of Primary Care Delivery (effectively the Primary Care boss at NHSE) on Sunday morning to introduce the new NHS Long Term Plan.  Dominic spoke at some length and then there was a good exchange of views.

Do email me your views.  Read the NHS Long Term Plan.

All the best, Dr Peter Swinyard,
National Chairman

Factsheet Top tips on GP practices working together

Top tips for working with other GP practices 


Factsheet Can a GP practice have limited liability?

As Primary Care changes, many members ask about different business vehicles and in particular whether a GP practice can have limited liability. Choosing the right type of business vehicle for your GP practice is not always straightforward, and managing risk is likely to factor highly in the decision making process. In this factsheet, we look at the issue in more detail, explaining the different business vehicles and their potential implications. 


GDPR factsheet for General Practice

100,000 Genomes Project: Top Tips for Primary Care.

What GPs and their patients need to know about the 100,000 Genomes Project

Fact Sheet 50 NHS Pensions
GPs & The NHS Pension: How to make it work for you Authored by Montgomery Charles, Financial Management Ltd.

Four Important Questions for GPs. Do you know the answers to the following?

1. Retirement date - Could I take my NHS Pension sooner?

2. Pension Lifetime Allowance - Can I avoid or reduce the tax charge?

3. Contributions - Should I stop participating in my NHS Pension?

4. Tax bill – Can I reduce my tax bill?

NOTE - Read three case studies of how Montgomery Charles help GPs with issues surrounding their NHS Pension by visiting the Montgomery Charles website. 

Factsheet on Sepsis fast guide for GPs

A quick guide to sepsis written in GP. Covers red flags, resources and what to look out for.  Written by Dr Emmanuel Nsutebu Dr Sylviane Defres & Dr Katherine Jones
Dr Nsutebu is Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Clinical Lead for Sepsis/AQuA & Patient Safety Fellow Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Dr Defres is Infectious Diseases Specialist Registrar, Royal Liverpool Hospital
Dr Jones is a GP in Liverpool & Chair of The Liverpool GP Forum

Family Doctor Magazine Spring 2016

Enjoy some light relief with Buzzword Bingo, quick update on GP appraisal - then get on with the day job!  Plus an insight into medical indemnity and the Five Year Forward View.

Appraisal Update for GPs

Dr Claire Rushton, FDA Vice Chairman and GP Appraiser, unravels what's new in GP appraisal. Written in GP-friendly style to be read in 5 minutes or less, so then you can get on with day job! In this FDA single page factsheet she unravels:

  1. Changes in “Impact” credits
  2. New! Quality Improvement Activity (QIA)
  3. Developmental evidence for all roles
  4. Amount of Evidence

Please login to your member account to download the factsheet.  Or call 01706 620 920 or email us

Social Media & GP Practices Top Tips

Should your practice be on Twitter? What about Facebook or LinkedIn? Questions raised at many practice meetings. Before you dip your toe into the social media world, do have a read of Sandeep Saib's top tips and start planning ahead today.

Check out the new Social Media Factsheet in partnership with The Family Doctor Association (FDA), providing Healthcare professionals top tips and advice on social media written Lockharts Solicitors Marketing & Business Development Manager Sandeep Saib.

The Family Doctor - Winter 2016

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Factsheet on Safeguarding in GP Practices

Safeguarding in GP Practices

This fact sheet highlights some key issues and considerations for GP practices. Unpicking this complex area for what practices need to do and consider. 

Top tips for GP practices on Personally Administered Items

The latest FDA fact sheet written in conjunction with The Surgery Network, looks at how to ensure your practice is claiming all that it can.  FDA National Chairman, Dr Peter Swinyard, recently attended a Surgery Network  workshop run by Tracy Hole.  In this latest factsheet,  he shares some hints and tips with fellow FDA members to help maximise prescription services reimbursements for personally administered items .  Peter said, “With falling GP practice revenues, it’s even more important we keep an eye on the pennies to sustain our service to patients.”

The Family Doctor - Spring 2015

What’s new with your Family Doctor Magazine?

You can say what you like but it is our members who make the Family Doctor Association what it is. Enjoy the Spring edition of our members' magazine 

QOF changes 2015 2016

Hot off the press! FDA members' favourite fact sheet

QOF Changes for 2015/16:   This year there is very little change. The threshold changes threatened for this year have been delayed until 2016/17, subject to a new government and new negotiation. 

However the devil is in the detail so to help you start the new QOF year, Dr Peter Swinyard has provided his annual update. Saving you time and stress,

Sleep and Dementia

Sleep and Dementia fact sheet

Cholesterol and Dementia

Cholesterol and Dementia fact sheet

Blood Pressure and Dementia
Blood pressure and dementia fact sheet
Federation factsheet #4

GP Federations: A Reality Check by Andrew Lockhart-Mirams

If not you, who? If not now, when?  

The Family Doctor - Autumn 2014

What’s new with your Family Doctor Magazine?

You can say what you like but it is our members who make the Family Doctor Association what it is. Enjoy the Autumn edition of our members' magazine 

FDA member logo


Many FDA practices now use the logo on their letterhead, emails and practice communications.

The logo is available free of charge to member practices. Simply download  to use in your practice communications.

Factsheet on GPs & the Benefits' System

Timing is everything as Dr Michael Taylor explains.

The Family Doctor - Spring 2014

The Family Doctor - Spring 2014

Federation factsheet #3

The third factsheet in our series on GP federations.  By Andrew Lockhart Mirams

Federation factsheet #2

The second in our series of factsheets explaining the stages of federation for GP practices.

Premises - ten top tips from Primary Care Surveyors

Timely tips from Adam Thompson at Primary Care Surveyors. For all premises - For premises which are owned - For premises which are rented


Family Doctor Winter 2013 14

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