NHS Pension Savings Statement

NHS Pensions are required to provide a Pension Savings Statement to all doctors who have deemed pension contributions greater than the annual allowance (£40,000). This statement must be issued by NHS Pension by 6th October

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View from a Surgeon: Policing our colleagues and ourselves

We have all unfortunately seen the stories in the newspaper and on the television about the surgeon Ian Paterson who was charged with assault and actual bodily harm, who is likely to spend a significant

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Do I really need to spend time obtaining insurance details for patients? 

Do I really need to spend my time obtaining insurance details for patients?  Surely they’ll work it out and pay me eventually. In the good old days typically the only patient demographics required were name,

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View From A Surgeon – A Question of Ethics

I’m mad as a box of frogs today because of something I feel to be a question of ethics. £56 billion was set aside by the NHS last year to “defend the rising number of

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Working with Embassies

Working with Embassies and the importance of Letters of Guarantee With an ever increasing number of consultants in the private arena many are looking at alternate ways to expand their business.  The traditional private medical

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View from a Surgeon – How do we change things?

Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817, said, “‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” As doctors, we have

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Why is branding important?

So what is branding? And why is it so important for your business? Branding goes way beyond just a logo or graphic element. When you think about your brand, you really want to think about

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View from a Surgeon: The muscle that begins with ‘S’

I am constantly amazed but often distressed by the rise of social media, particularly in terms of medical and surgical management of patients. I’ll give you an example: The other week, a lady came to see

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Are you willing to provide your services free of charge for one week in every four?

Consultants’ practices are becoming ever busier and together with decreasing levels of reimbursement from insurers, it has never been more important to ensure you have robust and efficient invoicing and collection processes in place. If

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View From A Surgeon: Consent

How times have changed. Consent in my early career was virtually non-existent. We would have patients who turned up to have an operation and when asked what they were at the hospital for, the answer

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65% of SME Businesses Not Ready for Tax Digitalisation

Anderson Barrowcliff LLP is a member of the UK200Group, the UK’s leading membership association of independent chartered accountancy and law firms, which has published the results of a survey showing that 65% of its members’ SME

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View from a Surgeon: Take a break!

Take a break – Take a Kit-Kat! Of course there are very many other brands of chocolate, and sugar content is the buzz word of the day, but taking a break is a vital part

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