Grow Your Practice

Internal and external support

In terms of practice support, practice managers need to ensure that the services you are providing are supported by both your internal practice and the external healthcare system.

You also need to make certain there are no restrictions on any of the practitioners and/or the scope of services to be provided.

Internal support systems

  • Qualified staff.
  • Staff trained to the practice needs and mode of operation.
  • Mission, vision and values.
  • A practice culture committed to service standards.
  • Management structure.
  • Employment documents and contracts.
  • Job descriptions and organisational charts.
  • Induction/orientation programs for staff.
  • A good understanding and copies of relevant employment awards.
  • Policies and procedures manual.
  • Continuing educational development programs for all staff.
  • Equipment maintenance systems.
  • IT infrastructure capacity.
  • Stock control systems.
  • Work Health and Safety guidelines (formerly Occupational Health and Safety).
  • Financial/accountant/legal advice and assistance.
  • Professional colleague networks.
  • Patient follow-up systems.
  • Health promotion systems.
  • Risk management strategies.
  • Complaint handling systems.

External support systems

  • Equipment maintenance technicians (including IT support)
  • Building maintenance contractors.
  • Dependable medical suppliers.
  • Reliable electricity supply.
  • Back-up medical services for emergencies.
  • Reliable telecommunications, internet provider and IT systems.
  • appropriate qualifications and registrations for all practitioners and practice staff (e.g. practice nurses)
  • appropriate insurance/indemnity cover, both professional indemnity and practice policy indemnity.
  • appropriate licences (e.g. S8 drugs, radiology and pharmaceutical)
  • building and room requirements and compliance (e.g. radiology and pathology)
  • local council requirements and compliance (e.g. zoning, plaster waste in treatment rooms)
  • environmental protection authorities (e.g. waste disposal)
  • ongoing continuing professional development for all practitioners and practice staff (all recorded on a staff CPD register)
  • registration, licences and insurance register to ensure all renewals are up to date and copies of new certificates kept on file
  • standards and accreditation requirements

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