It made all the difference having Patricia guide us through the process of recruiting a practice manager to a successful conclusion. These transition times can be unsettling but with Patricia's huge experience, friendly yet professional support and confident expertise, we felt secure that we had the best possible chance of finding the right person for our team, which in fact we did! I would have no hestitation at all in recommending her to another practice looking to recruit.
Recruiting a Manager
Selecting the right manager is one of the most important decisions that a practice can make, equal to that of choosing the right GP partner. A good manager will run the practice efficiently and be a trusted adviser to the GP partners, ensuring sound financial management and a happy and well-motivated team of staff.
Embarking on a recruitment project to find a new manager can feel like a daunting and time-consuming task. GPs are primarily clinicians and most doctors are not trained in recruitment procedures or in assessing the skills of applicants for managerial posts.
It is essential to look for candidates with sound management skills. Some candidates have experience of working in General Practice but other applicants come from different sectors bringing with them skills which might be helpful to the practice. Without the right process it can be dificult to assess whether an applicant's experience fits with what the practice needs.
There are many pitfalls to recruiting a new manager, such as the risk of selecting the wrong person by not having an objective process, or being challenged for unfairness under employment legislation. It is also vital that there is consensus about the final decision which may need careful facilitation to ensure that all the GP partners are on board.
For this reason, many practices welcome the help and guidance of a specialist recruitment adviser with a good understanding of management in General Practice. We are able to offer a competitive, cost-effective and personalised service to practices, small or large.
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