• Practice Managers

Welcome to our page for Practice Managers

Welcome to our Practice managers resource page featuring links to useful information including careers support and development, human resources, staff training, and information to download.
Please contact us if there are any other resources you would like us to share with your local colleagues.

Qualifications and Competencies

Entry qualifications for practice managers – NHS careers.
Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists (AMSPAR). This professional body works with City & Guilds to provide qualifications suitable for full or part time study.
Competency framework for Practice Management – Published as Annex C to the new General Medical Services (nGMS) contract in 2004, this spans nine domains.
The Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) recently merged with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and deliver a range of one day courses throughout the year through its professional network in England. Some of the courses are specifically tailored to the Practice Manager. IHM provides members with a professional managerial voice.
Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management – National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) – A comprehensive diploma for people who are managing primary care and are becoming responsible for creating and running primary care provision at scale including – NAPC’s primary care home and other primary care networks, new care models, GP super practices and GP or other primary care federations. The curriculum will incorporate the learning and experience of multispecialty community providers (MCPs), integrated primary and acute care systems (PACS) and primary care homes.

Continuing Professional Development Calendar for Practice Staff

Our calendar of CPD, education and training events pulls together all sessions available to clinical and non-clinical staff in Oxfordshire and provides important information about the event and how to book a place.
If you identify an event that is missing please do email us to let us know, so that we can better support you and your staff with their CPD needs.

Primary Care Placements

Giving more students the experience of a placement in General practice is vital if we are going to encourage newly qualified health care professionals to choose careers in primary care.

We are always looking for more enthusiastic practices who are interested in offering a placement to a pre-qualified, trainee or qualified student nurse, pharmacist, or paramedics.

Having students in the practice can bring many benefits including promoting a learning culture among the whole practice team and students can contribute to a wide range of clinical activities.

Contact us to find out more about how we can support you to become a OTH placement practice.


Apprenticeships offer an exciting opportunity to help employers recruit and develop new staff and support the development and progression of existing staff.

Since the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, apprenticeships have been undergoing an overhaul and we are now seeing qualifications such as the Registered Nurse Degree being converted into apprenticeships. Smaller employers (those who pay less than £3 million per annum in staff salaries) will be able to use Government funding to fund up to 90% of the costs of these apprenticeships and larger employers will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy funds.

A useful video that covers Health Care Assistant apprenticeships is below.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Primary Care here: HEE Apprenticeship Booklet

Alternatively, contact us to discuss how apprenticeships could be used to support your organisation.

Oxford Locums

OTH and Oxford Locums are working together to develop the Oxford Locums website and make it easier for practice and locums to communicate and fill vacancies.

In addition to advertising and booking sessions we are working together to set up locum chambers in Oxfordshire. Oxford Locums in partnership with OTH will be to offer additional support with statutory and mandatory training, administration of important paperwork such as tax and pension forms and information about local training events for Locum GPs.

Find out more here.

Please contact us if you are a Locum GP who would be interested in joining a Locum Chambers in Oxfordshire.

Engaging with local schools

To support our priority of attracting and recruiting new people to work in primary care we engage with school students and enthuse them about careers in medicine and careers in healthcare. We do this in a number of different ways and often need the support from local GPs with activity in the local community.

To find out more about what we do, how you can get involved and how we can support you, please visit our schools page.