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Not For Profit Business Services Ltd (NFPBS) is pleased to announce that Nicki Alvey took up the post of Chief Executive on 28 July 2014, joining the Association Management Company (AMC) at the organisation’s offices in Ware, Hertfordshire. Having worked for the National Housing Federation, Royal Society for Public Health, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nicki is an experienced management and leadership executive with both trade association and professional membership institute experience spanning 20+ years. Specialising in marketing, and with a business qualification, Nicki has also worked for Brooke Bond Oxo (now Unilever), Dunlop Slazenger International Ltd and Capital Radio. NFPBS Director Paul Neale said, “Nicki has a strong track record of growing UK and international membership, and generating income from both members and other revenue streams. Her extensive experience in strategy setting and driving performance across business functions will be a valuable asset to our clients, both existing and future.” He added, “Nicki’s appointment confirms our ambition to develop NFPBS into the market leading AMC in the UK.” Commenting on her appointment Nicki said: “I am delighted to join Not For Profit Business Services and look forward to being able to use my knowledge and experience for not only the company but also the diverse range of clients that NFPBS services.” Notes to editors: The press release in PDF format can be downloaded HERE NFPBS offers an outsourcing option to trade associations, professional institutions, charities and membership organisations of all kinds. Services include full financial management, membership and database management, events management and administration, Secretariat and Head Office services, Board meeting support, marketing and communications, corporate compliance and setting up new associations. NFPBS is a privately owned Association Management Company (AMC) based at 2 Old College Court, 29 Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 0DE, UK Tel: +44 (0)3707 369369 Email: info@n4pbs.co.uk Website: http://www.n4pbs.co.uk
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A failure by insurance software firm SSP in August saw some 300 brokers unable to do business for several weeks. Users of the ‘Pure’ platform are still waiting for full restoration and, last month, SSP admitted that it could take weeks for some to be fully up and running. Brokers have admitted that the outage has cost them money and reputational problems and some said they may seek compensation through legal channels. Now, the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) has stepped into the fray by holding what was described as a full and frank discussion between some of the brokers and SSP. As a result they have pledged to visit all affected brokers within a month, and help BIBA to undertake a thorough review of each of the six leading software houses and to report the findings to members.
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A GP survey addressing the sustainability of practices in Wales has unearthed serious concerns. The survey, which forms part of a wider campaign to tackle unprecedented pressures facing general practice, saw an overwhelming number of respondents (82.1%) reporting that they are worried about the sustainability of their practice. Launched on 12th October by BMA Cymru Wales’ General Practitioner Committee (GPCW), the campaign – an urgent prescription for general practice in Wales – highlights the challenges faced by GPs, and offers the Welsh Government some urgent solutions to address them. Findings underlined frustration within the profession; GPs facing the strain of working in understaffed practices; practitioners considering reducing their working hours to manage growing pressures; or leaving the profession entirely. Findings also revealed the following: • An overwhelming number of respondents (82.1%) reported that they are worried about the sustainability of their practice. • 61.4% of respondents indicated that they do not have a good work life balance. Additionally 58.1% answered a supplementary question indicating that their work-life balance had worsened in the last 12 months. • Almost three quarters (74.8%) of respondents reported that the health of staff within their practice had already been impacted negatively by workload. • Worryingly, almost half (49.6%) said they would not recommend a career in general practice, however throughout their written answers noted their dedication and the potential for general practice to be a positive place to work. • 27.1 % indicated they are considering a career change and 13.8% are considering moving abroad. Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair of BMA Cymru Wales’ GP Committee (GPCW), said: “There is a significant gap between the demand placed upon general practice and its capacity. The profession is forced to try and cope with inadequate resources, an unsustainable workload and a workforce under considerable strain, across the whole of Wales.” GPCW has produced a solutions document outlining issues highlighted by the profession and urgent areas for action. Key areas that must be addressed comprise recruitment, workforce models, workload, finance, clusters and sustainability. GPCW is calling for the capacity to see and spend time with patients; increased practice funding; more staff to support GPs; and less box ticking.
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