Survey finds majority of practice managers "demotivated"

A SURVEY of 471 practice managers has found that 68 per cent felt demotivated in their jobs, with 65 per cent saying they would consider leaving the profession.

The top factor contributing to this demotivation was excessive workload, but the respondents also cited too much change, lack of support and bureaucracy.

The survey was conducted by First Practice Management which has also recorded a 12 per cent rise in practice manager vacancies advertised on its website since January.

The announcement echoes reports last year when Somerset LMC said that it has been "shocked by the number of calls it has received from PMs and the numbers taking sick leave or even resigning" and that CQC registration had been the "last straw" for some retiring PMs.

Chair of Norfolk and Waveney LMC Dr Tim Morton also wrote recently in a newsletter: "The LMC is aware of an increasing number of practice managers feeling the strain of the exponentially increasing workload they face. Practice managers are an integral part of running a practice and the sudden loss of one would most likely destabilise any practice."

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Practice manager job satisfaction survey