Forming a group mental health practice can be an exciting time! Now that you have formed a group practice vision and established your name in the community, it is time to find Clinicians who you want to join your group practice. Finding the right type of Clinicians is imperative for the success of your group. Below you will find important considerations to keep in mind when you are in the hiring phase!
1. Don’t over hire! You want to make sure you expand your practice slowly. Hiring too many Clinicians will result in a lack of referrals for everyone. Making sure Clinicians have a full schedule is an important aspect of group practice management. We, as group owners, must realize these Clinicians are taking a risk with joining your practice, therefore making sure you have the referrals to support their position is critical to their success.
2. Find the right personality! You want to make sure you hire a Clinician who is friendly, team player, and someone who you genuinely like. Personality is critical to create an office environment that is happy and everyone gets along. You will work along side this person and it is important you both get along and have personalities that mesh well with one another.
3. Hire someone different! Hiring someone who practices differently than you do can be a nice augment to your practice. Creating a multidisciplinary practice is a great advantage of creating a group practice that is thriving and stands out in your community.
4. Think outside the box! Think about what additional services you want to add to your practice to make sure you are meeting the needs in your community. This will allow you to increase services, cash flow, and make a name for yourself in the community as a practice who meets the different needs of a growing community.
5. Don’t underpay your Clinicians! Hiring Clinicians in private practice is very different than hiring at your local agency. These Clinicians will be representing your brand, values, and name in the community. Paying these Clinicians will directly relate to their performance. As much as I hear “I didn’t go into this field for the money. I went into this work to help others,” we must realize Clinicians are people who need to make a successful living. They are doing important work and must be compensated accordingly. Whether you will pay them on a percentage basis or a flat fee, do your research to make sure you are paying them competitively and you will gain Clinicians who value their work, themselves, and ultimately your practice!
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