As an experienced GP, you may be considering how you would like to develop your career – perhaps taking on more leadership responsibility, going into partnership or developing a speciality. You may also have added personal responsibilities, such as caring for a child or family member and may be looking for ways to achieve a better work-life balance.
Having clinicians and managers with quality improvement skills is key to successful change. Funded places are provided on the General Practice Improvement Leader training programme from NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team. This is a successful personal development programme with small cohorts of up to 30 people to build confidence and skills for leading service redesign in your practice or federation. Find out more at: www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/gpdp/capability
The NHS North West Leadership Academy (NHS NWLA) empowers people in the North West to secure better health, care and wellbeing outcomes through leadership. Within the system and across diverse communities – they work to develop compassionate leaders and the conditions for inclusive, future focused leadership.
NHS NWLA is a member-led NHS organisation, which has been operating since 2007. By operating a membership model, they move in pace with members, are open to new approaches and engage with uncertainty together. Learn more at: https://www.nwacademy.nhs.uk/ and view the calendar of events here: https://www.nwacademy.nhs.uk/whats-on
The BMA offers personal, step-by-step guidance, FAQs and practical tools on the topics you face on a day-to-day basis as a GP, as well as a variety of career development and leadership courses. To learn more phone 0300 123 1233 or visit: www.bma.org.uk
The General Medical Council (GMC) can offer clinical opportunities as part of a portfolio career, for example GMC Associate roles. For further information visit https://www.gmc-uk.org/about/who-we-are/gmc-associates
GPs with Extended Roles (GPwERs) undertake roles that are beyond the scope of GP training and the MRCGP and require additional training. The term GPwER includes those previously referred to as GPs with Special Interests (GPwSIs). For further information visit: www.rcgp.org.uk/gpwer
The Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) deliver a wide portfolio of projects that serve to raise the profile of clinical areas in primary care. Find out more at www.rcgp.org.uk/circ
Information regarding partnerships can be found at https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/%20employment/contracts/sessional-and-locum-gp-contracts/%20salaried-gps-handbook
The BMA salaried GP handbook is a valuable resource for salaried GPs and GP employers, covering everything from legal entitlements to maternity leave, redundancy and employment protection. https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/%20employment/contracts/sessional-and-locum-gp-contracts/%20salaried-gps-handbook
From 1 April 2020, new partners will benefit from £3,000 of business training allowance and a guaranteed one-off payment of £20,000 for a full-time GP (calculated on a 37.5 hours per week basis) to support their establishment as a new partner. Initially a loan, we envisage that it will automatically convert to a permanent payment after an expected minimum number of years (for example, five) as a partner.
The national scheme will be available to all GPs who have never before been partners and are offered partnerships. It will be open to other professional groups (e.g. nurses and pharmacists). Detailed guidance on its operation will be published following ongoing engagement with the profession and wider stakeholders. The scheme is expected to evolve in the light of experience.
The scheme is aimed at GPs who may be looking to leave general practice or have left general practice, who are unable to undertake regular part time work and cannot commit to working more than four sessions a week (for example, due to child care responsibilities). The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice by offering financial support in recognition of the fact that this role offers greater flexibility and educational support than a ‘regular’ part-time salaried post. For more information about the scheme in the North West and how to apply, visit:
Please see the Medical Education page.
Please see the Return to Work GPs page.
Podcasts are a great way to listen to and stay up to date with a series of published audio episodes. GM has its own podcast called “Primary Care Knowledge Boost” which is supported by the GP Excellence Programme. The podcasts are FREE to access and can be counted towards CPD points. They have been hugely successful and now attract over 30,000 listeners, however this number is still growing!
What are the podcasts about?
The podcasts were developed by two GP Fellows in Wigan. They were working with the CCG to help bring about improvements in their local area for patients and healthcare professionals and wanted to develop a regularly released educational podcast for primary care clinicians.
They interview specialists from a range of different areas, in a bid to enable clinicians in primary care to feel more confident on a wide range of subjects. Some of the currently available topics include heart failure, acid reflux, abnormal LFTs and contraception. Future releases include a haematology series and talking about resilience.
Listening on a podcast app
If you listen to podcasts already, you can find us on your favourite podcast app by searching “Primary Care Knowledge Boost”. If you don’t have a podcast app, they are free and can be installed on most devices.
- Go to your phone’s app store (the Google Play Store for Android users and the iTunes store for iPhone users)
- Download a podcast app. Our favourites are ‘Castbox’, ’Pocketcasts’ and ‘Spotify’, as well as Apple’s own ‘Podcasts’ app for iPhone users
- Open your app and search for ‘Primary Care Knowledge Boost’
- Click “Subscribe”.
Once you have installed an app and subscribed you should now be able to view all previous podcasts and will be notified when new ones are posted.